Tri-C’s FREE Saturday Family Academy

October 2nd, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

Cuyahoga Community College’s Saturday Family Academy (SFA) is a program dedicated to facilitating parental involvement in education which is critical and necessary to student success. Saturday Family Academy engages the entire family including young children ages 4 and up, and offers innovative instruction and advising in many crucial areas including education, personal and professional development, career and technical training, leadership development and financial education. Saturday Family Academy is also aligned with the College’s key objective of nurturing and growing Tri-C’s legacy of community engagement and collaboration. Hundreds of families have already participated and benefited from their participation

Topics Include:

  • College readiness
  • Chess instruction for ages 8-18
  • Educational and career opportunities
  • Personal & professional development
  • Financial literacy
  • Community resources
  • Activities for children ages 4-7


Fall 2014 SFA begins Saturday, September 20 10:00AM-1:00PM at the Tri-C Metropolitan Campus Center in MCC10 and continues October 4 and 18, November 1 and 15, and December 6. Families register and sign-in from 9:30-9:45AM. Classes begin promptly at 10:00AM. Registration is FREE and includes all 6 fall sessions.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Completed applications can be scanned and returned by email to or faxed to 216-987-4941

For updates and more information about Saturday Family Academy: Visit www., or call 216-987-4949.

BBC welcomes hundreds of cyclists to Kinsman

September 30th, 2014 by jsugalski

BBC welcomed hundreds of cyclists from all walks of life to the Kinsman neighborhood on Sunday, September 28.

Cyclists were participating in an event called Forest City Fundo, a bike tour of Cleveland’s neighborhoods with 12-, 32-, and 62-mile routes. Forest City Fundo was coordinated by Bike Cleveland, a local nonprofit organization that promotes all forms of cycling and advocating for the rights and equality of the cycling community. This was the first year for the event, in which approximately 650 people participated.

BBC hosted a rest stop for cyclists at Bridgeport Place, where participants were able to take a break from their rides and refuel with refreshments. BBC staff worked alongside volunteers to ensure that snacks and beverages were available and questions about both the route and neighborhood were answered.

We have a few photos of our rest stop below.

BBC would like to thank Bike Cleveland for allowing us to play an important role in the event.  We look forward to participating again in 2015.






Community Wraparound Meeting in Central: YOU’RE INVITED!

September 23rd, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

Everyone is cordially invited to a community meeting to learn more about the new Community Wraparound Strategy:

Hosted by:
George Washington Carver STEM School and Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
2200 E. 55th Street

This strategy is designed to support our student’s success in school and support strong communities


We need YOUR feedback in identifying programs and services to support our school and community. You will also learn about the role of the Site Coordinator devoted to support students, their families and our communities!

Learn more at

Juvenile Safe Surrender happening this week

September 22nd, 2014 by jsugalski

Juvenile Safe Surrender
Monday, September 22nd through Thursday, September 25th
8:30AM – 4:30PM

Have a warrant for a committed in Cuyahoga County when you were 17 YEARS OLD or younger?


You can safely surrender at:
Juvenile Justice Center 9300 Quincy Ave Cleveland OH 44106

– Consult with an attorney and speak to a Judge
– You may receive favorable consideration on your case
– Community Support Services available on-site to HELP YOU

For More Information call the HOTLINE: (216) 443-3744



September 12th, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

Childhood Nutrition in collaboration with Dunham Tavern Museum present Cleveland’s youth garden battle, FRESHtoberfest!! Come taste the freshest food grown by Cleveland’s youth and prepared by local chefs! It will be an event you do not want to miss. The chef and garden team will compete against other gardens and chefs in a tasting competition and fresh food celebration. Come join the fun with music and performances by Dee Jay Doc and the Fresh Camp. Admission is FREE with donations accepted. Be sure to check out some of our own neighbors/partners including the Marshall Avenue Community Garden paired with Chef Eric Wells!

Monday, September 22nd
Food tasting at 6:00pm
Dunham Tavern Museum
6709 Euclid Ave.

RSVP by emailing


Job Opportunity at BBC–Site Coordinator

August 21st, 2014 by Joy Johnson

BBC is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Site Coordinator at George Washington Carver K-8 STEM School.  The Site Coordinator will create, strengthen and maintain the bridge between the school, parents and community-based providers in the community and surrounding neighborhoods.

The Site Coordinator will facilitate and provide leadership for the collaborative process and development of a continuum of services for children, families and community members within the school neighborhood. The Site Coordinator functions as a neutral facilitator in the provision of services for students, families and residents of the neighborhood by generating resources from a wide array of community organizations and agencies.

