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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: Attracting college students/graduates to northeast ohio

Programs: In this fiscal year, sotc recruited 72 talented students from cwru, colgate, cornell, denison, owu, smith, u chicago, and yale for summer internships and an immersion in cleveland experience with the goal of attaining a "brain gain" for northeast ohio. Since 2003, 102 sotc participants have moved to ne ohio following graduation

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our program continues to grow and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer. We have attracted over 70 college graduates to Cleveland now for graduate study and employment since we launched ths program. We continue to attract new employers which are the lifeblood of this program, as we typically receive 10 applications for every position that our employes post. Summer on the Cuyahoga is thriving!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program addresses the challenge of "brain gain" in Northeast Ohio by bringing high-powered college students to Cleveland for a summer immersion expeience. Our program, acceptance into which is highly competitive, provides paying internships which often present college students with their initial exposure to the world of work. We deliver leadership development training through interaction with local alumni, business, political, cultural and civic leaders. Participants enjoy social and recreational opportunities which promote their appreciation of why Northeast Ohio is an attractive place to live and work. We have served hundreds of students from elite universities including Yale, CWRU, Cornell, Smith, Colgate, U of Chicago, Harvard and Princeton over the last eight summers. Over 60 of these young people subsequently returned to Cleveland after graduation for advanced study and/or jobs.

Every year, we survey the students at the beginning and end of the summer regarding their perceptions of Cleveland. Every year, the results identify a dramatic improvement in participants' regard for this region. We believe that the willingness of over 60 postgraduates to choose Cleveland for their next stop in life offers compelling proof of the value and impact of our program.

Our board consists of alumni representatives from the participating schools. We have worked hard to develop and refine our operating and financial models to ensure the sustainability of our program. We have drawn attention at the national and international levels; Yale alumni have implemented similar programs in eight other US cities. Yale University sponsors programs inspired by this model in London, China and other major international centers.

SOTC took this program model from a single-university concept to one involving multi-school partnerships. As this approach takes hold elsewhere, the significance of our innovation has been noted by our current and prospective partners, in Cleveland and around the world.

Review from Guidestar

Ashley S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a double-alumni of SOTC in 2008 & 2009. As a student at CWRU, I didn't get off campus much during the school year. SOTC not only connected me with two awesome internships (an environmental non-profit and Tri-C), but it really opened my eyes to the city around me. The summers were jam-packed from biking the towpath, City Club lunches, behind the scenes tours at the zoo, and of course Lolly the Trolly. I currently live and work in Cleveland, and SOTC is a large part of the reason why I do.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

SOTC is a wonderful program and has truly impacted my life. Through my participation, I had the opportunity to discover my career goals, meet and become friends with bright students from across the country, and learn more about my home town. Because of SOTC, I received an internship with a company I built a strong relationship with and grew to love. I learned the type of work I truly enjoy and returned to this company the following summer.The organization also sponsored various networking events where I had the chance to not only meet new people, but also learn about the various opportunities available to me. One information session we had with a consulting firm particularly sparked my interest, and in turn I looked more into this field. As a recent college graduate, I am now working as a consultant. Additionally, the program sponsored events for the students to explore Cleveland and to gain appreciation for the city. Although I've lived here all my life, I definitely learned a lot more about what my city has to offer. Overall, the organization has had a large influence on me, that I'm sure the leadership never expected, and it deserves to be recognized for its many successes.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

As a life long Clevelander, I thought I knew everything about my home town. Participating in Summer on the Cuyahoga really opened my eyes to new places and experiences in the city. As a Case student, I was ready to leave home after college and try something new. SOTC helped change my perception and made me want to be a part of reversing the "brain drain" trend of Northeast Ohio. I gained valuable work experience in my preferred field, and secured a full time job with that company upon graduation. The professional and personal contacts I made through this program are priceless, and four years later, I'm still here.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a member of the SOTC Board of Directors since Colgate University first became one of the participating schools in 2003. SOTC is a small, but efficient, non-profit that runs an exceptional program with just a few staff and a tight budget. We have seen the direct, and indirect, impact of bringing talented youth to Cleveland, and exposing them to the riches of our region. Cleveland, and Northeast Ohio, has so much to offer and this program brings bright, energetic students to this region for a unique, challenging summer immersion experience. The program doesn't just offer internships - although that certainly is the core of the program. SOTC offers unique insight into not only the best of the Cleveland, but the challenges as well. Cleveland is in critical need of recruiting talented leaders to settle here after college. This program provides that crucial pipeline.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son participated in this program 2 years ago. He truly enjoyed learning more about the City of Cleveland, how the PUC works , participating in the "Green Conference", and helping with city beautification projects. It was a truly worthwhile internship which helped refine his writing skills and public work skills. He met several students from other schools who he still keeps in contact with. SOTC is a wonderful program with constructive opportunities for students from a variety of schools. I hope it will continue to grow and attract students from all over the U.S.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am an alum from one of the member schools. Summer on the Cuyahoga has energized our alumni group, but more importantly, more than 50 of the interns who spent the summer here were so impressed with Cleveland and all that it has to offer that they returned here after college for permanent jobs. I have greatly enjoyed getting to know these energetic young people and rediscovering my city through their eyes.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) is a fabulous program because it exposes talented college students to the benefits of living in Cleveland. I have enjoyed being on the Board because I have heard from so many students how the program has changed their view of Cleveland from a negative or neutral one to a positive one. I have especially enjoyed interacting with the students and participating with them in all of the wonderful events that are offered each summer. As a mentor to a student each summer, I have had that student and several of his or her friends over for a barbeque and have enjoyed the lively conversation of the group. The SOTC program has had 65 students move to Cleveland upon graduation and currently there are approximately 30 that are living here now. For these reasons, I believe SOTC is unique and successful in its approach to bring talented students to Cleveland.

Review from Guidestar