Let’s Partner

Are you an organization, group, church, social club or synagogue?


The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t altered EYEJ’s mission to engage Cleveland’s youth in vital social discourse and empower them to become advocated for change. YODJ: Youth Online Discussing Justice groups are still meeting on a monthly basis, virtually, through a new program called Youth Online Discussing Justice (YODJ). Like the in-person YODJ: Youth Online Discussing Justice, YODJ affords public school students in grades 6 through 12 the opportunity to meet regularly with trained professionals to engage on a wide array of topics of direct utility and genuine meaning, in a judgement-free setting. At this time, EYEJ has a relationship with 13 schools and four recreation centers in Cleveland.

Youth Online Discussing Justice (YODJ) connects students in grades 6 through 12 with necessary resources for day-to-day life and puts them in direct engagement with diverse professionals trained in the development of
emotional learning. Guests including local community members, peers, and any one of 650 other volunteers meet with students in a safe, intimate environment that encourages honesty on difficult subjects. Curriculum has been tested over time to be of practical value and prepare students for school and the future. The 10-week program consists of seven weeks in a YODJ: Youth Online Discussing Justice and three weeks in a Reflection Event.

Volunteer Speakers and Discussion Coordinators work together to present a non-lecture style, 1 hour 45 minutes session, (1 hour with students and 45 minutes of pre and post work with the EYEJ team) where they and the
youth engage in issues through discussions, activities, and reflection. In an effort to directly impact school attendance, reduce suspensions, and amplify youths’ voices, our topics address the areas of self-love, strategies
for achieving confidence, respect for others, advocacy and civic engagement, and community strength.

Find out more about the roles and opportunities available within the group partnership program for the YODJ: Youth Online Discussing Justice.  Contact hello@eyej.org



Are you a college or university?


EYEJ amplifies the voices of teens and pre-teens by connecting them to respected adults for interactive discussions on social justice. In our YODJ: Youth Online Discussing Justice, we engage in open dialogue on critical topics including toxic stress, jobs and entrepreneurship, health, and youth-police relationships. Now we’re looking for people to help us start new conversations.

Our YODJ: Youth Online Discussing Justice Speakers visit or connect with several Cleveland schools every month and lead one-hour, frank discussions with students in grades six through 12. They use established speaker guides grounded in the EYEJ curriculum but are free to cite personal stories, experiences, and expertise to create authentic, dynamic conversations. Each month is devoted to a unique theme addressing a social justice issue relevant to the young people of Cleveland.

YODJ: Youth Online Discussing Justice Coordinators observe and take notes at discussion events and handle paperwork including sign-in sheets, activity handouts, and surveys. Coordinators are permitted to take part in conversations, if able, but also must note important comments and take photos. Throughout each month, speakers also act as Social Meda Ambassadors, highlighting key
moments in their events across EYEJ social media pages and on the EYEJ blog. They also complete reports following their events and contribute to EYEJ social media in general. This is an excellent opportunity to lead conversation and gain experience as a change-maker.

Like YODJ Speakers, Coordinators complete reports after each event and contribute photos, discussion takeaways, and other relevant observations across EYEJ’s social media platforms. In this way, they, too, act as , bolstering EYEJ’s online presence and advancing the discussion online. This is another way to lead the conversation and gain experience as a change-maker in the community.

Find out more about the roles and opportunities available within the UIP program for the YODJ: Youth Online Discussing Justice. Contact hello@eyej.org


Are you a company that encourages team building and involvement in the community?


To partner with EYEJ is to have a positive influence on Cleveland’s schools, young people, and community members. Whether you choose to support us with financial sponsorship from $500 to $50,000, participate as a group for a team-building or volunteer experience, or help us develop curriculum content for our EYEJ Speaks Series, you will have a profound impact on the young people of Cleveland. 

For more information, please contact hello@eyej.org