MyCom Program Partner Focus: Young Men Growing

June 10, 2023

MyCom Program Partner Focus: Young Men Growing

Throughout the 2022-2023 school year, MyCom invested funds and human resource capital into several community program partners with a focus on developing our young adults.

One of our program partners is Young Men Growing.

Young Men Growing or YMG, is a non-profit focused on the enrichment and support of young black males ages 11-18. YMG provides time and space for guided conversation centering on relevant topics such as Social Emotional Learning, Leadership Development, Financial Literacy and Community engagement. YMG partners with Third Federal to present important concepts of Financial Literacy through guided activities, as well as our own Financial Literacy Program that has been recently developed specifically with our young men in mind.

Over the 2022-2023 school year, the young men participated in 40 virtual Zoom sessions, 2 In-person sessions, and six in-person field trips.

The field trips included Edwin's Restaurant, where the young men had the opportunity to cook with the chief in the galley kitchen; after they had the opportunity to prepare and cook the food, the young men were able to sit down in the restaurant and eat what they cooked.

Another field trip for the young men was learning the fundamentals of golf through the non-profit organization First-Tee of Cleveland. This was the first time a large percentage of the young men had the chance to stand on a golf course.

YMG attended two Cavs Games and one Cleveland Charge Game. They also participated in the NEO Stem event at the Rocket mortgage arena. They attended the Black and Beyond Male Summit at Akron University, where the young men could hear and meet the newly appointed Cleveland Mayor, the Honorable Justin Bibb.

YMG conducted a Financial Enrichment Field Trip. The field trip included visits to the federal reserve bank in downtown Cleveland and an Erie Banks branch in Seven Hills, Ohio, where the young men had the opportunity to meet the Regional Vice President, Community Relationship Manager, and branch manager. These three men ate lunch with the young men and discussed the difference between being wealthy and being rich.

YMG started in 2017, and a good number of the young men who began with them in 2017 were graduating from high school in 2023. To demonstrate their belief in them, YMG paid for all their prom expenses and gave each young man $1,000.00 check towards their college expenses.

MyCom congratulates the young men and celebrates our partnership with Young Men Growing!

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  • “MyCom Youth Development Initiative aims to engage via education, such amazing out-of-school opportunities as they recognize that youth who are bullied are more likely to feel disconnected from school."
    Curtis Benjamin
  • "MyCom has extended hundreds of youth exceptional opportunities to grow, expand their knowledge and express their voice in so many ways. I can honestly say that the youth are not the only ones who are learning, growing and having wonderful exposure opportunities. This adult is a beneficiary of countless blessing as well."
    Brenda Pryor
    MyCom Coordinator
  • "It was amazing, and really made me think of my community more, and how I can change it"
    Brandan Newton
    Anton Grdina FLOW Participant

MyCom will enact our mission with race and equality at the forefront of our work as we always have. We will use our thought-leadership, funding, advocacy, and network to redesign service delivery. Together we will rethink infrastructure and create solutions that eliminate access to healthcare, cyclical poverty, access to quality education, housing stability, and other barriers that have impacted black lives.

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