MyCom: Discover Your Best Self




Created by the Cleveland Foundation and Cuyahoga County in collaboration with more than 250 national and local individuals and organizations, MyCom is a network committed to igniting positive futures for Greater Cleveland's youth by connecting them with community-based innovative programming and transformational services to help them become young adults that are self-sufficient, form healthy relationships, and give back to their community. 
"The summer night is like a perfection of thought."
Wallace Stevens


In This Issue
-Coca Cola and the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland Open East Cleveland Club
-West Park MyCom "We are the Majority" Rally
-MyCom MyPath Applications
-MyCom Youth Brandon McGhee Joins Partnership for a Safer Cleveland
-MyCom Youth Tiara Sargeant Receives Princeton Prize
-CWRU's Opportunity for Seniors in Healthcare
-Youth Summit and Back-to-School Fair
-TCF June Gift to the Community: Tri-C JazzFest
-Summer Safety!
Coca Cola and the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland "Go All the Way" for Kids
Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland Open a New Site in East Cleveland

 East Cleveland Boys & Girls Club Opening


Kids in East Cleveland will be getting the chance to become more physically active and healthier thanks to Coca Cola. This year the company put a challenge out to their Facebook fans and the fans accepted. When the company received 10,000 likes of their 2014 Superbowl Commercial "Go All the Way"-Coca Cola donated $50,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs Triple Play programs around the country. Triple Play programs improve members' physical activity, food choices, peer relations and self-mastery.


Thanks to the support of Coca Cola's followers around the globe, the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland was one of ten Clubs to receive funding for Triple Play programming.


Coca Cola supports the implementation and growth of high quality Triple Play programming which strives to improve the overall health of children ages 6-18. The program helps children develop healthy habits by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching nutrition and helping develop healthy relationships.


Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland President, Ron Soeder believes the additional Triple Play Funding will be an excellent addition to the programs offered at the Club.


"With childhood obesity running rampant in our communities, one of our primary focus areas is healthy living. We are so grateful to Coca-Cola for their generosity and support for Boys & Girls Clubs Triple Play programing."


Learn more about the East Cleveland Site and all of Boys & Girls Clubs here.


Strong Voices from MyCom at the "We Are The Majority Rally!"

Over 100 Cuyahoga County youth advocate at Cleveland City Hall.


104 young people from across Cuyahoga County descended on City Hall on April 30 with signs declaring "I am the solution" and "I am the future...and the present." After chanting that they will remain drug and alcohol free, the students had the chance to listen to speakers in the council chambers of City Hall.


All students in attendance at the rally, a project put together by the Community Awareness and Prevention Association, can be proud their voices were heard proclaiming that the majority of youth make healthy choices. Way to go!



West Park MyCom Youth at City Hall
West Park MyCom Youth at City Hall


MyCom MyPath Applications Are Open
Meet new people. Share ideas. Build your skills.  
This summer Partnership For A Safer Cleveland is collaborating with Neighborhood Leadership Institute to implement the MyCom
MyPATH program.  We are asking our community partners to recommend and encourage young people (9th - 12th grade) to apply.
We know there are many young people seeking summer employment and not enough jobs to go around - this is a great alternative.
Youth will receive a small stipend and loads of opportunities! 



Princeton Prize Winner Joins MyCom Agency Partnership for a Safer Cleveland
Brandon McGhee cofounded CARE to improve racial harmony.
Brandon McGhee
MyCom Youth Brandon McGhee

Brandon McGhee was the 2013 Princeton Prize Cleveland Recipient for cofounding a program in his school that promotes racial harmony.  The name of this program is C.A.R.E which stands for Cultural Awareness, Race and Equality.  Brandon believes that it is important to encourage people to embrace diversity rather than trying to fight it. When he attended the Princeton Prize Race Symposium at Princeton University, he instantly fell in love with the school and later applied and has been accepted into the Princeton Class of 2018.


Brandon presented workshops on Diversity to youth that participated in last year's MyCom Change Agent Fellowship.  It was one of the most well received workshops of the session.  In addition, Brandon helped with ongoing workshops during the fall that were for youth to continue building on their strengths and practicing what they learned during the summer.


