Community Connectors

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Ohio Department of Education Grant Awarded for 2017-2018

June 26, 2017: Faculty in the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education (PIs Dr. Brad Maguth, Dr. Kristin Koskey, and Dr. Al Daviso) have been awarded a $99,974 Community Connectors Grant Award through the Ohio Department of Education. Their 2017 grant proposal was rated among the highest in the state by reviewers, out of 187 applicants requesting nearly $18 million. Over the past three years, the University has received a total of $272,921 in state funding through the Community Connectors program.

We Made the Papers!
Check out the great press our Community Connectors grant received from
the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cleveland.com Article
and the Akron Beacon Journal: Ohio.com Article


The mentoring program is a partnership between the University of Akron's College of Education, Barberton Local Schools, Raymond James Financial, and Johnson United Methodist Church. The grant is designed to give students in the Barberton Schools access to adult role models who motivate and inspire them, as well as help them develop skills that lead to success in school and the workplace. Program mentors include University of Akron students and Barberton community members. Click Here to learn more about the program and how to become a mentor. 


To review additional information on the ways in which this community based initiative is making a difference in the lives of adults and youth, see our quarterly reports below: