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.


, $350,000

To continue the foundation’s support of this program, with the goal of bringing new teachers to Cleveland and developing a pool of potential future education leaders for our city. 

Piano International Association of Northern Ohio$20,000

Our grant to Piano International Association of Northern Ohio will promote the organization’s student engagement efforts. Specifically, our grant will connect Cleveland Institute of Music students with up to 1,200 Cleveland Metropolitan School District pre-k and kindergarten students for hands-on musical discovery and learning opportunities.  


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.