August 21, 2013

Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood welcomes newest Promise Ambassadors

The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood recently held a graduation ceremony to welcome its newest class of neighborhood Promise Ambassadors. The ambassadors, who include youth and adult residents of Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood, serve as leaders and emissaries for the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood initiative and for the children in the neighborhood.

The purpose of resident leadership development is to further empower residents to lead, build and sustain the planning and implementation of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood initiative. The goal was to reach the "Central 50,” which the initiative did as it welcomed its 50th ambassador at the graduation ceremony.

The Central neighborhood of Cleveland has produced a number of leaders and extraordinary citizens. Jessie Owens, Langston Hughes, Judge Sara J. Harper and sister Connie Harper of the Call & Post, Carl and Louis Stokes, and current Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. Extraordinary citizens aren't always famous. Instead, many are working quietly to make a difference in their community.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, is the lead Promise Neighborhood partner.

Pictured is a new youth ambassador graduating to complete the goal of reaching 50 Promise Ambassadors. Don Slocum, Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI) executive director, congratulates the new ambassador, with Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland President Sue Krey and Promise Director Sonya Pryor-Jones looking on. NLI's Robbin Hudson is seen on the left.

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