MyCom is a network of people who believe youth development is a direct path to healthy, safe communities for everyone. We build strengths in young people and their neighborhoods by connecting existing programs and resources, and funding opportunities for positive growth. We also encourage all sectors of society to take responsibility for children’s development and transition into productive adulthood.

Our Vision (What the world would look like if we are wildly successful).

All youth are successfully transitioning into early adulthood.

Our Mission

To connect young people in Greater Cleveland with positive experiences and caring adults they need to lead good lives, supplementing the parenting and education of our youth.

Core Values

  • Youth Voice
    • Youth will have input to our work, always.
  • Transparency
    • We will be transparent in how we impact positive youth development.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
    • We only succeed by embracing and celebrating the diversity and inclusion of our partners, neighborhoods, and youth.
  • Youth Development IS Community Development
    • Positive youth development enables our economy to succeed today and in the future.
  • Caring Adults are Crucial
    • All youth should be able to identify at least one caring adult in their life outside of their family.
  • Measuring Our Impact
    • Annually, we will invest resources to measure our impact towards our mission.

Our History:

In 2006, the Cleveland Foundation undertook research to identify and evaluate existing programs and services for youth in Greater Cleveland. Based on its findings, the foundation convened many key community partners to create an effective system to support our young people. Cuyahoga County government stepped up early and in a big way, with $3.4 million and a commitment to manage day-to-day operations of MyCom through its Family & Children First Council.

Today, this youth movement – MyCom – aims to inspire and prepare Greater Cleveland’s young people, kindergarten through graduation, to reach their full potential and become good citizens. It exposes kids to a variety of activities and experiences that allow them to explore new interests and learn new skills. It connects them to a network of caring and committed adults – teachers, mentors, employers, and others – who offer guidance and encouragement.