ALYSON Y’VONNE NOBLES – FOUNDER
Alyson Nobles, motivational speaker and youth services worker, is dedicated to the well-being of greater community youth. In 1995, she founded Students Against City Streets, an organization developed and designed to provide greater Cleveland community youth with an alternative to negative activity on city streets, by promoting academic excellence through extraordinary special events and activities to help motivate, build character, and boost self-esteem.
The pilot youth services program began at Kirk Middle School in East Cleveland, Ohio under the direction of then Superintendent, Dr. Hayward Sims. The program targeted students that were failing, in danger of failing and youth experiencing failing grades. Ten students were selected by guidance counselors to participate in the program. Home visits and other outreach techniques and methods were used to re-engage the students into the school environment, and then the work began on gaining their trust and eventually focusing on their confidence and self-esteem. All participants were offered free tutoring from various non-profit organizations, participated in mandatory study sessions, and in a number of fundraising events and activities that gained them “positive recognition” for their actions, versus the negative activity that each of them were often known for. Each student began to excel far beyond the expectation of the Superintendent, with 7 out of the 10 students’ academic achievements landing them merit roll status, and 2 students receiving honor roll status. All of the participants’ attendance rates increased by 80%.
Alyson’s combined 17+ years of experience working with youth has afforded her several honors and recognition, to include being a recipient of the 1997 Greater Cleveland Women of Achievement Award, being featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Call & Post and Cleveland Life Magazine. Alyson was also honored to have been named one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People by Cleveland Magazine, and received their “Most Interesting Person’s” Award in 1998.
Mrs. Nobles is currently licensed by the State of Ohio Job & Family Services, Bureau of Childcare & Development, as a childcare center Owner/Administrator, and currently operates two childcare centers in the City of Maple Heights, Ohio. She possesses over 250 hours of formal training in Child development which allows her to train other childcare workers at childcare centers in the State of Ohio, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Myers University.
Mrs. Nobles is a proud member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and Jack & Jill of America, Cleveland Chapter.
Alyson is married to Mr. David Nobles, and is the mother of 3, Darnell (age 23), Jordan (age 16) stepson, and David, Jr. (age 3). The Haley School is named after their late daughter Haley Nobles.