Uptown Residents SOAR

TCB’s work in Avondale is part of a broad range of community building activity from an array of partners working to restore Avondale as a community of choice and great opportunity. Recently, two such efforts were featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati’s job readiness program, called SOAR (Solid Opportunities for Advancement and Retention) recently produced twenty new graduates who live in the Uptown neighborhoods and had been unemployed  The graduates are already finding new opportunities and challenges unfolding: some are headed into Urban League’s pre-apprenticeship construction program, while others are in the interview process for jobs at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Meanwhile, a rewarding partnership between the Avondale Youth Council, Children’s Hospital, and students at the UC College of Nursing connects Youth Council members with vision and health screening, access to eyeglasses or hearing aids, and weekly mentoring. It is a private, community-based partnership that has taken shape over the last few months, filling an important gap in publicly funded programs and giving youth greater chances to succeed in school.

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