Our Services

Families experiencing homelessness don’t always know or realize they may qualify for certain rights when it comes to their children’s education, according to federal law.* Project Rise helps families understand these rights and advocates on their behalf. We help them:
  • make sure students can enroll.
  • ensure they stay in their home school/school of origin.
  • arrange transportation, if needed.
*Project Rise is federally funded through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.

Community Resources 

Project Rise partners with several organizations in the community to serve our students and families. We help them identify, locate and connect with the resources they need. This includes producing our comprehensive Akron Resource Guide and the Akron Street Card for distribution to all families. We also help manage a the DLM Food and Resources project, which includes a food pantry specifically for Project Rise clients. 

Our resource partners are:
  • Akron Summit County Public Library
  • Christ Child Society
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Head Start
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Shelter Care Drop In Center
  • The University of Akron
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse 
Education and Enrichment 

Project Rise helps students stay in school and on track. We help them raise their grades, assist at-risk youth to stay in school and empower parents to be more involved in their child’s education. Our tutoring staff is made up of certified teachers, and our academic advocates work in the schools to ensure students are getting connected to available resources. 

Our programs include: 
  • after-school tutoring in nine local shelter sites.
  • the Love and Learn Doll Project.
  • Parents RISE-ing programs.
  • the Performing Arts Can Teach (PACT) Program.
  • a Summer Program (includes educational field trips, visits to the Akron Art Museum, programming with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and arts and literacy activities at the shelters).
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