Meyer encouraged individuals to become more active in leading organizations like the Greater Cleveland Partnership, which he chairs, and Business Unlimited saying Cleveland can only succeed if all its communities collaborate to make it better.
He applauded the Hispanic Roundtable efforts and said as a partner in the Convention, KeyCorp is eager to assist Latino businesses get established and increase their visibility. ‘The Hispanic Roundtable and other organizations are devising strategies for local business to get the most from Ohio’s portion of the Stimulus Bill funding.’
Meyer is a ‘proud seventh generation Clevelander’ and would like to see his children raise their families in the city as well. Improving the education system is the most crucial element to reform the area. “We cannot be the community we envision without doing something about education,” Meyer said.
He finds overwhelming high school dropout rates troublesome and said more programs need to give children the incentive to succeed. That’s why KeyCrop supported the initiative to launch a STEM school, focused on a curriculum rich in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, to give students exposure to a dynamic college-ready and real-world work environment and culture.
John Marshal High School teacher Ilka Díaz appreciated Meyer’s passion for improving education in Cleveland schools but said KeyCorp must do a better job of promoting their initiatives within the community, especially in schools. She said students need more incentives like jobs and paid internships to want to stay in school and work in Cleveland. Díaz also stressed parents need to take more interest in their student’s success at school.
Iris Rodríguez, Board Member at the Cleveland Municipal School District concurred and reminded the 50 guests that Ohio Graduate Testing will take place between March16-29, 2009, and students must pass all five subjects—reading, writing, math, science, and social studies—to graduate with their G.E.D.
Rodríguez suggests 10 simple steps parents can take to help their child graduate. They are as simple as being familiar with the school district, understanding graduation requirements, keeping regular contact with teachers, establishing study routines, seeking help from tutors, and mostly positive reinforcement for their child.
Meyer said while many issues need to be addressed in Cleveland, improving education should be the top most priority to strengthen the city and secure its future.