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One big idea could change everything. 

Our blog provides the opportunity for The Innovation Mission fellows and staff to share their journey, offering insight into how they use innovation to grow a big idea that can tackle poverty.

Read the latest:


March 30, 2018

College mentoring made easy

By Bill Leamon, college and career coach, Notre Dame College

With only 15 percent of Cleveland’s low-income, first-generation students who go to college achieving their dream of earning a diploma, the 85 percent who drop out of college will be no more prepared than before to pursue a career. 


March 14, 2018

Tackling child poverty by offering keys to degrees

By Penny Smith, Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at NEOMED and CEO of Alegria Technologies and Consulting

The current overall unemployment rate for Ohio is about 5.7 percent. Current job training and workforce programs generally are not targeted to non-custodial parents. If these individuals had better awareness of and access to gainful employment, they may be better motivated to support their child financially.


February 23, 2018

Facing eviction? Good luck getting a lawyer.

By Hazel Remesch, supervising attorney at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

If housing is a basic human need, why isn’t legal representation to preserve an individual’s housing a basic right?


 

Meet the Fellows

Dabney Conwell, vice president, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging; executive director, Rose Centers for Aging Well

Julie Cortes, senior attorney, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Bill Leamon, college and career coach, Notre Dame College

Hazel Remesch, supervising attorney of the housing practice, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Penny Smith, assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine at NEOMED and CEO of Alegria Technologies and Consulting