Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio (DCNEO), which builds confidence, respect, and self-esteem through the practice of social dance, aims to help youth break down social barriers and learn to communicate with a new set of behavioral skills. Teaching artists lead classes of fifth- and eighth-grade students through 10 weeks of ballroom-dancing lessons that are held twice a week during the normal school day. To make lessons accessible and ease children into a new endeavor, they incorporate pictures and stories and connect dance terms to food, transforming feet into chopsticks and dance frame into a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In addition to dance, DCNEO also enriches children’s education with opportunities to create visual artwork, poetry, and original songs. At the end of the course, students showcase their dancing skills and other projects completed during the program at a performance for friends and family.
Although the symbol of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a small pink ribbon, it represents a powerhouse of breast-cancer research and education. The rallying cry of "I am the cure" represents the foundation's multifaceted approach to fighting the disease, which focuses on community outreach, public perception of the disease, and funding for scientific research. Susan G. Komen for the Cure's work has helped increase early detection, survival rates, and federal funding of groundbreaking breast-cancer research.
Beyond its signature pink ribbon–bedecked merchandise, the Race for the Cure is the centerpiece of the foundation's fundraising and outreach efforts. Originally an 800-person charity race in Dallas, Race for the Cure has blossomed into a series of more than 150 races worldwide, which collectively host more than 1.7 million participants annually. Marathoners, runners, and walkers alike collect sponsorship donations from friends and family as they tackle races of varying lengths, wearing personalized signs on their backs to honor the breast-cancer victims and survivors in their lives. To date, Race for the Cure has raised more than $1.9 billion to support Komen initiatives. The Northeast Ohio affiliate serves 22 counties, and 75% of its net funds earned stay within the area, while the remaining 25% go to global research.
Seeds of Literacy empowers adults to succeed in their communities through personal education and free GED preparation. Students work one-on-one with tutors who assist them with all subjects of the GED exam, which includes reading, writing, math, social studies, and science sections. New students of varying academic levels are accepted each week, and the program currently serves more than 1,000 students each year, with more than 250 volunteer tutors.
Connections: Health.Wellness.Advocacy delivers a comprehensive array of behavioral health care services that promote a high quality of life among more than 6,000 individuals in the region. The organization targets people's needs in a culturally competent manner with necessary programs in psychiatric support, deaf and hard-of-hearing services, geriatrics, perinatal services, and pharmacological management. Connections has recently worked to improve the health care infrastructure in the region through a variety of projects, including the construction of a new primary-care clinic in Beachwood and a cloud-based medical-record system.
The Crisis Nursery’s Tuck a Baby in Bed program provides infants with a warm place to sleep and a safe place to stay when a crisis affects their family life or results in homelessness. Babies stay at the shelter between 24 hours and 60 days, until they can safely be sent home or can receive care in a more permanent setting. During their stay, babies receive medical treatment as well as close personal attention and compassion. On average, children reside at the facility for 25 days at a cost of $16 per night.
LAND studio developed out of a merger between ParkWorks, which had been cleaning public spaces, and Cleveland Public Art, which beautified those spaces. Now, operating together as LAND studio, the team helps community groups, government agencies, artists, and local businesses organize and raise funds to execute collaborative plans that shape Cleveland's public spaces in innovative ways. Projects supported by LAND studio include the Public Square redesign, which will make the historical downtown space a more attractive destination for families and workers, and ParkArts, which provides summer arts programs for thousands of children and their parents throughout Cleveland's neighborhood parks.
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