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Cuyahoga County Increasing Support for Local Youth


Media Contact:
Miranda Pomiecko: (216) 698-2546; mpomiecko@cuyahogacounty.us

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH – Cuyahoga County has stepped up programming to help at-risk youth do better in school, stay out of trouble, and prepare for careers. Through the Family and Children First Council, the County has increased funding for two key programs: Out of School Time (OST) and Closing the Achievement Gap (CTAG). Funding for OST has increased from $1.3 million to $1.6 million, and funding for CTAG has increased from $401,200 to $444,523.

“Our goal is to ensure every student stays in school and has the support needed to graduate high school ready for post-secondary completion and career success,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. “Out of School Time and Closing the Achievement Gap are two programs providing the support and resources needed to our region’s youth to assist in achieving this goal.”

Out of School Time (OST) is a proven strategy for keeping kids out of trouble, improving school performance, and preparing youth for careers and stable adulthood. After-school and summer programs immerse over 3,000 youths of all ages in positive activities like tutoring and educational enrichment, arts and culture exposure, recreation, career exploration, and college readiness.

The Family and Children First Council supports a targeted Closing the Achievement Gap (CTAG) Initiative for at risk high school aged youth in the Cleveland Heights/University Heights, Warrensville Heights, Maple Heights, and Garfield Heights School Districts. CTAG partners with students who need extra guidance to reach future goals. The program helps increase school attendance and academic achievement, promotes students to their next grade level and through to graduation, and reduces negative behaviors. A total of 241 students in the 9th through 12th grades were enrolled during the 2016-17 academic year.