Youth Connect 216

MyCom's Youth Connect 216 was created to build youth engagement and bring a youth voice to the issues facing our young adults across Greater Cleveland.

The vision of Youth Connect 216 is all young adults successfully employed.

The mission of Youth Connect 216 is to research and understand why high potential youth are disconnected, design strategies to engage with them, and connect them to positive opportunities that will enrich their lives.

The target audience are "high potential youth" who are defined as young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age, across Greater Cleveland who are not working, in school, or connected to a training program.

If you have questions about the Youth Connect 216, please email Ysian Hassel at: Ysian Hassel Email or via phone at: (216) 440-9528.

Youth Connect 216 Members & Quotes that Inspire Them

  • Ashley Welch

"I have learned over the years hat when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear." Rosa Parks

  • Ladawn Young
  • Fanon Miller
"Service to others is the rate you pay for your room here on earth." Muhammad Ali
  • Lauren Holloway

"Practice does not make perfect, it makes improvement."

  • Lauren Pritchett
"I'm here for a good time, not a long time."


  • Christopher (Chris) Bridge - Washington University
  • Elijah Dorroh - Harvard University
  • Toussaint Miller -  Harvard University


  • “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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