Starting Point has been identified as the lead agency for Out-of-School Time under the MyCOM initiative. MyCOM stands for My Commitment, My Community and is a network of organizations preparing Greater Cleveland's young people to reach their full potential. Through MyCOM, Starting Point supports the granting of MyCOM funds to existing OST programs to expand their capacity, improve program quality and increase the availability of services in the following eight pilot neighborhoods: Central, Cudell-Midwest, Mt. Pleasant, Parma, St. Clair-Superior, Shaker Heights, Slavic Village, and West Park.
Through the Out-of-School Time (OST) Program at Starting Point, youth are connected to services, supports and opportunities that they need to succeed as teens and young adults, enabling them to be ready for college, work and life. Starting Point works with agencies that provide a mix of academic, recreational and cultural activities for young people grades K-12 after school, during holidays and in the summer.
Youth and Parents who are looking for out-of-school time, after school time and summer camp programs are welcome to contact a Resource and Referral Specialist at 216-575-0061 or 1-800-880-0971. You may also conduct an on-line search of Out-of-School Time Programs by following the links below:
Locate Out-of-School Time Activities - Community organizations offering academic, recreational and cultural activities after school, holidays, and summer for youth 13 to 18. (Note: As many as 70% of these programs are serving youth younger than 13 yrs).
Cleveland After school Meals– The City of Cleveland’s after school meals program is underway. School children ages 5 through 18 can enjoy a healthy meal after school at any city recreation center. The program is funded by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and sponsored by the Children’s Hunger Alliance. There is no cost to families for participation in this program. After school meals will be served Monday through Friday when the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is in session and during winter and spring breaks. Meals will not be served during snow days and holidays.
The menu will consist of meat, vegetable and/or fruit, bread and milk prepared by a food service company in compliance with ODE guidelines and served by recreation center staff.
Each recreation center will serve meals to students at varying times between 3:00 and 5:30 pm. Please see a list of times and locations for after school meals below. The public can also access the list by clicking here or calling 664-2561.
Did you know that some MyMedia graduates have gone on to be on the radio airwaves, win a broadcasting contest, interview high-profile people, help teach media classes, participate in youth leadership training, and represent Cleveland in a national conference? If you know a middle-school or high-school student who could benefit from this type of experience, please help them fill out and return the application kit by September 7.
Find exciting, engaging activities in dance, drama, music, visual art, history, literature, and science for children, ages 3 to 10, as well as for middle and high school youth at www.smartculturesource.org , an innovative, one-stop searchable web site listing all kinds of Cuyahoga County after-school, weekend and summer arts and culture programs.
Providers of Out-of-School Time activities in Cuyahoga County: Get free referrals and marketing in the upcoming "Positive Activities" database just by filling out and submitting this quick two-page form. Any questions? Contact an Out-of-School Time staff representative at 216-575-0061, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an Out-of-School Time Professional looking for professional development opportunities, click here.
If you are an Out-of-School Time Grantee looking for program information please, click here.