Seeking nominations for 2019 Champions of Central

Seeking nominations for 2019 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 Friday, October 4.

Selected champions and nominators will be notified via email on November 8. Champions and the individuals who nominated them will be honored and acknowledged at the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood Advisory Council meeting:

  • Date: Wednesday, November 20
  • Location: Friendly Inn, 2386 Unwin Road
  • 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.

Meet the 2019 Promise scholars

Meet the 2019 Promise scholars

On May 10, graduating seniors at East Tech High School in Central received their awards to celebrate accomplishments throughout their high school career.MVIMG_20190510_100426 A large percentage of those graduating seniors are residents of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, and had spent the previous several months building relationships with the Promise team. At the awards ceremony, the Promise team distributed scholarships to each of the Promise seniors.

“We hope these will help you get started in your post-secondary education,” said Richaun Bunton, Promise Initiative Manager, when she addressed the group. “We expect truly great things of you, to be the examples of the Promise that this neighborhood has.”

Promise awarded each individual $500 to start college. The Promise seniors will meet with the team again in June at the second annual Promise College Roundtable, where the graduates will have the opportunity to speak with current college students and alumni about what to expect when they head to college.IMG_20190510_103233

Two of the scholars, Essian Jalil and Dyshanna Perkins, were hand selected by East Tech principal Temujin Taylor for the 2019 East Tech Principal’s Award, which demonstrates strength of character and potential.

Congratulations to all graduates! Our 2019 scholars are:

  • Fatimoh Adebayo
  • Montana Burns
  • Darion Crenshaw
  • Destanee Dallas
  • Ajamonae Dowdell
  • Tyric Drane
  • Gregory Elma
  • Cierra Gunn
  • Essian Jalil
  • Brooke King
  • Domanick Leach
  • Da’Von Martin
  • Jordan McDowell
  • Aiana O’Neal
  • Dyshanna Perkins
  • Eric Pickett
  • Kenitra Robinson
  • Kevon Sellers
  • Kaila Terrell
  • Devell Walker

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.

Richaun Bunton talks #PromiseReads on WKYC’s We the People

Richaun Bunton talks #PromiseReads on WKYC’s We the People

IMG_20181026_112837 (1)Promise education performance manager Richaun Bunton appeared on WKYC’s We the People on October 26 to talk about Promise’s commitment to literacy. “The more children have access to books, the better their outcomes in education as they grow older,” Bunton said.

Greg LeManna of Anthem BCBS Ohio joined Bunton to explain why Little Free Libraries – and literacy in general – are important factors in health and wellness.

“Your literacy directly impacts your health over time,” LeManna said. “When you have early access to books, it propels you up to three years ahead in your education, and your education and literacy directly impact your ability to navigate chronic diseases later on in life.”

You can watch the full clip here. 

#PromiseReads and Anthem bring new Little Free Libraries to Central

#PromiseReads and Anthem bring new Little Free Libraries to Central

The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood is committed to supporting successful educational outcomes for the children of the Central neighborhood. We know that education starts at home, and parents are truly a child’s first teacher. Research shows that the simple presence of books in the home is linked to a child’s educational success.

Promise is proud to have worked with Central residents and partners to establish some of the 11 Little Free Libraries around the neighborhood. These “take a book, leave a book” structures invite residents of all ages to browse a selection of stocked titles and take them home to read.IMG_20181013_121239

As part of the ongoing #PromiseReads initiative, Promise recently presented six new Little Free Libraries to the Central neighborhood, thanks to a generous donation from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. In an October event at the Sterling Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, Promise engagement manager Joe Black spoke to the stewards of the new libraries about what it means to care for and support a Little Free Library.

Stewards all received book donations on behalf of the Kids Book Bank and Cleveland Public Library, as well as a supply from Anthem. Promise Ambassador Gwen Garth, a staple of Central’s art community, plans to fill the library she stewards with crayons, coloring books and additional art supplies for the neighborhood. Felton Thomas, executive director of Cleveland Public Library, and Margaret Bernstein, director of advocacy at WKYC, joined the event to talk about the value of Little Free Libraries in our communities, right alongside the invaluable resource of the public libraries.

The event was broadcast on WKYC. View the clip here.

New Little Free Libraries will be installed or updated in the following locations:

  • Alfred A. Benesch School
  • Boys & Girls Club at King Kennedy
  • Gwen Garth’s Community Garden
  • John’s Church
  • William Patrick Day Early Learning Center

Thank you to those who joined us, as well as to Monica Rudzinski, Sterling branch manager, who welcomed Promise to the library on the first chilly day of fall.

 

 

 

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.

Advisory council meetings share data to strengthen Promise

Advisory council meetings share data to strengthen Promise

As a collective impact initiative, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood focuses on using data to inform the future of the neighborhood, incorporating the experiences of partners and residents into a model that ensures success.

Through the spring and summer, the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood convened bimonthly advisory council meetings, welcoming partners and residents to Friendly Inn for a discussion of what’s happening in the Promise neighborhood. In the two most recent meetings, Promise team leaders used the time to share data and learnings, to give meeting attendees the opportunity to reflect and weigh in on their experiences with education in the neighborhood.

In May, Promise Education Performance Manager Richaun Bunton and Steven Lake of Cleveland Transformation Alliance spoke to partners and residents about current initiatives in our K-8 schools. Data recently compiled by Case Western Reserve University reveals that 36 percent of 2016-2017 kindergarten students did not return to the same school the following year. In addition, data from the US Office of Civil Rights demonstrates a rate of teacher absenteeism higher than the CMSD average. Residents and partners reflected on the importance of teacher-student relationships and the roles that schools, parents and families can all play in supporting these relationships. Trauma-informed professional development and special education advocacy initiatives designed to support these relationships have been implemented in many cases in the Promise neighborhood, thanks to better understanding of the data.

In July, Promise Early Learning Navigator Tatiana Wells initiated conversation inspired by Promise’s early learning data. The data, also compiled by Case Western Reserve, indicated that one-third of preschool-age children in the Promise Neighborhood do not attend preschool. Of those who do attend preschool, most go to schools either outside the neighborhood or with no high-quality ratings, despite the fact that Central is one of two Cleveland neighborhoods with the most high-quality early learning providers Many residents and partners shared that they were unaware of the rich early learning opportunities available in the neighborhood, and shared ideas for developing community awareness with Promise staff.

Sharing these numbers and allowing for community and partner input is a cornerstone of the data-informed decision making and the collective impact model. The Promise team and partners will build on conversations to inform how to best align focus on initiatives going forward.

The next advisory council meeting is scheduled for October 3, 2018 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Friendly Inn. All are welcome to attend.