The Kent State University Office of Outreach and Engagement is a new office under the Office of the Provost that intentionally brings together long-existing programming that will benefit from the shared knowledge, resources, experiences and successes that each separate program has demonstrated so well.

The goals of the new office include coordinating and growing the mission-based K-12 to college pipeline work of the university; building a holistic student success strategy for all pipeline engagement experiences; developing and implementing a strategy for community engagement; and enhancing strong town-and-gown relationships, initiatives and opportunities.             

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Upward Bound Programs

Pre-College/TRIO Upward Bound programs include three federal TRIO Upward Bound programs that seek to increase educational opportunities and diminish barriers for first-generation, low income students and families through comprehensive services in targeted school districts. Upward Bound provides equality, preparation and access for populations seeking entrance to post-secondary education.

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First Star Kent State Academy

The First Star Kent State Academy is a free, comprehensive four-year college access program for youth in foster care impacted by the opioid crisis.

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LeBron James Family Foundation

LeBron James Family Foundation Akron I Promise Network

Recognizing the life-changing importance of education, The LeBron James Family Foundation invest its time, resources, and attention in the kids of LeBron's hometown of Akron, Ohio.
Through its I PROMISE program, the foundation serves more than 1,400 Akron-area students by providing them with the programs, support, and mentors they need to succeed in school and beyond.

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College and Career Academies of Akron Public Schools

With the goal of becoming the No.1 urban school system in the USA, Akron Public Schools, in partnership with Kent State University, has developed the College and Career Academies of Akron to transform traditional high school teaching and learning to provide all students with the advanced skills and experiences needed to become more successful, productive citizens in college, career and life.

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