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Schools as Neighborhood Resources

Building neighborhoods from the ground up

Our flagship program for community engagement, Schools as Neighborhood Resources is 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.

Established in 1993, it’s longest-running school-community initiative in Cuyahoga County.

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.

Sites include:

  • 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 basketball, weightlifting, aerobic exercise such as line dancing, and seasonal recreational leagues. Additional programs are offered according to community demand—homework help, home economics, community service, peer-to-peer mentoring, family literacy, GED preparation, leadership classes, arts and crafts, martial arts, chess, parent support groups and much more.

Since 1993, 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 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.