Signature Programs


In the spring of 2010 GBLA began hosting an annual, award-winning and eco-based field trip for local elementary – high school students in Baltimore City. The program’s mission is to facilitate lifelong lessons regarding conservation and green-based public health while partnering with local organizations that promote the endurance of urban green spaces. Additionally, The Big Dig encourages the importance of physical fitness and recreation in the form of outdoor activities.


Saturday Leadership Program [SLP]

The Greater Baltimore Urban League launched the Saturday Leadership Program in 2013. Each month, up to 100 Saturday Leadership Fellows from all neighborhoods in Baltimore convene to develop their leadership potential. We hold the sessions at Baltimore colleges, including Coppin State University, Goucher, MICA, Morgan State University, Notre Dame, Sojourner Douglass College, and the University of Baltimore. At the beginning of a Saturday Leadership day, students grades 8-12 meet at the host university at 8:00am for breakfast and are welcomed by a fellow student serving as the morning MC. The students are divided into groups for the leadership development sessions that are conducted by the Young Professionals of GBLA that serve as caring adults, role models and facilitators. If you’d like to get involved click here to contact our Youth Development Director for details.

For more information about SLP click here.


Masquerade Ball

Join hundreds of DMV’s young professionals for our annual fundraiser packed with power networking, high fashion, amazing food and a few surprises!!

Details for our 2017 Masquerade Ball coming Soon!


Purses for a Purpose [P4P]

In honor of Women’s History Month 2010, GBLA planned a drive to collect purses and accompanying items to create “kits” to support women through difficult life situations. Kits were designed to benefit battered women who were escaping their homes and/or women from low-income backgrounds seeking employment in a professional setting for the first time.  The kits included deodorant, oral hygiene items, feminine hygiene products, condoms, prescription cards, resource cards, lotion, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, note pads and pens, granola bars, and powdered drink packets. Over 300 purses were collected and over $11,000 worth of items (in purses and kit materials) were collected for this project.

The items for the purses were collected over two months, and purse donations came from GBLA members and their families. Toiletries and miscellaneous items were donated by Marriott Baltimore Waterfront, Baltimore Diploma Plus Antioch High School, Baltimore City Health Department, and the House of Ruth.  Prior to the purse stuffing, 75 high school students created toiletry kits and coloring book kits for the purses. 25 backpacks were stuffed for the children of the escapees of domestic violence, which included the coloring kits.  We collaborated with Turn Around, Inc, who distributed the kits to abused women.  To distribute the purses to women seeking employment, purse kits were given to the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED).