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First fellows named to Case's Treu-Mart youth development fellowship program

Sixteen youth development professionals who specialize in working with middle school students will receive intensive training to enhance their knowledge and skills, thanks to a new program jointly sponsored by the Treu-Mart Fund and Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

The 16 are the first cohort of fellows in the Treu-Mart Youth Development Fellowship program. Over the six days of the program the fellows will receive intensive instruction in resiliency theory (building on a child’s assets and talents rather than trying to correct problems) and best practices in youth development and program planning.

“The Treu-Mart Fellowship program is steeped in resiliency theory and is geared toward providing a positive and professional growth experience for youth-serving professionals with the goal of providing better opportunities for youth,” said Art Treuhaft, president of the board of trustees of the Treu-Mart Fund.

The fellows and organizations they represent are: Megan Billow with the West Side Ecumenical Ministry; Lisa Bugenske with the Shaker Heights Youth Center; Marcie Catron with the Cleveland YWCA; Annemarie Grassi with Open Doors; Darren Kahari Hicks with Open Doors; Angela Isom with the Henry Johnson Center Inc.; Julie Jackson with Applewood Centers Inc.; Jerren Jennings with Open Doors; Dorcus Johnson with the Glenville Recreation Center; Trevina Johnson with the Cleveland YMCA; Joanne Murphy with the Cleveland YMCA; Robert Navis with the Near West Theatre; Tracee Ingram with YWCA; LaTonya Nolcox with Center for Families and Children, Rap Art; Kate Renaud with City Year; and Rose Young with the Goodrich-Gannett Neighborhood Center.

Patricia Heilbron, director of the program, said the emphasis will be on teaching skills and strategies that the fellows can immediately implement in their work places. The training will take place over six days at Trinity Commons (part of Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland), the Steven A. Minter Conference Center of the Cleveland Foundation and Gwinn Estates in Bratenahl. It will also include six months of follow-up coaching and peer-to-peer support.

Criteria for being selected for the program, Heilbron said, include passion for and a belief in youth, understanding resiliency theory, understanding youth development, being open to professional development, leadership skills and creativity and ability to generate new ideas.

“A critical part of the fellowship experience is the relationships that will be formed among the fellows as they share a common experience and explore new ways to support each other and the youth they serve,” Heilbron added. “The fellowship program is designed to develop and nurture these relationships.”

“The Treu-Mart Youth Development Fellowship Program is closely aligned with the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organization’s vision of helping individuals with leadership potential to apply what they learn through the center to strengthen community organizations and programs,” said Susan Eagan, executive director of the Mandel Center.

The Treu-Mart Fund was founded in 1980 by Elizabeth and William Treuhaft to support programs aiding children and youth. It is a supporting organization of the Cleveland Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations was founded at Case in 1984 under the leadership of the Weatherhead School of Management, the School of Law, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Center has set the standard in graduate education for leaders and managers of nonprofit organizations. The graduate program is consistently ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report and has earned international recognition for the breadth of its multidisciplinary curricula and the quality of its faculty. The Center's master’s degree and certificate programs are designed to represent the best of both academic rigor and practical application.


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