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This is not a game of chance‌

this is life.


START Board of Directors: Ms. Leslie Gicei, Chair Dr. Mike Wells, Vice Chair Ms. Jackie Smith , Secretary

Mr. Don Kuhn, Treasurer Ms. Barbara Graham Mr. Bill Hamilton

Mr. Greg Helms Rev. Don King Mr. Jack D. Thomas, Sr.

Leadership Staff: Rev. Mark Brauer, Director Rev. Ralph W. Pitman, Associate Director

2006 Youth Employment Program (YEP) Staff: Valerie Czerwien, Program Director Duane Brown, Data Specialist Helena Miller, Job Placement Mary Paxton, Job Placement Lucious Terrell, Case Manager Karen Florence, Case Manager

2006 Westhaven Youth Shelter (WYS) Staff: Dr. Mark Hamm, Program Director Lynda Garvin, LISW, Clinical Supervisor Yvonne Aufmuth, LSW, Case Manager Julie Rowan, House/Office Manager Marilyn Collins, House/Aftercare Manager Bill Andrejcak, House/After-hours Manager Durrell Davis, Facilities Manager Supplemental House Managers: Patricia Brashear Kenyetta King Brenda Knight Judy Townsend Harry Washington Mansi Dasai, Intern

2006 Youth Re-Entry Program (YRP) Staff: Kandi Withers, Program Director Wanda Jacobs-Aaron, Office Manager Case Managers: Dwight Lewis Mandy Shedrick Kyle Withers Johnnie Shedrick, Childcare Supervisor William Calvin, Life Skills Coordinator Michelle Morris, Operations Manager James Howard, Operations Manager Childcare Workers: Lee Carter Michael Crawford Jackie Forte Craig Fowler Ronzello Harris Melvin Irby Dwayne Jacobs Karen Jones Juan Pope Jerry Rugley Cynthia Torian Tiffany Watson

2006 After School Prevention Resources (ASPR) Staff: Gary Mazzeo, Program Director Christina Johnson, Youth Coordinator

“And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.” Zechariah 7.14-8.10 These words of the biblical prophet Zechariah describe a community in which children have their rightful place. They have the opportunity to do what children naturally want and need to do: play. In far too many cases, however, the lives of children don’t involve enough of this healthy play. Rather, for them life is playing a game of chance. For some, playing this game means coming home to an empty house after school day after day and taking the chance that they won’t be lured into trouble having no adult supervision. For some, it’s about being in another foster home and opening themselves up yet again and taking the chance that they might be rejected. For others, it’s dropping out of school after much frustration and taking a chance that there might be a job or something else more meaningful. When teens come to the programs of Support To At-Risk Teens (START), they take a chance yet again. This time it’s in a positive direction. The dedicated START staff members seek to remove some of the element of chance in the lives of these young people. The chances of being in harm’s way are lessened when there is a safe and nurturing place to be during after-school hours for teens like Versie. Making a living wage is no longer a matter of chance for April after becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant. The odds of George establishing healthy relationships are much better after addressing his personal problems. And Darnell is far more likely to be a working, productive citizen because of the help he received to finish his education and the basic life skills training to assist him in making the transition to living independently. Less of a game of chance. More chances at life. The programs of START partner with numerous foundations and public agencies: Cuyahoga County Departments of Children & Family Services, Workforce Development, Justice Affairs, and the Juvenile Court as well as the City of Cleveland’s Departments of Workforce Development and Community Development, and the Cleveland and Akron Regions of the Ohio Department of Youth Services. We are grateful for all of you and the many ways in which you support this ministry with the youth of our community. Thank you.

Ms. Leslie Gicei, Board Chair

Rev. Mark Brauer, Director

After School Prevention Resources began implementation of the Youth Program Quality Assessment (Youth PQA) to assess the quality of ASPR in order to provide the best service possible for youth participants. icy nd pol a s r e d ics to ial fun Potent s want statist youth maker e quality of s on fect te th evalua s and their ef . ts m progra th participan u yo i on revent ers P l o o h c tn After S (ASPR) par d of un rces Resou Armington F ion to e at with th eland Found e the v e sur the Cl to mea esses of y a w find a and weakn al physic hs t d g n n a e r l t s ica m. cholog progra the psy ment of the n enviro es. 3 spac d r a w for Move

