Seeking nominations for 2020 Champions of Central

Seeking nominations for 2020 Champions of Central

The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland want to acknowledge and honor those Central residents and staff from our community partners who help our partnering organizations fulfill their missions and made significant contributions to the vibrancy of the Central neighborhood.

We need your help in identifying these Champions of Central.

We are seeking nominations for Central residents and staff members of community partners who exemplify at least 3 of the following criteria:

Central Resident   

  • Serves as a leader in the Central community
  • Serves as an ambassador in a partner organization for programs or projects that directly impact the Central community
  • Serves as a Cleveland Central Promise Ambassador
  • Has made a significant impact in the Central community by way of leading or participating in an activity or program in the area(s) of health, education and/or advocacy

Central Resident nomination form

Community Partner

  • A passion for the Central community
  • A commitment to the mission and vision of the partner organization
  • Someone who continuously goes above and beyond the “call of duty” to help ensure Central families have access and support to the resources available to them within the partnering organization
  • Serves or has served as a change agent within your organization which has had a direct impact on the families within the Central community
  • Upholds a commitment to community collaboration which remains evident in their daily work

Community Partner nomination form

You may nominate up to two individuals in both categories. Please submit all nominations by Wednesday, November 18.

Selected champions and nominators will be notified via email on December 4. Champions and the individuals who nominated them will be honored and acknowledged at the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood Advisory Council meeting:

  • Date: Wednesday, December 16
  • Location: Zoom – info to come
  • Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

If you have someone in mind, please complete the attached nomination form and submit to Richaun Bunton, Promise initiative manager, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood:  rbunton@socfcleveland.org.

Five Protective Factors offer guide for family strength in crisis

Five Protective Factors offer guide for family strength in crisis

We know that this has been a challenging time for people across our world, and we are especially concerned for those in our own Central neighborhood, where so many families have young children to nurture and support.

At Promise, we are working to better understand those elements that can strengthen a family through times of crisis, as well as times of success, to make sure children are growing and developing in the best ways they can.

These elements are often referred to as the Five Protective Factors, and we want to use our collective Promise voice to make sure Central’s families feel connected and supported through this time of heightened stress and anxiety.

The Five Protective Factors are:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

To talk about what each of these means to our families and community, we will share videos and short blog posts over the next several weeks on behalf of our staff and partners. To keep up with the conversation, follow us on Facebook.

COVID-19 Update: Resources for Central Families

COVID-19 Update: Resources for Central Families

During these uncertain times, there are several support resources available in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as links to online activities for families with children:

Support Resources for Cleveland Central Promise

We know this is a difficult time for everyone, especially our neighbors and friends who have children home from school. Our team has been speaking with families throughout the Central Promise neighborhood to better understand the immediate needs in our community, and we are working on the best ways to support one another. In the meantime, we are sending along a few helpful community resources.

To stay informed on COVID-19, receive local updates and understand the practices to stop the spread of germs, please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Public Health and the Cleveland Department of Public Health.

FREE MEAL ACCESS – as of March 23, 2020

The COVID-19 Cleveland Community Hub has posted an interactive map of all food pantries and free meal sites across the city of Cleveland.

VIEW THE MAP HERE

Clicking on the location icons will bring up the address and phone number for each location, as well as dates & times for meal service.

Locations in our immediate neighborhood include:

  • Marion Sterling School
  • Anton Grdina School
  • Friendly Inn Settlement House
  • Triedstone Community Care Center
  • St. Vincent de Paul – Woodland Ave.

Children’s Hunger Alliance is supporting ready-to-eat meal distribution to children outside most of Cleveland’s recreation centers while the centers remain closed during the emergency shutdown. The grab-and-go meals are available Saturday, March 28 from noon to 1 p.m. and Monday through Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m.

In our community:

Central Recreation
2526 Central Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216.664.4241
Meals served: 4 – 5 p.m.

Lonnie Burten Recreation Center
2511 E 46th St.
Cleveland, OH 44104
Phone: 216.664.4139
Meals served: 4 – 5 p.m.

CHILD CARE CENTERS – as of March 23, 2020

All early learning centers in the Central Promise neighborhood are currently CLOSED as part of the State of Ohio’s mandatory shutdown.

