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Enlisted – Isaiah Sears-Gooding

Isaiah Sears-Gooding remembers the first time he met Marines. “They made an impact on my life,” he says. Sears-Gooding, a Kenmore High School senior who decided to graduate from Akron Public Schools after moving several times during his childhood, had participated in an activity day after a week of testing in grade school. Marines helped coordinate this special day for students, which included snacks and games. “When I talked to the Marines during the event, they seemed professional; I liked their uniforms,” Sears-Gooding says. He recalls seeing similar uniforms in video games that depict combat on screens, but actually meeting Marines made Sears-Gooding realize just how real those situations can be.

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New Housing Is Clearinghouse Links Housing, Health and Education

The following is a press release from the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) that announces the launch of Housing Is, a clearinghouse that links housing, health and education to build partnerships and improve lives. Summit Education Initiative (SEI) partners with Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Early Childhood Initiative, Akron Public Schools and Summit County First Things First to support CLPHA projects and events.

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Re-Aligning Goal Setting

Data is no longer a burden for Summit Education Initiative (SEI)’s out of school time partners (OSTPs). After several years in development, the OSTP Portal has launched to provide organizations working with students outside of school better access to students’ information. This process relieves OSTPs of extra work and time they could spend interacting more with students. Read more in this story.

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iC.A.R.E. To Make an Impact – Part II

Juwana Owens joined iC.A.R.E. Mentoring, a program of United Way of Summit County, in August 2016. She still finds it difficult to believe the Anderson sisters – her mentees from Roswell Kent Middle School – are related. Read more about the Andersons and their experiences with iC.A.R.E. Mentoring in this story.

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