MyCom: My Commitment, My Community

 A public-private partnership dedicated to connecting youth to caring adults

and positive options in a safe environment.



Parma MyCom youth participated as Ambassadors of Compassion and were able to attend the Inaugural Cleveland Class of Ambassadors of Compassion at Progressive Field in September 2013. Ambassadors of Compassion L.I.F.E. is a program integrating critical life principles into the lives of students and their communities. Parma youth raised funds to purchase hygiene items for Lakeside Men's Shelter. At Progressive Field, youth were able to view the Indians game, meet former players, and walk on the field after the game.




Supporting our future leaders is paramount to a strong economy for today and tomorrow.

In this issue, we recognize national and local efforts that promote building the skills of our future leaders.  The initiatives and programs are an effort to ensure success for our youth, inspire them to lead, empower them to help make positive changes in our community, and secure the future economic strength of our region.


Did You Know....

Microsoft is a Business Leader Supporting Our Future Leaders!


Last year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft YouthSpark, a company-wide, global initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth over three years. Through 30+ programs and partnerships with 186 youth-serving nonprofits, in its first year alone Microsoft YouthSpark has created new opportunities for more than 103 million young people in over 100 countries around the world.


Learn more about YouthSpark by clicking here.


MyCom YouthVoice Award

Seeking Your Nominations!


The MyCom YouthVoice Awards honor residents and leaders taking action to support the needs of young people in Greater Cleveland.  Awards are given in the following categories:

Youth, Caring Adult, Civic Leader, MyCom Agency, and Business.


Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 3:30p.m.


Click here to view a copy of the nomination form.


Click here to submit your online nomination.


Shaker Empowers Youth & Promotes Youth Leadership through Youth Council
In August 2013, the Shaker Youth Council graduated 6 of their seniors with 5 continuing on to post-secondary education at Cleveland State University, Ohio University, Cuyahoga Community College, and the University of Akron.  Congratulations to our future leaders from Shaker!
As empowered youth in their community, the Youth Council members drafted their own "leadership survey" which they used to elect new officers including a new officer position of Communications/Engagement who maintains regular contact with members.
On Saturday, October 19th from 3:00 - 6:30p.m. the Youth Council is sponsoring a Diversity Day titled "Breaking Barriers, Building Unity" with a theme of "Different Backgrounds Shared Values, One Vision" and all are invited to attend.  For more information about the Shaker Youth Council, click here.

Youth Leadership Brings Our County Together!


In early August, a team of selected youth leaders from three constituencies in the county retreated to a Boy Scout camp in central Ohio to begin a four-month long training leading to new skills for the youth leaders and completing a service-learning project.  The youth are affiliated with the county Youth Advocacy and Leadership Coalition, Key Club at High Tech Academy, and West Park MyCom.  Their goLEAD training continues in small groups until December when they will all reconvene to celebrate and share the skills learned through this experiential educational program.


goLead (generationOn Leadership, Education, and Development program) inspires, equips, and mobilizes youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service.  Participants develop critical leadership skills while planning a capstone service project, which is the culmination of the goLEAD institute.


To learn more about goLEAD click here.

MyCom Award Winners Mike Mathews and Billie Osborne Fears with Robin Martin & Lisa Bottoms
Mike Matthews, Billie Osborne-Fears, Robin Martin, and Lisa Bottoms from the 2012 MyCom Annual Event
Save the Date!
MyCom Annual Meeting
December 6, 2013
Windows on the River 
MyCom Upcoming Events & Activities
Featured Event
Friday, October 25, 2013
Holiday Inn on Rockside
Walk Your Child to School Day
October 9, 2013
CMSD Schools:  Mound, Benesch, Luis Munoz Marin, & Walton
Ohio Coaching Boys Into Men Leadership Training
Tuesday, October 23, 2013
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Registration Packet


Daily Activities for 1st to 5th graders



Friendly Inn Settlement House


Activities for 6th - 12th graders



Friendly Inn Settlement House



MyCom Youth Group Family Night

Thursday, October 10, 2013



Shaker Youth Council

Meets 2nd & 4th Thursday of the Month


"Breaking Barriers, Building Unity"

Diversity Day

Saturday, October 19, 2013



West Park

Outdoor Odyssey

October 12, 2013 

Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation



Annual Neighborhood Summit Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blessed Trinity Church 



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 Neighborhood Leadership Institute: 216-812-8700 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.


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