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Life-Changing Opportunities. CSY is a key member of Cincinnati Public Schools’ district-wide afterschool initiative via 120 partners at 32 CPS schools. Students enjoy 9 research-based program elements that contribute to over 50% of our students increasing their state reading and math test performance. From foreign language clubs to STEM project teams, our students love to learn afterschool! We need more volunteers and partners to reach more CincyAfterSchool students and families.
Contact: Email Katie Chadwell or call (513) 246-3212.
Unlimited Potential. Through dance, drama, music, and visual arts, ArtWheels students build self-esteem, social and cultural competencies, planning and decision-making skills and more – wherever they are!
Learning, Growing, Thriving. YMCA Tutoring offers focused, intensive and targeted individualized tutoring to children in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics instruction. Through homework help and enrichment activities, students raise their academic performance and build for their future. Volunteers of all ages can listen to a child read, play games that build strategic thought, or ask multiplication questions!
Contact: Email Paul Clemens or call (513) 246-3203
Be the Change. Government comes alive for teens from local high schools when students voice their opinions and share their ideas with city administrators, elected officials, and their peers. Youth engage in community action through service-learning.
Call (513) 961-3200 for more information.
Community Learning. The Y strengthens connections between schools and neighborhoods by leveraging school facilities as the hub for community services and enhancements to the quality of life to create the conditions conducive for learning for people of all ages. We serve as lead agency at Pleasant Hill Academy, Pleasant Ridge Montessori, and Riverview East Academy.
Call (513) 961-3200 for more information
Giving people the opportunities and resources to thrive. Asset Development is an important component of Community Services programming.
Youth In City Government
An educational program that prepares young people for responsible roles in the American democratic process by providing guidance, training, and experience in the theory and practice of determining public policy.
Contact: Heather Couch at (513) 961-3200 for more information
The YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs was started in 1968 as a follow-up to the outstanding state Youth in Government programs conducted by the YMCA throughout the US. The success of the conference is directly attributed to the leadership of many YMCA Professionals and Laymen but primarily to the dedication of the Youth involved. Last year, young people from thirty-three states and the District of Columbia participated in the Conference.
Call (513) 961-3200 for more information
Several of the Y’s Board of Directors actively serve on our International Committee. Our goals include taking local and global action that supports the Y’s mission and vision. Aimed at sustainable, meaningful change, we welcome volunteers in this service area.
Serving people in over 120 countries serving 45 million members, the YMCA http://www.ymca.net/global-services/ invests deeply in global education, global networking, and world service. From our tri-state area, YMCA staff and volunteers engage in service exchanges (Mexico City), international camp counselor placement (YMCA Camp Ernst), student exchanges and support (NKU, UC), and global YMCA events (Prague, Hong Kong). We infuse global learning at 32 CincyAfterSchool & Y locations year-round and on Global Youth Service Day. The YMCA partners with international (Asia Society, YMCA World Service), state (Ohio Department of Education), and local organizations (Sister Cities, World Affairs Council, Academy of World Languages) to broaden global awareness among children, youth, and families right here.
CASmail - CincyAfterSchool Email Edition
CASMail updates regional youth development professionals on afterschool training, funding opportunities, program features, quality initiatives, and connections.
Sign up for this monthly journal to learn about afterschool professionals in the Greater Cincinnati area; News that can be used; Encourages partnership.
CSYmail - Community Service Ymail Edition
CSYMail features news from the community services arm of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, including youth and community development success stories.
Sign up for this weekly record which includes inspiring stories about work of the YMCA and our partners building assets, celebrating achievements, and sharing opportunities. Open to any and all readers.
Building Futures Mentoring Program
Building Futures is a one-to-one mentoring program serving youth, ages 6-18, in the Cincinnati area
What is Mentoring?
- One-on-one mentoring meeting in the community, at a local YMCA , or at a school
- Mentor matches are expected to meet once a week for at least one hour for 12 months
- Mentoring happens after school, evenings, or weekends
- Participate in at least two community service projects together
- Jointly explore decision making processes and career options
- Work together to develop plans and vision for youth’s future
Off-site meetings and transportation options are available
Who does Mentoring serve?
Youth, ages 6 – 18 years old
Who are our Mentors?
