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Central Residents Groups Receive Grants

In March, seven grassroots groups received grants up to $3,000 each for their resident-led projects.  The Sisters of Charity Foundation’s Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood initiative and Neighborhood Connections partnered to create this new funding opportunity in Central to encourage involvement and leadership by neighbors in the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood Initiative.  All projects focus on the positive social development and academic success of neighborhood youth..
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Grow Outs Resale Shop: Affordable Children’s Fashion

Veyonne Washington is turning her passion for children and her community into a career. January marked the one-year anniversary of her store Grow Outs Resale Shop, 12206 Larchmere Blvd. After 12 years of running a child care center out of her house as her own children grew up, Washington decided she needed another challenge. She opened Grow Outs on Jan. 8, 2011.  Grow Outs specializes in pre-owned.
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Glenville Teen Headed to Boxing National Championships

A Glenville High School student competed in the National Boxing Championships earlier this month. The championships are the official Olympics qualifier for seven unqualified weight classes.         Fred Wilson Jr., 17, traveled with his dad and boxing coach Fred Wilson Sr. to compete in Colorado Springs, Colo., the headquarters of U.S.A. Boxing. Fred Jr., a 165-pound middleweight, joined almost 100 other fighters in his.
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Case Western Reserve University in the Community

At Case Western Reserve, community service is more than another extracurricular activity — it’s part of our character, our collective campus DNA. We strive to share who we are and what we do best with everyone around us. As a premier research institution, we offer a variety of community engagement programs in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. Here are some science.
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Untouchable Boxing Academy Brings 4 Young Champs Home from Nationals

Four youths recently traveled from Cleveland to Independence, Missouri as boxing championship contenders. They returned home winners. From February 1 to 4 they fought in the 2012 National Silver Gloves Tournament, which is for 10 to 15 year old amateur boxers. Tiarra Conwell, 11, Khalil Osaze, 12, Dazzlin Turner, 15, and De'Andre Williams, 11, train with the Lonnie Burten Untouchable Boxing Academy. Founded by Head Coach Donyelle (“Dee”) Bell.
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Twon Billings: Former Gang Leader Serves Others

Anton "Twon" Billings spoke fast, like a running faucet. That day last summer — the day I first met him — we stood outside East Cleveland's city hall. Forty-two years old at the time, he told me this short version of his life: At 13, he started the Crips gang in Cleveland. Giving motivational speeches to women victimized by violence reconnected him to the pain of his repeated.
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CMSD’s ‘Parent University’ engages parents as partners in education

Parents of students attending Cleveland's public schools will attend school themselves from Jan. 9 through March 1 in Cleveland Metropolitan School District's first session of "Parent University," offered at eight schools on the East Side and West Side.   Parents and caregivers of CMSD students that enroll in classes will be better equipped to assist children with math, reading, computer skills, test preparation and study skills through.
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What Does Rainey Mean to You?

  Rainey student and aspiring actress Teliah Gainer asked fellow students...     What Does Rainey Mean to You?                                                             Tayla Gray: a vocal music major at Cleveland School of the Arts: “I honestly believe I would have never been able to reach my highest potential without Rainey   Taylor Beckwith, fourth grade: “Rainey means to let me play the violin and express myself”     Moriah Burton, third grade:   “It means the world to me, playing the violin”       Isaac Neal, fifth grade:     “Having   fun!” TOP Read more about Rainey in the February 2012 Neighborhood Voice here. .
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The Rainey Institute: Art, Energy & Community

  On a cold, wet winter evening last month, as the sun set and the streets darkened, there was a joyful noise on East 55th Street. About 27 young violin students started their daily practice at the Rainey Institute, an afterschool arts program. “Everybody up!” teacher Darnell Weaver said. He pointed to a series of dots written on the board. “We’re going to stomp our feet on the dots.”   Students, many dressed in school uniforms, hopped.
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Central Youth Showcased Talent at Weekend Show

  Youth from the Central neighborhood set out to showcase their talent Saturday. With the help of the Central Promise Ambassadors, the children prepared their performances during three months of rehearsals and took to the stage at Cuyahoga Community College's Metro Campus to show parents and supporters what they could accomplish. The program consisted of dance numbers to current popular songs, children performing scenes from films as well.
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Case Western Reserve University in the Community

  Long recognized as a leader in academics and research, Case Western Reserve University is equally committed to serving and improving the quality of life in the community. A reflection of the university's dedication to serving the needs of the community, Case Western Reserve has been recognized as one of the "best neighbor" universities by a national survey, with students, faculty and staff investing more than 472,000.
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$7 Children’s Concerts at Severance Hall

The Cleveland Orchestra’s and PNC Bank are sparking children’s interest in music with programs like the PNC Musical Rainbow Series and PNC Grow Up Great, which won’t break the bank for parents.  “It’s about introducing kids to the orchestra one instrument at a time,” said Joan Katz Napoli, The Cleveland Orchestra’s director of Education and Community Programs,  referring to Musical Rainbow Series.  During each show, members of the orchestra.
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Parent Involvement 101 – Love Yourself First

On most commercial airlines, there is a safety demonstration before the airplane takes flight. The flight attendant says: "In the event of cabin depressurization, the oxygen mask will automatically drop. Place the mask on yourself, and then help your child or others who may need assistance." The message? We can’t help anyone else, even those we love deeply, if we haven’t fully secured our own safety and.
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Hough’s Rainey Institute and The Cleveland Orchestra Partner to Bring the Arts to Students

The Rainey Institute currently reaches about 850 children and young adults annually and exposes them to a diverse assortment of arts programs, which they may not encounter otherwise. These programs continue to expand in 2012. Since 1966, the institute's main priority has been education through visual and performing arts. Today, students at the institute can discover everything from music and dance to arts and crafts to.
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‘Be Still and Know…’

Mindfulness Mindfulness is defined as being consciously in the moment and fully aware of our surroundings and actions. When you say the word “mindfulness” out loud, slowly, what comes to your mind?  In the busy activity of your day, does mindfulness seem attainable? How about in the heat of an argument? Or, is mindfulness a more elusive state, only characteristic of solitude? Recently, someone asked my daughter to.
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