Every child deserves a fair start at life, but not every child receives one. So many of Cleveland’s children have faced difficult odds. Education and youth development can change the course of a young person’s life and create a brighter future.


Friends of Breakthrough Schools, $500,000

To support two new schools opening in fall 2017 and the grade expansion of Breakthrough’s new schools that opened in 2015 and 2016. The grant also includes funding for support services that Breakthrough provides to all its schools.  

Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI)$700,000

To assist with staffing, training, curriculum and student materials, special events and the recruitment of 550-600 additional mentors to ensure all 2,453 eighth graders across 68 CMSD schools have access to the program.  


The Cleveland Foundation has invested in education since we were founded more than a century ago. With our partners and donors, we help students across Greater Cleveland, from preschool to PhD, and everywhere in between.

We were instrumental in the design and implementation of the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools, a blueprint to make sure every family in every Cleveland neighborhood has a variety of great schools from which to choose. We also work to increase post-secondary education access, and impact state policy. Learn more about our education initiatives. 

Stories of Success in our Schools




Youth Development

We also believe in the strength of youth development programs. We launched and lead MyCom, a network of many partners and caring adults who help young people stay on track. In turn, entire communities become stronger and safer. MyCom provides adult mentors, out-of-school programs, community activities, summer jobs and more. Learn more about youth development.