Welcome to Northeast Ohio CISV!
The Northeast Ohio Chapter of CISV, founded in 1963, is among more than 20 chapters across the United States – and over 200 around the world. Our region covers the Cleveland, Akron/Canton and Youngstown areas. We vary our meeting and event locations to accommodate the geographical diversity of our chapter.
CISV was founded after World War II in the belief that peace is possible through building friendship and mutual understanding, starting with children. When a youth member participates in one of our many travel programs domestically or abroad, they develop the tools and experiences to realize their full potential as future leaders and active citizens in their communities and the world. Their CISV experience allows them to build global friendships and networks that will last them a lifetime. For more information on the various CISV programs click here.
Traditionally, we announce our travel programs with an event in the fall following the national In Motion conference at which all programs are selected. Youth participants then apply to programs, with a Selection event held in January. Delegations begin meeting in the spring to prepare for summer travel. The chapter celebrates with the delegations at a Bon Voyage gathering held in May and a Welcome Back party in late August to learn about their travel experiences.
In addition to participating in summer travel programs, the youth of our chapter are part of CISV’s youth-led Junior Branch (JB). With the assistance of an adult JB Advisor, our JB youth meet monthly and gather for both service-oriented and social activities. Some of our activities in recent years include: sledding, an ice cream social, a family campout, bowling and a cookie-a-thon to benefit a local charity. JB members may also attend regional and national weekend-long mini-camps to meet and collaborate with JB members from neighboring chapters.
The JB and Adult Boards have monthly meetings over Zoom most of the time and occasionally meet in person on the third Sunday of each month. For more information about the chapter or a link to join an upcoming meeting, please email our chapter President at email@example.com.