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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Story By Lyndsey Schley
The crowd listening to the presentations
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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Tagged after school programs, Akron, Akron Community Foundation (ACF), Akron non-profit, Akron Public Schools, Carla Sibley, Community, Dawn Glenny, Education, Families, Global Ties Akron, Greenleaf Family Center, Jacqueline Silas-Butler, James Harris, Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, keep kids engaged, Michael Gaffney, Michelle Wilson, or SPARK, Parents, Project GRAD, Students, Supporting Partners to Assure Ready Kids, Teresa LeGrair
iC.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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Tagged Akron Public Schools, AmeriCorps VISTAs, Education, iC.A.R.E. (Creating Authentic Relational Energy), Jonathan Greer, Mentoring, Students, Summit Education Initiative (SEI), United Way of Summit County, Volunteers
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.
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Tagged Akron Public Schools, Community, Education, Homelessness, Neighborhoods, Project RISE, Safe Landing Girls Shelter, Students, Summit Art Space
Providing Educational Opportunities for
Families Experiencing Homelessness
This summer, Project RISE partnered with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) to provide several educational and recreational programs for families served by Project RISE. Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength Through Education), is a federally funded program that aims to remove educational barriers to students experiencing housing instability.