- At least 23 years old
- Willing to accept the challenges and rewards of mentoring a young person
- Can commit to one hour per week for 12 months
How are Mentors, Youth, and Parents Supported?
- The mentor training is a comprehensive 15 hour course completed over a four week period prior to the match
- Parents/Guardians included in the mentoring process (e.g. youth application process, setting goals for the mentoring relationship, meeting the mentor, etc.)
- Mentoring Coordinators help plan activities, and provide resources, games, and materials for mentors and youth
- Mentoring Coordinator will provide ongoing support for the relationship
- Monthly Mentor Support meetings (optional)
- Complimentary YMCA membership for mentor and youth
Volunteers are an important part of what makes the YMCA a great place to belong. We invite you to share your time, talents and energies with us as a YMCA volunteer especially in the following areas:
Did you know that youth engaged in mentoring relationships are 64% more confident in their school performance? Give an hour a week to a youth in your community. We are looking for caring adults to be mentors who are at least 23 years old, able to pass a background check, and can commit 1-3 hours a week for one year. Mentoring volunteer information can be found here.
The YMCA provides tutoring services to nearly 20 Cincinnati Public Schools. Tutors are needed particularly in Math and Reading after school (between the hours of 2 to 6p.m.) We are looking for committed, caring adults, able to pass a background check. Tutors will be trained by an Extended Learning Specialist. For information about volunteering as a tutor please contact Paul Clemens at email@example.com.
CincyAfterSchool is committed to recruiting and retaining community volunteers who can contribute to the success of the Community Learning Center program and the positive development of youth. CincyAfterSchool supports an underlying goal of enhancing the daily ratio of adults to youth in order to provide more individualized assistance and attention. Volunteers can be recruited from neighborhoods in which sites are located and from the broader community. They may include parents and relatives, college students, business and corporate representatives, and partners involved with other community-based organizations. CincyAfterSchool values and strives to include volunteers who are diverse in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, income level, race, and other characteristics. For more information, contact Katie Chadwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Services YMCA is looking for positive and caring volunteers with the desire to contribute their talents and creativity to supporting the thousands of youth enrolled in Community Services programs. We are looking for volunteers to help assist and prepare materials for events and programs. For Community Service office volunteer information, call (513) 961-3200.
Director of Extended Learning
Paul Clemens manages a successful tutoring program that’s grown from 100 students to over 650 in 4 years. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in Education, and is currently working on his Masters degree in Education. At Community Services YMCA, Paul is responsible for YMCA Tutoring and academic enrichment. A member of the SMART Tutoring Network affiliated with Strive, Paul successfully sought and won the SMART Tutoring Seal of Approval during its inaugural year. He also led program participation in the State of Ohio’s Supplemental Educational Services review, which resulted in a favorable rating after in-depth visitations.
Rated consistently as an Effective program (the highest rating available), Paul’s program leadership produces quality results. Prior to joining the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, Paul served as the Principal of Aldersgate High School. Paul has put his construction talents to work, taking Electrical classes at Cincinnati State, and working with Emert Electric. Paul currently serves as the President of Alumni Association at God’s Bible College and is a Licensed Music Minister.
Regional Director, Building Futures Mentoring Program
Joann Avant is a Regioanl Director of the Building Futures Mentoring Program in the CincyAfterSchool program of Community Services YMCA where she received her Bachelor of Science in Management and Administration from Indiana University. At Community Services, Joann is responsible for parent and family engagement, training, 21st century skills, and health & wellness. Prior to joining the YMCA, Joann worked as the Lead Organizer for the Winton Woods Community Coalition, an Adult Education Medical Terminology Instructor at Scarlet Oaks, and as a Professional Women’s Group Coordinator for Dress for Success. She also worked at the Coca Cola Bottling Company and KeyBank as an Account Manager and Branch Manager, respectively. Joann currently serves as a CPS Partnership/Public Engagement Committee Member, a CPS Family & Civic Engagement Team Member, a Rescue Community Center Board Member, an LSDMC Member for Walnut Hills High School, and a 2010 Honoree of the YMCA Black and Latino Achievers award program.
