Category Archives: Education

Win a FREE Registration to the Single Moms Conference, Sat 10/24

Calling All Cleveland area Single Moms!!!

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The ladies (including myself!) of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated – Kappa Gamma Sigma (KGS) Chapter, have put together an opportunity for single moms to win a FREE registration for the upcoming Single Moms Conference taking place Saturday October 24th, at the Galleria at Erieview (Cafe Sausalito-1301 E. 9th Street, Cleveland OH 44114).

The Singe Moms Conference, hosted by Cleveland Young Lives & From Lemons to Lemonade, is designed to create a network of support for the single mothers across Northeast Ohio. Attendees can expect and entire day of motivation, inspiration, and encouragement toward positive change. The conference theme is “We’re All In This Together!”

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KGS wants to hear from YOU for a chance to win one (1) of FIVE event registrations being donated by the sorority chapter! To enter, please email KGSCommunityService@gmail.com your name, email and phone number; and in 150 words or less please tell us why you want to attend and what you hope to take from the conference. Submissions are due by Sunday October 11th at 11:59PM. The chapter will then select five (5) winners to be notified Friday October 16th. One entry per household please.

Please spread the word, and if you have any questions please email KGSCommunityService@gmail.com!
I want to thank my Sorority chapter Kappa Gamma Sigma for agreeing to support such a great community event (Greater Service, Greater Progress of course!), and Frechic Dickson-Founder and President of From Lemons To Lemonade for connecting with me….Good Luck! 🙂

Father’s Walk: Cuyahoga County, Thurs 9/17

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I wanted to give everyone a heads up on the upcoming Father’s Walk, in which fathers across the county take time to walk their children to school the morning of Thursday September 17th. This annual walk is sponsored by The Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative, Passages, I Am A Dream and the Healthy Fathering Collaborative. A list of the schools currently participating (as of September 10th) can be found HERE. Many schools have additional activities for fathers that day. Feel free to contact you child’s school if you do not see it listed.

On this date, fathers (ana father-figures) will be encouraged to take the following pledge:

  • I am responsible for the education of my child.
  • I will encourage all children to do their best every day at school.
  • I will speak to my child about the value of learning and the importance of reaching your potential.
  • I will help with school work and review assignments for completion.
  • I will praise my child when he/she does well in school.
  • I will speak with my child’s teachers and support them in educating my child.
  • I will teach my child the value of education and the value of family.
  • I will work with my child’s mother or guardian to achieve the best academic and social outcomes for my child even if I do not live with my child.

A few of my friends participated last year with their children, and share the same feelings of appreciation for something as simple as a walk to school, to take place in unison. I hope you spread the word, and enjoy the walk! 🙂

#VolunteerCLE Alice in Wonderland & Homework Help with Heights Libraries

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On Thursday October 8th, the Lee Rd. library branch (2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights OH 44118) has put together a fun-filled evening celebrating Alice In Wonderland’s 150th anniversary.  Families register for a 30 minute time slot in this “walk-through” program and 12 volunteers are needed that evening (5:30-9pm) to help with crafts, reading stories, working at the sign-in table, passing out cookies and juice, dressing up as characters, running the croquet game, and running other games.
If you’re interested in volunteering for this one-time family program, please email Julia Murphy at JMurphy@heightslibrary.org. Feel free to include your job preference.

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The University Heights library branch (13866 Cedar Road, University Heights OH 44118) is looking for Math homework help volunteers who are available to assist with middle and high school students at least one hour a week for the 2015-16 school year. Volunteers must be age 18 or older and must submit to a background check. Volunteers must have demonstrated experience working with high school students and/or math tutoring experience. If you’re interested in volunteering for this position, please send a resume of relevant experience to Julia Murphy at JMurphy@heightslibrary.org. A volunteer application will also need to be filled out, which can be found HERE.

#VolunteerInCLE 1-2-3 Read! Program and Homework Centers; Various Dates & Locations w/Cuyahoga County Public Library

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This Summer, I will be tutoring first and second graders at risk of not reaching the state mandated Third Grade Reading Guarantee. I initially posted a status on Facebook to see if anyone wanted to help out, and there was a pretty good response so I am listing all additional details here.

