Youth Activities

List of Neighborhood Youth Programs/Agencies

Click above to explore over 30 youth-serving agencies in West Park

See below for West Park MyCom program announcements and other youth events and offerings.

Thanks to the youth and adults who helped us develop the West Park MyCom Youth Development Plan in 2015.  Check it out!

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Specific events and programs

  • Summer field trips for 7th-12th graders

  • For high school students: Want to work in the arts? Learn this summer to build a portfolio of your art to prepare for admissions to art schools and scholarship applications for post-secondary art education. Starts June 26th

  • April 26th Quarterly neighborhood meeting about youth development at BPDC’s office; 6-7pm

  • Parade the Circle family art workshop:  at Christ Lutheran Church and culminating at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Thursdays at 6pm starting in May. Dinner provided. Organized by West Park MyCom, call 671-2710 ext. 218 or email Vanessa to register. 
  • West Park MyCom Summer Job Jumpstart for Teens

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Registration at 9:30 a.m.

    16700 Puritas Ave. Cleveland, OH 44135

    in Gunning Recreation Center

  • Fashion Club (ages 8 and up) 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 3:30-5pm at West Park Library. Starts Oct. 4., organized by West Park MyCom, call 671-2710 ext. 218 or email Vanessa to register. Come to one or come to them all.  They are now scheduled for Jan. 17, 2017, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7, March 21, April 4, April 18, and May 2.

 

  • Teen Job Club for 8th-12th graders on Wednesdays from 4-5:30pm, organized by West Park MyCom, hosted by John Marshall School but open to students from any school, call 671-2710 ext. 218 or email Vanessa to register

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  • Art House Inc. Art Club for K – 3rd graders Mondays from 4:15-5:30 pm, organized by West Park MyCom, hosted at GALA on Lorain Ave., but open to students from any school, call 671-2710 ext. 218 or email Vanessa to register. there is a mini-session January 9-30th, a Chinese New Year program Feb. 6-March 13, and Fun with Clay April 3 – May 8!
  • Dance class for 4th-8th graders on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm, organized by West Park MyCom, hosted at West Prep Academy., but open to students from any school, call 671-2710 ext. 218 or email Vanessa to register. Enroll now for Robotics and Music!

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  • Tri-League Inc In-person registrations for youth baseball, softball, and t-ball begin on Wednesday March 1, 2017 and end on Saturday April 15, 2017. Wednesdays are 7pm to 9pm and Saturdays 11am to 3pm at the office located at 4462 West 130th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44135.  For youth from 4 to 18. Registrations are also online now at www.trileague.org for all divisions.
  • ImpACT the 216 is a program administered by College Now Greater Cleveland in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library, made possible with funds granted by the Ohio Department of Education through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The program is designed to enhance math & reading proficiency, improve students’ ACT scores and increase students’ college and career readiness.Students meet after school, Monday-Friday for eight weeks. They receive ACT training, “college knowledge” and go on college visits. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a $100 stipend and have the opportunity to have an internship with the program.  Students can register here: http://www.collegenowgc.org/impact-the-216/. The 216 Winter Session at Eastman branch (of the library on Lorain near W. 1117th St.) will run from January 10th-March 3rd.  The program is designed for 10th-11th graders, but all students are welcome to register.
  • From the West Park YMCA: ” The return of Wellness Avengers – Tuesday’s and Thursday’s starting September 13: This collaboration between Cleveland Clinic Children’s and the West Park Y promotes physical activity among families. Kids and parents will exercise together, learn important health and wellness tips and receive before and after assessments.  We will spend Tuesdays in the pool and Thursdays in the gym.  Class is 6:30-7:30pm and runs through November 17. Register at the West Park YMCA TODAY!  You don’t have to be a Y member to participate. “
  • Robotics class for 4th-8th graders on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm, organized by West Park MyCom, hosted at West Prep Academy., but open to students from any school, call 671-2710 ext. 218 or email Vanessa to register

