Neighborhood Vision 2025
Building youth resilience means creating pathways for children, youth, and young adults to access safe spaces for learning and growing, positive experiences with professionals and mentors, and opportunities for leadership and personal growth. The idea of building youth resilience is tied to the ability of local institutions to provide trauma-informed care and practice. Positive outcomes of this strategy will reinforce that MidTown supports families and will boost efforts to grow Midtown’s population, and will empower youth to take positive action and become future neighborhood leaders. To be successful, new and expanded youth programs in Midtown require long-term commitment and strong relationship building.
Creating opportunities for young people to have new experiences, see new places, and explore outside their local area is critical to expanding horizons for future leaders. Seek to connect youth in the MidTown area to adventure / excursion programs that take them to new destinations in the City or Region, and college tour transportation at low or no cost.
Forge partnerships with existing pathways to college programs in Cleveland. Seek to bring College Prep non-profit/programs to space in MidTown
Participants & Project Ideas
Build Youth Resilience
Create Youth ↔ Feature Artist Connections Through Arts Programming for the Area
Cultivate the next generation of creativity in MidTown by facilitating connections between youth and artists working in MidTown. Provide opportunities for young creatives to shadow, support, or be mentored by established artists working on projects in the area.
Create Youth Ambassadors / Annual Internship Program With Midtown Inc.
Create paid youth intern or ambassador position(s) at MidTown Inc. for a semester/year for young people to gain experience, incorporate youth input, and help further reach of MTC initiatives and programs. MTC can set an example for how to create opportunities for youth to gain workforce experience in a local setting.
Partner with Local Businesses to Help Youth Gain Experience
Create opportunities for youth to gain workforce experience in a local setting. Expose young people in MidTown to the diverse types of businesses and opportunities in their backyard.