The Bellaire-Puritas Development Corporation wrote an in-depth blog post spotlighting Cleveland Youth Landscaping and our work on the West Side. Here’s an excerpt from their article:
The three students from John Marshall have teamed up to work alongside the 31 students in the Glenville neighborhood and are paid $9 an hour for about 8 hours per week, and they also get teambuilding training and help with communication skills, as well as hear from guest speakers about entrepreneurship and potential career paths. They work in teams of about seven. The service is provided free to Glenville senior citizens and next year will be available to West Park seniors.
The John Marshall pilot program is supported by the Cleveland Foundation and will provide lawnmowers, weed eaters, leaf blowers, rakes and gloves for the program.
Monisa Mason, the community and business coordinator at JMH School of Civic and Business Leadership, is overseeing the pilot program and says she is excited to see John Marshall Civic and Business students eventually spearhead the Cleveland Youth Landscaping program here on the west side.
“This will be a great opportunity for them to get hands on work experience, while learning many skills such as leadership development, how to work effectively and efficiently as a team and what it means to have a great work ethic,” Mason said. “This also will afford them the opportunity to better connect with the local community, which is very important as we aim to teach our students about the importance of community awareness and engagement.”
The full article can be found here.