Help guide and inspire Cleveland youth

Empower Cleveland Youth is a partnership to support urban youth and inspire and nurture them to be tomorrow’s leaders. A collaboration between civic leaders and youth-serving nonprofits, the program builds students' capacity for success through career exploration, career readiness, leadership training and civic education with the goal of empowering them to become community leaders. The program will identify, nurture and inspire Cleveland’s youth to access opportunities, engage civically, and ultimately position them to build a stronger community.

Your mentorship supports and inspires these students by exposing them to work options they have not considered and helping them fine-tune their post-secondary work or study choices. Be a Lunch Mentor Lunch mentors spend one hour per week in conversation with small groups of students on Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at various locations in the downtown area. There are eight sessions, lunch is provided, and you can sign up for as many sessions as you would like.
     • June 14
     • June 21
     • June 28
     • July 5
     • July 12
     • July 19
     • July 26
     • August 2

To learn more, to become a mentor or to host a lunch at your place of employment, contact Arin Miller-Tait.

Empower Cleveland Youth is a partnership between Cleveland Leadership Center and: 
     • The City of Cleveland
     • Esperanza
     • Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland
     • Youth Opportunities Unlimited

The program was inspired and founded in partnership with local leaders:
    • Congressman Jim Renacci
    • Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
    • Dr. Akram Boutros, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, The MetroHealth System
    • Umberto Fedeli, President and CEO, The Fedeli Group
    • Russ Mitchell, Managing Editor and Lead Anchor, WKYC-TV, Cleveland; former Anchor, CBS Evening News and CBS The Early Show
    • Frederick R. Nance, Regional Managing Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Congressman Jim Renacci
"I grew up with very little − paid my own way through school and was the first in my family to graduate college. Along the way, I was fortunate to have the advice and support of my parents and mentors to help me succeed. I am proud to join with local civic leaders to support the efforts of the Cleveland Leadership Center to develop and nurture our youth to not only see a path to success, but achieve that success. In this great country, all of today’s youth are our country’s future leaders no matter where their life's journey begins.”

Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, President and CEO of The MetroHealth System
"It's equally critical for young people to be aware of available opportunities and career paths and get hands-on, face-to-face interaction in a business setting. This program connects them with employers across the city who are committed to nurturing and inspiring these young people to continue Cleveland's renaissance.”

Mayor Frank Jackson
"I want to thank Congressman Jim Renacci for his commitment and efforts in developing the Empower Cleveland Youth program. In partnership with the Cleveland Leadership Center, this program will provide leadership training, civic education, and mentorship to empower our youth to become effective leaders in Cleveland.”

Marianne Crosley, President and CEO of the Cleveland Leadership Center
“We are committed to training and engaging civic leaders who will carry our community forward in the future. We hope to do that with these students by fostering long-term mentor relationships with key business leaders.” 

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