May 21, 2009

Case Western Reserve's Youth Programs Highlighted as Part of Cleveland's Summer Initiative

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The City of Cleveland recently touted several youth programs at Case Western Reserve University as part of its overall Enforcement, Prevention, Intervention and Community for a Safe Summer 2009 campaign.

Case Western Reserve is home to several programs for Cleveland-area young people, including the National Youth Sports Program and the Upward Bound Program. As part of these initiatives, hundreds of middle and high school students spend part of their regular school year and/or summer on campus.

"We are pleased to be considered a valuable resource and partner to the City of Cleveland. Our campus serves as a classroom without borders for the community—particularly youth from the surrounding neighborhoods. Working directly with Mayor Frank Jackson to increase the awareness of the university‚Äôs youth programs ensures more are able to take advantage of our services," said Latisha James, director for the Center for Community Partnerships.

The city is working with several colleges and educational institutions, businesses and clergy members to spread the word about and promote the numerous opportunities available to young people in Cleveland. The highlight of the city's campaign is federal stimulus funding that will create summer jobs for up to 7,000 teenagers.

"The City of Cleveland and external partners are bringing to bear all of their resources to provide Cleveland youth with quality summer experiences that include recreational, educational and job opportunities. This multifaceted approach to safety is expected to deliver a safer environment in Cleveland neighborhoods," according to the mayor's office.

The summer youth programs at Case Western Reserve are designed to promote academic, athletic, cultural and community well being. While some of the initiatives already have the maximum number of summer participants for 2009, planning can be made for next year.

Learn more about the specific programs at Case Western Reserve:

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, May 21, 2009 01:43 PM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Community Outreach, news

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