Several area early learning centers are in the process of acquiring licensing to provide care during the pandemic, and we will share those resources with you as soon as they are available.

Activities for Families with Children

  • Starfall Learning’s website is full of educational activities to help students of all ages develop literacy skills and keep minds active.
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District has an entire page dedicated to learning resources, both from the district and from national & international resources. Click here to access the full list.
  • The Music Settlement has developed a comprehensive listing of tools and activities available for young children and families throughout this period of isolation. Click here for the full list.

Examples include:

The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood is a collaborative initiative led by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.

Promise welcomes new Ambassador class

Promise welcomes new Ambassador class

In the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, we work to build a cradle to career pipeline for the residents and families of Central, a transformative model intended to build a healthier community.

We recognize that residents must lead the change to be truly impactful in our neighborhood, and our Ambassador program empowers community leaders who serve as partners in designing and implementing the work.

At the May Promise Advisory Council meeting, we welcomed those who recently completed training and are now Promise Ambassadors, bringing our total count to nearly 70 ambassadors.

Congratulations to our latest Promise Ambassadors:

  • Aneesha Lynn Coleman
  • Prisicella Fayne
  • Julius Warfield
  • Yvette Duke
  • Charmaine Jordan
  • Robert Lucas
  • Not pictured:
    • Alquita Ferguson
    • Tarajuana Crowell

 

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East Tech scholars explore leadership traits at Promise brunch

East Tech scholars explore leadership traits at Promise brunch

On Wednesday, March 13, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood hosted a brunch to celebrate the 21 seniors at East Tech High School who live in the Promise footprint.IMG-2089

Last year, Promise initiated a Promise scholarship to help support high school seniors as they transition to college. Seniors at the brunch last week learned about this opportunity for supportive funds, and will be eligible to apply over the summer. Promise Neighborhood initiative manager Richaun Bunton worked with East Tech to organize the brunch to encourage deeper interaction between the Promise team and the children of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood.

At the brunch, staff explained how Promise works in the community, and encouraged students to consider the leaders within themselves. Students and staff completed an exercise to better understand personality types and provide insight into personal leadership style.

“The exercise outlined four personality types: Lion, Otter, Golden Retriever or Beaver,” said Bunton. “Many of the students were lions – goal-oriented, natural leaders who favor direct communication. We saw only a small amount of beavers, who are rule-focused and maintain high standards of order and respect – traits that can tip easily into perfectionism.”

Students then considered how their awareness of their personality traits could help their college experience: for example, would an otter, notoriously messy, be a good roommate for a beaver, who prefers neatness and order?IMG-2073_sm

“We wanted our session to be fun, while still offering support and introspection as these students consider their future,” Bunton said. “We want these 21 students to know they have the encouragement of an entire group of people they hadn’t met before the brunch: our staff and partners.”

Following a buffet brunch of yogurt parfaits, breakfast burritos and more, the students reflected on the time together, saying they felt less anxious about the changes they will soon experience. The scholars will be mentored by Promise staff as they prepare for their journey post-graduation.  They will also be honored at Promise’s summer College Roundtable in June.

If you would like to get more involved with ensuring the success of our Promise Neighborhood graduating scholars, please contact Richaun Bunton at rbunton@socfcleveland.org.

Promise team warms neighbors in polar vortex

Promise team warms neighbors in polar vortex

The last days of January 2019 were some of the coldest on record in Cleveland. Here in the Promise Neighborhood, our team jumped in with all hands on deck the day before the “polar vortex” descended to plan the best way to help Central residents get the supplies they may need to deal with the cold weather.PromiseFreeze_libraryshelves

Several staff loaded up carts full of socks, gloves, hats and blankets, along with nonperishable food items, to distribute around the neighborhood.

Community engagement manager Joe Black coordinated with law enforcement to equip Cleveland police and CMHA officers with supplies to keep in their squad cars, and Joe and community engagement coordinator Dawn Glasco made themselves available by phone to any partners or Promise Ambassadors who needed assistance.

