As a volunteer intern for the Baltimore Urban League Youth Diversion Program, Crystal used her legal training to develop and facilitate a Street Law Program to provide tools and knowledge to City youth regarding rights and responsibilities to effectively navigate interaction with law enforcement and antagonists at the street level.
As a parent partner she is called to advocate on behalf of Baltimore City and County school students to ensure IDEA compliance and enforcement of IEP and special accommodation agreements. Her tutorial program Empowered4Purpose uses a creative intervention and integrative approach to bring services to adolescent males with expressed learning deficits. She employed the same model as a GED instructor for the BCCC Center for Adult Continuing Education. Her programs averaged an 80% academic improvement rate across all subject matters and a 100% graduation rate.
Crystal has built a trusted relationship with our Older Adult populations. She has been a sound board and advocate in state, local, and federal matters on issues ranging from neglect in senior housing to filing claims for insurance and disability appeals. She continues to assist in providing equitable access to resources to our older adult citizens of Baltimore. (I.E. Transportation to Voting Locations, Obtaining Absentee Ballots, and COVID-19 vaccinations).
For the past 20 years Crystal has volunteered to serve and advocate for our veterans. This includes serving at the Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast for our homeless vets and the annual African American Patriots Day Celebration sponsored by NabVets. She has assisted with filing successful VA benefits claims and most recently helped to avert an eviction by reconnecting vets with services through Project Plase and Catholic Charities.
Through collaborative efforts with FACE, the Maryland Justice Project, and other Re-Entry Advocates she provides community employment and housing resources and therapeutic support. She encourages mobilization to increase voter turnout and to impact population authored legislation amongst this group.
Crystal has a long-standing commitment to economic development and community empowerment. She readily utilizes her expertise as a technical writer and grant writer to assist small business owners both for profit and non-profit comply with state, local, and federal requirements to operate. Early in the COVID -19 crises, she assisted several businesses in applying for the CARES ACT grants and loans products. She facilitates the 501c 3 Incorporation segment of the St. Matthews Outreach Center 6-week free grant writing session, located in the 40th District.
Crystal vows to address mental health, joblessness, homelessness, and environmental issues as indicators of increased violence, crime, and public health concerns. In gun court she strives to speed up conviction of violent crimes and repeat offenders. She'll also advocate for all legislation that prosecutes violence against Older Adults as hate crimes. Her plans increase investment in suicide prevention and integrate mental health therapy in schools, workplaces and communities via arts and natural resources.