Project RISE


Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education) is a federally-funded, collaborative effort of Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth who are experiencing homelessness. Project RISE served more than 1,200 APS students during the 2012-13 school year.

Homelessness is stressful, especially for children, and can cause developmental delays, learning difficulties, depression and anxiety. Project RISE is designed to empower students and their families by providing opportunities to improve the quality of their lives through educational, cultural and community resources. Education is known to be the key in breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. 

Project RISE provides many supports for students and families including: