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Information & Resources

Upcoming Events

  • NO GBALI Session November 29, 2014 Gilman School, 5407 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210, United St ates
  • GBALI Session - Site Visit To CoverGirl December 4, 2014 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • GBALI Session - Goucher College Visit & Tour December 6, 2014 at 9:29 am – 12:00 pm Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 9:45 Check-in at Admissions. Fill-out visitor cards. 10:00-1 1:00 Information Session 11:00-12:00 Campus Tour

Program Hours & Location

The 10th Annual Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute will meet weekly on Saturdays from 8:44am to 12:00pm beginning October 25 2014.

Give to Get…. Service opportunity

The holiday season is upon us. To get into the spirit, we are offering an opportunity to you. This Saturday (11/15/14), you can earn 0.5 (1/2) point for every 2 canned goods that you bring in (Max = 1 point; 4 cans).

For those of you that have lost points due to attendance or non-completion of an assignment, now is your chance to recoup your loss. For everyone else, this is an opportunity to earn an extra credit point.

The collected cans will be donated to Bea Gaddy’s kitchen. If you don’t know who Bea Gaddy was or what her kitchen does, Google it.

Suggestions: string beans, sweet potatoes, beans, greens, sauerkraut…

Assignments due by Friday, November 14, 2014

Johns Hopkins Visit & Tour & Projects/Assignments Accountability System

  • If you were absent on Saturday, November 8, 2014, we discussed the new points system that will be applied to projects and assignments. Ask someone who was present for details. This system will work like the attendance policy. If you accrue six (6) or more points, you will be dismissed from the program. This is separate from the attendance policy and is in response to the lack of response on previous assignments. Students who didn’t complete the Project Teams assignment you have already been assessed one (1) point.

Get a Professional Email Address

  • All students must evaluate their email address for professional acceptability:
    • Every student should have a non-school issued professional email address. It’s recommended that you use a major free email provider, not one provided by Cox, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, etc. If you lose or cancel the service associated with them, you will lose that email address. Using Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, MSN, etc. will mean that you can have that email address permanently (“forever”).
    • Use some form of your REAL name (e.g. John Smith: smithj@email.com, john.smith@email.com, jsmith15@email.com). You may use your middle name or some other name, if you formally go by that name (i.e. your school teachers use that name).
    • Use your real name as the name that shows up in the FROM field.
    • You don’t have to get rid of your existing email account. Ask for help if you need assistance linking accounts or forwarding mail between multiple accounts.
  • Forward your new email address to dirs@gbali.org by Friday, November 14, 2014.

Prepare for Johns Hopkins University Visit

In preparation of our visit and tour of Johns Hopkins University (see Program Calendar & Announcements), complete the JHU Student Information Form no later than Thursday, November 13, 2014. Do not submit it to the directors. It must be brought with you on Saturday to give to the JHU admissions personnel. Also, visit www.jhu.edu to make sure you know something about Johns Hopkins. Please, don’t show up unprepared.


PROFESSIONAL DRESS CODE IN EFFECT. See the included file below (“Clothing Tips“). Also, see the videos below. If you have questions, please ask or do some research.

For young men and women, a sweater may be an appropriate substitute for a suit jacket.



GPS Instructions If you are using your vehicle’s GPS system or an online mapping service for driving directions, please enter the following address: 3101 Wyman Park Drive Baltimore, MD 21211 This address will bring you to the Wyman Park Bldg., across Wyman Park Dr. from the Homewood campus. Keeping the Wyman Park Bldg. on your left, continue on Wyman Park Dr. to the third driveway on the right, and enter the underground visitor parking garage (South Garage). PLEASE NOTE: Due to construction on Charles St. near the university, please follow the directions below once you get to the area. If you use GPS or other mapping directions you will need to follow detours to get to the campus.



New Student Application for 2014-2015


When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.

–Roy E. Disney

Be a part of the GBALI 10th Anniversary Class. Our focus at GBALI is to help you make informed life decisions that will best fit your unique definition of success. But, first you’ll need to decide whether this is a program you can commit to. Take some time to explore what is being asked of you. We will have a lot of fun together (this is definitely not school), but commitment and accountability will not be optional. As a GBALI participant that specifically means:
  1. Commitment: I recognize that participation requires that I be fully committed to attendance, punctuality, active participation, assignment/project completion and the respect of all other GBALI participants.
  2. Accountability: I understand and accept that I will be held accountable for my personal actions and obligations as well as those of any teams or groups of which I am a part.
Participants & parents, before submitting an application, be sure to view our Attendance Policy & Guidelines. Parents & guardians, be sure to view our Message to Parents & Guardians.
By signing and submitting an application, you are stating your acceptance of the Commitment & Accountability guidelines and standards.

