February 03, 2010

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 enable participants to apply their knowledge to make meaningful positive changes in their workplaces.

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

Treu-Mart Fellows are professionals who:

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

Katherine Morris is one of nearly 150 youth-service professionals who have benefited from the Treu-Mart Fellowship. Read her story.

Katherine Morris plans to use the skills she acquired and fine tuned as a Treu-Mart Fellow to continue making a difference in the lives of dozens of schoolchildren she works with at Esperanza, a nonprofit organization aimed at enhancing educational and economic opportunities for Hispanic Americans in Cleveland.

Morris, coordinator of Esperanza's Stay in School for College and Career Opportunities (SISCO) program, works with approximately 60 students during the school year and almost double that number during the summer.

She credits the Treu-Mart program for helping her earn a recent promotion, as well as invaluable skills she uses consistently. "I learned how to network with others in the same field, how to continue to keep up my enthusiasm and how to empower students to develop their own sustainable youth program," Morris explained.

Several of her Treu-Mart colleagues will play key roles in a six-week summer program for K-8 students Morris will manage. The program will have three certified teachers on hand, as well as several college and high school interns who will work as teaching assistants. Although the focus will be on academics, Morris also has recruited artists, librarians, nutritionists and musicians to work with the school children, and the children will have an opportunity to explore local cultural institutions. Some of the program's resources are a direct result of her Treu-Mart experience.

Morris fondly reflected on her Treu-Mart Fellowship as a time of "sharing resources and best practices with like minds."

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, February 3, 2010 12:39 PM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Community Outreach, Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations, news

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