1-2-3 Read! provides free one-on-one tutoring in reading skills and small group tutoring with literacy games.
This 1-2-3 Read! Program is at the Brooklyn, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights and Warrensville Heights branch libraries. There is a particular need at Garfield Heights and Maple Heights. The program starts June 29th and runs through August 6th.

During the summer, 1-2-3 Read! is offered 2 days a week, per location. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Brooklyn: Tuesday & Thursday from 1:00-2:15pm
Garfield Heights: Monday & Tuesday from 12:45-2:00pm
Maple Heights: Tuesday & Thursday from 12:45-2:00pm
Warrensville Heights: Wednesday & Thursday from 1:00-2:15pm

Upcoming training times for 1-2-3 Read! being held at the Garfield Heights Library (5409 Turney Road) are:
Monday, June 22nd from 7-8:30pm
or
Sunday, June 28th from 2-3:30pm

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There will also be 10 Homework Centers with a need for volunteers to help tutor students in Grades K-8 with their homework. Homework Centers are located at: Brookpark, Brooklyn, Garfield Hts., Maple Hts., North Olmsted, Parma, Richmond Hts., South Euclid, Southeast, Warrensville Hts.

If you have an interest in volunteering or know someone who does, an application form will need to be filled out. You can access that HERE.

Please feel free to connect with Nicole Joy Beleske, Volunteer Coordinator at 216-749-9400 or nbeleske@cuyahogalibrary.org to send your application and set up a training time.

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“Community, Race and the Police: Just Get Home” Thurs 6/25

Time: Thursday, June 25th at 7:00PM-8:30PM
 Location: University Circle United Methodist Church (1919 E. 107th Street, Cleveland OH 44102)

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Here is an upcoming conference I invite all parents, teachers, guardians, youth group leaders, and anyone with questions/concerns with recent happenings in the city of Cleveland, to attend. There have been many avenues in which some form of action has taken place in opposition with what all is going on. This particular avenue has been set up for dialogue, learning and understanding for everyone. I hope that what is created here can spark another change in the right direction…

The goal of this event (hosted by the University Circle United Methodist Church) is to educate young people in our community  on how to deal with encounters with law enforcement with the singular purpose to “JUST GET HOME”. We want our children and neighbors to know that they can work inside the system to promote positive change. We want to work to enhance the relationships between the community and members of the Division of Police.

This is event is FREE and is sponsored by the Kappa Gamma Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. kgschapter

 

#EventsInCLE America SCORES Cleveland: Inspired Art, Sat 6/6

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As a Development Board member for the Cleveland chapter of America SCORES, I want to invite you all to attend our upcoming event Inspired Art, a collaboration of Cleveland artists and young Cleveland poets of the after-school program America SCORES Cleveland. The original poetry of Cleveland kids involved in America SCORES has compelled over 40 local artists to create and donate artwork to support the after-school health and literacy program. At the benefit auction, students will witness their visions brought to life and artists will experience the poetry on a deeper level as select youth perform.

America SCORES provides unique, creative after-school programming for more than 600 youth in nine Cleveland public schools, teaching poetry, service-learning and soccer to measurably improve literacy, community engagement and fitness. Ticket and art sales will provide students with the opportunity to participate in America SCORES’ soccer, creative writing and service-learning programming.

Tickets for Inspired Art are $75* and include:

  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Duet Catering
  • Great Lakes beer & assorted wines
  • Free parking
  • Poetry performances by America SCORES poet-athletes
  • The opportunity to meet the artists
  • Music by DJ Bradley P
  • Desserts & coffee provided by Duet Catering

*Tickets are $75 pre-sale thru June 4 at midnight. Tickets at the door are $80.  The location is: smARTspace at 78th Street Studios in Gordon Square Arts District 1305 W. 80th Street, Cleveland, OH 44102

I will be in attendance helping out during the event. I hope to see you there! As always, please spread the word 🙂

 

 

#Volunteer “Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015” @ University Heights Library Branch, Wed 12/31

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Here is a simple and fun project to Volunteer for if you have the time. It’s always fun when you’re working with kids; they teach me so much LOL! This is taking place at the University Heights Library Branch (13866 Cedar Rd, Cleveland, OH 44118), and contact information can be found below…

Don’t have work or school on New Years Eve? Come help celebrate the New Year in style at this program for families with children aged 0-5.

