Kids March in Parade the Circle

Kids March in Parade the Circle

Parade the Circle this month was a success.

It was a school of fish and tug boats marching from Cleveland Central. Preschool children, parents, teachers, and administrators represented the “It’s School Time” theme in really cool costumes they made.  YWCA Early Learning hosted the entry and preparation work.

Great see the fun work of the children and adults. Also great to see the partnership with Cleveland Museum of Art, YWCA, Starting Point, Cleveland Public Library and Family Connections.

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Partners Sought for Summer Engagement Fair

The Promise Summer Engagement Fair is coming May 28.

Neighborhood Engagement Coordinator Dawn Glasco is seeking partners who would like to share information about their youth programs and activities in the summer at the fair for the 12,000 residents in Cleveland Central.PromiseNeighborhood6

Families seek interesting ways to engage their youth in experiences that cultivate their social, academic, and awareness skills while having fun.

If you’re involved in an organization or program that offers a summer experience, please contact Dawn to reserve your spot at the Promise Summer Engagement Fair. It runs 12 to 4 p.m. at the Outhwaite Community Center, 2452 E. 46th St.

You can email Dawn or call her at 216.346.5648.


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Cleveland Police in Block Club Conversations

The Promise Neighborhood staff seeks to build a safer community by hosting a Block Club conversation between members of the Cleveland Police Department and Cleveland Central residents. CPD’s Community Relations Division will host the discussion from 12 to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Outhwaite Community Center 2452 E. 46th St. All are welcome to attend.


RTA on Plans to End No. 8 Route on Weekends

Clevelanders for Public Transit has been speaking out against fare hikes and route cuts since RTA announced its budget problems last year. Greater Cleveland RTA is hosting public hearings to hear input from residents through April 6. You can see the schedule here:

Catholic Health World Tells Promise Story

WorldCatholicScreenCatholic Health World shared the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood story. It came out this month in this cover story.

“Jerome Baker wanted to help his old neighborhood in Cleveland. He took part in a reading program for second-graders, serving in their school as an adult tutor.

At a community event months after he began, a little girl saw him from a distance and shouted, ‘Hey, Mr. Baker.’ It was all the encouragement he needed to continue.

‘Her happy face and waves made me understand that, even in small ways, we are making an impact,’ said Baker, 50. ‘It’s an awesome feeling.'”

The article goes on to detail the beginnings of Promise, its role in the neighborhood, and the difference the volunteers and others in the Promise Neighborhood are making. We encourage you to read the piece to remind or refresh you about the great work happening.

Book Bank Makes Deposit at Benesch

FreeBookGiveawayAlfredBenesch031016It’s reading time for Alfred E. Benesch students. Each child received a free book this week from Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank.

The new Cleveland nonprofit donated over 400 books. It was founded and is led by Judy Immerman-Payne. Thanks to Judy and the generous supporters of Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank.

The Promise Neighborhood giveaway at Alfred E. Benesch is an extension of the Little Free Libraries program in Cleveland Central.

Take a Bow, Marion-Sterling Students

LionKingMarionSterlingMarch2016cMarion-Sterling students brought The Lion King to life before a standing-room only crowd March 4 at Cuyahoga Community College main campus.

“Our students were outstanding, performing with poise, professionalism, and absolute joy,” says Cathy Kopinsky, project coordinator at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, who works with the neighborhood and school.

She also commended teacher/director Megan Kasarda, choreographer Chrissy Williams, and costume designer Raeshaunna Garner for all their time and effort to making it happen and showing their love for the students.

Some of the Marion-Sterling students also joined students from four other schools in a joint performance of the musical numbers at the Cleveland Playhouse on March 7.

A special thanks to Zelma Brown, Adrianna Chestnut, Cathy Kopinsky, and Joe Black for sharing the pictures.





Program Expands Resident Leader Roles

PromiseNeighborhood10As Promise Neighborhood residents lead the change they want to see in Cleveland Central, the Promise Neighborhood has updated the Ambassador program and started a new program for Resident Leaders.

Resident Leaders are community advocates and supporters of Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood who engage in various ways to strengthen the neighborhood. (No training is required to be a Resident Leader, but these leaders are welcome to participate in available training.)

Promise Ambassador Specialists also are advocates and supporters of the Cleveland Central neighborhood. They also have participated in Promise-provided training and committed to working directly with the Promise Neighborhood organization at Sisters of Charity Foundation and its partners to improve the quality of life for residents in the Central community.

In the updated program, Promise Ambassadors are involved in a specific area or areas of interest connected to the Promise mission (early learning, K-8, high school, college and career or resident leadership) and be provided ongoing professional development in that category.

Resident Leaders and Ambassador Specialists are expected to contribute to their area of focus by:

  • Promoting community resources and services
  • Volunteering a minimum number of hours to related activities
  • Developing and maintaining positive relationships with key stakeholders
  • Distributing, connecting, and contributing to related Promise Neighborhood work
  • Assuming a leadership role with an organization, board or committee involved in their area of focus

Want to become a Resident Leader or Ambassador? Contact Promise Neighborhood Engagement Manager Joe Black at or 216.346.5639.

Magazine Recognizes Ambassador

DeloresGrayWomanofDistinctionOur own, Delores Gray, was featured in a recent issue of Women of Distinction Magazine. Delores is a tireless community leader in Cleveland Central and one of the original Promise Ambassadors. She was recognized with a plaque featuring the article at the Promise Advisory Board meeting in January. We’re glad to see Delores recognized for all her great work!

Parents and Children Gather at Play Room

PromiseNeighborhood8Woodland Wonderland Stay and Play Room is a place for families with children ages 0-5 to enjoy a fun playroom for both parent and child. Parents are their children’s first teacher. The Play Room promotes parent-child engagement, stimulates language and motor skills, and exposes parent and child to a preschool-like setting.

  • Open 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Woodland branch of Cleveland Public Library, 5806 Woodland Ave.

More than 80 parents and 115 children came to the Play Room between Sept. 1 and mid-January.

Ambassadors Help Cleveland Transformation Alliance

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance hired Promise Ambassadors to collect data on its behalf as of Dec. 5. By mid-January, over 200 quality school reviews have been conducted with families and students in the Promise Neighborhood.

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance is a public-private partnership dedicated to growing a portfolio of quality district and charter schools. The alliance works to ensure every child in Cleveland can attend a quality school, and every neighborhood has great schools from which families can choose.