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Local musician uses his music to fuel anti-bullying initiative


Keenan West's life trajectory changed four years ago when he released a song titled "Never Ever." Without even knowing it, the Cincinnati musician started a wave of change.

A friend of West's wanted to take the lyrics to his song and make a music video to help raise awareness about bullying. He agreed and partnered with local high school students to release the video, and the rest was history. 

After an outpouring of support from the community and thousands of views on YouTube, West began his motivational speaking career and launched an anti-bullying campaign. Since then, he has had many different partnerships — with P&G, Warren County Violence Free Coalition, Pacer’s National Bully Prevention Center and Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Every year, schools across the country request for West to speak to their students about bullying. He started out visiting about 100 schools each year, and now plans to visit more than 300 schools during the 2016-17 academic year. 

His latest partnership resulted in a card game, Exposed, which challenges opinions on bullying by asking questions about the five main types of bullying: classroom, workplace, cyber, domestic and disabled. 

"It's a great opportunity to bring families together and create a dialogue," West says. 

Another of West's products is a school safety app, NoXclusion, which allows students to anonymously report bullying or safety issues.

"There is a great need for our young people to have the courage to speak up and stand up," West says. "Sometimes they feel like they need to do it in an anonymous way."

West also recently partnered with FTS Works, which started an anti-bullying initiative by reaching out to more than 6,000 schools across the country. The schools that are chosen will receive $2,000 to use toward an anti-bullying campaign in their school. 

Most people assume West was either a bully or the bullied. But he was neither. 

"I was what most students are — a bystander," West says. "Most students see bullying or someone being mistreated and look the other way. When you act like that, you're just as bad as the person doing the bad behavior."

West thinks most students have the power to fix the problem, and he's dedicating his life to showing them how. 

"No one is standing up and saying anything," West says. "It's their responsibility to do something. Instead of breaking up fights, they are recording them and posting them to YouTube. Kids have lost their lives, and some have been bullied bad enough that they committed suicide. This isn't about putting guilt on the kids, but to celebrate the kids who are getting involved."

Do Good:

• Bring Keenan West to your school to speak about how to combat bullying by contacting 513-486-6320 or by emailing info@keenanwest.com.

• Connect with Keenan on Twitter

• Learn more about FTS Works.
 

PIE receives $100,000 grant to support its mentoring programs


The Partnership for Innovation in Education recently received a $100,000 grant — its second Community Connectors grant from the Ohio Department of Education.

PIE received its first Community Connectors grant in 2015 for its one-on-one mentoring program, which reached 32 schools and 5,000 students in grades 5-9 during the last academic year.

This year's grant is meant to help continue to support PIE's mentoring program and expand hands-on experiences for students to better prepare them for the workforce, in partnership with local businesses and community leaders.

"We see Ohio as becoming the epicenter for educational innovation, namely in creating a 'doing' curriculum honing 21st century skill sets," says Mary Welsh Schlueter, CEO of PIE. "PIE has proven through research with area universities that our world-class curriculum moves students and faculty from merely exhibiting creativity to becoming creators and problem solvers in a global economy."

The grant will allow for a expansion of PIE's school district reach and participation among regional universities like the University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Miami University, Cincinnati State, The Ohio State University and Kent State University.

PIE is constantly working to develop new career pathway simuluations and talent pipeline identification tools with local companies — such as Kroger and Hobsons — and organizations like the Girls Scouts of Western Ohio and ArtsWave

"Every industry is looking for talented individuals who can solve problems, understand the value of perseverance in the face of uncertainty, and make decisions using collaborative teams often thousands of miles apart," Welsh Schlueter says. "Our programs have proven to do just that, and we are thrilled that the ODE has continued to fund our efforts grooming the next generation of problem solvers in Ohio and beyond."

Do Good:

• Learn more about PIE and its mission.

• Connect with PIE on Twitter

• For more information on the Community Connectors grant program, visit its website.
 

Yoga with cats allows participants to unwind while benefiting Save the Animals Foundation


Yoga, cats ... dreams can now become a reality.
 
Modern Makers is partnering with Save the Animals Foundation and local instructors to host a part-yoga, part-art show, part-party June 21 for those interested in a good time or perhaps the opportunity to adopt a feline companion.
 
