Loyola University Maryland

Department of Recreation and Wellness

Community Wellness

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Baltimore Police Youth Challenge (PYC)

The Baltimore Police Youth Challenge is a mission driven program aiming to change the perceptions and improve interactions between the youth and the Baltimore City Police Department. Created by the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School, 45 - 60 youth and police officers participate in small group challenges and specially designed trainings every Thursday. Focus areas include: specific life skill development and classroom behaviors.


Squashwise is a long-term support system program created to provide opportunities for aspiring Baltimore youth. This program focuses on academics, squash, and wellness activities. These activities prepare students for college prep and workplace readiness. Students join the Squashwise family in their middle school years and get continuous support as they achieve their educational, athletic and career goals.

Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys

The Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys is the first charter school in the city to serve exclusively boys with a continuous academic program from grades 4 through 8. The school provides the boys with the finest liberal arts education, ensuring them to become responsible citizens leading and serving their communities, nation and world. All high school boys are promised admission to their college of choice and readiness to compete at top tier colleges around the country. 

Campus Partners

Counseling Center

Understanding Self and Others: Understanding Self and Others (USO) is a weekly therapy group where students gain insights about interpersonal patterns and relationships via support and feedback to increase connections and enhance self-awareness. Call the counseling center at 410-617-2273 to learn more. 

Coping and Connection: Coping and Connection is a supportive space where students can discuss their personal experiences, challenges, and feelings. The purpose is to share and learn coping strategies, while connecting with peers. Come together to find strength through solidarity and connection. Register here:    

Empower: The group provides a supportive space for students to explore their experiences as Students of Color on campus.  Members will discuss issues such as academic stress, relationships, race/ethnicity related stress, and resilience, among others. Participating in this group will empower students while helping them achieve academic excellence, stronger relationships and support systems, and greater life satisfaction. 

In, Out, & In Between: Whether you are out, questioning, or not even sure, this group is for LGBTQPIA+ and same-gender attracted students of all backgrounds to confidentially discuss and explore aspects of gender identity and sexual orientation in a safe space. 

Excel: Excel is a virtual support group for students who have a disability or face learning challenges.  Excel provides a space for students to discuss their unique challenges related to virtual learning and find support to navigate learning hurdles.  Students will also be able to share resources, learn stress management skills, and discuss self-care.  Students do not need to be registered with Disability Support Services to join this group. Learn more here

Abolishing Racism - White Accountability Space: Join a conversation for all students, regardless of race, to explore barriers that prevent all individuals from engaging in racial equity work. This space will focus on addressing ways white people perpetuate harm and contribute to individualized and systemic racism. This conversation is an important step in dismantling racism without relying on people of color to do the emotional labor. Please email Jason Parcover, PhD, at jparcover@loyola.edu, or Brad Bryk, PsyD, at bjbryk@loyola.edu for more information. Interested student can register here

Resilient Healing: This weekly group will educate members on trauma, practice grounding and mindfulness as ways of containing and managing symptoms, increase coping skills and resilience, reduce and heal feelings of shame and anger, and provide a safe and supportive environment from which to heal.  The group will be both educational and supportive in nature. Please contact Julie Phillips, LCSW-C at japhillips1@loyola.edu with questions or for any additional information.


Center for Community, Service, and Justice (CCSJ) invites students, faculty, community partners, alumni and supporters to connect and share resources for a more just and equitable world through academic courses, community development initiatives, scholarship, service experiences, and social justice programming.

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