Baltimore City Graduate Gives Back
Two Baltimore City high school graduates are now forever linked, because of one man’s willingness to give back to his hometown.
“It was over joyous for me. Last year, when I graduated, and I was trying to go to college, I didn’t have these funds to go,” says Adrearna Fleet, a graduate of City College and a current freshman at the University of Baltimore.
That dream was made possible by her own hard work and that of Julius Green, a total stranger, who organized a fund-raising golf tournament at Clifton Park Golf Course in northeast Baltimore.
“You want to root for and try to do as much as you can for the students that are coming behind you in the city you grew up in,” says Green.
Green and Fleet never met before now, but they have a lot in common. Both grew up in Baltimore City and went through the same public school system. Both experienced terrible losses.
“It’s saddening to know there is so much evil going on without a care,” says Fleet.
Fleet’s cousin, JaQuan Holt, was shot and killed in Baltimore two years ago. A few years earlier, Green lost his godson to a bullet. Green, a 1975 graduate of Poly, understands the challenges of growing up in Baltimore. But he overcame them and currently sits on the Board of Directors at one of America’s largest public accounting firms. This charity golf outing, named after his mother, Barbara A. Green, is his way to help others reach their potential. The money raised will help pay Fleet’s college tuition.
“My perspective is we can only do what we can do, each of us, to try to benefit and help through that process to give kids an opportunity,” says Green.
It’s an opportunity Fleet hopes to use to one day be a counselor and give back to her hometown. “I want to be part of the change that I want to see within the community,” she says.
Fleet was awarded the scholarship through the University of Baltimore Foundation. In addition to raising money for Fleet’s scholarship, the golf outing also donated money to rec centers in the city to help keep kids engaged and out of trouble.