UMB CURE SCHOLARS PROGRAM
This program, funded by the National Cancer Institute Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, brings science enrichment to students in three middle schools in West Baltimore.
MedSchool Maryland Productions collaborating with the UMB CURE Scholars program produced a series of videos to highlight the special features of this dynamic science program in three west Baltimore middle school. Videos give highlights of the CURE Scholars program as well as documenting some of the lives of the program’s participants. In 2019, the CURE Scholars entered high school and documentation of their journey continues.
Video: Overview UMB CURE Connections
UMB CURE Connections provides educational support, STEM activities and tours to colleges for the scholars now in high school.
9th Grade: From West Baltimore, the third documentary in the West Baltimore series, shows the extraordinary determination of five UMB CURE scholars to succeed, overcoming the barriers poverty, violence and drugs plaguing their neighborhoods.
Shakeer is in 9th grade at Bard High School and Early College. He’s president of his class, on the debate team, and amazing everyone with his poetry.
Princaya is in 9th grade at Western High School. She’s impressing all of her teachers with her dedication to doing well.
Tyler is in 9th grade at Green Street Academy. His favorite subject is now math and he’s excelling in it.
Courtney is in 9th grade at Green Street Academy. He’s a serious student doing well in all of his classes.
The new Davioin impresses everyone with his confidence and his success. As a 9th grade student at Poly he’s doing well in all of his honors classes.
Video: Markia and Ayishat
Markia is in 9th grade at Poly, Ayishat is at City College. Both girls are doing well at school.
YEAR THREE: 8TH GRADE UMB CURE SCHOLARS PROGRAM
In 8thgrade, their final year of middle school, the UMB CURE scholars stress over the high school application process, knowing that the high school they get into will change the trajectory of their lives.
Video: Overview of UMB CURE Program
The 8th grade UMB CURE overview video presents brief vignettes from the life of 5 scholars. Find out about the pressures of getting into a good high school; the stress of standardized testing; and the 8th graders’ new understanding of living in a violent community. The UMB CURE program supports its scholars as they face each of these challenges as well as providing engaging science activities and the opportunity to explore new medical careers.
Video: Shakeer’s Story – 8th Grade
Shakeer’s love for reading keeps him grounded in the 8thgrade. He enjoys finding out about careers and attends classes on how to take standardize tests to overcome his testing anxiety.
Video: Princaya’s Story – 8th Grade
Princaya’s persistence and hard work brings up her grade point average and she gets a great composite score. But, she’s still worried, the competition is harder than ever to get into a good high school.
Video: Davioin’s Story – 8th Grade
Davioin’s got the grades, the test scores and nearly perfect attendance, but he’s still worried and tries even harder. His dream is to go to “Poly” the most competitive school in Baltimore.
Video: Courtney’s Story – 8th Grade
Courtney shares his school life and his life at home. His mom tries not to be too protective, but she reminds him how important it is to be aware of your surroundings when you live in Baltimore.
Video: Tyler’s Story – 8th Grade
Tyler now realizes that West Baltimore is not an easy environment for black male teenagers. Shop keepers search his book bag and friends drop away when he continues to be a serious student.
YEAR TWO: 7TH GRADE UMB CURE SCHOLARS PROGRAM
MedSchool Maryland Productions continued to document the lives of the UMB Cure Scholars in West Baltimore throughout their 7th grade, watching them grow up. Following their personal journeys revealed the daily challenges faced by these young teens and their hopes for the future.
Video: My Personal Journey – Shakeer
Shakeer, now in the 7th grade, describes the pressure to do well– getting into a good high school is already on his mind. On a weekend visit with his father, both share their devotion to the Muslim religion and their hopes for the future.
Video: My Personal Journey – Princaya
Princaya, a strong competitor, pushes herself to achieve in the 7th grade. She’s determined and self-confident. Her dream is to become an anesthesiologist, and she is determined to make this happen.
Video: My Personal Journey – Davioin
Davioin really enjoys the dissection unit in his after school CURE Scholars program and impresses his CURE mentors with his charisma and abilities. When he finds he’s challenged, he remembers the words of his older sister, a successful high school student– “advocate for yourself!” And, he doesn’t give up.
Video: My Personal Journey – Tyler
Tyler has two sides to his life. He’s a fun loving, energetic teenager, but he also faces serious challenges posed by his family circumstances. He speaks about overcoming the obstacles of his life with incredible determination and sincerity sharing his dream of becoming a surgeon and helping his mom.
Video: My Personal Journey – Courtney
Courtney is on the track to making success happen. He’s doing very well in school, wants to go to college, and has dreams of leaving the neighborhood of his childhood. He does confess to getting distracted with his phone, but he’s too competitive to let anything keep him from being a winner in life.
Video: Me and My Mentor – Princaya
It’s Princaya’s birthday and her mentor, Dr. Stines, arranges a visit to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Here she finds out about Dr. Stines’ work as a pediatric nurse practitioner and gets to meet Dr. Yvette Fouche, an anesthesiologist at Shock Trauma. Encouraged by Dr. Fouche, Princaya believes she will be able to make her dream of becoming an anesthesiologist a reality.
Video: Me and My Mentor – Davioin
Davioin’s mentor, Nicholas– a third year medical school student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine– takes him to visit Dr. Jewel Greywoode, a surgeon at University of Maryland Medical Center. Davioin finds out about becoming a surgeon and gets to see first hand some of the tools used in reconstructive surgery.
YEAR ONE: 6TH GRADE UMB CURE SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Twelve year-old Shakeer lives in West Baltimore, a few blocks from where Freddie Gray was picked up by police and subsequent riots broke out. In his neighborhood, struggling with generational poverty, an entrenched drug trade and decades of violence, over 40% of teens do not graduate from high school. Witnessing the tragedy surrounding Freddie Gray’s death, Shakeer is inspired to find another path, determined that the powerful forces of his neighborhood will not define his destiny.
Ar’Mya takes you to her neighborhood where drug dealers hang on the corner, and violence is an everyday occurrence. After becoming a part of the UMB CURE program, she dreams of going to college and becoming a pediatrician.