SNR is the largest and most comprehensive school-community initiative in Cuyahoga County. It’s a model of school, family and community collaborations that turns schools into community gathering places designed to improve the educational environment and social development opportunities for students and families.

We partner with Cleveland Metropolitan Schools and the City of Cleveland to open six school buildings for out-of-school time three nights a week through April. Programs include recreation and enrichment programs for all ages.  All SNR sites are open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m., except Sunbeam, which operates from 5-7:30 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public; participants typically range in age from elementary school children to senior citizens.

SNR will reopen for the 2014-2015 school year on November 3rd. Sites are finalizing program offerings now, you can click the sites below for a sample of last year’s programs.

Recreation activities vary by site but include weightlifting and boxing; aerobic exercise such as line dancing, Zumba and ballroom dancing; home economics; seasonal recreational leagues; basic computer instruction, and homework help.  Additional support activities are offered according to community demand—community service, peer-to-peer mentoring, family literacy, GED preparation, leadership classes, arts and crafts, martial arts, chess, soccer, parent support groups and much more.

Over the program’s 20 year history, SNR sites have provided more than recreation and educational opportunities for youth and families, they’ve become a  safe space and common ground for community residents. Participants value the opportunity to share ideas, discuss challenges, receive training, hold meetings and build positive relationships.

The SNR program annually serves more than 4,500 City of Cleveland residents and employs 95 part-time seasonal employees.

Agencies interested in presenting free programs at one or more SNR sites are invited to contact Blair Wise at (216) 658-1360 or