Volume 2 | Issue 3 | November 6, 2018
Protect. Inspire. Nurture. Challenge.
A LETTER FROM AN ODA PARENT
Dear Greetings!,

My name is Kyona Collins and I am an ODA parent. I have 3 kids and I’m only 28 years old. But, I wouldn’t change anything. With a family and a full-time job, everyone always thinks I have so much on my plate, but I manage it well. I have a very supportive fiancé and an incredible organization, Open Doors Academy (ODA), that helps my family every day. 

ODA provides an affordable program for parents and scholars. Scholars have opportunities to do new things, exceed academically, and just have a childhood. 

ODA doesn’t just provide after school care, they offer programs for parents too. My favorite is the Parent Power Seminar which focuses on Trauma Informed Care. A lot of powerful parenting best-practice information is shared and I think all parents should attend. During the seminar, I learned about how to more effectively communicate and be more attentive to my children. Kids go through a lot these days and unless they feel comfortable to talk to their parents, their parents may never know if their kids are being bullied or experiencing depression. 

Thanks to ODA, my family is closer. We experience new things together instead of individually. I just want my children to find out what they’re good at and do something they love. I want them to go further in their education than high school. I want them to travel. They should be able to experience what the world has to offer. 
Kyona Collins
ODA Parent
Parent Advisory Council Member
ADOPT A FAMILY WITH ODA
This year, our Adopt-a-Family Program turns 12, and we would like to help 60 families enjoy the holidays by emphasizing two opportunities.
ADOPT A FAMILY WITH US!

We will match you with a family whose parents are unable to provide the kind of holidays that we would wish for them and their children. We'll provide you with a list of their holidays needs and wishes. That's when you get to  shop 'til you drop! Return the wrapped gifts to ODA with a note from your family, and we'll make sure the gifts are received in time for the holidays.

Family size varies, and we estimate that this program will require approximately $150 per family member.
KEEP OUR SCHOLARS WARM IN ODA SWEATSHIRTS

We can't "adopt" all of our families, but we strive to ensure that each child receives at least one present. In an effort to provide a useable and needed item, we provide each child with a sweatshirt to keep them warm during the cold winter months.

Each sweatshirt costs $9.00, and any donation towards our goal helps make the Holidays special for every one of them.
SAVE-THE-DATE: ODA'S ANNUAL MEETING
Learn about ODA's successes from the 2017-2018 school year, and get a sneak peak into our initiatives for the year ahead. 

WHEN
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
4:30 to 5:30 pm

WHERE
ODA's Administrative Offices
1427 East 36th Street, Suite 4206A
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Followed by a cocktail reception with light appetizers

"Leaders Making Leaders"

GET INVOLVED - ODA'S SECOND ANNUAL CAREER FAIR
Open Doors Academy is hosting it's 2nd Annual Career Fair on December 7th from 4:00-6:00 PM at Breakthrough's E-Prep Cliffs Campus.

Scholars will have an opportunity to engage with professionals in fields ranging from engineering, computer graphics, politics, and more! The goal for this event is to introduce scholars to the diverse career pathways that exist, inspiring them to pursue new career paths.

ODA is calling for community members in different careers to volunteer for our career fair. This is a great opportunity for community partners to teach ODA scholars what they do and encourage them to learn about different career opportunities in Cleveland.

To get involved, contact Joe Postwaite , Post Secondary Manager by emailing jpostwaite@odacle.org or calling (216) 229-1900 ext 120.
HELP ODA WIN $5,000
Take 1 minute and help ODA win $5,000! I n honor of Nurenberg Paris 's 90 th  anniversary this year, they're hosting a contest to provide one worthy organization with $5,000 to help with their mission and inspire our community.

Click here >> VOTE FOR ODA!

After you vote, spread the word + share this with your friends.
THANK YOU OSWALD COMPANIES
Oswald Companies 125 th  Anniversary Gala! ODA was one of 10 nonprofits selected to be considered for a contribution from Oswald between $5K and $50K. Thank you, Oswald!
CITY OF CLEVELAND HEIGHTS: HELPING ODA STAY ROOTED
ODA’s foundations are rooted in Cleveland Heights. In addition to support from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and members of the Cleveland Heights community, we also receive grant funding from the City of Cleveland Heights through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). CDBG funding comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.

The City of Cleveland Heights makes funding decisions based on the recommendation of a Citizens Advisory Committee. For over a decade, ODA has received CDBG grants through the City, providing generous support to our Cleveland Heights middle school campuses. 
ODA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
NOVEMBER
11/8 + 11/9: FALL COLLEGE TOUR
ODA scholars in the high school program will visit colleges.

11/13: EVENING AT THE MUSEUM FAMILY EVENT
Evening at the Museum is at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. This event is one of four family events hosted by ODA each year.

11/22 + 11/23: ODA OFFICES CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
ODA is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Business and programming will resume the following Monday.
DECEMBER
12/1: PARENT POWER SEMINAR
The ODA Family Engagement Department hosts a Parent Power Seminar on Social Emotional Development each month.

12/5: ODA ANNUAL MEETING
ODA will host an Annual Meeting to present a review of our impact and a vision for the future. ODA will also recognize donors and volunteers.

12/19: HOLIDAY DINNER AND DANCE
The Holiday Dinner and Dance is ODA's annual holiday celebration at Windows on the River. ODA Families will gather to celebrate the holidays and enjoy a fun evening of dancing and dinner.
Major gifts and grants to Open Doors Academy come from:
 
The Abington Foundation, The Ames Family Foundation, ArcelorMittal, Barbara McWilliams and Tom Piraino, Bruening Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, CDBG, Cleveland Clinic, Deaconess Foundation, Dr. Malcolm Kenney, John Morley, Higley Fund, The Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation, KeyBank Foundation, Lubrizol Foundation, The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Department of Education, The Reinberger Foundation, Robert Immerman, Saint Luke's Foundation, Starting Point, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, The Thomas H. White Foundation, Third Federal Foundation, The Treu-Mart Fund, United Way of Greater Cleveland.
 
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