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.


Teach for America (TFA), $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. 

Cleveland State University Foundation$431,250

To support two separate initiatives: $171,210 for the Cleveland Foundation Teaching Fellows Program, which aims to be a pipeline for CMSD in attracting and retaining promising teachers in our area, and $260,040 for CSforAll, which aims to provide computer science classes to all CMSD high school students within three years. 

Envision Excellence in STEM Education$50,000 

To fund the creation of a portfolio of computer science curriculum tools and materials to be integrated into CMSD’s K-8 classrooms.


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.