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.


Lake-Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation (LEAF), $95,000

Supporting scholarships and educational programming – including mentoring and career exploration experiences – for Lake and Geauga County students. Through its LEAVES program, LEAF provides a continuum of educational experiences and opportunities for youth, including STEM-based camps for middle school students, college access and financial aid advisory services, and post-secondary mentoring for scholarship recipients.

Project LEARN, Inc.$30,000

Supporting the organization’s work to provide high-quality, community-based education programs to adults in Greater Cleveland. Project LEARN serves nearly 700 individuals annually, providing basic literacy skills, GED preparation and job support services to at-risk individuals – including those facing poverty, the formerly incarcerated, and individuals currently incarcerated within the Cuyahoga County Jail.

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress$75,000

Supporting their efforts to grow racial equity and inclusion in Northeast Ohio. Our grant supports community access to the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s training programs, which shed light on the devastating impacts of persistent racial inequality on our nation’s most marginalized populations.


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.