(Click Download Application, select Download in upper right corner of download page, then select Direct Download);

Due Monday, October 6, 2014

Below is a list of the schools that have been represented in over the past 5 years.

  • Boy’s Latin
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Chesepeake
  • City
  • Coppin Academy
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit
  • Digital Harbor
  • Doris M. Johnson
  • Friends
  • Garrison Forest
  • Gilman
  • Hammond
  • Institute of Notre Dame
  • John Carroll
  • Maryvale
  • McDonogh
  • Mervo
  • Milford Mill Academy
  • Mount Hebron
  • New Mark of Excellence
  • Oakland Mills
  • Owings Mills
  • Park
  • Perryville
  • Pikesville
  • Poly
  • Randallstown
  • Reginald F. Lewis
  • Roland Park Country School
  • Seton Keough
  • St. Paul’s (Boys)
  • St. Paul’s (Girls)
  • St. Timothy’s
  • Towson
  • Western
  • Western Tech

Acknowledgment from B.E.S.T…. Proud of everyone

Molly Hathaway Young Women’s

and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Programs

in partnership with the
Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute:

“Building Your Support Team”



The Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute (GBALI), founded and directed by Gilman alumni, is an annual leadership program for high school students in Baltimore.  Each fall, a cohort of 9th -12th grade young women and men is selected from an applicant pool of students throughout the city. The Leadership Institute, now in its 9th year, meets weekly from October – March and is founded on the idea that “success is defined by more than a career and a career is determined by more than education.” Emphasis is not only placed on educational and career choices but also on the importance of interpersonal relationships and personal accountability to themselves and others. During their time in the program, the approximately 20-30 students annually develop a more complete and stronger understanding of the relationship between personal decisions, career, friendships and family.


Over the past several years B.E.S.T. has played a significant role in promoting the GBALI program to both independent schools and within our network of nonprofits and public schools.  This year, 16 B.E.S.T. students were selected to be part of the 29 member 2013-2014 GBALI class.


On Saturday, March 1st, as part of our spring Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Programs, 21 B.E.S.T. upper school students joined the GBALI class for a workshop titled “Building Your Support Team.”  The GBALI directors designed the morning’s workshop to emphasize the importance of building strong relationship skills and networks in order to gain a lifelong competitive advantage.  The program explored interpersonal styles and relationship preferences that affect the way individuals select and interact with the key people in their lives.


B.E.S.T. 9th – 12th Grade Students
and Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute Students & Directors

Special thanks to the GBALI leadership for welcoming our B.E.S.T. students and for their facilitation of the morning’s program:
Karlo Young                       Terrance Whitehead

Director, Advisory                        Team Lead

KPMG                              Pragmatics, Inc.

Gilman School, ’97                   Gilman School, ’95

GBALI Director                        GBALI Director



Kourtney Whitehead                         Terris King

Principal                     First Year Kindergarten Teacher

Korn/Ferry International           The Park School of Baltimore



Special thanks also to Crystal Lee, B.E.S.T. 2nd Vice President, Garrison Forest School and B.E.S.T. Alumna (’96) and Khalil Uqdah, Gilman School and B.E.S.T. Alum (’06) for participating in the morning’s program.


Crystal Lee, Terris King, Karlo Young, Terrance Whitehead, Kourtney Whitehead,
Khalil Uqdah

Assignment for Saturday, March 8, 2014

Before Saturday, complete the following profile assessments. Have fun with them but take them seriously. Knowing these two profiles will make a significant impact on your life. When you’re done, have your parents, friends, +1’s, etc. take them.

Also, be sure to read the announcements regarding last Saturday and this Saturday.

Assignment for Saturday, March 22, 2014

Within your project teams, answer the following questions. Answers should be developed in presentation form (not email) and are due by 12PM on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Submit them to dirs@gabli.org. Remember that this overall project is still a competition. There are multiple options for the prize for the winning team. The quality of the prize will be determined by the quality of your presentations from this point forward.


  • What vegetables will make up Veggie Buddies? Why? Will need to work with Research & Strategy teams.
  • Describe the packaging? What’s the size/weight and concept?
  • Organic or Conventional?


  • What will be your top 2 forms (medium/platform) of marketing? Why? Will need to work with Strategy team.
  • Describe the marketing concepts for Veggie Buddies?


  • What age ranges should be targeted by Veggie Buddies?
  • What are some statistics that could be used to market Veggie Buddies?
  • What is a reasonable price per package?


  • What’s the best way to launch Veggie Buddies? Local, regional, national? Why?
  • What are the top 3 “places” to sell Veggie Buddies? Why?
  • Are there other products that can be used to complement the sale of Veggie Buddies?


Kellee Parrott Gonzalez
McDonogh '96

Kourtney J. Whitehead
Osbourn (VA) '96

Terrance T. Whitehead
Gilman '95

Karlo G. Young
Gilman '97


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