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 preschoolers to senior citizens. Hours vary by site.
- Artemus Ward School in Bellaire-Puritas
- Collinwood High School at Five Points
- James Ford Rhodes High School in Old Brooklyn
- John Adams High School on the Southeast Side
- Lincoln West High School on the Near West Side
- Sunbeam School in Buckeye-Shaker
Recreation activities vary by site but include weightlifting and boxing; aerobic exercise such as line dancing; home economics; seasonal recreational leagues, 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 2018-2019 school year on November 5th. Sites are continuing to develop program offerings with community input. Agencies or individuals interested in holding free programs at one or more SNR sites are invited to contact Blair Wise at (216) 658-1360 or Blair@neighborhoodleadership.org.
Over the program’s 21 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.