Modern Makers, whose mission is to “attract people to new and surprising experiences in unexpected environments and spaces,” joined forces with Uptown Consortium in 2012 in an effort to reimagine community spaces as transformative experiences.
 
“The wide variety of signature Uptown art experiences are always welcoming, immersive and surprising,” Uptown Consortium President and CEO Beth Robinson says.  
 
Since partnering with Uptown Consortium, Modern Makers has co-sponsored art experience events with a variety of local nonprofits to bring community members together to both learn and grow.  
 
According to Robinson, “placemaking” is key as it allows individuals to join together to experiment and explore.
 
“Experts know that art-making and exhibiting draw the community to spaces that are underutilized or are on the verge of being transformative,” she says. “It’s why the Consortium believes so strongly in the work of Modern Makers.”  

Do Good: 

Purchase your tickets to Yoga with Cats at 6:30-8 p.m. June 21.

Support Save the Animals Foundation by donating. 

Connect with the Uptown Consortium on Facebook.
 

NKU, Strategies to End Homelessness collaborate to launch unique app


There’s now a free, simple way to help the homeless, and it can be accomplished in a matter of seconds via a smartphone.
 
Students from Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Applied Informatics recently collaborated with Strategies to End Homelessness to develop and launch an application called Street Reach. It’s now available for download in both the Google Play and iOS Apple stores.
 
“People who are on the streets are very vulnerable, so it is important to provide them with services as quickly as possible,” says Kevin Finn, president and CEO of Strategies to End Homelessness. “The Street Reach app allows anyone who is concerned about helping the homeless to connect them with assistance.”
 
The app is simple — users are able to identify a location where individuals are sleeping on the streets, then type in a few sentences or notes regarding the situation. Once the information is received, outreach workers can then follow-up with reports to make sure those who are homeless are receiving assistance and have a plan in place to attain housing.  
 
According to Rachael Winters, a social work professor at NKU, the app could potentially serve as a national model.
 
“Street Reach makes it possible for community members to provide help to the homeless,” she says. “It also educates the public about the resources available in our community.” 

Do Good: 

• Download the Street Reach app today. 

Support Strategies to End Homelessness. 

• Spread the word about Street Reach and encourage your friends to download it as well. 
 

Local poet/writer finds her open mic home at Lydia's On Ludlow


If there’s anyone who knows how to keep herself busy, it’s Kelly Thomas.

She has a background in creative writing and attended the MA program at Miami University. She received her MFA from Butler University and currently teaches literature and composition at Northern Kentucky University and Xavier University. Before coming to Lydia's on Ludlow, Thomas was a graduate student and writer-in-residence at Wordplay.

Thomas is also the event organizer for Literary Lydia’s, a showcase for Greater Cincinnati musicians, writers and performers. Open mic nights on the second and third Thursdays of each month are at Lydia's on Ludlow in Clifton, formerly known as Om Eco Cafe.

Upcoming Literary Lydia's events are scheduled for June 30, July 28 and Aug. 25, all beginning at 7 p.m.

Thomas organizes events and readings with local playwrights and poets, but her favorite part about her job is the plethora of people she crosses paths with.

“I get to meet so many different people from the city and network with writers and artists who are doing amazing things,” she says.

As a creative thinker, Thomas wanted to do something different this summer with the Lydia's on Ludlow events. 

“We’re shifting gears this summer to a different kind of series,” she says. “I wanted to explore the connection between yoga and the artistic process."

Starting July 7, CREYOS will host various yoga instructors and performances from varying creative disciplines. 

On top of all of the event organizing and teaching she does, Thomas has her own editing and writing business on the side, which she hopes to pursue more in the future.

Do Good:

• To learn more about Lydia's on Ludlow, visit its website

• Attend the opening night of CREYOS on July 7 at Lydia's on Ludlow, 329 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. 

• Stay connected with Literary Lydia's on the group’s Facebook page.
 

New Summer of STEM program takes off in Cincinnati


Local children are enjoying a new mix of camps and activities this summer as part of the Summer of STEM. The program focuses on increasing the awareness and availability of STEM-related opportunities (science, technology, engineering and math) and is a collaboration between the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative (GCSC) and ArtsWave.

The resulting website, Cincy ARTS + STEM, is a place where parents and educators can search by grade level, date, discipline, provider and type of activity to find various camps and activities. Activities range from engineering and robotics to testing Ohio River water to African dance to developing mobile-game applications. 

