Cleveland summer youth programs hope to promote learning and reduce teen violence

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CLEVELAND — Cleveland student Nouh Shaik hailed the city’s expansion of summer youth programs and believes they will play a role in improving academic excellence and reducing violence among teenagers this summer.

Shaikh hopes more families and teens will participate in the city’s summer programs, as well as Cleveland Schools’ CMSD Summer Learning Experience. Shaik thinks the programs also foster leadership skills.

Marc Durdak

Cleveland Schools student Nouh Shaikh thinks the city’s summer youth programs are key to student development.

“I think they are helping a lot of kids out after COVID, they need sunshine, Shaikh said. “I now work with CMSD as a student ambassador. I have personally participated in chess, we have won two national championships. You see, you have to keep these children busy, if they don’t do anything at home, they will think about do something wrong.

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb said this is the first time the city has gone door-to-door to promote the city’s 29 summer programs, including the new “Hoops” basketball program. After Dark” for young adults aged 18-26.

“We need to do a better job of bringing government and resources to people,” Bibb said. “When you are productive from sunrise to sunset, you are less likely to be involved in violent crime or other activities that occur on Giving young people productive activities to do goes a long way in reducing violent crime, but also gives them hope and opportunity.

CLE summer youth programs hope to promote learning and reduce teen violence

Marc Durdak

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb with Cleveland Youth Family Success Leader Sonya Pryor-Jones and Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon.

The city of Cleveland released data indicating that the number of young people between the ages of 1 and 17 who required hospitalization due to a gunshot would double from 25 in 2017 to 50 last year.

Cleveland Metropolitan Schools CEO Eric Gordon also went door-to-door to promote the CMSD Summer Learning Experience program, which Gordon says is crucial in helping students maintain everything they’ve learned at school. during the school year, especially after school district data indicated that student absenteeism nearly doubled to 54% during the pandemic.

CLE summer youth programs hope to promote learning and reduce teen violence

Marc Durdak

Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon goes door-to-door to talk with residents about free summer programs for young people.

“Three or more weeks of inactive learning actually results in the loss of things we’ve already learned,” Gordon said. “That’s why we only had three weeks before the summer learning experience started, and only three weeks after. So it’s not just what kids do during the day in the summer, but it’s also keeping all the things they’ve learned over the year.

Kindergarten through eighth grade students can enroll in five weeks of summer programs, and high school students can participate in four weeks of programs by registering on the City of Cleveland website, or they can enroll in one of 20 Cleveland Recreation Centers. Locations. Registration for the CMSD Summer Learning Experience can be found on the school district’s website.

Meanwhile, Cleveland students like West Tech senior Lavelle Patterson, who benefited from the summer program, believe the summer program is paying big dividends.

“They have a better chance in the summer to learn and improve their grades,” Patterson said. “It was a good program, it improved my grades and I did everything.”

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