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  • Connect Home Office Hours & workshops: Sponsored both by College Now Greater Cleveland and CMHA, Connect Home is a program of workshops and one-on-one counseling for families of 10th – 12th graders right here in the neighborhood at John Marshall. (Click on the flier below to view larger or download.)Upcoming workshops:
    College Planning/Admissions – for current 12th graders and parents
    SAT Practice online with Khan Academy – for current 11th graders and parents
    Academic Prep/Enrichment – for current 10th graders and parents
  • “The Youth Advocacy and Leadership Coalition Summit is 10 days away! This free summit is an opportunity for youth to engage with other teens in the county on issues relevant to their lives. Attendees will participate in workshops on various topics in the morning and complete two service activities in the afternoon. In addition to learning about topics impacting our communities, the YALC summit is a great way to get required service hours in!The YALC Youth Summit will take place on Saturday, September 17th from 10am-3pm. Workshops cover topics on leadership, advocacy, STEM and more. In the afternoon, service projects such as sewing bags for refugees and labeling soap through the S.O.A.P. project for trafficked persons will be available.In order to receive a free lunch, registration is required at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflllAJBF4kv46I0Pv_bTP8jFrSBp__rDXahUqbZJGRD-QSxg/viewform?usp=send_form.”
  • A community center operates out of John Marshall for youth and adults most of the school year (three (3) nights a week) and offers free dinner to kids, tutoring, table tennis, Families that Lead workshops, arts and crafts, basketball, and more.  More info on Schools as Neighborhood Resources (SNR)

Previous events and programs

  • Register for our tours of worksites of interesting careers and colleges this summer. Flier and Registration Form.
  • Basketball camp for boys this summer for those entering 8th grade.  Free and located at Bard high School Early College on Terminal Ave.
  • Hip Hop Summer Camp July 11-15th only! Youth 11-18 learn to MC, do graffitti art, breakdance, and deejay.hip hop class image
  • Teens learn great IT networking skills this summer and earn a credential from Microsoft that can help them land a job! Saturdays, June 15-August 13. Flier, Online registration