“GCSC is thrilled with our region’s first-ever Summer of STEM," says Mary Adams, GCSC program manager. "It's connecting more students, including some of the most underserved, to many of our region’s best summer education programs. GCSC’s growing network of partners are excited about the possibilities we’re creating for students’ futures and our region’s future.”

The integration of STEM and the arts was something Cincinnati didn't realize it needed. 

“Both the arts and STEM are vital parts of education, and that’s why ArtsWave was so excited to work with the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative on the website,” ArtsWave President and CEO Alecia Kinter says. “The online guide highlights great programs, including those running during the Summer of STEM, that ensure that students in Greater Cincinnati develop the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st Century workforce: innovation, creativity, collaboration and more.”

Just one of the many programs is happening at William Howard Taft STEM Elementary, where fourth and fifth graders have been learning how to plant and tend to gardens. They have focused on planning, measuring, evaluating soil, studying water conditions and irrigation.

"The GCSC Summer of STEM initiative has provided students participating in the summer Organic Gardening program the opportunity to learn about an important sustainable life skill in an urban setting," says Elizabeth Cone, school community coordinator at William Howard Taft. "Everything in the garden has been planted and managed by the students. They have learned about plant biology as well as the healthy benefits of eating what you grow. The feeling of accomplishment is so evident on their faces when they see the seeds they've planted grow into food. They are even more excited about taking what they've learned to their own backyards or even patios."  

Do Good:

• Take a look at the camps and programs available on the Cincy ARTS + STEM website

• Learn more about the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative.

• For more information on ArtsWave, visit its website
 

Breakfast, Story Soiree events help celebrate another year of Starfire accomplishments


Starfire is celebrating another year of building better lives for people living with disabilities with two events this week, a breakfast fundraiser and Story Soiree.

Starfire helps adults with disabilities uncover their talents and interests, which inevitably helps them thrive in their communities.

"This celebration is about all the great work our community partners have done," says Mariah Gilkeson, Starfire's marketing and special events coordinator. "It's a way for us to showcase the work that's been done in the last year." 

The June 16 breakfast celebration is a chance for community members and business professionals to view the stories of Starfire's members through film. Keynote speakers will talk about their experiences and how to build relationships.

The following night, Starfire will host its Story Soiree, which is free and open to the public. The event will feature a collection of 20 different stories in 1-minute clips that showcase the progress members made during the past year (see an example here).

"Our annual celebration truly showcases the work we've done to make Cincinnati a more inclusive city," GIlkeson says. "I think that's important. It shows how important relationship building really is. It shows the impact it can have on someone." 

Do Good:

• Register for the Starfire Breakfast Fundraiser, which begins at 7:30 a.m. June 16 at the 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley. Tickets are $100.

• Attend the free Starfire Story Soiree at 7 p.m. June 17, also at the 20th Century Theater. Admission is free.

• For more information on Starfire and its mission, visit the organization's website
 

Cincinnati Chamber selected for pilot program on small business inclusion


The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber was recently selected to participate in a pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion in small businesses for people with disabilities. 

"Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Businesses Through Disability Inclusion" is a one-year program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. Cincinnati was one of three cities selected to participate in the pilot.

The program allows the Cincinnati Chamber to implement strategies to help businesses create more inclusive workplaces and help businesses recruit and retain qualified people who live with disabilities. While the program won't directly lead to employment, the Chamber hopes to institute an internship or shadowing arrangement to connect businesses with potential employees. The pilot will end in October, which is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. 

Approximately 68 percent of working age people with disabilities were unemployed, according to the Department of Labor in 2015.

"One of the things we know about people with disabilities is that many of them are unemployed," says Mary Stagaman, the Chamber's senior inclusion advisor. "What's not true is that most of them are unemployable. We see people with disabilities as a large, untapped resource."

A group from Cincinnati presented testimony to U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot in Washington, D.C. at a congressional hearing to discuss initiatives to increase workplace inclusion for people with disabilities. 

Among that group was Susan Brownknight, executive director of Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled, and small business owner Terri Hogan, who also served on the pilot committee's advisory board.

"One of the biggest obstacles to independence for people living with disabilities is equal opportunity," Brownknight says. "The barriers they face as it relates to getting a job are massive. At the same time, employers are looking to diversify their workforce, to add and attract new talent, and there's this pool of potential candidates that have a lot to contribute to their workplaces. They happen to be people with disabilities whose unemployment rates are unacceptably high."

