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Andrea J
E. 39th & Community College Ave
(Central - Fairfax)
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the project

Central Opportunity for Purposeful Engagement (COPE) is a summer leadership camp for youth, ages 15-19, led by Central Promise Neighborhood Ambassadors, to train the next generation of peer leaders in the Central community in Cleveland, Ohio. This Camp responds to the traumatic effects of COVID on the mental health of residents in Central.  COPE  offers a  safe and supportive space to conduct community engagement through creative art expression, suicide prevention training, health fitness and wellness, and gardening.

CIPTT, Inc. is a 501(c)3 public charity that runs an intergenerational urban garden at E.39th and Community College Ave. that grows produce to help residents with chronic illness; sponsors community art programs, and hosts public art exhibits. Dawn Glasco, Community Engagement Specialist for Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, is organizing this program. The garden will host the following sponsored programs:   

1) Create Art Not Violence, run by Promise Ambassador Walter Patton, uses art therapy and videography for constructive engagement, creativity and self-expression to support social and emotional development. Each participant will identify a theme of interest to create poetry, rap, and art as a form of purposeful expression.

2) Kings & Queens of Art, run by Promise Ambassador Gwen Garth, merges art with activism to promote community leadership to become change agents in civic engagement, community building, and healing. Each participating youth will produce a 12 x 12” panel of hand word art using paint and mosaic tiles on canvas, mounted on Hardee board. 

3) Sources of Strength (S.O.S.)  in partnership with Promise Ambassador  Kareemah Rose offers suicide prevention training for peer leaders that help youth spread messages of Hope, Help, and Strength, using social media, art, drama, and video presentations. 

4) Men and Women of Central, run by Promise Ambassadors Charmaine Jordan and Jerome Baker, promote community empowerment, health and wellness, and personal growth by sponsoring health walks and screenings. They will organize a community walk and wellness day on August 7th from 8:30-11:30 am, where residents will walk from the E. 39th St garden to and around Tri-C track. Health and wellness screenings, vendors providing sample massages, cooking, stress tests will be available, as well as fresh produce free of charge.  

4) Natural Investments, (NI) run by Promise Ambassador Demetrius Carter, employs youth for landscaping and lawn maintenance in the Central area to teach the importance of teamwork, gratitude, and determination. NI will maintain the E. 39th garden site, in partnership with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress's Clean & Green Truck.

Neighborhood partners include Burten, Bell & Carr Development, Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.), MyCom, OSU Summer Sprout Program, Central residents, Sisters of Charity Foundation, IOBY, Resilient Youth, Men and Women of Central, Inc., Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and CIPTT, Inc.   We invite anyone interested in joining us to reach out at or

Please join us today!!

the steps

Step 1:  Fundraising  (April 1- May 15, 2021)

Step 2: Open registration, Site Clean-up and Community Outreach  (May 1- June 1)

Step 3: Orientation and training volunteers and mentors  (June 1-7)

Step 4: Summer Camp Activities  (June 3-July 31)

Step 5: Community Health Walk, Art Exhibit & Award Ceremony  (August 7) 

why we're doing it

This Camp responds to the social isolation and community trauma caused by the pandemic.  With in-person gatherings restricted, there are few options for relief and counseling. We want to get folks outdoors, foster collaboration, grow produce, have fun,  and create purposeful public art. This Camp will embrace a healthy culture in Central,  providing residents with a safe and healthy outlet to channel their thoughts and emotions through creative expression and gardening.  


Disbursed Budget 4.27.2021: 

Staff: Promise Ambassadors-$3075

Materials & Art Supplies-  $150

Food:  $590

Equipment (Canopy tents, 2 Tables & 10 chairs) : $675

 Awards & Recognition : $60

The additional 1210.28 will be used towards materails for a storage shed a group of high school students and teachers are making from donated items from the NFL draft. The shed will be 8x8' and materials are estimated to exceed $2,000.

TOTAL RAISED = $5,848.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $87.72


Original Budget: 

Staff: Promise Ambassadors-$3075

Materials & Art Supplies-  $150

Food:  $590

Equipment (Canopy tents, 2 Tables & 10 chairs) : $675

 Awards & Recognition : $60

ioby Platform Fee     waived
"ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) (Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)"    $69
TOTAL TO RAISE =    $4,619
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.    


Thank You for helping Us Reach Our Goal!!!

Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign. Many young lives will be positively affected by your donation. Every dollar is important!! Thank you!!


Max S. Hayes High School partnership

We are happy to welcome Max S. Hayes High School teachers and students who will design and build a storage shed for the garden site. We look forward to the creative solutions they will offer to enhance the functionality of the garden. We wish to thank Gail Thomas at East Tech High School,  Jim Mulgrew and James MacDowell, and Monica Bourn for helping to make this a reality. Stay tuned!



NFL Draft & Ohio State University Funds Garden Expansion

The NFL Draft in partnership with Ohio State University's Summer Sprout Program has selected E 39th St Garden for in-kind donation of wood, dirt, fruit trees and pollinators. We are very grateful to them for recognizing the work being done in the Central community, which will expand the produce grown and given away to residents. Thank you!!!


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