Cleveland is the nation’s 2nd poorest big city, according to the 2014 Census. Yet, many great nonprofit resources exist for families to experience upward mobility. So why is there a problem? There is a huge gap between great community resources and families awareness of them. This causes families who are pushing to get out of poverty, stuck in a endless cycle, lacking a support system to help. What is the solution? Enter PushNation, a student movement since 2008 that has already supported 40 families. PushNation exist to train college students, to work side by side with low income families for a year. Doing what? 3 students per family giving weekly relationship support, through helping parents navigate a web of nonprofit resources and mentoring children. What is the goal at the year’s end of service? For families to push themselves towards self-sufficiency.
- January-April: Use $25,000 marketing budget raised to secure rest of $425,000 by April
- May: Finalize recruitment of staff
- June: Hire staff
- July: Establish partnerships with local nonprofits to become service providers for Push families. & Establish partnerships with Northeast Ohio universities to become feeder institutions for students, in order for students to receive full academic credit for year-long service with families.
- September-October: Train 300 students-bring in outside professional trainer for six weekly intensive training camps
- November: Canvass target neighborhood
- December: Select families
- January ’16: Launch year long service with 100 families
why we’re doing it
One of out every three Cleveland residents live in poverty, nearly 50% of Cleveland children are in poverty. Central, PushNation’s target neighborhood, Central, is above a 70% poverty rate. Yet, there are a growing number of private & public resources for low income families, in Cleveland. However, many nonprofits are frustrated from low program enrollments and families frustrated with not knowing where to look. Push’s year long service, by matching three trained students per family bridges this gap. Our ultimate work is to see PushNation become a nationwide movement of students, mobilized to help families push out of poverty.