Welcome ! Education Pays – Get Yours is a pilot social marketing campaign targeting youth in the Mt. Pleasant, Slavic Village and Central neighborhoods of Cleveland, Ohio. The campaign started in December 2008 and is moving into its' final phase. You may have seen Education Pays-Get Yours billboards, bus signs, radio and tv ads, posters distributed by our street teams, etc. As part of the final push at promoting the importance of education we have established web blogs for each neighborhood. These social networking tools will give residents an opportunity to discuss the campaign and the importance of getting an education.

Mark C. Batson
Executive Director
PolicyBridge, Inc.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Blog Buddy -- Multi Media Artist/Illustrator: Larry L. Tinsley (Part 2)

What does a Multi Media Artist/Illustrator need?

*Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
*Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH
*Willoughby School of Fine Arts, Willoughby, OH
*Cooper School of Art, Cleveland, OH
*John F. Kennedy High School, Cleveland, OH

Computer Skills
*Microsoft Word & PowerPoint
*Corel Draw
*Mud Box 3D

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Blog Buddy -- Multi Media Artist/Illustrator: Larry L. Tinsley (Part 1)

What does a Multi Media Artist/Illustrator do?

*Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type

*Use computer software to generate new images

*Use materials such as pens and ink, watercolors, charcoal, oil, or computer software to create artwork

*Create two-dimensional and three-dimensional images depicting objects in motion or illustrating a process, using a computer animation or modeling program

*Make objects or characters appear lifelike by manipulating light, color, texture, shadow, and transparency, or manipulating static images to give the illusion of motion

*Apply story development, create storyboards that show the flow of the animation and map out key scenes and characters
Confer with clients, editors, writers, art directors, and other interested parties regarding the nature and content of artwork to be produced

*Submit preliminary or finished artwork or project plans to clients for approval, incorporating changes as necessary

*Maintain portfolios of artistic work to demonstrate styles, interests and abilities

Come back next week to learn more about Multi Media Art anad Larry Tinsley!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Blog Buddy--PolicyBridge Chairman: Randell McShepard (Part 2)

I would be remiss if I did not also mention that education pays in many ways that go well above and beyond a paycheck or financial status. An educated citizenry elects and holds accountable high caliber elected officials. An educated citizenry challenges school districts to be culturally competent and outcome driven. An educated citizenry also develops new solutions to old problems and does not wait for the proverbial “calvary” to come and save them….they save themselves. Therefore, I contend that the stakes are too high for our city, our region and our nation to miss the boat on the importance of educating our future generations. A failure to do so will not only erode the economic tax base of our community, but it will also unravel the social fabric that has kept our communities resilient and progressive for decades.

Simply put, education is the gift that keeps on giving. Let’s help our kids to receive and utilize the most important gift they could ever hope for.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Mark C. Batson

I worked throughout most of my high school years. I realized then that I needed to get a high school diploma and a college degree in order to be able to get a better job than those I had worked in high school. Make no mistake, those jobs paid good money for a single person living with their parents in high school or recent high school graduate, but they really were not enough for me to live alone and buy my own car. Therefore, I went to college. I have had much better job opportunities with much greater salaries since I received my college degree. You'll have choices to make too starting right now. I hope you choose the path of better opportunities and high salaries like I did.

Best of luck with your career,

Mark C. Batson
Executive Director
PolicyBridge, Inc.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Blog Buddy -- Firefighter

Anthony Nickerson-El a City of Cleveland Firefighter
Education both formal and informal allows you to have access to information. That access empowers you with knowledge which opens doors of communication. It is through dialogue with those who where at one time outside of your knowledge circle that our world expands.
Famous quote:
The world is made up of words, the more words you understand,the more you can make the world whatever you wish.
~Anthony Nickerson - El

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Blog Buddy: Doctor from the Neighborhood

 I was unconvinced that I could or should stay in college as I entered the second half of the first year. In fact the dean of admissions called me in to tell me I was not suited for college. This suggestion that I could not do college level work angered me and I dedicated to work harder. I soon learned hard work pays off with excellent grades. I am forever grateful that I did not drop out as I would have missed out on a most gratifying career of becoming a practicing medical doctor. Edgar B. Jackson, Jr., MD.

Check back for more opn the story.
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Blog Buddy--PolicyBridge Chairman: Randell McShepard (Part 1)

Much has been written by PolicyBridge and many other sources about the economic impact that education can have on a person’s life and/or livelihood. It has been reported, by example, that a person with a bachelor’s degree earns approximately $1 million dollars more over the course of their career than someone with a high school diploma. As I personally grew up in a blue collar environment, and now work in a white collar position, I understand clearly that both can provide the means necessary to take care of a family and to be a contributing member of society. However, what is troubling for minority communities in this current day and age is that the blue collar experiences of the past have led many to what I refer to as a “false sense of confidence” about the opportunities that the current market has to offer. Blue collar jobs of yester-year in areas such as automobile manufacturing plants and steel mills are forever gone. Resultantly, jobs today require knowledge versus a strong back. Hence the campaign – Education Pays – Get Yours!

Come back next week to hear more from Randell McShepard.