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As youth in our community prepare to head into summer for a few months of relaxation and finish their exams, here are some tips for summer to keep your youth safe and engaged:


Sun Exposure:

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Reserve these hours for indoor craft projects. Reapply sunscreen every two hours.

Swimming Safety:
Keep it safe at the pool by choosing a location with a lifeguard, depth indicators and a large shallow area where children can stand up. Boystownpediatrics.org, a partner of Alegent Health, suggests to call children out of the pool once an hour to rest and rehydrate. Watch children carefully while they're swimming.



Kidshealth.org informs readers that 300,000 children get sent to the emergency room each year as a result of bike accidents. Keep kids as safe as possible with helmets and strict riding rules. Always fasten the strap on the bike helmet and make sure the fit is snug to the head. Set parameters about where kids are allowed to ride.

Make sure kids drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day and eat foods with a high water content such as oranges, apples and celery sticks.

Physical Activity:
The American Heart Association recommends that children get 60 minutes of physical activity per day. One way for kids to stay fit is through sports, and many cities and school districts offer summer sports programs at local parks.


Summer can be a great time for fun and games, but keeping kids safe and engaged can increase the likelihood you and your child both have a great summer!


Check out the Out of School Time event opportunities in your neighborhood in the column to the right!


Youth Speak Out About the Value of Out of School Time Programming at the Ohio Statehouse!
West Park & Parma MyCom Youth Participate with Voices for Ohio's Children!
West Park Youth at the State House
West Park Youth at the Statehouse
In April 2013, two of the MyCom Neighborhoods had the opportunity to speak at the Ohio Statehouse and directly with State representatives.  Both West Park and Parma visited the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus with Voices for Ohio's Children.
At the event, youth met legislative aides, attended a luncheon hosted by Voices and honoring four legislators who have supported Ohio's children and youth over the past year, and presented on youth-focused issues including: bullying prevention, increased technology in the schools, continued funding for afterschool programs, gun violence and healthy school lunches.
Parma Youth with Adrian McLemore
Parma Youth at the Statehouse
MyCom Upcoming Events & Activities:


Broadway/Slavic Village:

West Park:

  • Calling All Teens to Create a Teen Mural June 11 & 13; 18 & 20; and 25-27 from 2:30pm-4:00pm  Click here for more information
  • Real Money Real World Class to be held June 18, 19, & 20, 2013
  • Two-Day Tour of Post-Secondary Opportunities across Cuyahoga County
  • August Day-Long Visit to The Ohio State University

Central/Union Broadway



  • Walk Against All Violence on Thursday, May 30th on Lorain Avenue starting at West 93rd and ending at West 112th at West Side Community House

FYI:  Y.O.U. Summer Jobs Registration is CLOSED

MyCom Contacts!


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.


Youth Work Experience: Visit Youth Opportunities Unlimited.


Business & Community Professionals:
Access to Professional Development and Free Referrals for Youth Programs: Register your program in the MyCom Positive Activities database.
Build Our Future Workforce: Register your business.
Networking: Meet people from other sectors of your community by joining a neighborhood team. Call Neighborhood Leadership Institute at 216-812-8700.

MyCom Summer 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 3pm and 6pm. During the summer, however, bad behavior tends to spread out to fill the time available. 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 summer programs for our youth. They help make our communities safer for everyone, and they provide our youth with opportunities for enrichment and personal growth. A recent analysis of after school programs concluded that students participating in high quality programs behaved better, received better grades and did better on tests.


It's true summer programs don't take place late at night, when kids are often out after curfew. But, if they've spent their day 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.


What's more, summer programs are not just about filling time. They are also focused on filling a key need of our youth: their self-esteem and self-confidence. Because, when a young person is confident in his or her own decisions they are less likely to make bad ones.



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