How did The Kids of 216 start?
In early 2017 Stephanie left her job in the healthcare industry to pursue a career in teaching high school science. In researching where her strengths could meet the greatest needs of the Cleveland community, she found that summer learning is crucial for our inner city youth. Combining her passions for coaching and mentoring students with home renovation, The Kids of 216 was born as vocational summer school and youth employment center. Stephanie then pitched the business plan at the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Accelerate conference in February 2017, and continues to pitch the model to city leaders, business, and organizations.
How are the Kids paid?
The Kids of 216 is a registered community partner with Youth Opportunities Unlimited, an organization that provides summer employment for students in Cuyahoga County who live within or under the national poverty level.
How did you select the students?
By networking with the school systems and our community partners, we chose students seeking to advance their technical skills in construction and hoping to find direction for life after high school.
How did you select the homes being renovated?
We identified disabled residents, seniors, and poverty-stricken families whose homes were in need of immediate repair to meet Code Violations or for general maintenance & clean up. We also chose residents who were willing to talk with and encourage our students to foster community relations and engagement.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes. The Kids of 216 is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization.
How can I support The Kids?
We would love for you to meet our students, and there are many opportunities to work alongside them outside of the construction worksites. We are actively seeking mentors to assist our student through education planning and job counseling for life after high school. Please see the Get Involved>> Volunteer tab. Please note we require an application.