FOR YOUTH

MyCom Connections for Youth

MyCom brings together young people with caring adults from all over Cleveland and gets them involved in fun and rewarding neighborhood activities.

Being a young person can be tough; MyCom can help you explore your interests, teach you the skills you need to succeed and connect you with caring adults who are invested in your future.

Youth Leadership Opportunities

Youth leadership is part of the youth development process and supports the young person in developing: (a) the ability to analyze his or her own strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, and have the self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and abilities to carry them out (including the ability to establish support networks in order to fully participate in community life and effect positive social change); and (b) the ability to guide or direct others on a course of action, influence the opinions and behaviors of others, and serve as a role model (Wehmeyer, Agran, & Hughes, 1998).

Youth who are constructively involved in learning and doing and who are connected to positive adults and peers are less likely to engage in risky or self-defeating behaviors.

MyCommunity Service

Learn about opportunities to give your time back to your community.

Out of School Time Activities

Starting Point has been identified as the lead agency for Out-of-School Time (OST), which includes the development of a resource and referral repository for youth Kindergarten – 18.

Youth Jobs

Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) has been a provider of year-round and summer job experiences for youth around Cuyahoga County since its inception in 1982. Learn more about youth jobs, work experiences, and job shadowing.

Career Guidance

Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) offers career exploration, employability skills training, and job placement assistance in each MyCom neighborhood and at the Youth Resource Center (YRC) at Ohio Means Jobs – Cleveland-Cuyahoga County.

College Bound Programs

Based on an analysis of Labor Department statistics by the Economic Policy Institute, Americans with four-year college degrees are not only equipped for a fulfilling adult and professional life but made 98 percent more an hour on average than those without a degree.

Mentoring

Mentoring is often one component of a program that involves other elements, such as tutoring or life skills training and coaching. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees.

My Transition Support

We know youth experience several transitions in their lifetime-whether you’re child is moving into Kindergarten, from 8th grade to high school, or deciding what to do after high school, MyCom can connect you to resources to make your transition easier.

My PATH

The MyCom MyPATH Partnership Advancing Today’s Heroes is a unique opportunity for high school students (rising 9th graders through 12th grade) to build their leadership skills and put these skills into action.

MyMedia

MyMedia can take you from beginner film maker to experienced journalist!   MyMedia provides youth from ages 12 and older an opportunity to learn and connect to local media professionals.

Resource Directory

Get the latest Youth Pages — it’s a directory of area agencies that are dedicated to helping you and answering your questions. It will help you learn about health, sexual health, drug abuse, dealing with violence, student rights, recreation and more!