Executive Director John Lisy Receives The Mel Schulstad Professional of the Year Award

Shaker Heights, Ohio – The Shaker Heights Youth Center is proud to announce that Executive Director, John Lisy, received the Mel Schulstad Professional of the Year award from the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) in September of 2020. Created in 1979, the award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to the advancement of the addiction profession.

“I am honored to have been selected for the Mel Schulstad Professional of the Year award,” John remarked. “We are so fortunate to have such a mission-driven team who believes in supporting students and the community.”

John Lisy has served as the Executive Director of the Shaker Heights Youth Center for the last 25 years.  During his tenure at the Youth Center he has been instrumental in substantially increasing its funding and services. “The Shaker Heights Youth Center remains committed to Shaker youth and continues to collaborate with many organizations and individuals who share our passion for helping youth reach their full potential,” Lisy explained. He added, “I am excited to continue to build on this solid base as well as bring new ideas and expertise to the organization in the coming years.”

Since 1970, the Shaker Heights Youth Center has distinguished itself as a leader in the prevention field by fostering the emotional, behavioral, and developmental well-being of a diverse spectrum of youth in the Shaker community. The Youth Center offers programs serving school-aged youth and their families with services that include life skills education, social-emotional learning, academic support, leadership development, student assistance and other prevention services.

For more information about the programs and services provided, please contact the Youth Center at 216-752-9292.


Charter Relaunches Free 60-Day Spectrum Internet & WiFi Offer to Help Connect New Households With K-12 and College Students or Educators

Shaker Heights, OH – Charter Communications, Inc. today announced a relaunch of its Remote Education Offer providing free Spectrum Internet – with speeds up to 200 Mbps in most markets – and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12th graders, college students and/or educators. The promotion is available for customers who live in a Spectrum market and do not currently have Spectrum Internet services. To enroll, new customers can call 844-310-1198 and a free self-installation kit will be provided.

Download the flyer here.

In addition to the Remote Education Offer, Charter is making high-speed broadband more accessible through Spectrum Internet Assist (SIA), its high-speed, low cost broadband program available to eligible low-income households and seniors. SIA includes a free internet modem, high-speed data at 30 Mbps, no data caps or contracts, and optional in-home WiFi service for an additional $5/mo. SIA is available to households in which one or more members are a recipient of assistance through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP, or Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+). Charter will offer two-free months of Spectrum Internet Assist (SIA) to eligible low-income households with students or an educator not already a Spectrum customer.

Please read the Spanish version of this press release here.

Shaker Youth Center & Shaker Schools Offering Learning Pods

The Shaker Heights Youth Center is very pleased to be able to provide remote learning pods for the upcoming nine weeks starting on Tuesday, September 15th.  We understand that if school returns to an in-person setting, necessary changes to this time frame will be made.

The goal of the Learning Pod program is to maximize the students’ learning by providing educational and social-emotional support. The program will utilize the remote instruction provided by Shaker Heights City Schools. The learning pod will consist of nine students and a Youth Center teacher. The teacher’s goal is to assist the student to fully benefit from the instruction provided. Shaker Heights Youth Center staff will also provide social-emotional education and support.

Students will be selected by Shaker Heights City Schools. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Schools.

For parents with questions, contact John Lisy, Executive Director of the Shaker Heights Youth Center, at  216-752-9292.


Grades 1-4 will begin at 8:00 am and end at 4:00 pm. / Lomond School

Grades 5-6 will begin at 8:00 am and end at 4:00 pm. / High School

Grades 7-8 will begin at 8:30 am and end at 4:15 pm. / High School

Grades 9-12 will begin at 8:45 am and end at 4:00 pm. / High School

27th Shaker Heights Youth Center 3-on-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

About the Tournament:

