Approach & Partners

How We Do What We Do

MyCom prepares Greater Cleveland’s young people to enter early adulthood with the ability to foster healthy relationships throughout their lives and the skills to compete in a global economy.

We believe that youth development is community development and by building a network of support and growth opportunities for our youth we are strengthening our broader community.

MyCom’s work is neighborhood based; focused around our youth, building partnerships, bringing in new and leveraged resources to create opportunity and meet neighborhood identified strategies and needs.  Additionally MyCom takes a systems based approach as we engage large community wide systems; education, law enforcement, libraries, Metroparks, as well as others to work towards a future where are youth are successful, productive community members.



Our Network is centered on our youth and 19 Greater Cleveland neighborhoods.

The Network convenes city and county government, United Way services, family and youth focused agencies, school officials, philanthropic leaders and young people.

Network Lead Agencies contribute expertise, resources and administrative support to promote the core components of the network: Community Mobilization, Communication, Advocacy and Evaluation in Youth Engagement, Youth Employment, Out of School Time Opportunities and Education.

Out of School Time

Starting Point is the lead agency to develop the repository of services, identify gaps and barriers to services and provide technical assistance to programs and organizations. A resource and referral service for after school and summer youth programs is now available to the public by calling 216-575-0061 or clicking here for the Out of School Time Program Locator for Cuyahoga County.


Buckeye Thornton is the lead agency in the area of Advocacy. Voices works with various partners to provide MyCom with advocacy, media relations and training. Voices provides opportunities for youth to learn about advocacy and interact with State and local legislators.

Youth Employment

Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) is the lead agency for Youth Employment. This component emphasizes summer employment, year-round employment, plus career development and exploration for youth ages 14-24. The Cleveland Foundation, County and City partners, businesses, and Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) have worked together to leverage dollars for summer youth employment.


MyCom believes education is primary to our youth being successful. The Intermediary works to engage local school districts around education and social emotional goals and priorities to make sure that programming being offered in each community supports district goals.