The team stocked the Central neighborhood Cleveland Public Library branches, Sterling and Woodland, with cold-weather gear and pantry items, and library partners shared that participation was outstanding. Other organizations began donating supplies to these sites as well. Promise staff made sure to provide supplies to be distributed at the Emergency Department at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.

Joe said that during the first frigid, on his way into Central, he saw a man leaving St. Vincent with a stack of papers, all of which blew across the lawn, and the man was rushing to collect them—without gloves. Joe pulled over and offered him a pair of gloves.

“When he put on the gloves, I saw instant relief,” Joe said. “He kept saying that he needed to visit his daughter, and I gave him a ride to the Health Line to catch the bus, along with some extra blankets and gloves to share with his daughter.”

Joe offered the man a handshake as he left.PromiseFreeze_JoeVan

“He looked at me and said, ‘no way, man—I’m going to hug you,’” Joe said. “He squeezed me so tight; I was happy we were able to put some brightness in his day.”

“The collaboration required to pull this off in under 24 hours was exemplary,” said Susanna Krey, president of Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, the lead partner of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. “It is a wonderful representation of how we continue to carry forward the legacy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in all of our work. Even in subzero temperatures, it is our courage and community that keeps us warm.”

Promise honors “Champions of Central” with holiday ceremony

Promise honors “Champions of Central” with holiday ceremony

IMG_20181114_170020Over the last several years, the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood has worked alongside residents and partners to focus on improving outcomes for children and families in Central. At the final Promise Advisory Council meeting of 2018, the Promise team recognized several individuals who have been instrumental in helping to create change in the community.

Called the “Champions of Central,” these individuals were nominated by organizations where they work or volunteer. They were identified as team members who help ful fill the missions of these organizations and contribute to the vibrancy of the Central neighborhood.

More than 75 people attended the November 14 celebration that included a brief Promise meeting, dinner and an awards ceremony. MVIMG_20181114_173444

“Traditionally, our November Advisory Council meetings center on a theme of gratitude and thanksgiving,” said Richaun Bunton, education performance manager. “This year, we wanted to offer special thanks to all of the residents who are helping to cultivate a vibrant and dynamic neighborhood through their contributions and hard work.”

Each Champion of Central received an engraved plaque, two tickets for an event of their choosing at Karamu House and entered into a raffle to win a new laptop.

“We work to support our residents to be independent change agents,” Bunton said. “Digital independence is necessary to get a leg up in our highly technological world, so we were proud to be able to offer the gift of a computer.”

Champions of Central included:

  • Anesha Lynn-Coleman, nominated by Cuyahoga Community College
  • Annie Glover, nominated by Promise
  • Belinda McPherson, nominated by Promise
  • Bryanta Spencer, nominated by Nurse Family Partnership
  • Charmaine Jordan, nominated by Promise
  • Colandra Humphrey, nominated by Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Delores Gray, nominated by Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Dr. Erin Murphy, nominated by the Boys and Girls Club
  • Eloise Smith, nominated by Promise
  • Gwendolyn Garth, nominated by Neighborhood Connections
  • LaQueta Worley-Bell, nominated by Promise
  • Leroy Carter, nominated by Promise
  • Lillie Hunter, nominated by Burten Bell Carr
  • Louise Buchanan, nominated by Burten Bell Carr
  • Mildred Lowe, nominated by St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
  • Nefertiti Peterson, nominated by Nurse Family Partnership
  • Precious Smith, nominated by Friendly Inn
  • Quiana Singleton, nominated by Promise
  • Renee Wren, nominated by Promise
  • Tameika Stuart, nominated by Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Tarajuana Crowell, nominated by Cuyahoga Community College
  • Twila Norris, nominated by Burten, Bell, Carr and the Children’s Museum of Cleveland

Promise staff members Joe Black and Dawn Glasco were also honored for their work in the community. Joe was nominated by Jan Thrope, and Dawn by Friendly Inn. Louise Buchanan won the laptop.

Congratulations to all of this year’s Champions of Central. Keep watch for our program updates in spring of 2019.

Seeking nominations for Champions of Central

Seeking nominations for Champions of Central

The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland want to acknowledge and honor those individuals who help our partnering organizations fulfill their missions and contribute to the vibrancy of the Central neighborhood.