  1. Tournament Date: March 14, 2020 at Shaker Heights Middle School – Registration Deadline: March 9, 2020
  2. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $8.00 per player if registration for all players on team is completed by March 6th. After March 6th the price for registration will be $10 per player. Register early – space is limited.
  3. Failure to arrive on time for your first game can result in an automatic forfeit for your team.
  4. All Players will receive a 2020 3-on-3 T-Shirt at the Event. To receive a T-Shirt, registration must be completed by March 9th at 5 pm.
  5. Team can consist of 3 or 4 players in the same Age/Grade Division. Players MUST form their own teams prior to registration.
  6. All players on a team must be in the same age division (Divisions are listed below) Mixing players from different age divisions is grounds for disqualification for entire team.
  7. All Teams will be Bracketed by the Shaker Heights Youth Center.
  8. Registration must be completed online or in person at the Shaker Heights Youth Center, 17300 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Hts. by entry deadline.
  9. Trophies will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place teams in each age division. Each player on those teams will receive an individual trophy.


To register for the tournament click here for online registration: signmeup.com/SH3on3.

If you prefer to use regular mail, you an download the PDF registration form here: 3-on-3 Entry Form 2020


2019 Annual Report

From the President

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Shaker Heights Youth Center:

Another fantastic year for the Shaker Heights Youth Center. I hate to sound repetitive, but the agency continues to meet goals of helping and nurturing young adults as they encounter the proverbial bumps in the road on their journey to becoming productive members ofsociety. The question is not if our youth will have difficulty along thepath, but when, and the SHYC is always ready to step up and assist during challenging periods. I believe that growing up is not easy, and with constant changes such as social media, technology, and familydynamics, the minefield that one must navigate gets more challengingevery day.

The Youth Center staff, along with the programs, continue to be firstrate and I would like to personally congratulate the staff on another rewarding year. This nurturing would not be possible without the buy in of the Shaker Heights City School District, The City of Shaker Heights, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga Country and MyCom Youth Development Initiative of Greater Cleveland/The Cleveland Foundation who provide thefinancial support.

Now that I have transitioned to an empty nester with children who have successfully graduated college, I constantly think back to the expression that “it takes a village to raise a child”. Shaker Heights, the community, understands that and I believe does an excellent job in preparing our youth to go out into the world and be passionate andfind a calling.

I would once again like to ask all who read this to give of yourselfto help someone who is currently going through a difficult time. Myexperience continues to show that the reward is much greater than the effort expended.

Thank you.

Donald Gries

From the Executive Director

Dear Friends of the Shaker Heights Youth Center:

As we approach our fiftieth anniversary of serving the Shaker Community, Icannot help but look forward AND back. The Shaker Heights Youth Center has a rich history of service. From its founding by the Shaker PTA Council, individuals from the Shaker Heights Board of Education and Shaker Heights High School, City of Shaker Heights, Dads’ Club and Heights Clergy Council, we have been a collaborative entity focused on serving Shaker youth. Under the initial leadership of Fran King and Anne Landefeld, the organization grew to over twenty partners and began a drop-in center for Shaker teens. The City of Shaker Heights and Shaker Heights City Schoolswere the first to step forward with valuable financial support and they continue to contribute significantly.

Although programs and funding sources have expanded, many of the key strengths of the Youth Center have remained consistent throughout the years. The Shaker Heights Youth Center remains committed to Shaker youth and continues to collaborate with many organizations and individuals who share our passion for helping youth reach their full potential. It is gratifying to work with so many wonderful individuals and groups in the Shaker community. It is because of them that we have in place a large array of supports for our youth. We continue to work to improve and increase those supports.

The future looks bright. The organization is stable, fiscally sound and has atalented and caring staff. The Youth Center is beginning a planning process that will carry us into the future. We are excited about the transition over thenext five years that will build on a solid base as well as add new ideas andexpertise to the organization.

On a personal note, I am very proud of the staff and Board of the Shaker Heights Youth Center and the work they do every day.

We ask that you continue to support us on our journey as we grow to better serve this community.

Sincerely, John Lisy

Click here to download our 2018 Annual Report (PDF)