CLI Working With PADS

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The Cleveland Life Institute announces that it’s Winter/Spring 2020 semester project will be working alongside the non-profit Pride Among Daughters and Sisters (PADS). Since 2013 PADS has assisted underprivileged girls and women with obtaining personal feminine hygiene items in Cleveland. Prompted by a homeless woman, individuals began to donate to this important and overlooked need. Over the years, PADS has donated to individuals, shelter homes, safe houses, women in foster care, and drug rehabilitation homes. Pride Among Daughters and Sisters is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission statement is to provides sanitary pads, tampons, and feminine hygiene products [including incontinence products} to underprivileged girls and women to promote pride, dignity and confidence. Delesia Robinson is the founder of PADS which was nominated by AJC Cleveland for the 2015 Isaiah Award for Human Relations.

The Cleveland Life Institute (CLI) is an educational program to teach social entrepreneurship through bridging practical, team and community building classroom exercises, combined with community experts as guest lecturers, to demonstrate how to create and grow a sustainable nonprofit organization. The fourteen-week program covers basic information  demonstrating how to organize, file, and create a business plan.  Topics for discussion include legal issues, fund raising, grant writing, creating partnerships, and making a community impact. In order to offer it’s students a real-world application of thier educational experience, each semester CLI forms a partnership with another nonprofit. 

The Winter/Spring 2020 program begins on January 29th and will be limited to just 15 students.  During this semester, the normal semester fee of $395 has been reduced to just $75.  Classes are held at the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland on Wednesday nights starting sharply at 7 p.m. CLI will have up to eight guest lectures presented by community and business leaders who will discuss various aspects of the business plan. The guest list will be forthcoming.  A beautiful graduation certificate will be presented upon graduation in May. CLI also fulfills many social responsibility mandates by some employers in that it combines an educational experience with social interaction. Individuals must register online at

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