Stokes Civic Leadership Institute Fellows named

Thirty-eight rising and established community leaders will examine critical problems facing our community and develop collaborative leadership skills to address those issues in the coming year as part of the newly created Stokes Civic Leadership Institute (Stokes CLI). Stokes CLI is a collaboration between the Cleveland Leadership Center and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®). The program…

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Accelerate 2017’s Shayla Ivezzy a part of Thea Bowman Center program

Shayla Ivezzy (LookUp 2009) pitched her idea to help students in under-served areas with professional attire and services to prepare them for successful futures. To that end, she has partnered with the Thea Bowman Center and is creating workshops for their six-week college and career readiness series.

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Getting our Babies to College 101

Jowan Smith wants to help parents, particularly those of low-income students, through the stress of getting their children to college by beginning to explore timelines, budgeting and other information in the eighth grade. Her pitch at Accelerate 2017 earned her $2,000 to help launch her project. Since the event, Jowan has launced a website that…

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Career Closet: More than a Wardrobe

Shayla Ivezzy was a finalist for her pitch at Accelerate 2017. Her vision for a wardrobe on wheels and mobile career center to provide students in under-served areas with professional attire and services to prepare them for successful futures and prompt economic empowerment earned her $2,000 to help launch her project. Since Accelerate, Shayla has been…

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KinderKits

As a kindergarten teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Ben Colas was surprised that the vast majority of children entering his classroom were unprepared for school, and knowing that those who enter behind, stay behind, he was inspired to change that. He pitched his idea for KinderKits, an engaging module for parents to effectively…

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