Alison Black Named America SCORES Cleveland New Executive Director
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Alison with Poet-Athletes - Jamboree 2023

America SCORES Cleveland (SCORES) Board of Directors has appointed Alison Black to serve as Executive Director of SCORES. She is responsible for all aspects of leading and steering the organization, including board and staff management, multi-faceted fundraising, strategic planning, program implementation and expansion, and financial management.

Through daily, team-based soccer and writing workshops and annual community service projects, SCORES measurably improves fitness, literacy, and communications skills, and empowers kids to create change in their communities.

America SCORES Cleveland serves more than 2,000 students, grades 1-8, through partnerships with the Cleveland Metropolitan schools and community organizations across the city through afterschool and summer collaborations.

Black brings nearly a decade of experience advancing opportunities for communities, youth, and families. Previously, she served as the Associate Director of SCORES. Prior to joining SCORES, Black served as a Case School Site Coordinator for the Rainey Institute providing social work services to families and children and collaborating with community-based providers.

“We look forward to seeing America SCORES Cleveland continue to grow and flourish under Alison’s leadership,” said SCORES Board Chair, Lyle Leavitt. “Alison is passionate about serving Cleveland youth and has developed strong relationships with members, funders, and allies.”

Black steps into this leadership role as her colleague and outgoing Executive Director, Debi Pence-Meyenberg leaves the organization, after fifteen years of service.

“I am humbled and grateful to step into this role knowing that Debi has left the organization well-positioned for continued success,” said Black. “With an unrivaled group of incredible, dedicated board members and a committed team of talented professionals to work alongside, I couldn’t be more excited to further the SCORES mission.”

About America SCORES Cleveland

The mission of America SCORES Cleveland is to inspire youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. We achieve this mission through afterschool and summer programming that combines soccer, poetry, and service-learning. For more information, please visit

2022 Poetry Slam

Welcome to AMERICA SCORES CLEVELAND 18th Annual Poetry Slam!
Are you all ready for Poetry Slam? YEA!
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You will be amazing and every single person here is very proud of you.
*Music continues*
Please give a big round of applause for all the students here today!
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