Bank of America has named City Year Cleveland as its inaugural partner for the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders program in Ohio. We are being recognized our work in supporting local youth achieve high levels of academic success and in breaking down stereotypical barriers that exist in the realm of education. Neighborhood Builders combines leadership development resources with $200,000 of flexible funding intended to help increase their capacity and impact in the Northeast Ohio community.

“We are honored that Bank of America has selected City Year Cleveland as the 2015 Neighborhood Builder and a trailblazer for the program in our state,” said Phillip Robinson, Jr., vice president and executive director, City Year Cleveland. “This partnership will allow us to foster stronger relationships with at-risk students in our community and create a change in culture that we hope will resonate with generations to come.”

Here in Ohio, implementation of the Neighborhood Builders program is significant as nonprofits will be connected with funds that enable them to make tangible strides in their community.

Nationally, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has invested $183 million in more than 900 nonprofit organizations since 2004. This long-term investment in nonprofit leadership development and capacity building is the largest philanthropic investment of its kind.

“We recognize that nonprofits and their leaders are on the frontlines as they tackle tough issues that are vital to Cleveland’s economic growth,” said Jeneen Marziani, Ohio market president, Bank of America. “We’re thrilled to name City Year Cleveland as our first."

On November 10th, Bank of America, City Year Cleveland and the invested community met at the FirstEnergy Stadium Draft Room to recognize this monumental gift. The program began with Jennifer Hurd, Market Manager, State of Ohio at Bank of America giving opening remarks on the grant and Bank of America's commitment to the community and City Year.  City Year Cleveland vice president and executive director, Phillip M. Robinson, Jr. spoke on the impact of the grant on City Year Cleveland. The program concluded with Amelia Lord, a City Year Cleveland AmeriCorps member, and her student telling the story of how City Year helped her succeed in school.


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