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July 5, 2017 ABC-WMARTV

Tragic Loss for Penn North: Dion Smith Offered Beacon of Light to Struggling Kids


July 1, 2017 Baltimore Sun

Texas Oilman Provides the Help Kids Safe Zone Needs to Continue Making a Difference


May 12, 2017 ABC-WMARTV

Penn North Hosts Mother’s Day Dinner Amid Community Violence


April 14, 2017 ABC-WMARTV

Kids and Police Unite at Penn North Easter Egg Hunt

March 28, 2017 ABC-WMARTV

Penn North Women’s and Children’s Program Allows Women to Get Clean and Be Mothers

March 27, 2017 Center Maryland

Ericka Alston-Buck on Creating a Path to Recovery to Solve Opioid Crisis

March 22, 2017 WBALTV-11

New ‘Penn North Women’s and Children’s Program’ Helps Mothers Battling Addiction

March 9, 2017 ABC-WMARTV

Johns Hopkins Student and Kids Safe Zone Team Up to Create Kids Container Cafe


March 9, 2017 WBALTV-11

Lester Holt from NBC visits Baltimore and Kids Safe Zone

February 14, 2017 YouTube

A Special Valentine’s Day at the Kids Safe Zone; Kids Recognize Adults Who Love Them

December 30, 2016 WBALTV-11

Penn North Committed to Combating Rise in Overdose Deaths Through Holistic Recovery

December 12, 2016 CBS News

From GoFundMe to Grant: Penn North Receives Big Check from Carefirst

November 29, 2016 Baltimore Sun

Ericka Alston-Buck with the Female Trouble Podcast: Growing Up in Baltimore and Founding the Kids Safe Zone

November 11, 2016 WBALTV-11

Devastating Fire for Penn North Addiction Recovery Program, But Residents Undeterred

November 11, 2016 ABC-WMARTV

Call for Donations Following Fire that Displaced 31 Substance Abuse Program Residents

November 9, 2016 WBALTV-11

Passage of Question E Sets Aside $11 Million for Baltimore Youth Programs, Kids Safe Zone to Benefit

November 2, 2016 YouTube

Penn North CREATE Now Offers Transitional Space with Creative Outlets for Teens

October 21, 2016 YouTube

Ericka Alston-Buck Honored with the President’s Award from The Family League of Baltimore

September 14, 2016 City Paper

Ericka Alston-Buck Named “Best Do-Gooder of Baltimore” for Success of Kids Safe Zone

September 6, 2016 Crave

Photographer Working with Kids Safe Zone Receives Oprah’s Stamp of Approval


August 27, 2016 Elite Daily

Baltimore Kids Safe Zone Provides an Escape from Violence and Crime


August 26, 2016 NBC News

Former Addict Helps Kids Transition From Heartbreak to Hope


August 24, 2016 ABC-WMARTV

Kids Safe Zone in Baltimore Offers Free Haircuts to Children


August 22, 2016 WBALTV-11

Kids Safe Zone in Baltimore Hosts Second Annual Back-to-School Festival


August 9, 2016 ABC-WMARTV

Black Girls Vote and Kids Safe Zone Team Up to Hold Mock Campaign


July 22, 2016 Baltimore Sun

Kids Safe Zone Children Receive a Police Escort to the Pool


July 22, 2016 WBALTV-11

Kids and Police Officers Become Buddies at the Pool


July 20, 2016 ABC-WMARTV

Free Summer Camp Allows Children to Channel Energy in a Positive Way Through Yoga


July 15, 2016 Baltimore Sun

Kids Safe Zone Represented at President Obama’s Town Hall Addressing African American and Police Tensions


June 1, 2016 ABC-WMARTV

Penn North Kids Safe Zone Celebrates One Year Anniversary


May 24, 2016 BET

One Woman’s Pursuit to Keep Baltimore’s Kids Safe


May 23, 2016 CBS News

Ericka Alston on a Mission to Keep Kids Safe Following Riots


May 22, 2016 PBS

Kids Safe Zone Founder Ericka Alston Featured in Voices of Baltimore


April 23, 2016 Baltimore Sun

Teaching Children Mindfulness Through Yoga


April 22, 2016 WBALRADIO

Penn North’s Back to Work Wednesdays Help Out of Work Residents Find Employment


April 22, 2016 Baltimore Sun

Ericka Alston-Buck Working Hard to Create a “Mini-Disneyland” for Kids in West Baltimore


April 21, 2016 ABC-WMARTV

Ericka Alston-Buck Honored by the Baltimore Police Department After April Unrest


April 6, 2016 The Atlantic

Researchers Study What Helps Some Poor Kids Thrive in Baltimore


April 1, 2016 Baltimore Style

Ericka Alston-Buck Interviewed About the State of Baltimore


March 28, 2016 Baltimore Sun

Kids Safe Zone Drone Camp Inspires Children of Baltimore to Pursue Science and Technology


March 28, 2016 ABC-WMARTV

Children at Kids Safe Zone Offered Unique Opportunity to Build, Fly Drones


March 25, 2016 ABC-WMARTV

Kids Safe Zone Prepares Easter Baskets Filled with Both Treats and Hope for Children


March 8, 2016 ABC-WMARTV

Man Gets First Job in 10 Years with Help of Kids Safe Zone and Family Resource Center