LonZell R. Hill
LonZell R. Hill joins Community Services with 10 years experience in the YMCA, he is a valued colleague and devoted mentor for young people in the community. He also had an outstanding athletic career with the University of Washington and the New Orleans Saints. However, his true ability and calling is his devotion and commitment to young people in the community which supersedes all of his accomplishments on the field.
LonZell’s organizational skills have been on full display, creating several programs for the YMCA including a homeless feeding program. He is also one of the founding members of HYPE (Helping Youth Pursue Excellence) A Youth Sports Program in Seattle. His engagement of community and parental support are very encouraging.
LonZell’s experience is vital in securing the trust, support and commitment of not only the youth, but mentors, administrators and most importantly parents. He is a true collaborator, communicator and community leader.
Yasmeen Khan is a Mentoring Coordinator under the YMCA Mentoring program at Community Services YMCA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Miami University and her Masters of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University. At Community Services YMCA, Yasmeen manages the YMCA Mentoring program at the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies, Withrow International School and Westwood School. Prior to joining Community Services YMCA, Yasmeen worked as the Coordinator for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement at Wright State University, as a Volunteer Coordinator at The Redwood in Toronto, Ontario, and as a Program Director at the Miami Valley Literacy Council in Dayton. Yasmeen is a current member of the Cincinnati Association of Volunteer Administrators.
Dedicated, focused on results and committed to lifting others to excellence - are all words that describe the professional and community volunteer ethic of Timothy Nared. Timothy originates from Wilmington, OH. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling at Temple Baptist College. Timothy lives by the motto: "I can; I will tackle the things in my life that cannot be done.” Timothy is committed to truly making a difference in the lives of the young people in this community.
Timothy retired from a highly successful 20 year career as an Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper, where he was very instrumental in educating the economically and socially challenged communities about the Ohio State Highway Patrol and its career opportunities. He served on the Founding Board and Advising Board of the Butler County YMCA Black Achievers. He also served on the Advising Board for Aiken High School’s Vocational School, where he chaired the mentor/job shadowing committee. While others shied away from the challenges of working with youth in the community, Timothy embraced and empowered them to believe in their talents and destiny to be successful through his former role as a College Administrator and Athletic Director at Temple Baptist College and most recently as the School and Community Linkage Director for Cincinnati Public Schools. There are no failures with Timothy, only learning opportunities that provide a foundation for future success. The youth Timothy has worked with know they are inherently good, intelligent and future leaders of the community – and only through their actions can their futures be altered. Timothy is focused on results.
Extended Learning Specialist
Crystal Wolf is an Extended Learning Specialist in the YMCA Tutoring program where she received her Bachelor of Art in Children’s Ministry from God’s Bible School, and her Masters of Art in Teaching K-8 at Converse College. Crystal manages the YMCA Tutoring program at the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies, Pleasant Hill Academy, Mt. Airy School, Cheviot School, Chase Elementary, and Riverview East. Prior to joining Community Services YMCA, Crystal was an adjunct instructor at God’s Bible School and College and a 7th grade teacher at Aldersgate Christian Academy. She also served as an Assistant to the Director and Tutor at the Autry Learning Center.
Resource Coordinator, Pleasant Ridge Montessori
Angie has a diverse background in education, communications, and business. Her international experience started in Florence, Italy at The Medici Institute of Italian Studies. Her semester abroad was filled with art, literature, culture, and travels. After graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, she continued to tour the world and went to work for Aeon Intercultural Corporation in Okinawa, Japan. As an English teacher in Japan, Angie was an International Ambassador and taught conversational English to students (all levels) ages 4 through 54, wrote lesson plans, and designed curriculum.
After returning to the United States, Angie worked for the Educational Unit of the Washington Post, where she was the Center Director in Orange County, California. In centers located in Mission Viejo and San Clemente, her time was spent tutoring, mentoring, and coaching students through 4,000 hours of software curriculum. Prior to joining the YMCA, Angie was employed by Sylvan Learning Centers. As Director of Contract Services she worked closely with Cincinnati Public School Students under the No Child Left Behind Act and as Center Director of Western Hills and then Crestview Hills, Ky, she worked with many families and helped set them up for academic success.
Angie lives in Hidden Valley Lake (Lawrenceburg, IN) with her husband and daughter (and another daughter on the way!).