There are approximately 1,800 Akron Public Schools students experiencing homelessness each year. Living without permanent, long-term housing can have a profound effect on a child. Not only does schoolwork suffer, homelessness can also cause developmental delays, learning difficulties, depression and anxiety. However, education is one key to breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness.
Project Rise helps students experiencing homelessness stay in school and on track. A collaboration among Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the community, Project Rise empowers students and families to improve the quality of their lives through educational, cultural and community support services and resources.