The assessment is based on exchanges between students, staff and the physical environment. These exchanges are evaluated and scored focusing on safe environment, supportive environment, interaction and engagement. Youth PQA will help ASPR enhance its ability to help reduce the risk of participation in delinquent behavior and/ or use of alcohol and other drugs by youth who are socially and economically disadvantaged. ASPR served 304 youth ages 11-17 in 2006. One of ASPR’s most successful participants is Versie. When Versie was 13, friends invited her to join them at After School Prevention Resources. ASPR became a safe, fun place to go to study, spend time with friends and participate in fun activities such as music, art, basketball and pool. She formed strong relationships with the staff and says she can always go to them when she needs someone to talk to. Versie claims that without ASPR, she would have lost her focus on her education. Versie graduated high school as an “A” student and is the first member of her family to attend college. She continues her academic excellence as a student at Cleveland State University where she aspires to a career in education or nursing. She remains motivated to make good choices guided by her top three priorities in life: her education, her family and her church. She still visits ASPR today.





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START’s Youth Employment Program (YEP) partners with Catapult Learning and Berea Children’s Home and Family Services in a collaboration called the Youth One-Stop Center. The One-Stop Center is the largest Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funded program. Rather than competing for limited funds, the three agencies work together to help youth overcome barriers to education and employment. In 2003, Cuyahoga County WIA Youth programs passed zero out of seven Outcomes/ Performance Measures. In 2004, after one full year of the contract with the Youth One-Stop Center, the County passed six out of seven. All of the performance measures were successfully achieved in 2006. As the largest WIA Youth provider, the One Stop Center contributed significantly to this success. Working in partnership, the three programs of the One Stop Center offer pre-employment training, self-sufficiency skills training, career exploration, job placement assistance and counseling. YEP helped 205 out-of-school youth (ages 16-21) further their education and obtain employment in 2006. April was 20 years old with two children and another on the way. She came to the One-Stop Center in search of a better way of life. Thanks to her hard work and the dedication of the staff, she was able to complete the life skills program, obtain her GED and became a Certified Nursing Assistant. The collaboration made it possible for her obtain all the services and support at one location.


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There are youth in the justice system in need of shelter care. Westhaven receives certification by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services as a Group Home for children to be eligible to serve these youth. Move forward 2 spaces.

In January, 2006, Westhaven received certification by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services as a Group Home for children. This allows Westhaven to serve an additional population of youth that are referred by Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court for shelter care. Youth in these types of situations need a safe place to stay but do not require a secured environment. George had been exposed to domestic violence as a child. By the time he was a teen, he continued the cycle of abuse by becoming violent towards his mother. The violence was heightened by his poor anger management skills and dependency on alcohol. After reviewing his history of domestic violence, the juvenile court placed George at Westhaven in the winter of 2006. When he arrived, George was in denial about his problems. He often spoke of his plans to get drunk and avoided any attempts to repair his relationship with his mother. The staff focused their efforts on George’s anger management and chemical dependency. During his stay he began to bond with the staff and learned how to develop and maintain healthy male relationships. His attitude began to change and he made steps towards overcoming his past. Within weeks, he entered into a rehabilitation program, admitting he had a problem and knowing this was the best thing he could do. He began re-establishing his relationship with his mother and continued to have a relationship with the staff at Westhaven. In 2006, Westhaven provided a safe, nurturing environment and support services to 189 youth who are homeless, awaiting permanent placement through foster care or working towards reunification with their families.


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Youth Re-Entry Program staff and clients recently moved to a new home in Lakewood. Previously located in downtown Cleveland, program staff and the START Board made the decision to relocate after careful consideration. The newly remodeled efficiency suites offer many advantages, including the opportunity for participants to have their own living space. This increases their accountability, sense of ownership and level of responsibility. One participant who truly blossomed after the move to Lakewood was Darnell. He had been in foster care most of his life, moving from home to home and never staying in one school for a complete year. He joined YRP a month before the move in April, 2006. Prior to the move, he was failing school and it was doubtful he would even obtain his GED. Darnell received tutoring from Lakewood High School teachers, began passing all of his classes, and was on track to graduate from Lakewood High School in January, 2008. YRP offers services to help troubled youth overcome their past and move towards a better future, including: life skills training, mental health and health services, case management, job placement assistance, academic assistance, recreational activities and social services. The program helped prepare 70 youth to be independent and self-sufficient in adulthood in 2006.


