Volume 2 | Issue 6 | April 2, 2019
Protect. Inspire. Nurture. Challenge.
A LETTER FROM ANNEMARIE
Dear Greetings!,

We call these newsletters the “PINC” News because that title summarizes a key part of ODA’s mission: to  protect, inspire, nurture, and challenge youth to reach their full potential.

Today, I want to share a short story about  inspiring them.

Last month, the Obama Family called ODA and offered several free tickets to see Michelle Obama when her  Becoming  book tour came to Playhouse Square. We could not have been more grateful.

So, on March 16, four ODA high school scholars met downtown to join the former first lady and a sold-out crowd for this event. Michelle talked about her early years, growing up on the South Side of Chicago in a loving family. She shared the impact of her father’s early death on her family. And she discussed how she never took her eyes off her career goals: she graduated from high school, then college, earned her JD, and became a lawyer.  

Before and after this event, our scholars were surrounded by even more stories of success. The crowd was largely comprised of African American women and men, each with her or his own story of success. People saw the parallel lines between their stories and Michelle’s. Throughout the night, adults who spoke with our scholars remarked “What an incredible story to hear as young people. You must be so excited to be here.” 

This is the sort of inspiration that ODA scholars thirst for. They see themselves in Michelle and her family. They see themselves in the women and men whose lives intersected that evening at the Palace Theater. They see a future full of opportunity for them as young men and women. 

But, to  become  those men and women, our scholars must first break the cycle of poverty. 

That’s where the rest of “PINC” comes in.

At ODA, we know that inspiring alone isn’t enough. It’s in protecting, inspiring, nurturing, and challenging these scholars that you and I make a difference in their lives.

Sincerely,
Annemarie M. Grassi, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Open Doors Academy
This Weekend!
THE FROLIC: ODA'S ANNUAL BENEFIT
WHEN
Saturday, April 6, 2019
6:00 - 11:00 PM

WHERE
House of Blues

Join Open Doors Academy as we celebrate 10 years of serving Greater Cleveland! We’ve got live music, entertainment, silent auction items, games, and more.
CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT: EUCLID HIGH SCHOOL
In preparation for their community project and audio portrait, Zayda, Vaughn, Cameron, and Sierra discussed what they thought it would be like to wake up in a perfect world.  They had a variety of ideas: From waking up to giraffes, mansions, private islands, and Maseratis to waking up in communities that have easy access to healthcare, well-paying jobs, and funds for college.

ODA's Euclid High School scholars had creative dreams of a perfect world and their answers proved that they wish the best for their families, friends, and neighbors. Attend The Frolic on April 6th for a chance to hear their audio-portraits.

These photos were taken by ODA scholars for their community project board at the International Festival in March.
EIGHT WEEKS OF SUMMER CAMP
Every year, ODA provides 8 weeks of summer camp to scholars in Cleveland. These camps help open doors to new experiences, offer leadership and character building activities, and reduce the summer slide. ODA will be partnering with some of Cleveland’s most innovative organizations. Scholars will explore careers at The Cleveland Clinic and Arcelor Mittal through healthcare and manufacturing. They will learn how to create art through wood-burning, film, and science with ODA’s partnerships with Newbridge, The Center for Arts Inspired Learning, and Progressive Arts Alliance. ODA high school interns will complete internship training and will learn about resume building, and interviewing. 

For a second year, ODA is offering four weeks of reading camp for our younger siblings. Through our partnership with St. Pauls Church, ODA is the lead on Summer Reading Camp. ODA will be able to serve siblings from 3rd-5th grade through the literacy-based program over the course of 2 weeks during the summer. We are very excited to provide our future ODA youth with the opportunity to prevent summer learning loss through this camp experience.  
LUNA BAKERY AND CAFE: SUPPORTING ODA PROGRAMS WITH SWEET TREATS
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Luna Bakery & Cafe is generously donating a dessert buffet for The Frolic , ODA's annual benefit . Thank you Luna Bakery and Cafe for your support and delicious desserts!

If you love dessert buffets designed by local bakeries and supporting ODA, join us at The Frolic on April 6th!
ODA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
APRIL + MAY
4/6: THE FROLIC: ODA'S ANNUAL BENEFIT
Join Open Doors Academy as we celebrate 10 years of serving Greater Cleveland! We’ve got live music, entertainment, silent auction items, games, and more. Click here to attend.

4/19: ODA OFFICE CLOSED
ODA will be closed on Friday, April 19th for a holiday break.

5/24: LAST DAY OF 2019 ODA PROGRAMMING
ODA after-school enrichment programs break for the summer.

5/27: ODA OFFICE CLOSED
The ODA main office is closed Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.
Major gifts and grants to Open Doors Academy come from:
 
Abington Foundation, ArcelorMittal, David Camiener, Camiener Foundation, City of Cleveland Department of Community Development, City of Cleveland Heights, Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Deaconess Foundation, Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation, George Gund Foundation, Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, Malcolm Kenney, KeyBank Foundation, Lozick Family Foundation, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, McWilliams/Piraino Family Foundation, John Morley, Ohio Department of Education, William and Dorothy O'Neill Foundation, Oswald Companies, Reinberger Foundation, Saint Luke's Foundation, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Starting Point, Third Federal Foundation, Thomas White Foundation, Treu-Mart Fund, United Way of Greater Cleveland
 
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