New Promise Neighborhood Engagement & Resident Leadership Staff

Joseph Black is our new Promise Neighborhood Engagement Manager. Joe brings a rich to the work in in the Central community, with experience in mentoring, educating and planning. His leadership has been noted in all walks of life.

Previously known for his work as the Youth Program Director at Friendly Inn Settlement House, he brought opportunities to work together with other youth organizations throughout the area. He was innovative and willing to try new approaches to chronic issues. The neighborhood’s first “Unity Walk,” which brought together youth groups from other neighborhoods, crossing boundaries and territories, was one positive result of his efforts.

As a graduate of Shaw University with a BA in Psychology and Sociology, he also has a background in mental health case management. He is working on his Master’s of Social Work at Cleveland State University. Joe is invested in lives of youth and families in the neighborhood. Always looking for opportunities to provide people with new experiences, he opened doors supported by the resources to help people grow beyond the challenges that life has brought to them. Simply put his work is grounded in the belief that “Better Days are Created by Better Ways.” Welcome Joe. You can reach him at and at 216.346.5639.

We are also pleased that Dawn Glasco is our new Promise neighborhood engagement coordinator.

Dawn is a proud resident of Central and graduate from East Technical High School. A former educator for Cleveland Metropolitan schools, she received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Chancellor University (formerly Dyke College).

Dawn has been a Central Promise Neighborhood Ambassador since the program’s inception in 2011. A former champion volleyball coach, health educator, college recruiter and a Women In Communications Matrix Scholarship winner, Dawn enjoys connecting people together and teaching. Her hobbies include photography, writing, and cooking. You can reach Dawn at 216.346.5648 or at