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Did you know that kids have enough sugary drinks in a year to fill a bathtub? That's 30 gallons, more than 10 times the recommended amount. That's why Neighborhood Leadership for Community Health is partnering with the American Heart Association and the national Voices for Healthy Kids initiative on the Cleveland Healthy Kids’ Meals Campaign. The campaign aims to address critical kids’ health needs in Cleveland by improving the quality of restaurant kids’ meals, as well as laying the foundation for future health policy work. The Institute will be educating and engaging local communities on kids’ health issues, offering ways for community and youth groups to make their voices heard, and ensuring that the Kids’ Meal coalition is as dynamic and diverse as Cleveland’s neighborhoods. You can help change policy that will keep our kids healthy. Our kids are sweet enough! Use the online campaign tool to show your support for the policy – http://bit.ly/CLEKidsMeals19 Share your story about the importance of healthy diets for kids’ health – http://bit.ly/CLEKidsMealSYS Show your support for policy change by joining the Kids’ Meals Coalition - https://bit.ly/2wwBLA8 Use the hashtags #Healthy4CLE and #OurKidsAreSweetEnough to show your support on social media. Follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook for posts to share and retweet. For more information, you can reach out to Jamie Meerdink, Advocacy Campaign Manager at the American Heart Association by email or phone, 216-619-5147.  ...

Youth ages 8 to 18 are invited to learn new skills and practice them at free tennis lessons on 10 different City of Cleveland courts. Lessons are offered from 10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm. You can register in person or online using this link. Sites include: Archmere Courts - West 41st & Archmere Gunning Park Courts- 16700 Puritas Halloran Courts-3550 West 117th Street Warsaw Courts- East 64th North of Harvard Harmody Courts-Plymouth & S. Hills Blvd Humphrey Park- East 164th & Grovewood Impett Courts- West 155th & Montrose Jefferson Park- West 132nd & Lorain Kerriush Park- East 170th & Tarkington Rockefeller Park Courts- MLK Blvd@ East 105th  ...

You can connect with Cleveland's future leaders this coming school year as a mentor with True2U. The program serves all 8th graders in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District once a month on a Thursday morning, from October through May. Volunteer mentors work in small groups to guide students in exploring and celebrating who they are, so that they can be true to themselves now and in the future. True2U is currently looking for mentors who are passionate about developing Cleveland’s future leaders. As a mentor, you can give back to Cleveland youth through in-school mentoring, connect with other passionate volunteers, and build upon your interpersonal and professional skills. To learn more and complete an application, visit our website. If you still have questions call Molly, Khalid, Lindsay, or Tiara at 216-812-8700 or send an email to true2u@neighborhoodleadership.org.  ...

We are pleased to share the release of our report on the True2U mentoring program: Deeper Investment, Wider Impact: Year 3 In Review. True2U is a volunteer mentoring program that supports 8th graders in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as they explore their true selves and make their way along the path to college and career readiness. In small groups, the youth explore their interests and strengths, set goals, and connect these goals to the opportunities offered by the 35 high schools in the District’s portfolio. The mentors work in teams during monthly in-school sessions, and have the satisfaction of helping shape—and being shaped by—the next generation of Cleveland’s leaders. Data included in the report shows the program is effective in a number of ways, with significant impacts for youth in the areas of empowerment, constructive use of time, positive values, and, for the third year in a row—social competencies. Social competencies include Resolving conflicts Expressing feelings Accepting others Being sensitive to others Planning ahead Building friendships Resisting peer pressure, and Avoiding unhealthy behaviors. True2U phased in over three years so that, as of the 2017-2018 school year, all 8th graders in the District took part: 2,500 scholars in 66 schools, with the help of 400 mentors. A hard copy of the report can be requested by calling 216-658-1356 or sending an email to program associate Tiara Sargeant. Click here to read the full report. ...