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Community Connectors


Project Description

The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education has partnered with Johnson United Methodist Church, Raymond James Financial, and iC.A.R.E. Mentoring of the United Way of Summit County to design and implement a research-based mentorship initiative to mentor middle and high school students in the Barberton City Schools. The goal is to help the students improve their academic performance by setting and assessing their progress towards college and/or career goals.

University Mentors

University teacher candidates are assigned to a Barberton classroom based upon their major (Social Studies, Language Arts, and Special Education). This mentorship takes place over the course of the semester under the direct supervision of their professors and cooperating Barberton teachers. University mentors are on-site every day of the semester working with their matched mentees individually, in small groups, or in teams. The mentors serve as positive role models who help motivate and inspire youth.

Community Mentors

Program partner iC.A.R.E. Mentoring of the United Way of Summit County trains and matches volunteer adult mentors with Barberton youth. After submitting to a background check, these community mentors meet with their assigned mentee(s) at least once per week (in school and outside of school), in the fall and spring semesters. Mentors provide youth with guidance on being resilient in the face of adversity, creating a positive future, setting SMART goals, establishing good character, and succeeding academically. Over the course of the academic year, mentors help monitor student progress and encourage their growth.

Mentors serve as positive role models who can help motivate and inspire students. Barberton area residents or organizations interested in learning more about this project or volunteering to serve as mentors to youth should contact Ms. Sarah Palace at

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