Community Connectors

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Ohio Department of Education Grant Awarded for 2018-2019

June 18, 2018: 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 $101,498 Community Connectors Grant Award through the Ohio Department of Education. Their 2018 grant proposal was rated among the highest in the state by reviewers, out of 190 applicants requesting nearly $20 million for this $8 million round. Over the past four years, the University has received over $375,000 in state funding through the Community Connectors program.

The mentoring program is a partnership between the University of Akron's College of Education, Barberton City Schools, iC.A.R.E. Mentoring of the United Way of Summit County, 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.