Akron’s Kenmore neighborhood will undergo a two-day transformation Sept. 1 and 2 as it hosts Better Block, a neighborhood engagement effort in which residents will reshape and reactivate their community’s built environment.
Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance will host a kickoff meeting May 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rialto Theatre at 1000 Kenmore Boulevard. Residents, business and property owners, and other stakeholders are invited to share their ideas for the business district. More information about the kickoff event is available at www.facebook.com/AkronBetterBlock.
Posted in Community, Neighborhoods
Tagged Akron, Better Block, community support, David Hoppe, Jason Roberts, Jason Segedy, Kenmore, Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, Neighborhoods, urban design
Summit Art Space Akron
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.
Posted in Community, Education, Homelessness, Youth
Tagged Akron Public Schools, Community, Education, Homelessness, Neighborhoods, Project RISE, Safe Landing Girls Shelter, Students, Summit Art Space
Story by Tom Crain
Education beyond K-12
Educational requirements for Summit County refugees 18 years and older are serviced through Project Learn, an organization spearheading the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction. Project Learn is part of Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) through the state of Ohio and is funded by the Ohio Board of Regents. It also receives support from United Way of Summit County, GAR and Akron Community Foundation.
Project Learn partners with local refugee resettlement organizations, including International Institute of Akron (IIA), Asian Services in Action (ASIA) and World Relief, to administer classes. There are 64 different countries represented in Project Learn’s ESOL program, with over 40 languages spoken. At any one time, there are 20 classes held at various sites throughout the county, with a current enrollment of 550 students, many of whom are refugees.
Posted in Community, Education, Neighborhoods
Tagged Adult Basic and Literacy Education, Akron, Akron Community Foundation, Asian Services in Action, Bhutanese, Community, Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, GAR, International Institute of Akron, Languages, Neighborhoods, Nepal, nepali, North Hill, Project Learn, Refugees, Summit County, United Way of Summit County, World Relief
More than 200 volunteers from Foresters Financial, United Way of Summit County, the city of Akron organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Akron community will join forces on Saturday, June 18, to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Suddieth Park in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood.
The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in April.
Posted in Charity, Community, Neighborhoods, Youth
Tagged Akron, Children, Community, Families, Foresters Financial, KaBoom!, Kids, National Football League players, Neighborhoods, North Hill, Play, Suddieth Park, United Way of Summit County, Volunteers
Story by Mark Ford
Many negative things have been written about today’s youth- how they are self-(or selfie) centered and lazy. In today’s blog, though, we’d like to share a different side of local teens as they serve with one of our partner ministries, Project Shine.
Project Shine’s mission is “to connect individuals to Christ through basic home improvement and ministry in our communities, while spiritually investing in our participants.” Area youth commit to serve for a week (late afternoon Sunday through Friday evening) where they are challenged both physically in their work teams, as well as, spiritually during daily devotions and praise and worship times.
Posted in Charity, Community, Neighborhoods, Youth
Tagged Akron Baptist Temple, Akron Ohio, Arlington Memorial Baptist Church, communities, First Glance, Goss Memorial Church, home improvement, Hope UMC, Hope United Methodist Church, Kenmore, Lakeside Christian Church, Neighborhoods, Park UMC, Project Shine, Riverwood Chapel, summer youth missions, teens, The Chapel in Kenmore, The Love Akron Network, Volunteers, Youth