Aloha Cleveland, Cleveland has made a bigger imprint on my life than I could have ever expected since I moved here in June of 2017. A job in the mental health […]

March 16, 2018 // EYEJ // No Comments //

Aloha Cleveland,

Cleveland has made a bigger imprint on my life than I could have ever expected since I moved here in June of 2017. A job in the mental health field, at Magnolia Clubhouse, brought me to Cleveland once I graduated college from Boise State University in May of 2017 and that is how I discovered the EYEJ organization. Growing up in Hawaii, living in Idaho, and now working in Cleveland has given me a broad understand of what advocacy looks like nationwide.

EYEJ has allowed, not only myself, but all youth in Cleveland to have a say and advocate for their community.

Moving to a new city, the biggest one I’ve ever lived in, was intimidating. It was difficult to make friends and find like-minded people. This didn’t stop me from adventuring around the city and trying to get a better grasp on it. Through my work I am able to help individuals with a mental illness seek independence in however they define that. While doing this I am able to learn about many different programs and organizations who advocate for minority groups and everyday human rights. In my work I have been able to see where the disparity lies in this community and what needs to change, both in the mental health field and for young adults.

EYEJ is standing up to change these negative concepts in Cleveland and much more!

It’s amazing how a group of young adults such as the EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council can come together to share their stories and come up with solutions on how to solve similar negative experiences.  The EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council; 19 young adults from all districts of Cleveland, have come together to provide a recommendation for the Chief of Cleveland Police; Calvin Williams.  Through this process, they have identified all of the injustices youth face, and over time, have identified two core areas that they want to address in a private event, held April 30th where many top business persons, non-profit leaders, lead change agents, government officials, media and sports persons will come together to hear what they have to say.  Their topic areas around social awareness education are directly focused on police and youth relationships and youth independency (life skills).  We are asking that you, as Clevelanders help support these youth in listening to what they have to say, as it is a real solid recommendation.  More information will be coming out soon in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and by EYEJ.

Barack Obama quoted: “One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.”

While EYEJ is partnered with youth on building a framework for how to expunge the injustices youth are facing in Cleveland, they need your help. Whether it is your partnership, becoming an Advocate, ability to advertise, or donation, EYEJ is extremely appreciative. We need your help to empower youth in Cleveland and make a change for a better future.

Mahalo,

Cassidy Yatsko

EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council – Bridge Member