Summer Programs

Project Rise offers several summer programs for participants to help combat summer learning loss and provide unique educational and cultural experiences for families and students experiencing homelessness.

Art and Literacy

The Summer Art and Literacy program allows families in shelters the opportunity to explore various arts and cultural experiences with a focus on reading. Project Rise partners with The Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Main Library and the Magical Theater Company, as well as numerous other community organizations, to provide these workshops. 

Throughout the program, there is emphasis on five pillars of learning – confidence and independence, knowledge and understanding, skills and strategies, use of prior and emerging experience, and critical reflection.

Field Trips

Project Rise provides participants with the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful and interesting places within an hour's drive from Akron. Families enjoy all kinds of activities from park outings to arts and cultural events and performances. These experiences help neutralize some of their negative experiences and trauma.

Educational and cultural field trips
Project Rise offers families in shelters the opportunity to go on educational and cultural field trips, where they can learn and bond in safe, nurturing environments. In the past, families have visited Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the McKinley Museum in Canton, the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron.

Museum trips and campfires
All Project Rise participants are eligible to join us for field trips to the Akron Art Museum and campfires in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
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