Howard County and Baltimore City communities will have opportunity equity for all children, especially those living in income constrained families and who underachieve in school.


To provide enrichment opportunities that increase the numbers of middle school minority boys who succeed in life by beginning with those most in need, and to scale-up the program to reach all middle school students living in poverty.








Carlessia A. Hussein, RN, BS, MS, D.PH served as Director of the Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities for 10 years until retirement in 2014. 

In a career spanning more than 50 years, she has committed to improving the health of  persons of color, those in poor health, and families in poverty. In retirement, she uses philanthropy to lift up children to succeed in life, with a focus on those in greatest need. 

Dr. Hussein continues to promote Health Equity through volunteer work with the Howard County Health Department, MEDStar Health Research Institute Board and several major health systems organizations.