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We offer to families:
and prevention programs for kids
opportunities for parents, teens
or career awareness for teens
or resources for children who are troubled
We also help unite public systems and agencies to better plan services for families, collaborate, and work together to pursue new ideas for children’s wellness.
Resources for children, youth & families:
A referral service is available for after-school and summer programs through Starting Point.
Age: Any age child or teen
Contact: (216) 575-0061
For resources to help reach and finance higher education, visit College Now of Greater Cleveland.
Contact: (216) 241-5587
is a national non-profit organization that gives teens
the reins to create their own media on issues that shape their lives,
such as HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, peer-pressure, communication, drug/alcohol use, violence and self-esteem. The mission is to help young people make
healthier and safer decisions about their lives and relationships by sharing their ideas, imagination, and knowledge with their peers.
In addition to after-school and summer activities, we support
targeted programs or approaches to help prevent risk behaviors in
children and families. These efforts include:
Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP):
agencies have been meeting since 2013 to develop a coordinated,
comprehensive service system to address the unique needs of children of
incarcerated parents in Cuyahoga County.
Closing the Achievement Gap (CTAG) Students of Promise:
The program partners with students who need extra guidance to reach
future goals. It aims to increase academic achievement and positive
outcomes for students, increase school attendance, promote students to
their next grade level and through to graduation, and reduce negative
Families and Schools Together (FAST):
FAST uses weekly group sessions set within a child’s school to achieve
its four goals: enhance family functioning; prevent children from
failing in school; prevent substance abuse by the child and other family
members; and reduce the stress that parents and children feel in daily
Family Centered Services and Supports (FCSS):
resources are available to service teams that help involve families in
service planning and implementation, critical to successful treatment
of children from birth to age 21 can access advice or connections to
resources when their child is struggling. A Service Coordination
specialist through the Family & Children First Council can provide
information to families of children or teens who are troubled or need
Another resource under Service Coordination: Community Assistance
Teen Pregnancy Prevention:
This is a set of prevention strategies for reducing teen pregnancy through school and community-based education.
The Youth Advocacy and Leadership Coalition
is a civic leadership and service learning program through Ohio State University Extension
Contact: (216) 429-8200, ext. 234, or empower-youth.org
Work and career awareness experiences are available through Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.)
OTHER COMMUNITY RESOURCES:
In addition to our funded programs above, we highlight helpful programs and resources that support children and families, like:
Neighborhood-based Youth Development Resources:
MyCom is a youth development network
based in several neighborhoods and offering an array of opportunities.
If your child might need services from a public agency, like
mental health, child welfare, or juvenile court, use this Services Directory
to find your connection to any Cuyahoga County agency that serves children.