We need help staffing the following activities:
Block building
Minute To Win It
Pin The (something) On The (something)
Hopscotch
Dancing
Make a party blower craft
Make a 2015 crown

Volunteers are asked to come at 10:30am to learn how to staff their activity, and there will be refreshments! Please contact Julia Murphy at JMurphy@heightslibrary.org if you are interested in volunteering at this program.

#Volunteer Where’s Vrere? Out of the Darkness Walk, Sat 10/18

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I registered to volunteer for the upcoming Out of the Darkness Walk, put on by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on Saturday October 18th. The event takes place at Wade Oval in University Circle. The walk begins at 11:30am, but as a volunteer I can expect to be there a bit earlier. When I registered, I was provided with a fundraising page. Although I’m not actively raising money I will gladly accept donations if there’s someone you’d like to acknowledge. I personally dealt with some depression years ago, as well as lost a family member to suicide; so I wanted to involve myself in this walk.

It would be nice to round up some friends/acquaintances to volunteer with me Saturday morning. If you’re interested, let me know in the comments section or shoot me an email at vreredai@gmail.com …you can also reach me via social media if we are connected! 🙂

#cleYPweek Cleveland Young Professioanls Week, Oct 6th-12th

In case you haven’t heard by now, Engage! Cleveland has put together an extensive week dedicated to Cleveland Young Professionals. Activities will begin Monday October 6th, and will wrap up Sunday October 12th.

Cleveland Young Professionals Week is a week-long series of events geared at engaging young professionals in the community. Whether it’s a social activity, professional development lecture or getting out and enjoying more of the community, Cleveland Young Professionals Week helps YPs connect with the city we all call home. Cleveland Young Professionals Week will feature a variety of morning, afternoon and evening events each day of the week tied to community themes.

Take a look at the Main Events Calendar and be sure to take advantage!

    • Rise and grind fitness classes with local fitness studios
    • Lunch and learns with our area’s most influential speakers
    • Network after work events at Cleveland landmarks and anchor institutions

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YP CLE Ambassador Summit, Thurs 10/23

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Hi everyone! I feel like it’s been a minute since I posted something, my apologies! I’ve been volunteering of course, raising money, sick (I’m better now-I need to slow down!), welcoming new additions to the family, celebrating birthdays, and more volunteering!
Now back to it…here’s an upcoming event that I signed up for. The main focus is gathering ideas on how to better attract people to visiting this awesome city of Cleveland. Seeing as how active I get around town with volunteering/events, I hope to provide some good dialogue and soak up good ideas! I know there are a lot of you who don’t know all that Cleveland has to offer and this is a great opportunity to gain some insight as well as network for the future.

Positively Cleveland its hosting a first-ever Young Professional Summit on Thursday October 23rd, from 3:30pm-7:00PM. Here is some background on what to expect:

Cleveland is the home of world-class art, culture and rock and roll. It’s a mix of sophistication and grit, artistry and industry, healthcare and sports. But did you know that only 34 percent of those who live here would recommend Cleveland as a place to visit?
Join us at our first-ever Young Professional CLE Ambassador Summit to share what you think would help encourage more local residents to recommend Cleveland as a visitor destination.
Network, brainstorm and bring your ideas to life with other millennial Clevelanders who eat, sleep and breathe CLE and are passionate about telling the Cleveland story. We know you have strong opinions, so we need you to speak up, sign up and shine a light on what you love about our city.

Ariel International Center
1163 E. 40th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

You can Register HERE. Space is limited, and appetizers/beverages will be provided. Hope to see you there! 🙂