Earning solid grades always comes first for Brandon, as he currently has a 4.29 cumulative g.p.a. He is involved with numerous extra-curricular activities, such as Marching Band, Christian Fellowship Club, Cultural Awareness, Race and Equality (C.A.R.E), Drama Club, National Honors Society, Key Club, MAC Scholars, Yearbook, Student Congress, and many other school activities.


Outside of school, Brandon is involved with Facing History and activities through his church such as the Choir, the Homeless Missions, and the teen ministry. After High School, Brandon will be attending Princeton University and plans to major in Politics or the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Summer IS Out-of-School Time for Kids!
Your Local Library Has 
Great Adventures for All!

Sign your children up for summer reading programs, workshops, arts, and more! 


Click here for more information.

MyCom Youth Receives Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Tiara Sargeant is recognized as a high school student improving race relations.

Sandhya & Tiara
MyCom Youth Tiara Sargeant and Sandyha Gupta, Princeton Prize Chairperson for Cleveland
Tiara Sargeant, a senior at Shaker Heights High School, was recently awarded the annual Princeton Prize in Race Relations. This award recognizes high school students who make great strides in improving race relations in their schools or communities. As a prize recipient, Tiara had the opportunity to attend a symposium on race relations at Princeton University with winners selected from 24 regions across the U.S.


Tiara's involvement in MyCom extends from being a graduate of the first MyCom Youth Leadership Academy to serving as a youth voice at meetings and events throughout the neighborhood. Involved with MyCom since its beginning, she has also conducted workshops on Diversity for MyCom and other youth organizations. Tiara is truly an example of all that young people can achieve when volunteering with MyCom. 

Opportunity for Rising Seniors Interested in Healthcare

Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals campus will host a unique event July 14-August 1 for students entering 12th grade.


This opportunity will expose students to careers in healthcare they may be interested in or have never considered. Since healthcare is a growing career sector, this experience could lead to a successful career in the future. Teens will experience first-hand learning at the college and hospital campus in addition to three weeks of intensive ACT test preparation.


Accepted students will receive free transportation and will be eligible for a $300 stipend upon completion of the program!


Registration is open for rising seniors in Cleveland or inner-ring high schools. For more information and to apply, visit  


Upcoming Workshops!


Friday, June 13, 2014, 10:00 am-2:30 pm: FREE Professional Development Training for Your Organization's Youth Work Staff

Thursday, June 19, 2014, 6:00 pm: An Introduction to Ohio's New Learning Standards

Come learn about Common Core and the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. 


Click Here to Learn More!


Youth Summit and Back-to-School Fair
Saturday, August 2, 2014


Although it may seem like summer has just begun, it is time to pencil in a back-to-school event on your calendar! Mayor Frank G. Jackson's 8th Annual Youth Summit and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) Back-to-School Fair will take place on Saturday, August 2 at 500 Lakeside in the Public Auditorium. This event is a great opportunity for parents and students to prepare for the new school year via workshops and informational tables. Useful tips regarding City of Cleveland services will also be available.


Registration for the Summit and Fair takes place 8:00-9:00am while the event runs from 9:00am-1:00pm. Don't miss this opportunity to prepare for a successful year of education. Also, while supplies last, students in attendance will receive free school supplies!


For more information call 216-420-8087 or 216-838-FACE (3223).

The Cleveland Foundation June Gift to the Community
Tri-C JazzFest:
June 27th and 28th, 2014


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Summer Safety!
The National Safety Council has some recommendations for you!


Sun Safety

With one in five Americans developing skin cancer, childhood education about sun safety is a vital step toward reducing risk and improving public health.  Overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays seriously threatens human health. Besides the immediate effect of sunburn, over time excess UV radiation can cause skin cancer, eye damage, immune system suppression, and premature aging. About 23 percent of lifetime sun exposure occurs before the age of 18. Learning about sun safety and dangers of sunbeds is the key to reducing the risk of future health problems.


Water Safety

According to NSC Injury Facts, 3,858 people died in 2008 due to drowning, including swimming and water transport accidents. More than one in five drowning victims are children 14-years-old and younger, and for every child who dies from drowning, another four receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Most drowning and near-drowning incidents happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub.


Surviving the Hot Weather

Heat illness includes a range of disorders that result when your body is exposed to more heat than it can handle. Anybody not accustomed to hot weather is at risk of suffering from heatstroke (the most serious and life-threatening heat-related illness) as well as heat exhaustion and heat cramps.




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