The Agape Chapter of Blacks in Government (BIG) organized in December 1999 at Baltimore VA Medical Center with 15 members. We received our official charter at the National Blacks In Government Training Conference in Washington, DC on August 21, 2000. Since then, our membership has grown to as many as 32 individuals coming from varying backgrounds including nursing, accounting, public relations, engineering, recreation therapy, and prosthetics.
We offer training, professional growth and development opportunities through a large network of Black professionals; counseling and representation; community service; job opportunities through media avenues; honorary award programs and advocacy for equality in employment.
We are currently partnered with the Baltimore Career Academy. The Career Academy is an alternative school for students, ages 16 - 20 who seek a GED or traditional high school diploma through their “Diploma Plus” program.
The Agape Chapter chose as its primary focus the mentoring and support of the youth in our community. This, we felt was essential to promote equality and professionalism in the workplace. We must first educate our youth to make them aware of our history and prepare them for what we already know lies ahead on the horizon.
An advocate of equal opportunity and professional development for Black government employees at the Local, State and Federal government levels and others dedicated to justice for all.