But Brownknight thinks this pilot program is a chance for Cincinnati to show its true colors.

"Cincinnati is emerging as a national leader in full community inclusion as it related to people with disabilities," she says. "This city embraces people of all abilities. I think that is something this city should be very proud of. The Chamber being selected as one of three sites in the nation is a reflection upon that."

Hogan believes in the positive effects of hiring people with disabilities.

"It's not just the right thing to do, but it’s the smart thing to do," she says. "The bottom line is they make really great employees."
 

World Music Fest returns with 50 performances celebrating art and culture


What was once an annual event has now returned for the first time since 2010, as World Music Fest takes places June 11 at a variety of venues throughout Covington. The mix of live performances, art exhibits, interactive programs and food will be a feast for the senses as festivalgoers immerse themselves in a multitude of different cultural experiences.
 
The all-day, family-friendly event is produced in partnership by Liz Wu and Renaissance Covington. Wu has assisted with marketing and fundraising since the event’s inception in 2007 and since then has taken the reigns for its successful implementation.
 
For Wu, whose cultural background is mixed — her father is from Taiwan and her mother’s ancestry is German, English and Native American — and who has traveled extensively and spent time living abroad, the festival creates an opportunity for people to enrich the lives of others in a way that she says “typically requires a plane ticket.”
 
“Having a chance to travel outside of your home country, especially if you do not speak the language, is enriching, educational and humbling,” Wu says. “The arts are a natural and universal way for people of all walks of life to come together and communicate. So much richness of experience and diversity of the world is present right here on our doorstep — and that is cause to celebrate.”
 
This year’s festival will showcase 50 performances — everything from Brazilian, French and Cajun jazz during brunch to world hip hop performances paired with a documentary screening about break dancing.
 
According to Wu, there is something for everyone to appreciate.
 
“One can orient to some degree by themes,” she says. “Everything is staggered, so a very ambitious person could potentially catch a little of everything.” 

Do Good: 

• Check out the schedule of events for Saturday's festivities.

• Are you a photographer? If so, World Music Fest is in need of volunteers to document the event. Sign up as a volunteer photographer or videographer and contact Liz Wu to confirm. 

• Spread the word and invite your friends to World Music Fest by sharing the event page on Facebook.
 

Youth to judge history's most stunning automobiles as juvenile arthritis fundraiser


Calling all car enthusiasts! The Ault Park Concours d’Elegance will celebrate its 39th annual showcase of the most stunning automobiles and motorcycles throughout history on Sunday, June 12.
 
What began in 1978 as the brainchild of the late Helen Williams has transformed over the past six years. She began the event as a way to honor her friend Bill Rudd, who dealt with rheumatoid arthritis, and as a way to benefit the Ohio River Valley's chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

While the focus is still very much aimed at car enthusiasts, youth judging will occur.
 
“It infuses new energy into the show and engages the next generation of car enthusiasts,” says Elysa Hamlin, communications representative for the event. “They will have the opportunity to participate in an informative session on basic judging skills and will then put their skills to the test, awarding three top finishers from a pre-selected group of automobiles displayed.”
 
Although the Arthritis Foundation is still the beneficiary, the proceeds now go specifically toward juvenile arthritis.
 
Mila, who is just 8 years old, knows all too well what it means to be affected by arthritis and also understands what it means to have support. She will participate in this year’s judging competition and will present the awards at the culmination of the spectacle.
 
“Event proceeds over the years have significantly grown the services available to children in Greater Cincinnati who are suffering from the disease, and their families,” Hamlin says. “Proceeds have supported Juvenile Arthritis Camps and Juvenile Arthritis Power Packs — kits with useful information and tools to assist newly diagnosed children and teens, as well as their parents. It’s a great event to attend because it supports a great cause.” 

Do Good: 

• Purchase tickets at the gate for Sunday's show at Ault Park. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students with IDs and free for children 12 and under. There will also be free shuttle service provided. Check here for information regarding parking. 

• While the judging won't occur until Sunday, there are events going on all weekend. Here is the complete schedule. 

• If you can't attend Sunday's festivities, support the Arthritis Foundation by donating online. 
 

Coach hosts 4th year of basketball camp to honor father, enhance parent/child relations


Shannon Minor, who serves as head basketball coach for the North College Hill High School boys’ varsity team, is prepped and ready for another year of camp.
 
