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In 2021, Akron Community Foundation awarded $574,383* in competitive Education cycle grants to programs that promote diversity and inclusion in Summit County schools, teach leadership skills to underserved girls, and more.

  • The 2nd & 7 Foundation, to support the Tackle Illiteracy program, in which student-athletes from universities and high schools read and hand out free books to second grade students, $5,750
  • Akron Children's Museum, to produce a Virtual Mobile Museum in a Box, which brings interactive learning experiences to Head Start classrooms throughout Akron, $12,000
  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, to support a year-round, after-school soccer program for low-income families in Akron, $11,000
  • Akron Zoological Park, to reinforce 3rd-5th grade-level science concepts through a blended learning experience, $8,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina & Stark Counties, to support one-on-one mentoring for children in Summit County, $12,500
  • Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council, to support Scouting in Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley for economically disadvantaged youth, $5,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, for after-school and summer programming for underserved youth, including homework help, hot meals and enrichment activities, $68,000
  • Bridge the Village Incorporated, for the Learning Enrichment Project (LEP), which supports students facing learning and development struggles due to the pandemic, $4,000
  • Bright Star Books Inc., to accept, sort and redistribute thousands of donated books throughout Summit County, $7,750
  • Building for Tomorrow, to support early childhood home visits for residents of Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, $96,000
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions, for the Toddlers & Preschoolers Succeeding (TAPS) Program, which trains and coaches teachers on how to incorporate social-emotional learning into the classroom, $80,250
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, to support the Girl Scout Journey Program in Akron Public Schools, which covers topics such as STEM, entrepreneurship and life skills, $10,250
  • Global Ties Akron, to support current and new global education, diversity and inclusion programs, and to adapt to a virtual delivery of programs, $15,000
  • Greater Akron Hindu Sewa Samittee, to provide academic enrichment to middle and high school students who are struggling in school due to language insecurity, $5,000
  • Greater Cincinnati Center for Economic Education, to support financial education training for educators in Summit County, $10,000
  • The Improvement Movement, to support the “North Hill Kids College” program, an eight-week mock college experience that exposes children to the rewards of secondary education, $2,500
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, to create comprehensive programming for the Akron Public Schools College and Career Academies, $10,000
  • Kent State University Foundation Inc., for an eight-week summer program that provides 10th and 11th grade students from Firestone Community Learning Center with college-level academic experience, $10,627
  • 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, for the Children & Books program, which provides age- and culturally appropriate books to children and students living in the Greater Akron area, $5,000
  • Limitless Ambition, to empower teen girls in Buchtel High School and STEM Middle School in Akron through enrichment programs, $5,000
  • 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
  • Ohio State University Extension Summit County, for the Akron Grows project, which teaches third grade students and their families to grow their own vegetables, $5,694
  • 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, $23,000
  • Project Learn of Summit County, to provide English as a Second Language courses to employees in local manufacturing companies, $16,812
  • Proyecto RAICES, to support educational and cultural programs for Latinx, Hispanic and immigrant youth in Akron, $10,000
  • Shanti Community Farms, for a farm-to-school and landscaping training and tutoring program for students in Akron Public Schools, $10,000
  • South Akron Youth Mentorship, to support community collaboration efforts in education initiatives for at-risk youth, $5,750
  • Students With a Goal, to support an after-school mentoring program for students in the Summit Lake neighborhood that teaches leadership and life skills, $11,000
  • Summit Education Initiative, to support Readiness Coalitions that promote community collaboration and kindergarten readiness in Summit County, $31,000
  • Tri-County Jobs for Ohio's Graduates, to support dropout prevention and recovery programs for at-risk high school youth in Summit County, $12,500
  • University of Akron Foundation, to support Summit County teachers in literacy assessment and instruction, $10,000
  • 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, $12,500
  • YMCA, to support Early Care and Education programming and virtual learning opportunities for school-age children, $25,000

*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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