In this issue: view upcoming MyCom events; learn about Summer Safety Tips; read about our MyCom Youth Voice Award Winner Naudia Loftis' National Recognition; learn about Summer Slide and how to prevent your child from falling behind academically this summer; congratulations to Brandi Slaughter the new CEO for Voices for Ohio's Children; view the MyCom Annual Meeting video; and celebrate National Safety Month!
June 20, 2016
Check out the upcoming events across the MyCom Network!
  • East Cleveland MyCom Community Walk: June 18
  • East Cleveland Summer Baseball Opens: June 18
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited Summer Work Experience HAS BEGUN: June 1 (ages 18-24) & June 20 (ages 14-17)
  • Broadway Collaborative Meeting: June 22
  • MyPath Program Begins: June 27
  • Mt. Pleasant Youth Serving Agencies Meeting: July 11
  • St. Clair/Superior Youth Festival: July 30
The 2016 Youth Voice Awards Logo Competition is now OPEN!

We Need Youth Artists!

Submissions are due by July 25, 2016

Make Summer Safety A Priority!
Suggestions from the Center for Disease Control

Hot weather provides opportunities for kids to enjoy the outdoors.

Take steps to keep them safe and healthy, both indoors and outdoors.

Master Water Safety
Swimming and other water activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and  health benefits needed for a healthy life. Get the most from these activities while helping everyone stay safe and healthy.
  • Parents and caregivers play a key role in protecting children from drowning. When kids are in or near water, closely supervise them at all times.
  • Help prevent recreational water illnesses, which is illness caused by germs and chemicals found in the water we swim in. Keep the pee, poop, sweat, and dirt out of the water. Take kids on bathroom breaks and check diapers every hour, and change them in a bathroom or diaper-changing area-not poolside-to keep germs away from the pool.
  • Stay safe while boating by wearing a life jacket. Properly fitted life jackets can prevent drownings and should be worn at all times by everyone on any boat.
Be Sun Smart
Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child's risk of skin cancer later in life. Adults and children need protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they're outdoors. Learn  how to protect your child from sun damage.
  • Seek shade when necessary. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it's best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent.
MyCom Youth Voice Award Winner Naudia Loftis Receives the Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Student Award
Award given at the Schools That Can Annual Forum Held June 11, 2016

Kerry Kennedy and Naudia Lofti
The 3rd Annual RFK Urban Education Awards were held on June 11, 2016 in New York and our MyCom 2016 Youth Voice Award winner, Naudia Loftis, was honored.

The awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated a relentless commitment to stand up for what's right and who have inspired movements for change in their school or community.

Winners were nominated based on their embodiment of Robert F. Kennedy's famous quote from the "Ripple of Hope" speech  originally delivered on June 6, 1966 in South Africa:

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

STC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, connects educators and leaders within its cross-sector network of urban schools to share innovative and effective practices. The STC network includes 152 charter, district, independent and faith-based schools in 15 cities - all of which serve predominantly low-income students and students of color. STC schools are committed to working together despite differences to close the opportunity and skills gap afflicting our students, schools and society.

Schools That Can and RFKennedy Human Rights have partnered since 2014 to honor students and educators who have personified key qualities that Robert F. Kennedy displayed like moral courage, overcoming adversity, and a strong commitment to social justice. STC also encourages its schools to participate in RFKennedy Human Rights' Speak Truth to Power programs that support social justice education in schools.

The MyCom network and our partners at Peace in the Hood and St. Martin de Porres congratulate Naudia and her family!

Three Way to Prevent Summer Slide
Keep your child learning all summer long to avoid them falling behind.

Many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice during the summer months. Try these strategies to help your reader improve their reading during the summer and beyond:
  1. Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right - not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what's available in your area. Also check our book lists for recommendations.
  2. Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find them throughout the day:
    • Morning: The newspaper - even if it is just the comics or today's weather.
    • Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your daughter likes the food channel, help her look for a recipe on the network's Web site - then cook it together for more reading practice.
    • Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book he is currently reading (one of the six books, above). Have him rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Rereading will help him be more fluent - able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.
  3. Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can't, so she will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase her knowledge and expand her experience with text, so that she will do better when she reads on her own.
It's hard to keep up a reading routine in a season packed with distractions and diversions. These suggestions will fit into a busy schedule and make reading fun!

 Thank you to everyone who attended the MyCom 2016 Annual  Meeting!
 "You have to want to..."

 Congratulations to all of our corporate and community partners:  Greater Cleveland  Partnership, KeyBank, Medical Mutual, Sherwin Williams, Lubrizol, and the Northeast  Ohio Faith-Based Collaborative.

 Special thanks to our speakers:   Matt Dudas, Global Market  Segment Manager-  Performance Textiles at The Lubrizol Corporation and Cleveland Metropolitan  School  District 8 th grader, Constance Sanders from East Clark Elementary School.

 A special thank you to our keynote speaker, Stedman Graham!

June has several recognition days!   Below are a few of our favorites!
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