In the wake of Independence Day, we would like to take the time to explain why EYEJ believes that different types of education will be key to developing Cleveland youth […]
In the wake of Independence Day, we would like to take the time to explain why EYEJ believes that different types of education will be key to developing Cleveland youth into productive leaders of society who can continue the process of re-building the city.
First, access to education is necessary for personal development. However, educational institutions alone cannot always provide students with connections to their greater community. This is where EYEJ comes in. We connect students to diverse, successful leaders in Cleveland so they have a variety of examples of what they can accomplish in the future. Additionally, some students struggle to consistently engage with classroom materials. As Gerald Graff points out in “Hidden Intellectualism,” getting students to think about their own interests–whether they be art, sports, cars, fashion, or anything else–through an academic lens that encourages them to think, analyze, and respond to others can lead to personal development. EYEJ’s speaker series accomplishes this task by introducing students to professionals in different backgrounds. This move can pique student curiosity and encourage them to consider new perspectives and grow as critical thinkers. A link to Graff’s full article can be found here: http://bit.ly/29cBxC3
We look forward to learning ourselves, from our volunteers, partners, and the youth we work with, so that we can grow and better serve the needs of our community. This summer has come with a lot of developments so far, and we’re excited to make sure the rest it is fulfilling and productive, as well!