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Wittenberg To Host The Community Alliance For Youth: 2011 Sustainability Conference

November 2, 2011  
 Filed in Community, Events

Springfield, Ohio – The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Civic & Urban Engagement at Wittenberg University will host “The Community Alliance for Youth: the 2011 Sustainability Conference” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in 105 Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning, 737 N. Fountain Ave. This free conference is made possible by a grant provided by the United States Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention.

The Community Alliance for Youth has grown from the Power & Promise of Afterschool, and its mission is to harness community resources to support programs and services that foster the positive development of all Clark County youth and their families.

Following a welcome by Executive Director of the Springfield Foundation Ted Vander Roest, the featured speaker, Lisa Bottoms, The Cleveland Foundation Program Director for Child & Youth Development, will speak on “Sustainability Strategies: 2011 & Beyond.” Bottoms will share the history MYCOM, a youth network in Cuyahoga County. She will explain how MYCOM positively impacts youth and community and economic development in Cleveland. She will also share strategies that helped motivate people and organizations to lend their support.

A Local Funders Panel will feature Bruce Grimes, executive director of the Nehemiah Foundation, Joan Elder, program Officer of the Springfield Foundation, John Landess, executive director of the Turner Foundation, and Doug Lineberger, executive director of the United Way. A Networking Lunch will include Youth Program Spotlights on Clark County Public Library, Springfield Christian Youth Ministries (SCYM) and Project Jericho.

The afternoon session includes Ohio Department of Education Grant Administrator Eva Szabo, who will discuss “Federal & State Funding: 2011 & Beyond.” Her presentation will be followed by a wrap-up & evaluation by Hagen Center Youth Project Coordinator Trish Garrison.

The Community Alliance for Youth includes youth program providers, pre K–16 educators and administrators, youth, families and caregivers, community funders, business leaders, social services, government entities, community volunteers, culture and arts organizations, health and wellness organizations, and civic and religious leaders. All members of the community are welcome to participate in this free conference. To register, contact Garrison via email at

Written By: Phyllis Eberts


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