Photo: The youth of Citywide Youth Development along with Alicia Wilson, Esquire of Sagamore (front row, second from left) and Rasheed Aziz (second row, left). Photo was taken at last Thursday’s Black Wall Street PORT COVINGTON featuring the Joe Manns Black Wall Street Awards. Special thanks to Sagamore Development, John Bugg State Farm Insurance and Bugg Hardnett & Associates for their support.
(BALTIMORE – February 18, 2018) – Nothing warmed my heart more than to tour the manufacturing plant in Port Covington and see the young adults at work. The women were operating sewing machines and the men were working the presses,
CityWide Youth Development is an entity based in Port Covington. The institution teaches African American youth entrepreneurship. At present, the youth entrepreneurs there design, manufacture, and market frozen sorbet and “Made In Bmore Clothing.”
Headed by Rasheed Aziz. the young men and women involved in the day to day operations of the businesses simply warm my soul and remind me why we must continue to cover the real news in the black community in Baltimore and beyond.
At present, the clothing line is sold in their store located inside Towson Town Center with other locations still to come.
Aziz, the founder of CityWide Youth Development (CYD), said that CYD is a non-profit corporation that was established in Baltimore City in 2010 and their mission is to provide relief for the poor, distress and underprivileged, through providing entrepreneurship education, enterprise development and vocational skill training programs. The organization’s objective is to provide, charity through trade for economic development and economic empowerment. CityWide has established four small business ventures, created dozens of jobs for Baltimore City’s youth, and empowered dozens of youth with viable workforce skills.
He is also the owner of Frozen Desert Sorbet, a creation of City Wide Youth Development, which offers endless irresistible flavors and sorbet creations including sundaes, paletas, sorbet taco, shakes, and sandwiches at the World Famous Lexington Market in downtown Baltimore. This spring/summer Frozen Desert Sorbet, launched 20 youth run micro entrepreneurs’ mobile carts. Rasheed uses the mobile carts as training for entrepreneurship – customer service, product development and sale skills.
Learn more at www.madeinbmoreclothing.com.