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  • ImpACT the 216! ImpACT the 216 is a program administered by College Now Greater Cleveland in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library, made possible with funds granted by the Ohio Department of Education through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers.  The program is designed to enhance math & reading proficiency, improve students’ ACT scores and increase students’ college and career readiness.Students can apply to participate in one of our 3 eight-week sessions:  http://collegenowgc.org/community-based-programs/
  • FREE Babysitting course at YMCA is taking registrations NOW for a class on May 7, 2016.  Download and complete this registration or call 216-671-2710 ext. 218 for more information or to request registration forms.  It is through the American Red Cross and the YMCA. Any youth age 11-17 is invited to participated. Space is limited and registration is mandatory. The registration packet for this program is attached.
  • Apply now to the Youth Leadership Council : flier,  form
  • Spoken Word contest 20164th Annual Spoken Word Contest Feb. 29th, 6-8pm at John Marshall campus for all youth ages 6-18.  Register by Feb. 25th.  Topic: Black Music Artist: How their music has inspired you
  • MyCom MyMedia program is taking applications now for the Spring Session (which starts Feb. 2, 2016) of teens who want to learn how to use video, audio, and blogs to express their voice and learn journalistic techniques at the IdeaCenter.  Find the application here.
  • MyCom MyMedia program is taking applications now for the Spring Session (which starts Feb. 2, 2016) of teens who want to learn how to use video, audio, and blogs to express their voice and learn journalistic techniques at the IdeaCenter.  Find the application here.
  • Youth, parents, and youth service providers are invited to help us direct our youth initiatives by learning about the MyCom strategic goals and brainstorming how we can meet those goals in West Park at the West Park Youth Mobilization Team meeting.
  • KCDC Winter WonderlandDec. 5th: Winter Wonderland: Meet super heroes, be entered in to raffles, meet Santa, and go on a sleigh ride at Kamm’s Plaza. http://www.kammscorners.com/Winter_Wonderland_2014.pdf
  • Girls Health Summit Dec 7Saturday, December 6th: Girls Health Summit 2014 at Tri-C.  Free and for girls aged 10 -1 7 and their parents and guardians are welcome, too.  8:30am-3pm.  Assistance with transportation can be arranged.  Register NOW at www.allaboutyourhealth.org.
  • snowmanDec. 12th – Winter Family Carnival Night – For elementary students and their families.  Hosted by the John Marshall Senior Class and staff.  Pictures with Santa, Candy Cane Walk, storytime skits, snowman hula hoop, face painting and more. $5 tickets (Available in advance, too!) More details.
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  • For the whole family!  Check out Tri-C’s Saturday Family Academy for free throughout the end of this year.  children can learn chess and adults can take empowering workshops around careers, finances, professional development, leadership, communication, and more.  Saturday Family Academy
  • The Princeton Prize in Race Relations announces its fifth year in the Greater Cleveland area. If you are a high school student (grades 9-12)  helping to improve race relations in your school or community, we want to hear from you!  The top winner in the region will receive a $1000 prize and an expenses-covered trip to Princeton University for a symposium on race relations.  Apply by January 31, 2015, to be eligible.  For more information, visit www.princeton.edu/pprize or email pprize@princeton.edu.
  • 3rd Fridays: Quilombo: Come hear awesome artists slam for a $100 prize (adults) and $50 (youth), and featured artist “Free” . Or bring your own poem to the Open Mic!
  • The Cleveland Police Law Enforcement Explorer’s Program is designed to introduce young adults, ages 13 to 21, to developing the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a possible career in the police profession. Police-related training, community service projects, and competitions throughout the year all play an integral part in the program. For more details and sign up information, click here.
  • Attention parents: affordable internet is available for Cleveland high school parents with Connect to College Now.  Call 216-202-4292 for more information about getting 4G Wireless Broadband and even a computer bundle.  Free computer training also available.
  • The West Park/Fairview YMCA has teen activities, including a teen center,  as well as youth sports leagues and fine arts classes.
  • The Rockport branch of the Cleveland Public Library has built a teen center and will have assorted teen activities in addition to “teen” space to hang out.
  • Gunning Recreation Center has youth sports and art/dances programs, and Halloran Recreation has skating, homework club, and girls cooking classes in addition to sports.  Check the recreation centers schedules here.  Junior golf and aquatics are also available.
  • The Bureau of Cultural Arts has fine arts opportunities, in addition to dance and theater.
  • Cleveland SCORES is organizing student-athletes at RG Jones and Artemus Ward schools with soccer all-year round.
  • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are active in our neighborhoods.  Girl Scouts even has programs you can do without joining a troop!
  • Valley Riding in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation has horse-riding lessons and volunteer opportunities for youth year-round.
  • The Centers for Family and Children, located on Rocky River Drive, has RapArt youth services group activities, as well as on-on-one behavioral health counseling.
  • Rocky River Reservation has Metroparks activities for both youth and for families year-round.  Some are nature-related, recreation-related, arts-related, history-related, and others are just plain fun.
  • The CMHA Riverside Park Estates has an afterschool academic enrichment program that includes a children’s choral group in the Community Center.  Call Michael Burns at 216-476-4172 for more information about that and other Riverside Community Center offerings.
  • Art House, Inc. is located in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood and offers classes and events for youth, adults, and families.

Volunteer opportunities/ youth leadership development:

  • Volunteer opportunities are available with the annual BPDC Neighborhood Summit intergenerational planning team and event-day crew. (develop event planning skills which includes marketing, graphic design, community organizing and media work)
  • Youth are needed to step-up to the plate and plan the 5th annual job skills workshops and youth job fair.  Meetings will start in October and continue through March.  Youth will sharpen their leadership skills and employability by being a part of the team that plans these events. (develop event planning skills which includes marketing, graphic design, community organizing and media work)
  • Saturday, May 31, 2013: Chevy Branch-Big Creek Clean-Up: youth and adults volunteer to clean from 9am-noon in the Chevy branch of the Big Creek, which winds through the neighborhood.
  • The Run Puritas 5K & Fun Run/Walk needs volunteers to pass out water, distribute awards, set-up and tear-down the area, cheer, and call out times at the mile markers.

Another helpful link is this directory of summer camps in the Cleveland area.