Registration and Continental Breakfast

Welcome and Opening Plenary

Cyrus Taylor, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Jill Korbin, Director of Schubert Center for Child Studies

Poetry reading by Rylee Beltran, Twelve Literary Arts Youth Intern

Session 1

(Choose ONE of the following topic areas; they run concurrently)

Realizing [EARLY CHILDHOOD] Potential

MODERATOR: Rebekah Dorman, Invest in Children

Realizing [EDUCATION] Potential

MODERATOR: Victoria Jackson, Policy Matters Ohio

Raising Kids Who Give Back”

Seeking Racial Equity in School Discipline and Special Education”

Leveraging Trust At the Very Beginning”

The Path to College: Raising Expectations for all Cleveland Students”

A Family-Centered Preschool Approach in UPK”

Education as Our Modern-Day Civil Rights Struggle”

Childhood Toxic Stress, High Quality Preschool, and Resilience”

  • Meghan Salas AtwellCenter on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University

Ways to Foster Imagination, Creativity and Play in Classroom Settings”

  • Sandra RussCollege of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University 

Early Ages Healthy Stages Coalition: Working Together to Create Healthy Early Childhood Environments”

Seeds of Hope: Trauma Informed Teaching in a Juvenile Detention Center”


The Hidden Side of Childhood”


Session 2

(Choose ONE of the following topic areas; they run concurrently)

Realizing [HOME/NEIGHBORHOOD] Potential

MODERATOR: Erika Anthony, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Realizing [RELATIONSHIPS] Potential

MODERATOR: Lisa Damour, Schubert Center for Child Studies

Recognizing How Structural Barriers Create Opportunity Deserts & Strategies for Youth Economic Empowerment” 

The Open Table Model: Ending isolation, creating connections, and restoring hope for youth aging out of foster care”

 “Legacy of Disadvantage Due to Housing During Early Childhood”

  • Robert FischerJack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CWRU

Empathy as an Antidote to Violence: The Connect Model for Healthy Parent- Adolescent Attachment”

Youth as a Frontline in Violence Prevention Primary Prevention through Peer Educators in Cleveland Recreation Centers”

Family-Friendly Technology to Enhance Childhood Home Visiting”

Strong & Healthy Families as Building Blocks for Strong & Healthy Communities”

  • Muqit SaburCenter for Fatherhood and Family Dynamics

Reforming Social Welfare Policy to Support Cooperative Parenting”

Getting the Lead Out of Childhood – Legal Strategies for Fighting Lead Exposure”

Wraparound Model for Child Safety and Well-Being: New Results from an Ongoing Initiative”

Cultural Humility in Promoting Healthy Neighborhoods: The Settlement House Intergenerational Model”

African-Centered Rites of Passage: A bioecological driver of youth and community development”


Kessler-Freedheim Keynote Address:

“Finding a Path to Equity: Media’s Role in Advocating for Cleveland’s Youth”

Moderated by:

TiOlu Oresanya, City Club Youth Forum Council Chair 


Panelists Include:

Leila Atassi, Reporter, Cleveland.com
Margaret Bernstein, Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives, WKYC
Rachel Dissell, Reporter, The Plain Dealer

Co-hosted by The City Club of Cleveland. Lunch provided.


Session 3

(Choose ONE of the following topic areas; they run concurrently)

Realizing [ARTS] Potential

MODERATOR: Deidre McPherson, Cleveland Museum of Art

Realizing [HEALTH] Potential

MODERATOR: Terry Allan, Cuyahoga County Board of Health

“Sharing our poetic voices on the ‘STAGES’ of life”

Using Telehealth to Increase Access to Identifying Developmental Risk in Children”

“Creating Trauma-informed classrooms with CARE (Compassionate Arts Remaking Education)”

“The Value of YRBS Data in Building Collaborations to Improve Youth Health & Wellbeing”

  • Jean FrankPrevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods in the School of Medicine at CWRU

“The Spiral: Cleveland Public Theatre’s Dynamic Model for Arts, Education and Community Engagement”

“Empowering ‘Prevention Warriors’ to Promote Health Among LGBT Youth”

“Parenting Musically”

“A Data Informed, Collective Approach in Reducing Infant Deaths as a Community: First Year Cleveland”

“From Practice to Performance-Social Change through Music!”

“Health Leads: A Pediatric Approach to Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Adverse Childhood Experiences”

“Optimistic Voices: Engaging Hearts & Minds Through Musical Theater”

“Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness with Incarcerated Youth: Alternative Healing Practices for Trauma and Mental Health Needs”



“Girls and Grandmas”— an intergenerational drumming performance presented by the NROPI Journey Project

Networking Hour

Sponsored by United Way of Greater Cleveland


This all-day event is made possible by the generous support of the Cleveland Foundation, Dr. Donald and Gerda Freedheim, Ideastream, Dr. Jane Kessler, Saint Luke’s Foundation, and United Way of Greater Cleveland. The Schubert Center’s work is supported by the Armington, Bondy, Brisky, Hamilton, Mann, Schubert, and Wuliger endowments.