MyCom – Youth Matters

As West Park’s lead agency for the county-wide MyCom initiative, BPDC will be leading the effort to develop a plan that will address key focus areas such as youth employment, out-of-school-time programs, youth engagement, neighborhood engagement, advocacy, school transitions and other areas that youth and community members feel are important. The input from these community meetings  and surveys will be combined with input from staff and volunteers at neighborhood youth-serving agencies and schools to create a comprehensive strategic plan for improving educational and personal development opportunities for West Park’s youth.

In 2015 we launched a neighborhood-wide planning process to create a West Park Youth Development Plan that will guide our programming and funding efforts for youth development in these neighborhoods for years.  Please check out the great ideas our community had that we have embraced in this downloadable .pdf.

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The latest youth workshops, programs, and events are listed on our

youth programs, opportunities and events page here.

Our agency’s youth services are guided by youth development principles and values.
We are proud to be the lead agency for the West Park MyCom Youth Initiative, which focuses on planning opportunities for positive youth development throughout West Park during out-of-school-time hours for youth in K-12 who live, work, or study no matter what school youth attend.

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The entire West Park area which stretches from Halloran Park on W. 117th St. on the east side to the Fairview Hospital on the West side and encompasses all of Cleveland’s Ward 17, 16 and parts of Cleveland’s Ward 11.
Our work includes:
  • Coordination of out-of-school-time youth development planning & programming
  • Leadership  development, including community service
  • Art & cultural enrichment opportunities
  • Youth job search & employment training & resources
    • Workshops
    • Annual Job and Community Service Fair in March
  • Academic enrichment, including:
    • Tutoring,
    • Creative and technical writing,
    • Financial skills,
    • Community service
    • College exposure
    • Computer lab hours
  • Sponsoring local Cleveland SCORES poet/athletes and the Tri-League Flycatchers baseball team

Some of our programs are delivered directly by BPDC youth development staff and others are coordinated through a myriad of valued partnerships throughout Cuyahoga County and beyond.  We are always looking for more ways to connect neighborhood youth with quality youth development opportunities.

If you or your company wants to share your talents or resources with neighborhood youth, please contact Vanessa Lange, BPDC’s Youth Development Director, at 216-671-2710 ext. 218.


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