We need your help in identifying these Champions of Central.

We are seeking nominations for individuals who exemplify at least 3 of the following criteria:

  • A passion for the Central community
  • A commitment to the mission and vision of your organization
  • Has made a significant impact in the Central community by way of leading or participating in an activity or program in the area(s) of health, education and/or advocacy
  • Serves as a leader in the Central community
  • Serves or has served as a change agent within your organization and the Central community
  • Serves as an ambassador in your organization for programs or projects that directly impact the Central community
  • Serves as a Cleveland Central Promise Ambassador

You may nominate up to two individuals from your organization. Please submit all nominations by Wednesday, November 7.

 Selected champions and nominating organizations will be notified via email on November 9. Champions and nominating organizations will be honored at the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood Advisory Council meeting:

  • Date: Wednesday, November 14
  • Location: Friendly Inn, 2386 Unwin Road
  • Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

If you have someone in mind, please complete the nomination form and submit to Richaun Bunton, education performance manager, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood:  rbunton@socfcleveland.org.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your nominations.

Exploring community through Mayan art of kite-making

Exploring community through Mayan art of kite-making

In Central and South America, kites have long been used as an art-based form of cultural identity and community collaboration that draw on various cultural traditions. This October, Promise had the opportunity to work with the Morgan Conservatory and bring a kite-making activity to the Central Neighborhood.43883

Ajpub’ Garcia, an artist in residence at the Morgan, brings his expertise in Mayan art from his home country of Guatemala. He led a group of more than 30 residents, partners and students in their own kite-making at Friendly Inn Settlement House.

In attendance were representatives from The Morgan Conservatory, Promise Ambassadors, Art Books Cleveland, the Educational Service Center of Northeastern Ohio, Central Girl Scouts, City Year, Inner Visions of Cleveland, Men of Central, Sterling Library and Kings and Queens of Art.

Garcia introduced the group to the origin of the Mayan kite tradition, and he shared images and related poetry from previous kite celebrations. Participants built kites that could fly, as well as ones to hang as decorative artifacts. The collaborating entities shared ideas about how to adapt this borrowed tradition to the interests, needs and concerns of Promise, progressing into a longer-term community-based project.43889

“The activity allows community members to come together and share their neighborhood vision to create a collective art form,” said Promise community engagement coordinator Dawn Glasco. “In this way, we uphold, recognize, and extend conversation to deepen our appreciation of shared values and community unity.”

Some of the kites will go on display at the Outhwaite Community Center and at the Sterling Branch of the Cleveland Public Library. Others will go home with participants.

Promise & WKYC bring early learning to Children’s Museum of Cleveland

Promise & WKYC bring early learning to Children’s Museum of Cleveland

On September 20, children and families from some of Promise’s early learning centers had the chance to visit the Children’s Museum of Cleveland for the first time in an event held as part of the #PromiseReads campaign.IMG_2991

The museum’s new location on Euclid Avenue sits on the border of the Central neighborhood. Thanks to a donor gift, the museum is offering free one-year memberships to families in Central. Promise reached out to Friendly Inn Settlement House, as well as Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, to invite preschool classes to the museum with their parents and introduce them to this enriching neighborhood resource. Friendly Inn’s early childhood group and students from Outhwaite Headstart attended the event to explore the museum.IMG_3152

The afternoon kicked off with a visit from WKYC news anchor Lynna Lai, who read stories to the children as they arrived. After a few games and songs, kids were free to check out the museum’s largest and most engaging exhibits, the Adventure Zone and the Wonder Lab. Promise staff played along, joining the children in the fun and speaking with parents about how to make the experience more accessible to Central residents. Representatives from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Daily Dose of Reading and SPARK helped parents sign up for their educational opportunities, and created crafts with the children.

Each parent who attended with their children signed up to receive a free museum membership. Thanks to the Children’s Museum of Cleveland aIMG_3099nd WKYC for sharing in this wonderful opportunity.

For more information on how to receive a museum membership for families in Central, contact Tatiana Wells, Promise early learning navigator at Starting Point: (216) 575-0061 ext. 538.