Loyola University Maryland

York Road Initiative


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Interested in Getting Involved?

The York Road Students Association 

"The York Road Students Association (YRSA) strives to build meaningful and intentional relationships between students and neighbors in the York Road community. Through meetings, reflections, site visits, and friendships, we hope to create a strong and lasting connection with area residents, and also expand our definition of 'kinship.' By challenging our notions of community, we hope to broaden the lines of communication and establish sustainable bonds and partnerships."


The York Road Student's Association was established in 2012 by Katherine Clair '13. It has gained a steady following in the student body and is now lead by a Board of Directors that includes President Diana Dautzenberg '16, Lauren Heery '15, and Michael Kamradt '16. The York Road Student's Association is a group of students from the York Road Corridor committed to building lasting relationships between the many different communities in our neighborhood. The students plan and lead events such as dinners at area restaurants, meetings with local residents, and volunteer opportunities with community members. Through various events, meetings, and conversations, YRSA hopes to form deep bonds and friendships with our neighbors and thus continue to work towards justice for all within the York Road community, and beyond such as the greater Baltimore City community. All interested students are welcome to join! 

If you have any questions, or would like to become involved with YRSA please contact: yrsa@loyola.edu


If you are interested in learning more about the York Road Initiative and/or serving as an intern during the academic year or summer, please forward your resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested in our work to Erin O'Keefe at eokeefe1@loyola.edu


Community 101 Sessions are now available for the Loyola community to become more knowledgeable about the greater community that surrounds our campus.  There are 8 sessions scheduled throughout the Spring 2014 semester.  All classes take place in Maryland Hall 241 from 7:00pm until 8:30pm.  All are welcome to attend!  Sign up for a session here.

Spring 2014 Volunteer Opportunities: The York Road Initiative has 3 large-scale volunteer opportunities this semester available to the Loyola community, offered through both internal and external partnerships.  Volunteer activities include planting flowers and native plant species along the corridor and in the Govans Urban Forest, maintaining the forest and removing invasive ivy species, working with local partners such as churches and schools, and many more. Students who wish to participate must attend a Community 101 session before the volunteer day.    Sign up for a Volunteer Day here.

If you are looking for a one-day or multiple hour volunteer opportunity, please refer to the CCSJ website for orientation information and potential placements. Additionally, contact the York Road Students Association for their ongoing activities.

Class-Based Engagement/Service Learning

See the links below for information about Service Learning Courses

If you have questions or would like more information about Service Learning Courses, contact Megan Linz Dickinson, Assistant Director of Service-Learning at mlinz@loyola.edu or ext. 2092.