Our programming is focused on the 6-12th grade students of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in Cleveland, Ohio. We serve around 1,000 students total during the academic year and proudly work on behalf of our students even when school is not in session.
Here are our programs:
A 1-hour discussion series in schools across Northeast Ohio predominately in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for 6-12th graders. A specific design, where Volunteer Speakers partner together to discuss with small groups of students about topics relating to social justice such as Exploring Power & Privilege, Education, Health, Money, Community Relationships, Race & Justice and more. EYEJ’s Curriculum team provides speakers with a “speaker doc” that serves as a guide of the dedicated topic and discussion. Discussions are a favorite with both students and speakers. It provides an open and safe environment to have an honest discussion, develop critical thinking skills and foster new ideas for change. Focused on social/emotional learning. New in the 2017-2018, with the partnership of the Cleveland Institute of Art, EYEJ will hold a reflection event in May, where students will create an art piece that represents what they learned for the year in our Discussion Series. At the reflection event, where family, teachers and the community will gather. Students will present what they learned for the year, what suggestion they have the for positive change and their art piece. EYEJ will award one student in each school, the June Antoine Social Justice Warrior Award.
Furthermore for Summer Programming for 2018: EYEJ has teamed up with Progressive Arts Alliance and Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio for Camp ComicKids – where students create their own real-life SuperHero bringing together art, social justice and making their community better. EYEJ has also partnered with the City of Cleveland and their Recreation Centers to bring youth the EYEJ Discussion Series.
The EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council began in partnership with Partnership for Safer Cleveland and thanks to the Larry Doby Youth Fund in November 2017. 19 youth ages 15-25 from all across Cleveland came together to brainstorm issues, injustices and challenges they face, and their community faces. Together they created recommendations for solutions for these issues in the areas of Toxic Stress, Police/Youth Relationships and Youth Independency (Life Skills) and presented them Chief Williams of the Cleveland Police and over 100 high-level Clevelanders. They continue their work in 2019, by implementing the recommendations. Thanks to the Tegna Foundation for supporting them in 2019. For more information, click here.
DSJ is an online, safe, membership and points based tool for educators who may have or integrate social justice based curriculum into their school setting. DSJ allows for students from all over the world to discuss various social justice topics online. For more information, please contact us directly for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.