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United Way of Summit County iC.A.R.E. program awarded $200k for work in Barberton schools

August 3, 2018

United Way of Summit County iC.A.R.E. program awarded $200k for work in Barberton schools

AKRON, Ohio - The United Way of Summit County’s iC.A.R.E. program has been awarded more than $200,000 for its in-school mentoring program with the University of Akron in Barberton City Schools.

The state’s Community Connectors program awarded the program $180,000. Community Connectors was created by the state in 2014 to bring students, parents, schools, businesses and values- or faith-based organizations together in mentoring programs.

The money will go toward further development of the mentor training process and a mentoring curriculum. With set activities for both mentors and mentees during sessions, the curriculum is designed to build relationships and skills, while boosting students’ motivation and confidence.

Two $15,000 grants from the Barberton Community Foundation and the Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation, will support the iC.A.R.E. program’s expansion in Barberton. Two new events are designed to help parents become more involved in their children’s education. In Akron during the last school year, 270 students, mentors and family members attended iC.A.R.E. family events.

Instead of working outside the school day, iC.A.R.E coordinates with school administrators so mentors work with kids during the regular school day without taking time away from their regular school work.

A United Way program since 2016 iC.A.R.E., serves 400 students in the Akron Public Schools and Barberton City Schools systems, with a goal reach 500 kids by the end of the upcoming school year.

The iC.A.R.E. program dovetails with United Way’s Bold Goal 2, which aims to improve graduation rates and prepare kids for secondary education or careers. Students who work with iC.A.R.E. mentors are three times more likely than other students to earn a 3.0 point grade average or higher, according to United Way.

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