Your generosity means so much... ABCO Fire Protection, Inc. Advent Lutheran Church Bruce Agneberg All Saints Lutheran, Olmsted Falls Ruth M. Anderson Anonymous Armington Fund Yvonne Aufmuth Irene Auping Christina Barry Roldo Bartimole & Ann Abid Mary Benzel Bethel Lutheran Ladies Aid, Willowick Bethel Lutheran, Willowick Doris Bicker Rev. Sherman Bishop & Deb Yandala Catherine Bleck Patricia Brashear Rev. Mark Brauer Dr. Warren & Linda Brauer Kenneth & Polly Burns Charter One Bank Guy Chisolm, III Church of the Redeemer UCC Citizens Bank Cleveland Foundation Community West Foundation Hon. Colleen Cooney Crossroads Foundation Tom Cunniff & Linda Thurston Dorothy Dudgeon Episcopal Diocese of Ohio Dorothy Fike Laura Fine Firelands Media Group LLC First Evangelical Lutheran, Strongsville Scott Flamm Gayle Gardiner Lynda & Gary Garvin Kathryn Ann George Leslie Gicei Anonymous Gloria Dei Lutheran, Hudson Grace Episcopal, Willoughby Linda Graham Norelle Gress Mary Lynne Grove Gretchen Hallerberg

Elizabeth Harden Van Den Bogert Herman & Martha Hasselbrack Carolyn Hayek Greg & Katie Helms Phyllis Helms Meloney Karos Herrick Gwynne Hole Fred Hollenberg Hosanna Lutheran, Columbia Station Catherine & William Howell Rev. Ralph & Susie Hughley Hyland Software Richard & Justine Jensen Mary Kathryn Keefe & Paul Imm Dr. Jay Kiefer & Mary Whaley Kiefer Beverly & Howard King James & Eleanor Klann Jill Koubal Susan & Gary Krech Eleanor Krongold Don & Dottie Kuhn Ronald & Carolyn Lang LAOS - Lutheran Agencies Organized in Service Louise Lawler Amanda & Dr. Steven Lietman Rev. Paula Maeder Connor Mary Malone Jim McAuley Louise McDonald Avril McInally Dr. Tom & Marilyn McLaughlin Lois McNabb Lucy Meacham Eileen Miller MRK Technologies Julianne Nader Jim Nesper Rev. Ralph & Jane Pitman Presbytery of the Western Reserve John & Norine Prim Prince of Peace, Westlake Dr. Michael Rabovsky & Laurel Linden Charles & Sharon Raquet Reuter Foundation Dr. Edward Rockwood Mr. & Mrs. Elroy A Rode Deb Rossbach


Sharon & Ed Salyi Lorraine Schuchart & Rob Hartshorn Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Schwartz Susan & Dr. William Seitz Walter Senney Mike Sering Drs. Beth & Chris Sersig Jack & Ruth Severiens Jan Shaffer Shore Haven Lutheran, Euclid Yvonne & Rufus Sims Catherine Sinko Peggy Skelly Edward and Betty Sloat Foundation Barbara & John Smithrick St. John Lutheran Women's League, Garfield Heights St. John Lutheran, Strongsville St. John Lutheran, Garfield Heights St. Paul’s Community Church, Cleveland St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran, Berea Arthur & Wynn Stang Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, GivingPlus Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, NW Cuyahoga Chapter David & Katherine Tiemann Sarah M. Tremont Trinity Lutheran Church Men, Lakewood Rev. John & Jean Uhle United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland Vantage Financial Group, Inc. Daniel J. Vician Carl & Barbara Alm Vinson Wegman, Hessler, & Vanderburg Cheryl Weinstein Sharon Weitzenhof Patricia Whaley Wild Oats Market Frank & Esther Williamson Shawn & Allen Wilson Jean & Claude Wimer Ruth M. Woehrmann Janet R. Wolf Women of Concordia Lutheran, Independence Gloria Yaeger Donna Zimmerman

Balance Sheet January 1-December 31, 2006 (audited) Current Assets Net Property & Equipment Other Assets Total Assets Current Liabilities Long Term Liabilities Net Assets Total Liabilities & Net Assets


$763,388 $95,641 $20,027 $879,056 $1,338,184 $31,774 -$490,902

Foundations 2% Individuals & Churches 3%

Government 90%

Other 5%



Revenue Individuals & Churches Foundations Government Other Income Total Revenue

$62,415 $49,622 $1,888,171 $104,615 $2,104,823

Benefits 9%

Office & Operating 3% Program & Occupancy 35%

Wages & Taxes 49% Professional Fees 4%

Expenses Wages & Taxes Benefits Office & Operating Program & Occupancy Professional Fees Total Expenses

$1,174,308 $224,011 $64,554 $833,459 $99,138 $2,395,470


Program 91%

Functional Expenses Program Management & General Fundraising

$2,168,569 $191,975 $34,926

A delay in the start of new contracts for Westhaven and not realizing the positive results of Youth Re-entry’s move to Lakewood until July were the prime causes of the year’s financial loss.

Management & General 8% Fundraising 1%

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