The fourth annual Pete Minor Father/Child Basketball Camp, which benefits Kicks for Kids and brings fathers and their children together for a day of activity and engagement, will take place June 18 — one day prior to Father’s Day, which has significant meaning for Minor. Shannon was always close to his father, Pete.
 
“Growing up, I was able to spend a lot of time with my dad, which allowed us to bond and develop a special relationship which turned into a friendship,” Minor says. “My dad tossed baseball, hit ground balls, rebounded shots, played goalie, tossed football, took bike rides and went to the park during my childhood. These are all positives memories that I will cherish during my lifetime and pass on to my children.”
 
In 2011, however, Minor was forced to say goodbye to his father, who was hit and killed by a drunk driver while changing a tire on the side of the road.
 
Rather than taking a tragedy and allowing it to manifest as such, Minor wanted to memorialize his father in a way that embodied his values and ideals — the ones that drew Shannon and his sister so close to their father in the first place.
 
“Fathers are important figures for any child's development,” Minor says. “Fathers guide their children by helping them make good decisions, answer questions and provide support for challenging situations.”
 
Rather than distancing themselves or even becoming consumed by the cell phone, for example, Minor wants fathers to put distractions away and for one day bond by working together through drills, pick-up games and teamwork.
 
Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball coach John Brannen, a father of twins, will join this year’s campers, which Minor says he’s excited about because he knows Brannen can relate.
 
“In the past, we have had step-dads, uncles, coaches and counselors,” Minor says. “My dad would always help children by coaching, driving them to practice or just providing a positive comment to make them smile. Since Kicks for Kids is all about leveling the playing field for all children to give them an opportunity to participate in camps, this serves as a platform to accomplish their vision and goals.” 

Do Good: 

• Support Kicks for Kids and spend quality time with the little one in your life by signing up for camp June 18 at the Friars Club in St. Bernard. 

• Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Shannon Minor.

• Like the Pete Minor Father/Child Basketball Camp on Facebook.
 

Midwest Sustainability Summit brings experts together to reverse climate change


Regional leaders and international experts will join together June 10 for the second annual Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit. This year’s event — a collaboration among local organizations from within a variety of sectors — is aimed at figuring out ways we can work together to reduce carbon emissions.
 
Green Umbrella’s vision is to have the Greater Cincinnati region recognized as one of the top-10 most sustainable metro areas in the nation by 2020,” says Kristin Weiss, Executive Director of the nonprofit. “To do that, we need to be on the cutting edge of environmental sustainability and embrace the leap over incremental improvements. This Summit helps us achieve that.”
 
Keynote speaker for this year’s event is Paul Hawken, whose latest book Project Drawdown provides readers with 100 existing solutions to reverse climate change. Not only are the solutions credible, but they’re scalable on a global level and, regardless of their impact on the climate, are intrinsically beneficial to local communities and economies.
 
Hawken’s talk fits well into this year’s theme of “Innovation and Collaboration.”

One way Cincinnati can take an existing solution and work together to implement it in a unique way, for example, is through electric vehicles. The presenting organizations and sponsors for this year’s event have arranged for attendees to be able to test drive electric cars and access savings toward the purchase of one.
 
“Electric vehicle adoption will help us reach our 2020 regional sustainability goal to reduce the consumption of gasoline and diesel as motor fuels by 20 percent,” Weiss says. “Our region is ripe for this, too, as we now have a comprehensive network of charging stations for electric vehicles, whereas at the beginning of last year we had zero fast charging stations.”
 
An added perk for those with electric vehicles, according to Weiss, is free parking.
 
“City of Cincinnati residents who are owners of electric vehicles will be able to park for free through the city’s All-Electric Vehicle Incentive Program,” she says. “It’s a model for other municipalities.”

Do Good: 

Register for the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit at Xavier University, which is open to the public. Admission includes both breakfast and lunch. 

Learn more about this year's Summit, including the speakers who will compose the day's panel discussion. 

Support Green Umbrella and its goals for our region.
 

Healthy Roots Foundation's Midsummer Harvest to benefit Cincy Children's Integrative Care Team


The Healthy Roots Foundation will host its fourth annual Midsummer Harvest, “a picnic experience featuring a local, organic and sustainably raised feast” prepared by some of the region’s best chefs, June 12 in Covington's MainStrasse Village.
 
