Cincinnati Museum Center program prepares high school students for future success
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 11, 2015
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CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center hosted its annual Awards and Recognition Banquet for its Youth Programs participants Thursday night, wishing 22 graduating seniors well as they begin the next steps of their journeys. The graduating seniors offered passing words of encouragement and wisdom to their friends and 63 incoming Youth Programs members.
Cincinnati Museum Center’s Youth Programs began as a youth volunteer program with two students in the Museum of Natural History & Science in 1989 and has since blossomed into a youth development initiative. The program is designed to prepare participants for success in high school, college and beyond. Since the inception of the program, over 1,500 participants have contributed over 200,000 hours to Museum Center. In the 2014-2015 year, Youth Programs provided valuable mentorship and the unique opportunity to work in all facets of a museum to over 110 youth. Of the 22 graduating seniors, seven have been members of Youth Programs for four years and eight have been in the program for five years, starting even before high school.
“It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to these graduating seniors who have done so much for Cincinnati Museum Center and have had such an impact on the community,” said Calvin Harper, director of Youth Programs at Cincinnati Museum Center. “As they have learned and grown together, we have also learned so much from them and I’m excited to see them continue toward success that will enrich those around them.”
Youth Programs is designed to enhance the creativity, confidence and success of its members. Academic success is a cornerstone of the program, with 100 percent of participants graduating from high school. The staff empowers participants through workshops, college visits, volunteerism and skill development to seek higher education, which is uncharted territory for many in the program who are first generation college students. An outstanding 99 percent of participants go on to enroll in a 4-year college, with 80 percent receiving scholarships or financial aid.
“The Youth Programs is such a wonderful and unique program that offers area high school students an opportunity to work alongside museum professional while also engaging the community,” said Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “Their dedication and the results of the program are truly inspiring and have had a tremendous impact on their futures, which shine brighter than ever.”
Cincinnati Museum Center’s Youth Programs would not be possible without the generosity of the 2014-2015 supporters, including JP Morgan Chase Foundation; American Honda Foundation; AT&T; Best Buy Children’s Foundation; Enterprise Holdings Foundation; Hearst Foundations; Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation; Ohio Casualty Foundation; Ohio National Financial Services; Summertime Kids Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation; the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee; and the Louise Taft Semple Foundation.
Youth Programs and Cincinnati Museum Center wish the following seniors success as they continue their journeys:
- Amy Raub, Clark Montessori High School, will be attending Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
- Tiernan McKinney, Clark Montessori High School, will be attending the University of Cincinnati.
- Eleanor Batista-Malat, home school, will be attending Earlham College.
- Hannah Sanders, Walnut Hills High School, will be attending The Ohio State University.
- Gene Harris, Lakota West High School, will be attending the University of Cincinnati.
- Andy Hall, Milford High School, will be attending The Ohio State University.
- Michaela Greer, Walnut Hills High School, will be attending Eastern Michigan University.
- Bridget Girnus, Bellevue Senior High School in Bellevue, Washington, will be attending Boston University.
- Christina Soto, home school, will be attending Northern Kentucky University.
- Madison Thomas, Oak Hills High School, will be attending Purdue University.
- Janee Simmons, the School for Creative & Performing Arts, will be attending Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
- Julia Snodgrass, Oak Hills High School, will be attending Northern Kentucky University.
- Matthew Posey, St. Bernard High School, will be attending Berea College.
- Trenton Davis, Madeira High School, will be attending the University of Cincinnati.
- Eric Terry, Summit Country Day School, will be attending Emory University.
- Ravynn Evans, Withrow University High School, will be attending Alabama A&M.
- Benjamin Kuhlman, Dixie Heights High School, will be attending the University of Cincinnati.
- Thomas Anaya, Leaves of Learning, will be attending Muskingum University.
- Haneefa Valentine, the School for Creative & Performing Arts, will be attending the University of Cincinnati.
- Joe Wolf, Providence Day School, will be attending Southern Methodist University.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of a select few museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.