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Merrick House celebrates reopening of newly refurbished gym and tech loft

Merrick House celebrates reopening of newly refurbished gym and tech loft (Plain Press, March 2022)    Merrick House celebrated the reopening of its newly refurbished gym and tech loft on February 18th with a ribbon cutting ceremony, speeches, a live DJ, a slam dunk contest, and ball handling drills for the children. Merrick House in a press … Continue reading

Mayor Bibb announces two key appointments: Chief Education Officer and Chief of Youth and Family Success

(Plain Press, March 2022)      On February 15th, Mayor Justin M. Bibb announced two key roles he plans to add to his new administration. Holly Trifiro will serve as the Chief Education Officer and Sonya Pryor-Jones will serve as Chief of Youth & Family Success. Both positions will report to the Mayor.      “Education is the foundation for … Continue reading

Help for youth aging-out of foster care

Help for youth aging-out of foster care by Tonya Sams (Plain Press, December 2021)                 Aging out of the foster care system can be a very challenging time for youth who are also navigating the transition from childhood to adulthood. Without a birth certificate, social security card, or other identifying documentation, it can be extremely difficult to … Continue reading

Formerly homeless youth leads charge in Cleveland for affordable housing

Formerly homeless youth leads charge in Cleveland for affordable housing by Dan Polletta (Plain Press, August 2021)     When Kai Cotton offers advice to youth struggling with homelessness, they listen, because she was once in their shoes.       She’s no typical charity worker. She’s one who’s been homeless, who knows exactly what it is to have the rights and … Continue reading

Cleveland Women’s March Rally at Market Square Park

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School of One opens site at LGBT Center

School of One opens site at LGBT Center CMSD NEWS BUREAU (Plain Press, December 2020)                 The Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s School of One has opened a site at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, a partnership that might be the first of its kind in the country.      Classes, like those across the District, are remote … Continue reading

Cleveland Community Police Commission works to reform Cleveland Division of Police

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, October 2020)           Of late, much public discussion centers around the need for police reform. Here in Cleveland that effort is already underway. The Cleveland Community Police Commission has been working on reforming the Cleveland Police Department since 2015.    At its quarterly meeting held virtually on September 24th, the Cleveland Community Police … Continue reading

EYEJ compiling accurate, up-to-date portrait of Cleveland’s digital divide

EYEJ compiling accurate, up-to-date portrait of Cleveland’s digital divide (Plain Press, October 2020) Cleveland’s digital divide has emerged as a central issue for Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice (EYEJ). Compelled by its mission to improve the lives of young people, EYEJ is actively engaged in an effort to fully understand and support real solutions to the widespread … Continue reading

Local agencies hope to aid working parents by providing safe spaces for students during virtual school hours

Local agencies hope to aid working parents by providing safe spaces for students during virtual school hours This story is provided by ideastream as part of special community coverage of COVID-19 and funded by Third Federal Foundation and University Settlement. by Rachel Dissell (Plain Press, September 2020)       For some parents of school-age children, the decision … Continue reading

Staff and volunteers at the City Life Center prepare to pass out dinners packaged for Cleveland children

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