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County Public Safety and Justice Services Supports Diversion Programs for At-Risk Youth


Media contact: Miranda Kortan: (216) 698-2546; mkortan@cuyahogacounty.us

Grants Totaling $110,000 Support Three Local Diversion Programs

– The Cuyahoga County Department of Public Safety and Justice Services is awarding $110,000 in grant funding to three local organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland, the City of Euclid Police Department and Golden Ciphers Youth Development Program through the Ohio Department of Youth Services Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Block Grant. The funding will support diversion programs designed to support at-risk youth through mentoring, life-skills development, and employment readiness activities.

“Cuyahoga County is committed to supporting programs that provide guidance and support for at-risk youth,”
said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. “I am pleased to promote these programs that aim to decrease delinquency and help youth with the development of life-skills and job readiness so they can continue to grow in Cuyahoga County.”

“By investing in these programs that provide mentoring and employment training, we are increasing opportunities for our youth and potentially altering lives for the better,” said Cuyahoga County Public Safety and Justice Services Director Alex Pellom. “I look forward to seeing the successes from those taking part.”

The City of Euclid Police Department is receiving $9,874 to implement the Pathway for Resilient Individuals Navigating Tomorrow (BLUE P.R.I.N.T.) Program.

BLUE P.R.I.N.T. is a new program aimed at connecting at-risk minority youth in the Euclid City School system with Euclid Police through a series of weekly discussions, events and activities, including practical hands-on life-skill lessons such as tying a tie, resume writing, and completing a job application.

Golden Ciphers Youth Development Program will receive $46,961 in grant funding for the SESA Rites of Passage Program.

The acronym SESA refers to “Sesa Wo Suban” a West African symbol meaning “I change or transform my life.” The program is aimed at providing minority youth with life skills, mentoring, and entrepreneurial and employment training. The SESA Rites of Passage Program provides youths with experience working in the Golden Ciphers administrative offices as interns, workshops on job readiness, and computer technology lessons, such as web design.

The program offers weekly group sessions after school for adolescents age 12-17 along with activities such as trips to Washington D.C. and the annual Kwanzaa celebration for cultural learning and experience. Students who participate in the program have access to African drum making, creating T-shirts and designing jewelry. Students in the program have started their own businesses called “Golden Gifts” and “Cipher Creations.”

This year, Golden Ciphers will expand its Rites of Passage Program to John Adams High School.

The Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland is receiving $53,164 in grant funding to implement the East Tech High School Arts Based Diversion Program.

The goal of the East Tech High School Arts Based Diversion Program is to assist minority youth with the tools and resources needed to make positive life choices. The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio has partnered with Notes 4 Notes, a non-profit dedicated to providing free access to musical instruments, instruction and recording studio environments that enable at-risk youth to learn about the music industry and how music can be a creative outlet as an alternative to engaging in delinquent behavior.