Tag Archives: Students

Project Rise Hosts Dinner Theatre for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Fun activity booklets were passed out to the families that related to the playFun activity booklets were passed out to the families that related to the play

 

On April 25th, several families experiencing homelessness were able to experience a special Dinner Theatre Event hosted by Project Rise and First United Methodist Church in Akron. This special event was part of the Project Rise PACT (Performing Arts Can Teach) Program.

The PACT program is just one of several special programs under Project Rise. The PACT program is one of the core programs for Project Rise because it meets the educational, social, and cultural needs of the students and families served.

Project Rise is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to youth experiencing homelessness. So far, close to 1,900 students have been identified and served by Project Rise for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Project Rise and Mount Lebanon Baptist Church Host Annual Soul Food Dinner for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Interns Project Rise

Craft Project Planned and Implemented
by the Project Rise Interns.

 

On February 26th, the annual Project Rise Parent RISE-ing Soul food dinner was held at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, serving students and families experiencing homelessness. For the past 8 years, Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church has graciously hosted the event for families served by Project Rise.

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Changing the Conversation Around Mental Health

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Campaign Spreads Awareness, Combats Stigma on Mental Illness

Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect people of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character.

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Akron Community Foundation showcases organization working with education in the community

Story By Lyndsey Schley

 

 

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The Akron Community Foundation (ACF) hosted a community issues session on how schools and non-profits work together to improve education Wednesday, January 25.
The foundation hosts a similar session each quarter to highlight organizations within their target areas, said Teresa LeGrair, director of Community Investment at the Akron Community Foundation. This quarter the focus is on education.

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iC.A.R.E. To Make an Impact – Part I

img_1235_small-768x512iC.A.R.E. mentor Juwana Owens (left) with mentee, Takiyah Anderson

Story Courtesy of Summit Education Initiative (SEI)

Juwana Owens never experiences a dull moment with her mentee, Takiyah Anderson.

“She refers to herself as ‘the life of the party,’” Owens says with a smile.

When she first joined iC.A.R.E. Mentoring, a program of United Way of Summit County, as an AmeriCorps VISTA in August 2016, Owens didn’t know what to expect during her first lunchtime session with Takiyah and, later, her older sister Takiera, at Roswell Kent Middle School in Akron.

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