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In 2020, Akron Community Foundation awarded $578,550* in competitive Education cycle grants to programs that promote diversity and inclusion in Summit County schools, teach leadership skills to underserved girls, and more.

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  • Akron Children's Museum, to expand its in-school field trip program, which brings interactive learning experiences to Head Start classrooms throughout Akron, $15,000
  • Akron Fossils & Science Center, to support the Super Science Saturday program, a monthly educational event for students in grades K-8, $1,000
  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, to support a year-round youth development and after-school soccer program for inner-city youth, $10,000
  • Akron Municipal Court, to expand the "Have Gavel, Will Travel" program, which offers judicial education to elementary students in Summit County, $700
  • Akron Public Schools, to support its Summer Symposium professional development training for teachers, $25,000
  • Alchemy Inc., to support its Developing Heroes program, which provides in-school group mentoring for urban adolescents in Akron, $12,500
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina & Stark Counties, to support one-on-one mentoring programs for children in low-income and at-risk families, $17,500
  • Boy Scouts of America Council, Great Trail Council, to support scouting within inner-city Akron, helping youths expand leadership skills, outdoor education, civic service, and character development, $7,500
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, for after-school and summer programming for underserved youth, including homework help, hot meals and enrichment activities, $75,000
  • Bright Star Books Inc., to accept, sort and redistribute thousands of donated books throughout Summit County, $5,500
  • Building for Tomorrow, to support the Early Childhood Initiative, which equips parents to be their child’s first and most important teacher, while also providing physical and behavioral health services, $90,000
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions, for the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding Program, which offers training and on-site support for teachers, students and families to increase the social and emotional well-being of young children in preschool programs, $76,000
  • First Congregational Church of Hudson, to establish The Children’s Center at Valley View, a high-quality satellite preschool for families living in the Valley View Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA), $10,000
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, to support the Girl Scout Journey Program, a 20-week after-school leadership program covering topics such as STEM, financial literacy and healthy living, $10,800
  • Global Ties Akron, for the Know Your Community–Know Your World program, which teaches students about diverse global cultures through guest speakers and classroom projects, $10,000
  • Hattie Larlham Foundation, to offer pre-employment activities and education to high school students with intellectual and development disabilities, $8,500
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, to support the development of a three-year strategic plan for community engagement, sustainability and board progression, $10,000
  • Kent State University Foundation Inc., to support a residential-based college immersion summer program for 10th graders at Firestone High School, $18,500
  • Law and Leadership Institute, to support the tuition-free college preparatory institute for at-risk high school students, $5,000
  • Leadership Influencing Teen Empowerment, to provide emotional intelligence and leadership programs for students in Summit County, $2,500
  • Lenibug Foundation, to provide culturally appropriate books to underserved children and students in Greater Akron, $3,750
  • MAPS Air Museum, to support U.S. history and STEM programs for Summit County students, including aviation-related activities and museum tours, $10,000
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame Inc., for Camp Invention, a weeklong summer enrichment program offering STEM activities for local students in grades K-6, $10,000
  • Power of the Pen, to support interscholastic creative writing workshops and tournaments for seventh- and eighth-grade students in Summit County, $5,800
  • Project GRAD Akron, for the Bridge to Kindergarten program, which prepares children for kindergarten through a summer academy, parent engagement activities, and family support services throughout the school year, $21,000
  • Project Learn of Summit County, to support high school equivalency and college and career preparation courses for adults without diplomas in West Akron, $19,000
  • RePlay for Kids, to promote female-focused STEM education in Summit County public schools by teaching students to adapt toys for children with disabilities, $5,000
  • Shanti Community Farms, to support farm-to-school programs for Akron Public Schools students that includes harvesting crops, adding locally grown produce to the school lunch menu, participating in farmers markets, and increasing multicultural awareness; as well as the pilot Chick Farm to School Early Learning Program, which will challenge youth to use science, technology, engineering and math skills to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken, $13,000
  • South Akron Youth Mentorship, to provide mentoring and incentives to disadvantaged students in southeast Akron to help them excel in school and escape generational poverty, $5,000
  • Students With A Goal, to support an after-school mentoring program for students in the Summit Lake neighborhood that teaches leadership and life skills, $10,000
  • Summit Education Initiative, to support the Readiness Coalitions program, which convenes Summit County’s early childhood education providers to align their efforts in preparing children for kindergarten, $30,000
  • Tri-County Jobs for Ohio's Graduates, to provide dropout prevention and recovery programs for at-risk youth in Summit County, $12,500
  • University of Akron Foundation, to support literacy coaching for teachers at Dunbar Primary School in Tallmadge, $12,500
  • Urban Vision, for the Set On Success after-school program, which provides academic support and life skills classes for at-risk youth in the Akron area, $10,000

*Includes contributions through Akron Community Foundation's co-investment program, which enables donor-advised fundholders to review the board's competitive grant applications and support initiatives that align with their charitable interests.

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