For more information on qualifications or how to apply please click the following link:

Site Coordinator–Wrap Around School 3 yrs exp. a must, Cleveland, OH 44104.

Homebuyer Education

August 21st, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

Third Federal and ESOP are partnership to provide education classes for those interested in buying a home. Topics include homebuying process basics, budgeting, credit management, affordable mortgage products, shopping and maintaining a home, financial assistance programs, and down-payment assistance program options. Classes are FREE but space is limited! Be sure to sign up today – advance registration is required.

September 2014: Two part course*
Part 1: September 4th: 6pm-9pm
Part 2: September 11th: 6pm-9pm
Location: ESOP
7000 Euclid Avenue, Suite 203, Cleveland, Ohio 44103

*Attendance at both courses is required. Upon completing the seminar requirements, Third Federal will give you $2,000 towards your down payment.**

Individual readiness assessments and pre-purchasing counseling also available!

**Maximum loan amount is $150,000. Must originate loan with Third Federal to receive $2,000 towards down payment. Details of the down payment assistance program will be provided at the seminar. ESOP is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency.

Sow, Seed and Plant Volunteer Day!

August 20th, 2014 by Caitlyn Neely

After several community planning meetings for the site of the new Hillside Community Park located at East 79th Street and Hillside, construction is finally underway! The site, which will be undergoing changes in several phases, is beginning with brand new walkways, lighting, and seating.  To accompany the new changes, Burten, Bell, Carr Development will be hosting a volunteer day in which friends, neighbors, and community groups will join together to clean up the area and plant new flowers and shrubbery in order to make the park beautiful and special for then neighborhood.

Please join us Saturday, August 23rd from 10:00AM until 12 Noon at East 79th Street and Hillside near the East 79th Street Blue/Green Rapid Stop.

For more information or to sign-up to volunteer, please call BBC at 216-341-1455!

If you are interested in making a donation to the help with the new project, please submit via paypal on our website and we will be sure it is directed towards our second phase of work.

Download Our Fall Newsletter

August 11th, 2014 by jsugalski

The Fall 2014 issue of “The Community Connector,” our quarterly newsletter, is now online.

Download your copy by clicking here.

Work for BBC – Employment Opportunity

August 7th, 2014 by jsugalski




The AmeriCorps VISTA Associate will assist in Increasing BBC’s capacity to continue and sustain support for Anton Grdina in the Garden Valley Neighborhood. This VISTA will work on expanding the Homework Help Program, as well as developing and supporting additional in-school and after-school programs and events that promote student academic achievement.

Anton Grdina is an Investment School that is currently implementing the wraparound/community school model. This national model is based on the entire community being engaged in the academic success of the building. Anton Grdina was named an Investment School in May 2013 as part of a state-backed Cleveland Plan to turn around the low performing schools in the Cleveland Municipal School District and to leverage direct resources toward areas of greatest need. This VISTA role is critical for assisting in the implementation of the community school model.


- Manage current tutoring program for 3rd-5th graders and expand program to enhance student performance outcomes for students at Anton Grdina.

- Work with school and community organizations to identify additional student enrichment opportunities through service learning and healthy living activities.

- Develop and manage volunteer opportunities for in-school and after school programming at Anton Grdina.

-Identify and develop student programs, events and activities.

- Recruit community members to serve as volunteers and volunteer leaders.

- Engage community members in volunteer opportunities (through our Managed Projects and Days of Service)

- Research and apply for funding to support educational initiatives for youth and programs in the Lower Kinsman neighborhood.

- Complete monthly and bi-weekly VISTA reporting in addition to attending VISTA trainings

- Other duties as assigned

The AmeriCorps VISTA must have satisfactory oral and written communication skills and ability to interact effectively with the public, particularly low-income, minority, and youth. Must have satisfactory computer skills, including Microsoft Office and social media outlets. Minimum college degree required.

This is a full time position (40-50 hours per week) with requirements to work evenings and/or weekends if required. VISTA members are prohibited from working outside of VISTA position.


Approximately $946/month, with choice of $1,175 education award or $310 cash stipend at the conclusion of service.


This position will be posted until filled. Please submit a resume and cover letter to Monique Williams, Site Coordinator via email at, via fax at (216) 341-2683 or via mail at 7201 Kinsman Road, Suite 104, Cleveland, OH 44104.

For more information about the organization, please visit

For a PDF of this posting, please click here.