NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERSHIP - TRUE2U MENTORING - COMMUNITY HEALTH - YOUTH ENGAGEMENT
SEPTEMBER 2021


Monthly updates
and information from
The Institute
1) NLC CLASS 38 RECRUITMENT

Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland is our flagship program for grassroots leadership development. Now in its 27th year, it takes place January through May, in partnership with the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. We’re proud to welcome both new and experienced leaders who want to gain confidence, learn skills, and use their voices to actively participate in effecting change. Participants will come away from the class with a deeper sense of their own purpose as leaders, a greater appreciation for the assets of their neighborhood, and a lifetime connection to the Institute’s network of more than 1,500 other grassroots leaders.

2) REMEMBERING JACQUIE

NLI mourns the loss of Jacqueline E. Gillon - a neighborhood champion, a leader for environmental justice, and a friend to all of us. Jacquie was a current board member for The Institute and a former staff member as well. She was deeply involved in the recruitment and training of the majority of our NLC grads. She will be missed, but her legacy lives on through all of us!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STATEMENT from Don Slocum and Kevin McDaniel.

3) COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB RETURNS AFTER A SUMMER BREAK

Beginning September 14th, NLI's Community Book Club will convene to read and discuss The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Well-Being by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. Hundreds of community members have contributed to ongoing dialogue on social justice in previous groups and we invite you to join as well. These Book Club discussions will convene weekly until October 12th. Guests will participate in discussions led by NLI facilitator GiGi Elder.


HEALTHY EATING & ACTIVE LIVING SURVEY
Attention Greater Buckeye residents!! Your input is requested for this Lift Every Voice survey.


According to an African Proverb, “your food is supposed to be your medicine and your medicine is supposed to be your food,” but affordable healthy food is hard to come by in many of our communities. On top of that, you may not live in a place where it’s easy or safe to get active outside. The Saint Luke’s Foundation is investing locally so that we all have greater access to healthy choices and opportunity to heal ourselves where you live, work, and play. Your input and lived experiences in this neighborhood is valued, so please participate in the survey! You can learn more about this initiative at www.lev216.org
NLI SPOTLIGHT: MARILYN BURNS
GUARDIANS CLE: GRANDMA KNOWS BEST

Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland Class 29 graduate Marilyn Burns has been a long-standing neighborhood advocate. She lives in the Buckeye neighborhood and is a champion organizer and activist for her fellow residents. Marilyn is part of a neighborhood group that launched a grassroots campaign to increase vaccinations in Cleveland's underserved communities. Guardians CLE (named before our baseball team went public with its name change) is made up of aunts, uncles, grandmas, and neighborhood stakeholders. It's taking a grassroots approach to making sure neighborhoods are protected from the ongoing pandemic.

The group launched a campaign in July aimed at promoting the facts around the COVID-19 vaccine. It features billboards, TV commercials, and other signage with everyday community members talking about their personal experience with getting the vaccine and encouraging people in their communities to get vaccinated as well. Marilyn is working to address vaccine hesitancy in communities of color by using her influence and personal experience. Learn more about her efforts by clicking below.

PROGRAM UPDATES:
NLI is ramping up for a robust schedule of
late summer and fall programming!

TRUE2U BEGINS SOON; COLLEGE BOUND PROGRAM EXTENDED ANOTHER YEAR
True2U is the hands-on volunteer program that gives you the space and time to share what you’ve learned along your career path with today’s 8th graders. Traditionally, it includes an engaging curriculum and the training to do it well. Just sharing your story with Cleveland students, and being a steady partner along the journey, will have ripple effects for the students and our city, for years to come. True2U started in 2015 and now serves all 2,500 8th graders in Cleveland Metropolitan School District, with the support of hundreds of volunteer mentors. The program will once again ramp up in the fall, with final details dependent on Covid-19 concerns. If you would like to learn more, please visit www.true2umentor.com.

We are also happy to announce that our True2U 9th Grade Mentoring program has received another year of funding and the College Bound program has been extended as well. This is great news for Cleveland students!
CIVICS WORKSHOP SERIES TO ADDRESS REDISTRICTING
Every 10 years after the U.S. Census, Ohio's 99 House districts and 33 Senate districts must be redrawn to reflect the results of the most recent Census. The Ohio Redistricting Commission is tasked with redrawing each of those legislative districts. This decade marks the first time the newly configured Ohio Redistricting Commission will redraw Ohio's House and Senate districts under new criteria approved by Ohioans in 2015.

Curious about how redistricting will impact your neighborhood and our region? You'll want to participate in the next Civics Workshop Series. We'll be sharing more info soon!
THE NEXT COMMUNITY BABY SHOWER IS IN OCTOBER
NLI's Healthy Communities team is hosting another Drive-In Community Baby Shower. On October 2, 2021 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm, many community partners are joining with NLI to provide this valuable and important event. Expecting mothers and moms of children up to 6 months old are invited to join us. The event will be held in Maple Heights. Registration will be open soon!

You can learn more about this event, access registration, and stay in touch with us on our Facebook page. Be sure to like us so you get all of our updates!
SCHOOLS AS NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCES (SNR) GEARS UP
Our flagship program for community engagement, Schools as Neighborhood Resources is a model of school, family and community collaboration that turns schools into community gathering places designed to improve the educational environment and social development opportunities for students and families. Established in 1993, it’s longest-running school-community initiative in Cuyahoga County. We join with CMSD, the City of Cleveland, and other community partners to open buildings for out-of-school time three nights a week, November through March. Programs include recreation and enrichment programs for all ages. All SNR sites are free and open to the public. Stay tuned for more information, as SNR will begin this fall! 
YOUTH LEADERSHIP CLEVELAND IS BACK THIS FALL
Youth Leadership Cleveland (YLC) is back!! YLC is a series of uniquely designed youth leadership development workshops that empower youth with knowledge of self, skill and voice by exploring their personal values, service learning and college readiness. NLI has facilitated YLC since 2009 in partnership with Mayor Frank Jackson and the City of Cleveland Recreation Department. The curriculum for participating youth is based on three core tenets and aims to create the conditions for the youth to use the following skills: 1.) Personal Values 2.) Effective Communication 3.) Conflict Resolution
Participants build their personal capacity for leadership and are then engaged as citizen-facilitators to find and create opportunities to put that leadership into meaningful action in their neighborhoods. More information coming soon on this program for the city's youth!
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Mentoring, Community Health and Youth Engagement
 
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