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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The Second to Last Benchmark in Summit Education Initiative (SEI) Cradle to Career Pipeline is College and Career Readiness.
- All students graduate from high school with a plan to be employed, enrolled or enlisted.
- All students who plan to attend college after high school will complete a FAFSA.
- Increase the proportion of students who earn a “college ready” score on college placement tests.
The group’s goal is for every student leaving high school to have a plan to become enrolled in college, enlisted in public service, or employed in a job that leads to a career.
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The third key transition point Summit Education Initiative (SEI) focuses on is third grade. By third grade, SEI wants kids reading on grade level.
In the past few years, this has coincided with Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. In Spring of 2012, the Ohio Legislature passed an education policy bill which included the guarantee. The bill requires 3rd graders to meet a minimum score on the state reading test to move on to the 4th grade reading instruction.
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Since we last caught up with them, the Summit Education Initiative (SEI) has been blazing some brand-new trails. What began as ideas, turned into plans that are now becoming a reality – all to improve the local educational system.
“There’s a lot going on now, a lot of movement in terms of things we’re working on,” Derran Wimer, Executive Director at SEI, said.