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2017 Accelerate presenter updates

Accelerate presenters from this year are already making waves! Join them at Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern (11625 Euclid Avenue) at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 as they share updates on their projects and the positive impact they are having on our community. It will be a casual, interactive evening. Admission is free and open to the public, no registration necessary – just show up!

 

Overall Winner  

Jeremy Langham

Jeremy Langham

Jeremy teamed up with 2016 Accelerate winner Ben Colas at Cleveland Co-labs' “Cleveland Give and Get: A Charity Date Auction." Jeremy had the opportunity to talk about Ironborne Brew Works and auctioned off a home brewing experience which raised $300 for Ben's KinderKits. Jeremy is immersed in the SEA Change curriculum and conducting market research. He is exploring bricks and mortar locations, and the virtual home of Ironborne Brew Works has launched. The head brew team is finishing an intensive brewing science program and have won a handful of medals at regional brewing competitions. 

 

Finalists
Daniel Gray-Kontar

Daniel Gray-Kontar

Daniel has received several donations and scheduled several events after becoming a finalist in the Community Transformative Arts & Culture category, where he pitched about the importance of literary arts for urban youth. His Twelve Literary and Performative Arts incubator received a $20,000 capacity-building grant from The Cleveland Foundation. He also received donations from Oswald Companies (an Accelerate category sponsor) and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland to support sending five youth to represent Cleveland at the Brave New Voices Festival and Competition in San Francisco this summer. Those youth were selected from 14 finalists presenting at the One Mic Open Youth Poetry Slam Final Competition on March 31. Twelve Literary Arts and Karamu House presented "Merge at Karamu," an intersection of poetry, music, visual arts, film, and dance on April 1.

Daniel is also hosting a series of six art project workshops in Slavic Village for community members. The community Art Project will be focused on poetry and performative arts and the final products will be displayed and installed at Rooms to Let: CLE on May 20-21.

The five-member youth slam team has been selected. They will perform at the "Poetry for the People" event at Public Square in July. 

Shayla Ivezzy

Shayla Ivezzy

Shayla has been discussing a potential partnership with a Cleveland nonprofit to launch her Career Closets, a wardrobe on wheels and mobile career center to prepare students in under-served areas for work. She has an active crowdfunding campaign to purchase the vehicle, and received her first donation of clothing from The Tie Bar. In addition, Shayla was one of 10 entrepreneurs selected to pitch at Jumpstart’s Core City Cleveland “Pitch Your Business” competition on April 19, where she won the runner-up prize of $500.

Jowan Smith

Jowan Smith

Jowan launched a Getting Our Babies to College 101 website to help families understand the importance of starting the college process in Eighth grade and to show parents how to navigate their way to as much free money for college as possible. She also was invited by Validity Sports and Enrichment, a local nonprofit that works with youth through sports and mentorship, to speak in early March to parents of student athletes about helping increase their students chance of being scouted. She has already booked two different workshops at Patrick Henry Middle School booked: a general all-topic workshop on April 20 and a student/athlete workshop on April 27.

Ava Thomas

Ava Thomas

Ava’s pitch, Memory Mats, are personalized do-it-yourself placemat with pictures and phrases that act as memory cues for individuals with Alzheimer's and serve as a conversation starter for visitors and caregivers. With the Accelerate seed money, Ava purchased an extra wide portable laminator and materials to produce mats that have a more professional feel. She created a new instruction sheet and completed the first batch of mats with the West Geauga Senior Center in Chesterland. She has also mailed out Memory Mat packages to other potential users. As a result of contacts Ava made at Accelerate, she will also be meeting with Menorah Park, one of the region’s largest providers of services to the elderly. She continues to look for additional opportunities to work with additional facilities on Memory Mats.


Presenters
Stephanie Buda

Stephanie Buda

Stephanie is moving forward with her project, The Kids of 216, which is operating its first summer school and youth employment program with 20 students from various Cleveland Metropolitan School District high schools. The program starts in June and the kids are employed as “pre-apprentices” to learn skilled trades in construction. Her group has paired with the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Court and other organizations to identify disabled residents, seniors, and low-income family homes to rehab and renovate the homes in order to meet the code violations. The Kids will also be exposed to companies that hire students in similar technical and trade positions. Her pitch was in the Economic & Workforce Development category, sponsored by Oatey.