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Launch Avondale program to assist youth in education and careers

3/13/2014, 3:26 p.m.

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Ron Jackson

The Avondale Youth Education, Career Development, and Job Placement Program is a comprehensive program for Avondale youth and their parents to take advantage of all the opportunities available in local college education, career development, and job placement. it also helps youth who may not be able to attend college.

This program has been developed utilizing input from the Avondale Community Council, Avondale Youth Council, Concerned Clergy of Avondale, and roundtable discussions with Avondale schools and higher educational institutions such as Cincinnati State, Xavier University, University of Cincinnati, and Gateway Community College.

It will focus on what Avondale parents and their kids need to do to capitalize on the opportunities in college education, career development options, and financial assistance, such as scholarships, grants, and other financial assistance resources. The Avondale Educational Forum is scheduled for March 22, at the South Avondale School. It will include breakout sessions for both parents and their kids 12 to 19 years of age.

“With an age group of 14 to 21 committing the majority of crimes in our community, we will need increased parental participation as well as increased community participation to take our kids off the streets-keep them in classrooms, provide educational and job opportunities, plus keep our kids in Avondale, said Program Coordinator Ron Jacksons.

Community participants include local businesses, local schools, local apprenticeships, Cincinnati Public Schools, Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Police, City of Cincinnati. Higher education participants are Cincinnati State, University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Northern Kentucky University, and Gateway Community College.

The Program will focus on:

  • College Educational Opportunities, Career Development and Financial Assistance Resources
  • College Co-Op Programs for qualifying students
  • Job Placement Opportunities for Students in College
  • Job Placement for Students not able to attend College, such as Apprenticeships, and Urban League Programs

The Program Orientation and Launch is scheduled for the spring of 2014 in the Avondale Educational Forum. A follow-up program is designed to help parents and their kids the following year.

Program coordinator Ron Jackson is an Avondale Community Council Trustee. He is also an Avondale resident and member of the Beechwood Resident Council, serving as event coordinator and the Forest Avenue Street captain.

Call at 513-356-1565 for further information.