EP93: Social Work and Squeegee Kids in Baltimore

Kyla Liggett-Creel wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt

Dr. Kyla Liggett-Creel talks with us about her work to support children and youth who squeegee car windshields at intersections in Baltimore. Many squeegee workers use the money they earn to pay for food and necessities that their parents can't afford. But many Baltimore business owners say they drive away customers. 

Dr. Liggett-Creel outlines why squeegee workers have been a divisive topic in the city, and discusses her work to get their voices heard.

Dr. Liggett-Creel is an associate clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She leads The Collaborative: A Healing Centered Community, which partners with community groups, grassroots organizations, governmental organizations, universities, and non-profits to address equity and violence prevention in Baltimore City.


Posted October 25, 2022

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The Collaborative: A Healing Centered Community

A project within the University of Maryland School of Social Work, The Collaborative is a coalition of institutes of higher education, grassroots organizations, non-profit organizations, and governmental agency partners focused on healing-centered engagement in the community.

The Squeegee Collaborative

The Squeegee Collaborative comprises  a cross-section of young people who squeegee, businesses, stakeholders from the community, nonprofits and government working together to reimagine Baltimore's squeegee strategy. Its goals include tackling the systems that contribute to the challenges faced by squeegee workers, and addressing the safety of squeegee workers and motorists.

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