November 20, 2009

Treu-Mart Fellows Give Back to Community


The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, a nationally recognized program, serves as a resource to the development of nonprofit leadership and community development. The programs offered through the center provide a greater depth of understanding of a topic not only through substantive content grounded in the latest research, but also through application techniques and support that enables participants to apply their knowledge to make meaningful positive changes in their workplace.

One of these signature initiatives is the Treu-Mart Youth Development Fellowship Program. Since its inception in 2004, more than 10,000 youths have been positively impacted by the work of the fellows.

Treu-Mart Fellows are professionals who:

  • See the strengths and gifts in young people
  • Commit themselves to providing youths the support they need to thrive
  • Work with middle-school-aged young people during out-of-school-time in the Greater Cleveland area
  • Seek to continually learn and develop their own skills and talents

Ben Hughes is one of almost 150 youth-service professionals who have benefited from the Treu-Mart Fellowship. Read his story:

When human services worker Ben Hughes was looking for ways to provide social and academic support to boys and young men, he turned to the Treu-Mart Youth Development Fellowship Program. Established and sustained with support from the Treu-Mart Fund--a supporting organization of the Cleveland Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland--the program provides intellectual, interpersonal and professional support to youth-service professionals in Cuyahoga County.

With the help of his Treu-Mart coach, Hughes is currently working in collaboration with a local musician to develop a curriculum that uses hip-hop music and poetry to teach grammar to youth at the Fatima Family Center.

"The fellowship allows me to step back from the rigors of everyday work and look at the big picture, which is how to make a lasting difference in the lives of young people in a way that speaks to them," says Hughes.

"Treu-Mart fellows emerge from this program with the resources, skills and support they need to make a lasting difference in their organization, our community and, ultimately, the youth they work with," says Pat Heilbron, director of the program. Through the fellowship program, the Mandel Center is helping to create opportunities that will support the growth of adolescents into healthy, responsible adults."

During the nine-month program, fellows participate in resiliency-based educational workshops and discussions. Coaches, seasoned professionals from the community, work with the fellows to help them incorporate what they have learned into their workplaces and support them to become more reflective practitioners.

"Partnership has always been an elemental theme of the Treu-Mart Fund," says Art Treuhaft, president of the Treu-Mart Fund Board of Directors. Grants from this fund have benefited area residents by supporting community development, social service and health planning, among other initiatives, since it was founded in 1980. "Collaborating with the Mandel Center for this fellowship program has been a highly successful venture that makes a noticeable difference to Cuyahoga County adolescents."

Story courtesy of Turning Point.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, November 20, 2009 11:26 AM | News Topics: Community Outreach, Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations, Philanthropy, features, news

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