From the Executive Director
Change has begun to take shape at the Shaker Heights Youth Center. The Shaker Heights City Schools have instituted new programs that have successfully cut down on suspensions and expulsions. With the need for our alternatives to suspension and expulsion services declining, we have begun to explore how we can best serve the youth in the Shaker community. This last year we began working with the Innovative Center for Personalized Learning & Family Engagement (IC) located in the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building where we served 27 youth. We look forward to continuing and expanding this collaboration this year.
Last year the Youth Center partnered with Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative in a program named Making Our Own Space (MOOS). Originally a City of Shaker Heights grant funded program, the Youth Center stepped in to secure funding through a Starting Point Out-of-School Time grant. Kent State provides the program and we supply the administrative support. Eighteen Shaker youth have received hands on experience learning urban design.
As some programs continue to move forward, the Shaker Heights MyCom collaboration (as described in our Annual Report), under the leadership of Sharon Bell, is an exemplary example of this. The MyCom Shaker Youth Council is extremely active in community service and leadership projects. They have contributed the youth voice in the founding of the City’s new program The Getaway, a free afterschool teen center run by the Shaker Heights Recreation Department.
Our MyCom staff, in partnership with Youth Opportunities Unlimited, made theSummerJobsprogramahugesuccessagaininShaker. Seventy- veShaker students were placed at 19 Shaker Heights worksites with the Shaker Schools alone providing eight of those sites. For many youth it was their rst paid employment and 97% successfully completed their summer job. Advanced job preparation training and close supervision by Youth Center staff and the placement site supervisors contributed to a successful employment experience for the youth.
One of the Youth Center’s original programs, the Student Assistance services at the Shaker Heights High School and Middle School, continues to successfully serve students as it has for 40 years. The program provides a wide variety of opportunities for youth to receive academic, emotional and behavioral support. Last year 107 Shaker Students were served by our experienced and caring staff.
Thank you again for your continued support.
Sincerely, John Lisy
2017 Annual Report (PDF)