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.


College Now Greater Cleveland, $860,000

For their efforts to increase college access and educational attainment levels in our community. The grant will support their college advisers and career pathway coaches in Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) schools; the Cleveland Foundation College Now Scholars Program; scholarships for CMSD students; and personalized college advising, financial aid counseling and scholarships for adult learners.  

Cleveland Transformation Alliance$175,000

To help continue its work as the trusted adviser on education reform in Cleveland and the go-to resource for families seeking information about public schools.  

Teach for America, Inc.$78,000

To continue the third year of its Encore mentorship program, which connects first year TFA teachers with experienced adults who support the teachers and connect them more deeply to the Greater Cleveland community. This program is part of our Encore Cleveland Initiative


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.