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.
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.
Identify artists participating in Cleveland Walls! Event to participate in pilot program (connection to Hough Youth Council);
Promote program at area schools and among local youth organizations
Connect with youth organizations and coordinate with MTC / other local arts initiatives.
Youth with Arts Interest
Build Youth Resilience
Create Youth ↔ Feature Artist Connections Through Arts Programming for 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.