Bold Goals

Building a new ecosystem

Our system puts people at the center. We break down the barriers that prevent our neighbors from getting help by working in, with, and for our community to build lasting solutions.


Bold Goals for 2028:

65% of APS third-graders reading at or above grade level

2015-2016 baseline: 38%
2020-2021: 27%

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on reading scores. In the 2018-19 school year, 50% of third-graders were reading at or above grade level.


90% of APS high-schoolers graduating in 4 years, with 60% college/career ready

2015-2016 baseline: 75% and 21% respectively
2020-2021: 83% and 28% respectively


60% of Akron youth employed or active in extracurriculars

2019 baseline: 46% (Suburb = 60%)

Financially empower 11,000 people in Summit County and 2,500 people in Medina County

Summit County 2016 baseline: 42,000 people in Akron live in households earning less than Ohio's cost of living.
June 2018 - June 2022: 3,207 Summit County residents are on the path to financial empowerment.

Medina County baseline: 9,000 people in the city of Medina live in households earning less than Ohio's cost of living.

Reduce the Black infant mortality rate in Summit County to 6 per 1,000 live births

2019 baseline: Black infant mortality rate is 15.4 per 1,000 births while the Summit County infant mortality rate is 6.0 per 1,000 births.