March Into Spring

with MyCom



This month, MyCom is focused on celebrating spring with the hope of warmer weather, longer days, and an opportunity for new growth in all things. MyCom sees growth in our chidren heading to Kindergarten, our youth emerging as leaders with their own voice, and preparing to be our future workers.  We hope you see growth in your own child as well and take the opportunity to celebrate it.
"The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.
The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month."


In This Issue
-Summer Jobs Registration is Here
-March Into Kindergarten
-Voices for Ohio's Children Advocacy Day
-Parma MyCom Springing into Action
-Did You Know: Childhood Obesity
-2014 Neighborhood Summit
MyCom Delegation at Youth Advocacy Day 2014

Summer Job Registration is Here-Are You and Your Child Ready?

Being prepared means having these three items-can you name them?


As we begin to see the first indications of spring's arrival, we're reminded that summer will be here before we know it.  For many teens, summer means an opportunity to put their skills to use in a job or internship. When it comes to barriers for teen employment, Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) has found that many youth do not have in their possession the documents necessary to prove their citizenship on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Employment Eligibility Verification, or I-9, form.


Possessing three documents will ensure that a teen will be able to complete the I-9:

  • A Social Security Card - not just a number or a copy of the card, but an original card;
  • A Birth Certificate - this can be an original or a certified copy;
  • A Current Photo ID - this can be a current school ID, recreation center ID, State ID card, passport, or a Driver's License. For youth 18 or older, it must be the State ID card, passport, or Driver's License.

Teens should take action today to ensure that they have these documents in their possession when being hired for a summer job.


Certified copies of births certificates can be obtained through the Cleveland Bureau of Vital Statistics located at 601 Lakeside Avenue.  The cost is $25.


Obtaining a Social Security Card is free and can be completed online.  Allow for at least two weeks before the request is processed and the new card arrives in the mail.


Once teens have these documents in their possession, they should keep them in a secure location so that they have them available for a variety of different needs.






Can you believe it's time for your little one to go to kindergarten? Kindergarten enrollment takes place in February or March this year if your child is starting school in the fall. It is essential that parents register their kids on time so school districts can hire the appropriate amount of teachers and enough school resources are allotted.


If you are a first time parent, it may seem overwhelming to prepare your child for kindergarten or to gather all the resources necessary for school registration.


Check out the wealth of information for parents of kindergarten-age children at


Voices for Ohio's Children Holds Annual Advocacy Day February 2014

Advocates gathered to educate legislators on important policy that keeps

kids safe, healthy, educated, connected and employable


Over a hundred advocates gathered at the Ohio Statehouse to educate state lawmakers about the critical needs of Ohio's children. While legislators were debating various issues, participants provided a clear understanding of what programs and services mean to Ohio's children.


Voices for Ohio's Children understands that policy wins for kids don't happen by accident. Sandy Oxley, CEO of Voices commented, "They happen because of advocacy-skilled professionals backed by thoughtful funders and grassroots support show policymakers that government can and should act to keep kids safe and help them grow."


Voices advocacy day is a way to engage policy makers at the "seat of government", the Ohio Statehouse.  Through the advocacy of professionals, students and youth, we don't leave them to their own devices. After advocacy training, each participant, including 28 youth from the MyCom network in Cuyahoga County, met with their legislator and they voiced their support of various legislative bills that ensure kids a brighter future.

Members from the Parma MyCom Delegation:
Christian Vicek, Nolah Townsend, Jessica Kordupel, Emily Miktuk, and Vishon Wilson
Not pictured: Aarionna Banks, Asia Smith, Samya Carr, and MyAsia Powers

MyCom Parma: Spring Events!


Improve Consulting-a pilot project for Personal and Professional Development for youth including sessions that cover topics on Decision Making/Time Management/Goal Setting (March 20), Listening/Communication (March 27), and Diversity (April 3).


Nutrition Education-hosted by The Cleveland Food Bank and includes a healthy snack to be held on April 10.
Parma Family Night-Spring Fling to be held April 3, 2014


For more information, reach out to Kathy Hall: or Jeanne Micklewright:
Did You Know?

According to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.

2014 Neighborhood Summit
Who's Who Broadway Slavic Village

The 2014 Neighborhood Summit in partnership with Who's Who Broadway Slavic Village Youth Presents "Bridge Builders: Linking Generations in Slavic Village."  This year's theme will highlight youth and adult relationships! 


Saturday March 29, 2014


Special Guest Speaker Felton Thomas, Jr.

CEO of Cleveland Public Library

Elizabeth Baptist Church - 6114 Francis Ave


A light lunch will be provided


Funding generously provided by Neighborhood Connections, Councilman Brancatelli, Councilwoman Cleveland, Councilman Reed, Councilwoman Mitchell and MyCom


Out-of-School Time Provider Network Meeting
An opportunity to connect with fellow Out of School Time Professionals
Friday, April 4, 2014       9:30am-11:30am

Hosted by Derrick Fair & Trisha Fomby at:
The Outhwaite Homes Community Center
2452 East 46th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44104

Questions or to RSVP, please contact:
Stacey Gepperth, Out-of-School Time Specialist, Starting Point or (216) 575-0061 x540


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