February 25, 2016 WBALTV-11

Baltimore Kids Safe Zone in Need of More Mentors

February 23, 2016 WBALTV-11

Jewish Community Reaches Out to Kids Safe Zone

January 6, 2016 Black Daily News

Kids Safe Zone in Baltimore Expanding to Bigger Space

January 6, 2016 WBALTV-11

State Support Flows in for Baltimore

January 6, 2016 Office of the Lt. Governor Maryland

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Celebrates Expansion of Penn North Kids Safe Zone

January 6, 2016 ABC-WMARTV

Celebrating Expansion of Penn North Kids Safe Zone

January 6, 2016 CBS-WJZTV-13

Kids Safe Zone in West Baltimore Expanding to Bigger Space

November 29, 2015 Baltimore's Voice for over 67 Years

Penn North Staff Proud to Be Creating Change in Baltimore!

November 20, 2015 Shine A Light- A&E

Penn North Kids Safe Zone featured on A&E Shine A Light Concert and Documentary

November 9, 2015 NYU-Journalism Project

State of Baltimore: Women Step Up to Help At Risk Kids

November 6, 2015 ABC-WMARTV

Teen Brothers Get New Clothes, Confidence Boost

September 6, 2015 WBALTV-11

11 TV Hill: Kids Safe Zone Needs Your Help 

September 2, 2015 Al Jazeera America

Children in US Cities Feeling the Rise in Violence

September 1, 2015 The Sentinel

The War Room, The Street: 2 Responses to Baltimore Violence

August 28, 2015

As Trial Approaches, What Has Changed Since Freddie Gray's Killing?

August 26, 2015 Baltimore Sun

Penn North Community Leader Calls for City to Spend Millions on Kids,

Not Trash Cans

August 26, 2015 WBALTV-11

West Baltimore Community Group Finally Meets With Mayor

August 26, 2015 ABC-WMARTV

Penn North Safe Zone Kids Take On Baltimore City Hall, Push for More Funding

August 24, 2015 ABC-WMARTV

Kids Safe Zone Gets Kids Ready for Back to School

August 7, 2015 CBS-WJZTV-13

Penn North Group Crowdfunding to Help Keep Kid Oasis Open 

July 23, 2015 ABC-WMARTV

Kids Safe Zone in Sandtown Needs Help to Stay Open

July 17, 2015 WBALTV-11

Kids Safe Zone Seeking Help for West Baltimore Youth

July 16, 2015 Baltimore Sun

"WIRE" Actors to Deliver Lines From Real-Life Baltimoreans

June 24, 2015 AFRO

Sandtown-Winchester Kids Safe Zone Let's Kids be Kids

June 4, 2015 Baltimore Sun

Nonproft Near Torched CVS Gets Van to Help Its Clients

June 3, 2015 ABC-WMARTV

Koons Chevrolet Van to Penn North Community Organization

June 1, 2015 ABC-WMARTV

Safe Zone for Kids Opens in West Baltimore

May 29, 2015 TEDxHAMPDENWOMEN-gofundme

Keep the Kids Safe Zone Open-The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

May 21, 2015 ABC-WMARTV

Kids Safe Zone to Open Five Weeks After Baltimore Riots

May 11, 2015 Yes! Magazine

You've Heard What's Wrong in Freddie Gray's Neighborhood. Here's One Local's Vision for Turning That Around

May 9, 2015 BBC NEWS

Back to "Normal" in Baltimore- But What's "Normal"?

May 7, 2015 WBALTV

Penn-North Recovery Center Wants to Open Safe Kids Zone

Organization Seeks Volunteers, Donations


Penn North Announces the Opening of Sandtown-Winchester's First Kids Safe Zone

May 5, 2015 Press Release: Kids Safe Zone
Penn North to Open Kids Safe Zone in June, 2015
Kids Safe Zone Press Release- May 5.pdf
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May 4, 2015 WYPR

More on West Baltimore Neighborhoods

May 2, 2015 Washington Post

Why Couldn't $130 Million Tranform One of Baltimore's Poorest Places?

May 2, 2015 MSNBC Video

Father Turns Protest Into Learning Experience

May 1, 2015 Associated Press

Activist: Freddie Gray Spotlight May Do Good

May 1, 2015 Baltimore Brew

Penn North Residents Weigh in on Recovery, Both Theirs and the City's

May 1, 2015 The Globe and Mail

A City Divided: I'll Pray for Peace, But I Won't Pray for Baltimore

April 30, 2015 Los Angeles Daily News

Baltimore Gangs Agree to Truce Similiar to One During 1992 Riots in L.A.

April 29, 2015 MSNBC

Is Baltimore Obama's Moment to Lose Restraint?

April 29, 2015 NPR News Article 

School Was Closed, But This Baltimore Dad Had An Amazing Lesson For His Son

April 28, 2015 NPR Video

April 28, 2015 New York Times 

Martin O'Malley Takes a Walking Tour of an Angry Baltimore

April 28, 2015 International Business Times

Baltimore Riots 2015: School Closing Sparks Free #BaltimoreLunch Movement for Students After Freddie Gray Protests

January 19, 2013-Executive Director, Blaize Connelly-Duggan, is recognized by the White House Office of Drug Control Policy on the National Day of Service.

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Urbanite Magazine October 2008
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Baltimore Sun October 2005
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City Paper April 2003
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Baltimore Sun June 2001
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