MyCom Out-of-School-Time Programs Are Focused on
Community Safety and Youth Enrichment
It's a fact that, during the school year, juvenile crime and dangerous behavior spike between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Kids with time on their hands and without supervision can easily gravitate toward activities that get them into trouble.
A 2006 study in California found that kids left unsupervised three or more days per week are twice as likely as other kids to hang out with gang members, three times as likely to be engaged in criminal behavior and three times as likely to smoke marijuana.
That's why MyCom communities are committed to providing a wide range of out-of-school-time programs for our youth. They help make our communities safer for everyone, and they provide our youth with opportunities for enrichment and personal growth. An analysis of after-school programs concluded that students participating in high-quality programs behaved better, received better grades and did better on tests.
If youth spend their days involved in meaningful and healthy activities, then when decisions need to be made whether or not to take part in bad behavior, kids are better prepared to make the right decisions.
MyCom Youth Change Agent Fellowship Success!
The first two sessions of this summer's MyCom Youth Change Agent Fellowship were held in July and proved to be a success, with many individuals expanding important skills, knowledge, and networks.
Below are comments from the youth participants on their experience and what they gained from the program:
Citizen's Leadership Academy
"I learned to be more active and became more comfortable speaking in group settings. My favorite moment was the neighborhood tour, where the group visited the St Clair Superior, University Circle (including the Cleveland Museum of Art), and Ohio City neighborhoods."
James Ford Rhodes High School
"I finally learned what teen advocacy entails and the work necessary to achieve a dream. The program helped me to develop my use of humor, a better understanding of myself, and my role in the world. My favorite time was with speaker Gerald Ford of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries, who talked about the nature of leadership."
"I learned the meaning of an advocate and I want to use my advocacy skills to educate other youth by sharing my experiences to encourage more education activities for youth in my community."
The program was facilitated by Ms. Symone Fields, the MyCom Change Agent Fellowship Group Facilitator who stated: "My experience through the MyCom program has been the most rewarding job I have ever encountered. I've had the pleasure of serving as a group facilitator for the past two sessions, and I learned so much about myself as well as the students we are helping."
The program was hosted by the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland staff, who also contributed to this article, along with Symone Fields, Derek Dissell, and Alicia Petrella.
MyCom Upcoming Events & Activities:
Cuyahoga County, any resident ages 12-17:
- Neighborhood Teen Panel-Public Speaking Workshop
- Thursday, September 19, 2013
- Teen Center at Goodrich Gannet
- 799 East 82nd Street
Out of School Time Symposium:
- Friday, October 25, 2013
- Hosted by Starting Point
- Holiday Inn on Rockside Road in Independence
Youth & Parents:
After-school or Summer Programs for Any Age: Call Starting Point at 216-575-0061.
Youth Leadership Teams (ages 13-19):
Call Partnership for a Safer Cleveland at 216-523-1128 or download flyer
Business & Community Professionals:
Access to Professional Development and Free Referrals for Youth Programs: Register your program
in the MyCom Positive Activities database.
Networking: Meet people from other sectors of your community by joining a neighborhood team. Call Neighborhood Leadership Institute at 216-812-8700.
Meet Waverly and Elissa: 2 of the 2,573 youth employed at 650 worksite locations in Cuyahoga County this summer
Waverly and Elissa share how their summer job experiences helped their households, and even led to a permanent job!
This video from Cuyahoga County has a great lineup of local youth supporters, including County Executive Edward FitzGerald, Carol Rivchun of Youth Opportunities Unlimited of Cleveland, Ohio, and site host Bryan Gillooly of Bellaire Puritas Development Corporation.
Brochure now available: College Savings Accounts for New Kindergarten Students
Is your child a new kindergarten student, and do you have questions about the $100 college savings account program?
MyCom is a partner in the March into Kindergarten campaign.