AMERICA SCORES CLEVELAND

Write. Play. ACHIEVE.

Cleveland, OH   |  www.americascorescleveland.org

Mission

America SCORES Cleveland inspires urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.

America SCORES Cleveland serves the Cleveland Metropolitan School District located within Cleveland, Ohio.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Debra Pence-Meyenberg

Main address

3631 Perkins Avenue, Unit 2CE

Cleveland, OH 44114 USA

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Formerly known as

Cleveland SCORES

EIN

20-0500153

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Performing Arts (A60)

Soccer Clubs/Leagues (N64)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Although Cleveland is undergoing revitalization, the opportunity to achieve one’s full potential is not yet available to all of our youth. Cleveland is a city where 51% of children under age 18 still live in poverty, the highest child poverty rate nationally of any city with a population of more than 250,000. Of those children, we serve students in Cleveland Public Schools where only 36% of third graders scored “proficient” on the state reading test, and only 17% of 8th grade students passed the ELA state test. Compounding the gaps in academic performance, a 17-year study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health revealed youth from low socioeconomic backgrounds are more likely to be overweight compared with their peers in higher socioeconomic standing. These gaps are not a reflection of our children’s potential. When provided with high quality opportunities to develop, such as SCORES, students can achieve at high levels and close the gaps in their academic and physical activity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Literacy & Health Programming

Our program is unique in providing curriculum-guided programming for children in historically marginalized neighborhoods for 20 weeks, 4 days per week; utilizing a teamwork based model that translates success on the soccer field into achievements in the classroom; addressing children’s academic and physical health needs; hiring and training public school teachers to serve as writing and soccer “coaches”; and effectively enhancing parental involvement and the community-wide network of communication and connection.

America SCORES Cleveland serves 750 youth in K-8 schools within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. 100% of Cleveland students are considered “economically disadvantaged”. 

In a safe, enriching after-school environment, America SCORES targets the dual challenges confronting urban children in one of the nation’s poorest cities: declining literacy rates and increasing obesity rates. America SCORES' unique formula of soccer and poetry encourages our poet-athletes to get outside and exercise, to write and use their voice, to be both leaders and team players, and to discover their own potential as contributors to our community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICA SCORES CLEVELAND

Board of directors
as of 9/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lyle Leavitt

Ohio Savings Bank

Term: 2018 - 2024

Mairghread Mukeredzi

KeyBank

Meredith Holt

ExceleraRx

Adam Zelwin

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLp

Gordon Bell

Medical Mutual

Jeff Boehling

Ernst & Young

Steve Friedman

Squire Patton Boggs LLP

John Hullibarger

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Ivor Kiwi

Risk International Benefits Advisors

Laura Mimura

KeyBank

Scott Snider

Snider Premier Growth

Christian Trudell

KeyCorp

Brett Schumacher

KPMG

Jeff Pacini

LEGENDS & The Ohio State University

Joseph Reines

KeyBanc Capital Markets

Mason Oatey

Oatey Company

Amanda O'Neil

Lubrizol

Lyle Leavitt

Ohio Savings Bank

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/21/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/19/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.