This year’s event will benefit the advancement of integrative, holistic care and nutrition programming — like Build-It-Bites, a weekly cooking workshop for patients and their families — at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
 
“We’re thrilled that the money from this year’s Midsummer Harvest is going to the Integrative Care Team for this new program,” Healthy Roots Foundation founder Anne Schneider says. “Build-it-Bites is a unique way to help families in the hospital, and it’s a great fit for our mission.”
 
The Healthy Roots Foundation aims to create and support prenatal and pediatric health research, education and events, and the Midsummer Harvest fits into the nonprofit’s mission as it seeks to raise awareness regarding sustainably raised foods and the link to children’s health.
 
Dr. Carina Braeutigam, Medical Director, Integrative Services and Staff Physician at Cincinnati Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, will serve as guest speaker at the picnic lunch, with music to be provided by The Tillers.
 
Tickets for this year’s Midsummer Harvest are available online

Do Good: 

• Connect with the Healthy Roots Foundation on Facebook.

• Check out Midsummer Harvest's featured chefs and drink artisans, and get your tickets today.

• If you're unable to attend Midsummer Harvest, learn how you can support the Healthy Roots Foundation.
 

DPCR senior receives Gates Millennium Scholarship


Jonathan Abe, DePaul Cristo Rey (DPCR) senior and Price Hill resident, is one of just 15 students across the state of Ohio to be named a Gates Millennium Scholar. The prestigious award is presented to 1,000 students annually, and this year more than 53,000 students applied. 
 
The scholarship removes financial barriers to education for minority students with high academic success rates and leadership capabilities. For Abe, the scholarship provides security and a sense of relief.
 
“I was not expecting this big of an award — it was shocking for me,” Abe says. “It means I’ll have my college education paid for, and graduate school. My family doesn’t have to worry as much about financial aid and getting loans to pay for my college.”
 
Abe, salutatorian of his graduating class, has been accepted to six colleges and will attend the University of Cincinnati to study engineering in the fall. He’s one of 38 DPCR seniors who have been accepted to college and will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas May 31; it’s the second straight senior class that has achieved 100 percent college acceptance at the new Catholic high school.
 
As one of seven children in the Abe family, Jonathan hopes to set the standard for higher education.
 
“I have two older sisters and four younger siblings, and I’m the first one going to college,” Abe says. “I think I’ve set an example for my younger brother who goes to DPCR. I’ve worked really hard for my grades, and this is the result. I’m hoping he sees this is what happens when you work hard for good grades.”

Do Good:  

• Connect with DePaul Cristo Rey on Facebook.

• Support the school by giving.

• Learn about volunteer opportunities at DPCR.
 

Child Poverty Collaborative committed to looking past differences to further progress


According to the Census Bureau’s American Community survey, nearly half of all children in Cincinnati and one in five children in the Tristate live below the federal poverty line. 

“That is simply unacceptable,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says. “We are deeply and passionately committed to tackling this head on, to bringing together diverging opinions, stakeholders, organizations and communities so that we can work together in finding solutions.”

The Child Poverty Collaborative of Cincinnati — a diverse group of community leaders and concerned citizens aiming to move 10,000 children and their families out of poverty in the next five years — is leading the effort, and they’ll hear May 24 from Adam Kahane, an international leader in social change.

Kahane co-facilitated Mont Fleur workshops in South Africa, which were aimed at bringing individuals together despite their different ways of seeing and being, and ultimately helped the community find a way to peacefully transition from apartheid to democracy.

About 250 individuals will be in attendance for the conversation with Kahane, who hopes to inspire our local community to look past their differences for the sake of furthering progress.

“While everyone who will be in that room on May 24 will have different perspectives, what we will all agree on is that this is a very important problem that we must solve in order to strengthen the lives of individuals and families and strengthen our region,” says Donna Jones Baker, President and CEO of the Urban League of Southwestern Ohio. “Adam’s discussion with us will help us move forward together in facilitating collaboration for the betterment of us all.” 

Do Good: 

Contact Sean Rugless at the Katalyst Group to learn more about childhood poverty and what we can do to diminish it in our region. 

• Engage in dialogue about childhood poverty and brainstorm potential solutions. 

• Be knowledgeable about childhood poverty in our region and understand its impact. 
 
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