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MyCom Youth Voice Awards 2019: You Matter.

The MyCom Network is committed to igniting positive futures for youth of greater Cleveland by connecting them to quality school and community-based services to help them become young adults that can navigate and give back to their communities as productive citizens.

Each year, MyCom gives members of the community an opportunity to nominate individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact by connecting children and young adults to positive opportunities in Cuyahoga County. Nominations are accepted in the categories of Community Service, Civic Involvement, Arts, Advocacy, Youth Engagement & Youth Employment.


MyCom Youth Development Network Celebrates Exceptional Children, Young Adults, and Community Nonprofit Agencies at the Intercontinental Hotel Cleveland with Master of Ceremonies, Brandon Simmons.

Over 350 attendees honored exceptional children, young adults, and nonprofit agencies, including special recognitions for Billie Osborne-Fears of Starting Point Cleveland and John Lisy of Shaker Heights Youth Center. Performing at the awards were Karamu House, Rainey Institute, 12 Literary Ar,ts and the Mighty Cardinal Shaw High School Band. The evening was hosted by Brandon Simmons of WKYC 3 Studios.

Cleveland, OH-The MyCom Youth Voice Awards honor individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact by connecting children and young adults to positive opportunities in Cuyahoga County. Nominations are accepted in the categories of Community Service, Civic Involvement, Arts, Advocacy, Youth Engagement & Youth Employment. Nominations were received from across Cuyahoga County.

For the second year in a row, the MyCom Youth Voice Awards celebrated the best and brightest in youth development across Greater Cleveland including the 2nd honorees of both the MyCom Lifetime Legacy Award given to Billie Osborne-Fears, Executive Director of Starting Point and the MyCom Champion Honoree, John Lisy, Executive Director of the Shaker Heights Youth Center.

“Billie was honored for her lifetime work advocating for quality youth programming to ensure all children and young adults have access to quality out of school time programming. She embodied our awards theme of ‘You Matter’. John dedicated his career to helping children and young adults through his advocacy efforts and ‘championing’ their needs for the greater good,” said Kasey Morgan, MyCom Network Director.

Winners included 14-year old Dar’riel Taylor of the Central Neighborhood, Sara Continenza of Food Strong, 16-year old Felix Latimer of the Clark-Fulton Neighborhood, Famicos Foundation, and City Life Center.

During the evening, guests viewed performances by Danielle Fuller, a finalist of the 2019 Future Leaders of the World SoapBox Speech Contest, 12 Literary Arts with Mary Barrett, Deija Vinson, and Raja Belle Freeman, Karamu House, and Rainey Institute. The event closed with a heart-pounding performance by the Mighty Cardinal Shaw High School Band.

For a full list of winners, click here.

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