SNR is the largest and most comprehensive school-community initiative in Cuyahoga County. It’s a model of school, family and community collaboration 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, November through March. Programs include recreation and enrichment programs for all ages.  All SNR sites are open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights and all activities are free and open to the public. Participants range in age from elementary school children to senior citizens. Sites include:

  • Collinwood High School
  • James Ford Rhodes High School
  • John Adams High School
  • John Marshall High School
  • Lincoln West High School
  • Sunbeam

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.

SNR reopened for the 2017-2018 school year in November. Sites are continuing to develop program offerings with community input. Agencies interested in presenting free programs at one or more SNR sites are invited to contact Blair Wise at (216) 658-1360 or

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.