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In 2022, Akron Community Foundation awarded $619,241* in competitive Education cycle grants to programs that provide after-school care for local children, sports activities for area youth and more.

  • ACE Mentor Program of Greater Akron-Canton, to support a mentorship program that introduces students to careers in architecture, construction and engineering, $4,000 
  • Akron Area YMCA, to provide affordable, high-quality child care for families with young children in Summit County, $34,000 
  • Akron Children’s Museum, to support the Mobile Museum in a Box program, which brings interactive learning experiences to Head Start classrooms throughout Akron, $10,100 
  • Akron Fossils & Science Center, to support the Super Science Saturday program, $500 
  • Akron Inner City Soccer Club, to support a youth development and after-school soccer program for low-income families in Akron, $10,100 
  • Akron Promise, to support the social and emotional health of students and families at Kenmore-Garfield High School and Innes CLC, $6,500 
  • Akron Public Schools, to support a middle school partner liaison position, $50,000
  • Akron Zoo, to support a summer educational program for Akron Public Schools students and their parents to reduce summer learning loss, $7,000 
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina & Stark Counties, for one-to-one mentoring programs that pair a supportive role model with children in Summit County, $12,500 
  • Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council, to support career exploration and workforce development opportunities for youth in Greater Akron, $10,000 
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, for after-school and summer programming for underserved youth, including homework help, hot meals and enrichment activities, $65,000 
  • Bridge The Village, to support the P.O.S.E. for Gains program, which aims to address learning loss and increase academic gains for Summit County youth, $5,000 
  • Bright Star Books, to provide books to young children in Summit County, $10,000 
  • Building for Tomorrow, to support early childhood home visits for residents of Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, $91,500 
  • 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, $80,000 
  • Citizens Akron Church, to support the Vincent House, a hub for after-school programming, youth development and community events in Akron’s Middlebury neighborhood, $5,500 
  • Dreams Academy, to provide mentorship programs for African American teens ages 12-15, $5,000 
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, to support the Girl Scout Journey Program in Akron Public Schools, $10,000 
  • Global Ties Akron, to support global education and cultural diversity programs in Summit County schools, $15,250 
  • I-Vision Ministries, to support substance use prevention programs for elementary school students, $4,000 
  • Kent State University Foundation, to support a summer architecture program for students at Firestone CLC, $5,000 
  • Law and Leadership Institute, to support a tuition-free college preparatory institute for high school students at risk of not graduating, $5,000 
  • Leadership Influencing Teen Empowerment, to provide emotional intelligence and leadership programs for students in Summit County, $3,500 
  • Limitless Ambition, to empower teen girls in Summit County through an art enrichment entrepreneurship program, $7,750 
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame, for Camp Invention, a weeklong summer enrichment program offering STEM activities for Summit County students in grades K-6, $10,000 
  • 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 provide digital literacy classes for adults in Summit County, $20,000 
  • Proyecto RAICES, to support educational and cultural programs for Latinx, Hispanic and immigrant youth in Akron, $8,500 
  • Shanti Community Farms, to support a farm-to-school and landscaping training program for students in Akron Public Schools, $10,041 
  • South Akron Youth Mentorship, to support academic mentoring programs for students in southeast Akron, $5,000 
  • Springfield Assembly of God, to support an after-school program for students in the Springfield Local School District, including academic support, physical activities and healthy snacks, $5,000 
  • Students With A Goal (SWAG), to provide after-school mentoring programs, tutoring, and other enrichment activities for middle school and high school students in Akron, $10,000 
  • Summit Education Initiative, to support Readiness Coalitions to promote community collaboration and kindergarten readiness in Summit County, $30,000 
  • TECH CORPS, to support technology summer camps that engage Akron high school students in hands-on learning experiences in cyber security and computer programming, $6,500 
  • Tri-County Jobs for Ohio's Graduates, to provide early learning programs for the children of JOG participants, $12,500 
  • University of Akron Foundation, to support Summit County K-3 teachers in using evidence-based practices for reading and writing instruction for students with dyslexia, $10,000 
  • Urban Vision, for the Set On Success after-school enrichment program, which provides academic support and life skills classes for students in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood, $13,500 

*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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