In this issue: view upcoming MyCom events; remember to "March into Kindergarten" and register for school; find out  about the skills Kindergarten teachers are looking for; learn how to become a True2U mentor; get excited about Hip-Hop Therapy founder  Tomās Alvarez's upcoming visit to Cleveland; don't miss the MyCom Annual Meeting with Stedman Graham; register  for the Summer of Sisterhood; read about the White House's Summer Opportunity Initiative; view an infographic on the effect of youth unemployment on an aging society; and celebrate "Talk Like Shakespeare Day!"
April 19, 2016
Check out the upcoming events across the MyCom Network!
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited Green Jobs Training: April 25
  • East Cleveland MyCom Neighborhood Meeting: April 26
  • Broadway Collaborative Meeting: April 27
  • "We are the Majority" Rally: April 28
  • Summer of Sisterhood & Techie Camp Applications Deadline: April 29
  • Mt. Pleasant Youth-Serving Partners Meeting: May 2
  • ULGC Youth Staff Training on Cooperative Learning: May 10
  • True2U End-of-Year Event: May 12
  • MyCom Annual Meeting: May 13
Now is the time to register your child for Kindergarten or a new school!

Dial 2-1-1 to connect with your local school district.

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?
Five teachers tell you what preschoolers really need for next year.
(Reprinted from

If your child's preschool years are coming to an end, your thoughts are probably turning toward kindergarten. But is your child ready to move on to the "big" school? What skills do kindergarten teachers expect their new students to have? To help answer those questions (and ease your mind), we've asked highly regarded kindergarten teachers from around the country to share their insights on helping your child gain the right mix of kindergarten-readiness skills.

The skill sets they are looking for might surprise you. Because of the national focus on improving education and meeting standards, you might think that it's most important for children to enter kindergarten knowing their ABCs, numbers, shapes, and colors so they can keep up with the curriculum. While teachers would love children to come in with some letter and number recognition, they don't want you to drill your kids on academic skills. There are equally - if not more - important readiness skills that set the stage for your child's learning. Raising an eager learner is the goal, and it can be achieved easily through play and day-to-day activities.

Preparing for Kindergarten
What follows are the top readiness skills that kindergarten teachers look for.
Ashoka Fellow and CNN Hero, Tomās Alvarez III to Keynote Community Partnership for Arts & Culture (CPAC's) second Creative Intersections event, "Empowering Youth"
Event will be held May 19, 2016 at the Bohemian National Hall in Cleveland's 
Slavic Village neighborhood.

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Tomās Alvarez III
Fueled by his discontent with traditional mental health systems, Alvarez set out to reimagine mental health for boys and men of color.

In 2004 while working as a school social worker he pioneered one of the first Hip-Hop Therapy programs in an effort to engage youth turned off by traditional forms of therapy.  In 2011, he founded the nonprofits Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc. and served as its CEO until 2015. In 2012, his efforts using Hip-Hop Therapy in Oakland were the focus of an award-winning documentary film (A Lovely Day).

In 2012 NBC Latino named Tomās Alvarez III one of the country's Top 20 Innovators, whose work is changing their fields. In 2014 Alvarez was selected as a lifetime fellow by Ashoka, an international organization that identifies and supports social entrepreneurs whose bold ideas have the power to transform patterns in society. Currently, he is a SEERS fellow at Stanford University's Program on Social Entrepreneurship where he is working to launch a global institute for Hip-Hop Therapy.

Event tickets are on sale now: $25 per person.

Read more about the event and to purchase tickets.
MyCom Future Leaders of the World Travel to Flint
FLOW youth take action and bring clean water to Flint, Michigan

Twenty-eight youth members of Future Leaders of the World (FLOW) gathered over 5,000 bottles of water including 68 cases of water from R & R Ministries and 40 cases of water from HandsAcrossCleveland.  In addition, $491 was raised to purchase additional water bottles.  The youth then traveled to Flint on March 29 to deliver the water and funds in person.

Lead causes profound neurologic an developmental damage, especially in children. The youth participants, in grades eight to twelve, were inspired by the idea that they each have one hand to help themselves, and one hand to help others.
"I am very proud and inspired by the FLOW youth. They saw a need and strategically planned 'FLOW to Flint!' to occur in March when Flint's water crisis would begin to fade from the news. They researched, made calls to Flint, talked with residents, collected water, and traveled to Flint. All I had to do was get on the bus. Their guiding thought is, " I have two hands-one to help myself and one to help others," admired Dontč Gibbs, the FLOW Program Manager.

FLOW challenges youth to take an active role in political processes, experience civics through active engagement in democratic activities outside the classroom, and transform schools, neighborhoods and cities through their insight and expertise. It is presented by Neighborhood Leadership Institute in partnership with MyCom.
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Application Deadline is April 29, 2016 @ 6:00pm
William Shakespeare
April has several recognition days!  
Below are a few of our favorites!
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