Youth Summer Engagement Opportunities

May 28th, 2015 by Caitlyn Neely

With Summer upon us, make sure that the youth in your life continue learning throughout their months out of school! Check out these opportunities to partake in, many of which are free!

Camp Carver
Fill your child’s summer with dance, theater, drumming, yoga, sports and field trips! Field trips include the Botanical Garden, The Children’s Museum and more!
Location: George Washington Carver STEM – 2200 East 55th Street
Ages: 6-13 year olds
Dates: Weekdays, June 8th- July 10th, 1:00-3:00pm
To Register: Call 216-404-5616 or stop by for an application
Cost: FREE!

Smarter Summer 2015
Drop-in Summer Learning Camp.
Location: Rainbow Terrace Learning Center, 7310 Carson Ave
Ages: K-12
Dates: June 8th-August 19th; Monday-Friday 1:00-4:30pm
Cost: FREE!

Cleveland Public Library Programs
CPL offers many free family events and classes. There is free tutoring and craft making for kids, free GED classes, a summer reading club and free lunches. Learn more at
Location: Garden Valley Library, 7201 Kinsman Road (and other locations)
Age: All
Dates: Contact your branch or visit for event times
Cost: FREE!

Garden Valley Library Summer Reading Club
Garden Valley hosts a summer reading program with weekly exciting missions
Location: Garden Valley Library, 7201 Kinsman Road
Age: All
Dates: Tuesdays at 1:30pm, June 9th-August 4th
Cost: FREE!

Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland (BGCC) Summer Camp
BGCC provides a safe place for youth to go after school and during the summer where they can learn, grow, have a hot meal and have fun. To sign up, a parent or guardian should come in person and complete the necessary forms to join during regular club hours
Location: King Kennedy Club: 2561 East 59th Street – 216-881-4636 or Broadway Club: 6114 Broadway Avenue – 216-883-4663 and multiple other locations
Age: 6-18
Dates: Drop-in club Monday-Friday 12pm-5pm, Saturday 12-4pm. Summer reading program Monday-Friday 9am-12pm
Fees: $10 for summer membership – fee can be waived

Friendly Inn Summer Camp
Summer camp including math and science with Tri-C, field trips and more!
Location: Friendly Inn Settlement House, 2386 Unwin Road – 216-431-7656
Dates: May 25th – August 14th Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Ages: 5-12
Fee: $125/week or a county voucher to waive the fee

All About Kids Programs at Garden Valley Neighborhood House
The Neighborhood House will have classes in cooking, literacy, math and construction, legos, gardening, tumbling, a chalk art workshop, and more!
Location: Garden Valley Neighborhood House: 7100 Kinsman Road
Dates: Various times, July 14th – August 16th
Ages: K-8
Fee: FREE!


Calling all event planners!

May 27th, 2015 by Caitlyn Neely

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Opportunity Corridor Panel Discussion

May 20th, 2015 by Caitlyn Neely

Join Cleveland City Planning, Ohio Department of Transportation, and Opportunity Corridor Partnership at City Club of Cleveland for a conversation regarding Opportunity Corridor. The Connecting with the Corridor series will engage and update the broader Cleveland community regarding the many aspects of the Opportunity Corridor project. Through the work of participating stakeholders and the Opportunity Corridor Partnership, the areas of engagement will include construction, road design and planning; economic and workforce development potential; arts celebrations; and a presentation on the history of the Opportunity Corridor neighborhoods.

Date: May 27, 2015
Place: City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor
Doors Open: 4:00pm
Program Begins: 4:30pm

Panelists include:

Freddy L. Collier, Jr., Director of City Planning, City of Cleveland

Marie Kittredge, Executive Director, Opportunity Corridor Partnership

Myron S. Pakush, District 12 Deputy Director, Ohio Department of Transportation


This free discussion will be moderated by WCPN reporter Nick Castele. 

For more information or to register for this FREE event, visit or call 216-621-0082

**Note: there is a 12:10pm Cleveland Indians game. Downtown area parking will be at a premium. Consider RTA!

Share your ideas to improve the community this Saturday!

May 15th, 2015 by Joy Johnson

Do you have an idea to improve your community and the environment?  Please join us at the Kinsman-Central Climate Workshop!  Discuss job training, gardening, wildlife, rain gardens and more.

The Workshop will be held Saturday, May 16th 2015 at the Woodland Branch Library located at 5806 Woodland Ave in Cleveland.  Lunch will be provided.

For more information please contact Erick Rodriguez of Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. at 818-257-1691.

BBC’s VITA Program a Major Success in 1st Year

April 20th, 2015 by jsugalski

BBC established Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, sites in Central and Kinsman in 2015.

The idea is simple. Low- and moderate-income families can have their federal income taxes prepared free of charge by a trained volunteer.  As a result, families are able to avoid paying costly tax preparation and filing fees as well as refund anticipation loans. Families ultimately keep more of their refund.

BBC’s VITA sites were located at Cornucopia Place, 7201 Kinsman Road in Kinsman and Central Promise Neighborhood Learning Lab, 2617 Central Avenue in Central.

737 Returns were filed at BBC’s VITA sites under the leadership of site coordinator Omelia Thornton. Families having taxes prepared at BBC’s VITA sites received $928,060 in refunds!

We’d like to thank Enterprise Community Partners, PNC Bank, Third Federal Savings and Loan, Citizen’s Bank, and Sisters of Charity for financially supporting our successful first year of the VITA program.

Looking for summer activities to do with your children?

April 16th, 2015 by Caitlyn Neely

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Do you know when to see your healthcare provider?

April 15th, 2015 by Caitlyn Neely

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Tri-C Construction Career Expo!

April 13th, 2015 by Caitlyn Neely


Would you like to mentor a student throughout their college career?

April 9th, 2015 by Caitlyn Neely

When you went to college, it’s more than likely that you had some questions and faced roadblocks along the way. Wouldn’t it be great to take the knowledge you gained and share it with a college student today to help them on their journey?

College Now’s Mentoring Program is seeking 150+ mentors to be matched with scholarship recipients who will be graduating from high school this spring. Mentors will remain with their mentee throughout their college career, advising them every step of the way. The time commitment, though, is not nearly as demanding as it sounds.

The Mentoring Program is a commitment that takes into account the lives of both mentors and mentees. Mentors and their mentees are required to communicate twice a month through an innovative online platform that enables quick and easy communication and fits easily into already-busy schedules, and face-to-face meetings, which are coordinated by College Now, occur a few times a year.

When you become a mentor, you will join a network comprised of 750 individuals from more than 250 local employers, hone your own leadership skills, and become even more engaged in your community. Most importantly, though, you will be making a difference in the personal and academic life of a young college student. For more information or to become a mentor, please visit or contact Mentoring Program Manager, Madeline Rife, at or 216-635-0163.

Have you had your taxes prepared yet?

April 8th, 2015 by Caitlyn Neely

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