On June 24, Promise ambassadors and residents of the Central neighborhood gathered to honor those who have contributed to Central’s rich history and future.
Notable attendees at the event included Cleveland mayor and Central resident Frank Jackson and Cleveland city councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland. The gathering, called the “Unsung Heroes Awards” was supported by Burten Bell Carr Development Inc., Neighborhood Connections and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.
Honorees in each category included:
Unsung Heroes of Central – Past
Pernel Jones Sr.
Unsung Heroes of Central – Present
Andrea Nadine Gray
Unsung Heroes of Central – Future
Congratulations to all of Central’s “Unsung Heroes!”
This summer, Promise has partnered with Huntington Bank to provide a series of educational financial literacy classes to teens in Central. With 1 in 5 teens in the U.S. lacking basic financial literacy skills, classes will focus on some of the essential elements of banking: checking accounts, credit, budgets and more.
Twenty-eight students from St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Resilient Youth program attended the first session on June 21. Charmaine Jordan, a Cleveland State University grad and analyst at Forest City Realty Trust, spoke to the youth about her upbringing in the Central community and how her previous experiences shaped her current understanding of finances. Representatives from Huntington Bank then walked the students through the steps of setting up a bank account, and used interactive tools to help them understand how to balance a checkbook.
Classes are held biweekly through August at the Cleveland Public Library’s Woodland Branch. Next class is Thursday, July 5 at 3 p.m.
On June 13, Promise held a College Roundtable to further congratulate the graduating seniors of East Tech High, and welcomed several local college students and graduates to facilitate discussion on what to expect in the world of higher education.
Led by Promise early learning navigator Tatiana Wells, students and leaders broke into intimate groups for conversation. Topics ranged from how to choose the best classes to how it feels to be away from home for the first time.
Families of the students also joined the discussion. For many, these students are the first family members to attend college.
In May, Promise staff attended the seniors’ awards ceremony and presented each graduating scholar with a scholarship on behalf of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. Learn more here.
The Cleveland Transformation Alliance is a public-private partnership responsible for ensuring accountability for all public schools in the city. The Alliance has four interconnected roles: ensure fidelity to the citywide education plan, assess the quality of all Cleveland schools, communicate with parents about quality school choices and monitor the growth and quality of the charter school sector in Cleveland.
Cleveland Transformation Alliance recently hired two individuals to serve as School Quality Navigators in Central. The navigator’s role is to support families and caregivers in finding and enrolling in the school that best fits their children’s needs. The navigator will work directly with families whose children are transitioning from preschool to kindergarten and from eighth grade to high school. Navigators will provide guidance to families, helping them learn about their public school options and decide which best meet the needs of their children. Navigators will also help them enroll in the public schools of their choosing.
Seana Jackson and Brandy Smith have been hired as the school quality navigators for the 2018-2019 school year. Seana and Brandy spent the first week of June in training sessions with the Cleveland Transformation Alliance and members of the Promise team to provide an introduction to the community.
Seana and Brandy will continue their work through the beginning of the school year, so stay tuned to hear results of the program as the Transformation Alliance continues to advance toward its goal to emphasize quality school choice in Cleveland’s families.