Cincinnati, Ohio

 

  • Community name: Cincinnati
  • Community or city website
  • Population: 296,943
  • Graduation rate: 81.9%
  • Youth poverty rate: 40.3% 

Overview

For the second time, America’s Promise Alliance has named Cincinnati one of its 100 Best Communities for Young People.  Cincinnati’s initiatives to support local youth have earned this community continual praise. To ensure the safety of young students, local residents along with the Board of Education, the Department of Transportation and the Cincinnati Police Department instituted the Safe Routes to School Initiative. On a daily basis, adult volunteers either walk with children to school or are stationed at specific locations throughout neighborhoods. The city’s Strive Partnership serves as a national model of aligning resources to raise graduation rates and support at-risk youth. In addition, to support youth that dropped out of school without earning a diploma or GED, the Connect2Success program provides these young people with access to a supportive school environment and the additional support systems they need in order to complete secondary education credentials and achieve gainful employment.

Community Programs

  • Local residents along with the Board of Education, the Department of Transportation and the Cincinnati Police Department instituted the Safe Routes to School Initiative. On a daily basis, adult volunteers either walk with children to school or are stationed at strategic locations throughout neighborhoods to ensure students safe arrival to school.
  • Through Cincinnati’s Youth Employment program, hosted by the Mayor, nearly 900 youth, ages 14 through 24, are employed each year.
  • Connect 2Success (C2S) is a drop-out recovery collaboration jointly led by Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates (JCG) and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Cincinnati State). Connect2Success is designed to reach out to and engage youth ages 16 to 24 that dropped out of school. The program provides these young people access to a supportive school environment and the additional support systems they need in order to complete secondary education credentials and achieve a positive placement upon graduation.
  • Cincinnati Public Schools teamed up with the Strive Partnership and service providers to launch a coordinated effort to recruit tutors. The Be the Change tutoring campaign is a citywide initiative to recruit and place 2,000 tutors in high priority schools by 2012.
  • Cincinnati Public School’s Elementary Initiative is a comprehensive strategy which improves the effectiveness of the lowest performing elementary schools. 

Youth Voices

I attended the Juvenile Diabetes Camp, Korelitz for four years and then became a counselor. Additionally, I was a junior counselor at Camp Joy and helped youth just like me. I enjoy that I can help kids smile and be a positive role model.

—Raquel

While in high school, during a time that I was homeless and had nowhere to go, I was connected with the Bethany house shelter through Project Connect. They provided me with a safe home. Project Connect also helped me with transportation issues and will continue support for my journey once I begin college.

—Genine