Three Communities Launch 100-Day Challenges to End Youth Homelessness

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Austin, Cleveland and Los Angeles will set ambitious goals to end homelessness among young people in their community.

A Way Home America (AWHA) today announced that Austin, Cleveland and Los Angeles will launch 100-day challenges to accelerate efforts to end youth homelessness in their communities. Selected through a competitive application process, each community will receive support from The Rapid Results Institute (RRI) to drive toward this ambitious goal over 100 days starting September 7.

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Summit County Children Services School Supplies Program Receives Support from ‘Youngest Donor Ever’

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Little Maya Burke may not even be one year old yet, but she’s already made a grown-up impact on the lives of many children in the care of Summit County Children Services.

To celebrate their recent adoption of Maya through Summit County Children Services, her parents Amanda and Vanessa Burke decided to have a party for family and friends to meet and celebrate Maya. They called it Maya’s ‘Gotcha Day.’  And instead of toys for Maya, they asked their guests to bring school supplies – which would be donated to Children Services’ annual School Supplies Program which helps hundreds of children in agency care get a solid start to the new school year.

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Project RISE Hosts 25th Anniversary Celebration at Summit Art Space

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On August 18th, Project RISE hosted a special 25th Anniversary Celebration Event at the Summit Art Space in Akron. The event was well attended with around 80 people. The event included delicious refreshments from Waterloo Catering Company and a musical performance by Project RISE community partner Tracey Thomas-Shephard. Attendees were community members, collaborators and community partners, Project RISE Staff Members and also families served by Project RISE.

Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education), under the Office of Student Services, is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters, and the community. The first demonstration grant was received in 1991. It is a federally funded program, facilitated by Ohio Department of Education, through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act: Education for Homeless Children and Youth Programs. The main purpose is to remove barriers to the educational process and success of students who have lost their housing due to hardship.

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Kairos gives inmates a religious foundation for life on the outside

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Story by Lyndsey Schley

Kairos Prison Ministry is a volunteer group that uses Christian programming to teach inmates life lessons to help them become better members of the community.

Kairos is an international organization that has programs at 25 correctional institutions in the state of Ohio.

Prisoner involvement starts with a three and a half day weekend program and homemade cookies, Volunteer Ken Schley said.

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YMCA offers Free Memberships for Drug Court Diversion Participants

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Y-STRONG Helps Accompany Alternative Sentences through Summit County Courts

— The Akron Area YMCA announces “Y-STRONG” – a program developed to assist defendants battling addiction.

The program was the result of the YMCA’s collaboration with Judge Thomas A. Teodosio and Judge Joy Malek Oldfield, who preside over two Summit County drug courts.

“Y-STRONG” is a three-month complimentary YMCA membership available for participants of Summit County Common Pleas Court’s Turning Point Program and the Akron Municipal Court’s Recovery Court who have maintained six months of sobriety and are exhibiting positive life-style changes.

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