EYEJ Youth Council Phone Zap
August 11, 2020 3:00 PM EDT
Register on Zoom

YODJ Photo Display
August 3, 2020 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

EYEJ Speaks: Connectivity
Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
EYEJ page on Facebook (See flyer)

Connect with EYEJ Youth: Our Stories Matter
July 24, 2020, 12-2pm EST

EYEJ Youth Council Day of Giving
July 24, 2020, 9am EST for 24 hours

EYEJ Speaks: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
EYEJ page on Facebook (See flyer)

EYEJ Speaks: Exploring Violence
Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
EYEJ page on Facebook (See flyer)

EYEJ Speaks: Invest in Your Future
Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Register for the Zoom webinar or
watch on the EYEJ Facebook page
(See flyer)

EYEJ Speaks: Achieving a Positive Mindset
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
EYEJ page on Facebook (See flyer)

EYEJ Speaks: Civil Rights
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
EYEJ page on Facebook (See flyer)

EYEJ Speaks: Exploring Money
Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
EYEJ page on Facebook (See flyer)

EYEJ Speaks: Conflict Resolution
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
EYEJ page on Facebook (See flyer)

EYEJ Speaks: Toxic Stress
Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
EYEJ page on Facebook (See flyer)

#GivingTuesdayNOW Facebook Live
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
EYEJ page on Facebook (See flyer)
Video 1, Video 2

Twitter Live with EYEJ
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
@eyejcleveland (See flyer)

Instagram Live with the EYEJ Youth Council
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
@eyejcleveland on Instagram (See flyer)

Nonprofit Thursdays: EYEJ
Thursday, February 20, 2020
3PM – 11:30PM
Hosted by Phunkenship by Platform and EYEJ
3135 Sackett Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44109



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Changing Cleveland For The Better (1)

Changing Cleveland For The Better PDF

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EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council Kick Back Event

EYEJ millennial impact event (2)

EYEJ Millennial Impact event

EYEJ Summer Conversation Poster – Central

EYEJ Summer Conversation Poster – Glenville

EYEJ Summer Conversation Poster – EJ Kovacic

EYEJ Summer Conversation Poster – Estabrook


EYEJ Discussion Reflection

EYEJ BBQ Save the Date

EYEJ explaining why “the time is now to create social justice” at Social Venture Partners 2017 bigBang2017


Live Tweet-Up Event on Twitter August 24th from 10-12PM – For everyone re: #SocialJusticeCLE

Case Western Reserve University students will be sharing their opinions on social justice and related community issues using #SocialJusticeCLE. Please note: The statements made are personal opinions and do not reflect Case Western Reserve University or its administration.

EYEJ #CommonGroundCLE Event – Our Youth: Social Justice, July 30th from 11:45AM to 2PM @Plymouth Church, Shaker Heights, UCC

EYEJ Meet and Greet Creative

EYEJ Mixer Flyer[3]


Poem Written Specifically for this Event by Norma McLaughlin (Williams) Nelson

March 2, 2016

I Was, I Am, I Will Be

Read by Yumi Ndhlovu on March 4, 2016 at Bridging Worlds Together

I Was, I Am, I Will Be is a half-rhyme, half free-style poem written in the “voice” of 6th through 8th grade youngsters.


Who WAS I?
A few short years ago, I was a baby—
Like each of you, like all of us!
My mother held me close to bond, she said,
And also when I made a fuss.
With few thoughts about what was ahead for me,
Her feelings of love and pride and joy
Excluded concerns for my personal safety.

Who AM I?
I’m now a near-teen or a new teen.
Will my brown-ish skin color lift me up or tear me down, or matter not at all?
I am a family member, a student and a citizen.
With independent thoughts and free-willed actions,
I often fear violence from some nearby factions.
I do have fun and hopes and dreams,
And I ask myself now, “What does it all mean?”

“But who do YOU say that I am?” ***
Parents, teachers, law enforcers, religious and community leaders, let me ask you:
Am I that energetic, inquisitive, “black” youth whose actions may seem good or bad to different people?
Am I a youngster with talent and potential who needs know-how about personal power and guidance about personal responsibility?
Recognizing the contradictions of safety for me, am I someone who needs to know how the justice system really works?
Today, my friends, your interest in me and efforts for me make me happy and hopeful because I know you want the best for me and you “have my back!”

Who WILL I Be?
To my family, I hope always to be God-made and Heaven-sent.
For myself, I will be true to my ethnicity, whatever its identity; and I will know it to be an important building block for the contributing American citizen I will become.
I will believe the last part of America’s Pledge of Allegiance which states: “. . . with liberty and justice for all.”  —and that this phrase includes ME and others like me!
In the future, I will have done my best to conquer the worlds of indifference and injustice for positive change.
And I will remember that my power to persuade others toward real justice will have been kindled by your empowerment of me through cultural awareness!

This is who I was, who I am, and who I will be!


*  The March 4th 2016 panel discussion was moderated by Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe, senior minister, Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, UCC where the event was held.  Panelists included: Eugenia Cash (ADAMHS and CMSD), Reverend Lawanza Colvin (Olivet Institutional Baptist Church), Phyllis Seven Harris (LGBT Community Center), Judge Kristin Sweeney, attorney Reggie Williams and Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams (SJI).

** Yumi Ndhlovu is an 11-year-old sixth grade pupil, a professional actress and is Mai Moore’s daughter.  Yumi appeared recently in Playhouse Square’s production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”

*** Holy Bible (NRSV), Mark 8:29.


The views and opinions of the speaker are their own and do not necessarily represent those of EYEJ. Speakers at EYEJ events, or the presence of vendors at EYEJ events, do not constitute an endorsement of the vendor or speaker's views, products or services.