COLUMBUS— Today, State Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) congratulated several organizations in Cleveland that have been awarded grants from the Ohio Department of Education Community Connectors Grant Program for over $1.2 million dollars. The funds will be used to help mentor young people in our community within the age group of 9-18. This program aims to give more Ohio students access to role models who can motivate, inspire and help them develop skills that lead to success in the school and workplace.

“For young people who have a tremendous level of potential, mentorship is essential in building a bright future. I am grateful and ecstatic that the state has invested in Cleveland to help our youth establish a solid foundation and prepare for a hopeful future through these mentorship programs,” said Senator Williams. “It is a great honor to acknowledge the hard-work and success of the organizations that are giving back to our youth in the city of Cleveland.”

The Cleveland organizations that have received this funding are:

  • The Neighborhood Leadership Institute
  • The Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Association
  • The David’s Challenge incorporated
  • A Cultural Exchange
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland
  • Catholic Charities Svc Corp
  • Ohio Guidestone
  • United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland Inc.
  • The Mentoring Network, Inc.
  • Salvation Army-NEOSA
  • Parma Area Chamber of Commerce

Since July 2015, 5,300 mentors have worked with approximately 14,000 students and logged more than 67,000 one-to-one mentoring hours. Mentors also have provided approximately 91,000 hours of group activities with students. In all, 45 of Ohio’s 88 counties are or have been home to one or more Community Connectors grants.

“I am happy and proud that the city of Cleveland is one of the cities that have been positively impacted by this program,” said Senator Williams. “I know that we will continue to succeed and build a promising future for our youth.”

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