Volume 2 | Issue 5 | February 5, 2019
Protect. Inspire. Nurture. Challenge.
A LETTER FROM THE BOARD CHAIRMAN
Dear Greetings!,

Ten years ago, ODA expanded its unique model of youth development beyond Cleveland Heights and into new sites in Euclid and Cleveland.

So, what happens in a decade? 

Well, for starters, all of the 6 th grade students back then would be  college seniors now. 

That means there are multiple cohorts of ODA scholars in the pipeline, from 6 th grade through college. Every year, another cohort proves that ODA’s investment of time, love, and support works. Every year, another cohort of ODA scholars breaks the cycle of multigenerational poverty. 

So, in 2019 we are  celebrating a decade of ODA programming across Greater Cleveland . From east to west, ODA scholars and families have inspiring stories of resilience and determination that we want to share with you.

And I would like to personally invite you to celebrate with us. 

Whether it’s volunteering , joining us at our annual fundraiser, The Frolic , at the House of Blues on April 6 th , or re-engaging if you feel like you’ve lost touch, this is a year to reconnect with our critical mission to break the cycle of poverty. 

This is a year to celebrate our successes, but this is just the start of the next ten years.  And I’m tremendously excited to see what we can accomplish together.

Are you in?

Rich Wesorick
Chairman, ODA Board of Directors
Managing Partner, Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell, & Tummino LLP
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.

DEACONESS FOUNDATION:
INVESTING IN PATHWAYS FOR ODA SCHOLARS
For over 10 years, the Deaconess Foundation has been one of ODA’s biggest supporters, first providing general operating support as we expanded programming beyond the St. Paul’s campus into the Cleveland and Euclid communities. Over the past five years, the Foundation has directed grant awards to our high school program, which includes funding for scholars to participate in summer internships. Because of the Foundation’s generous support, our high school scholars have gained valuable work experiences and learned what it takes to succeed in a workplace setting. The Foundation has also been instrumental in helping us get our new Pathways to Independence Program model off the ground, providing much-needed support to the College and Career Readiness component. 

“Deaconess Foundation is proud to be a supporter of ODA,” said Lissy Rand, Vice President, Grantmaking & Strategy. “We have long been impressed by the organization’s impact on its scholars and their families, and are excited about its current strategic direction. With Deaconess’ focus on career pathways, we are pleased to invest in Open Doors’ college and career readiness services. We consider ODA to be a critical player in the youth development space and an important partner to the Foundation.”
COMMUNITY PARTNER SPOTLIGHT:
EUCLID CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
Euclid's Central Middle School and Principal Mike Mennel are one of ODA's important school partners. ODA's success depends on the close partnership with each school we serve. Mr. Mennel and his administration help ODA by supporting our recruitment and by allowing us to use their school building for daily programming, summer camps, and special events!

When Shenita Siggers, ODA Assistant Coordinator, was asked why Central Middle School is so special, she explained, "I've come in contact with many school administers and staff. But I've yet to find the support and dedication for our children and families as I've seen here at Central!"

Thank you for your support!
ODA PROGRAM DATA INSIGHTS
Population Served

As of December of 2018, ODA supported 378 scholars on 10 middle school campuses and 4 high school campuses across the Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and Euclid School Districts.  Of the 378 scholars, 275 attend middle school while the remaining 103 attend high school. 

Nearly two-thirds of the students are in grades 6 th to 8 th while there is an equal distribution of students by gender.  The majority of students are enrolled in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, while the remaining 48% of scholars are nearly divided equally between the Cleveland Heights-University Heights and Euclid school districts. 
Benchmark Statistics

On a monthly basis, ODA assesses a variety of measures to evaluate the effectiveness of its programming. Three measurements that are a top priority for ODA to report include Attendance, Planner Participation and Homework Engagement. To provide greater clarity on the measures, Attendance evaluates commitment and buy-in to the ODA program. Planner Participation demonstrates strong study habits while Homework Engagement indicates ability to focus on completing homework during ODA program time. 

Below is a middle school benchmark table used to evaluate program effectiveness. Cells with green fill means that a measure was within 5% of its goal. Yellow filled cells are within 5 to 10% of its goal. For two of measures, ODA is exceeding its goal while for Attendance, ODA is not too far away from its target. 
ODA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
FEBRUARY
2/2: PARENT POWER SEMINAR
The ODA Family Team will host a Parent Power Seminar on February 2nd at the ODA Main Office.

2/18: ODA OFFICES CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS DAY
ODA is closed on Monday, February 18th for President's Day.

2/18: PARENT POWER SEMINAR
The ODA Family Team will host a Parent Power Seminar on February 18th in Slavic Village.
MARCH
3/1: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
ODA's 7th Annual International Festival is at Euclid Central Middle School on March 1st from 5:30-8:30 pm.

3/2: PARENT POWER SEMINAR
The ODA Family Team will host a Parent Power Seminar on March 2nd at the ODA Main Office.
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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