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3/16/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

APS hosting sessions about its College and Career Academies

AKRON — Akron Public Schools (APS) officials will host information sessions on its new College and Career Academies of Akron.

According to APS officials, College and Career Academies is a new high school educational model that links academic subjects to career themes. Through the academies, students and teachers work with community partners to engage in experiential learning and explore a variety of college and career options.

The following information sessions will offer more information about the academies: today, March 16, at 6 p.m. at Buchtel Community Learning Center (CLC), located at 1040 Copley Road; March 21 at 6 p.m. at North High School, located at 985 Gorge Blvd.; and March 23 at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. at Firestone CLC, 470 Castle Blvd.

APS students are invited to attend any of the sessions.

For more information, contact Rachel Tecca via email at rtecca@apslearns.org or by calling 330-761-2665.


Savannah James creates mentoring program for Buchtel girls

WEST AKRON — Savannah James, wife of Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, announced March 8 a new mentoring program for young women attending her alma mater, Buchtel Community Learning Center.

Women of Our Future (WOOF) aims to inspire, uplift and support young Akron women through research-based and volunteer-driven interventions, according to Savannah James. The program will offer high school girls one-on-one mentoring, academic support and encouragement as they pursue their educations.

The initiative’s inaugural group includes 16 young women from Buchtel who have been individually paired with mentors. WOOF already has a structure in place for sustained mentorship through its work with the iCare Network, according to organizers.

“I wanted to start the Women of Our Future program because I know the struggles and pressures a lot of these young women are facing during these tough high school years, and I want them to know they are supported every step of the way,” Savannah James said. “I’m passionate about empowering and encouraging these young women because they are the future leaders of our community. I’m honored and excited to be in a position to work with them.”

Akron Public Schools officials praised the announcement.

“Our gratitude to the James family is profound,” said Superintendent David James. “We applaud and welcome Savannah James’ ongoing efforts to support and guide girls. She is a wonderful example for young women everywhere, not just in our community.”

The new effort is not the first for the Bath resident. In 2013, Savannah James established her I PROMise Makeover, an annual event that assists those who may not have the means to prepare for prom. She is also an active volunteer for the LeBron James Family Foundation, supporting its efforts to help Akron students achieve their dreams through education.


Kathleen Folkerth and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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