Community Involvement Leads to School Growth

AKRON, OH—The following is an update sent to us from Evan Palo, Director at Main Street Preparatory Academy.

Main Street Preparatory Academy recently had the opportunity to partner with the Akron Urban League and the Summer Youth Employment Program.

The Akron Urban League’s mission is to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Summit County, particularly African Americans, through economic self-reliance and social empowerment. They, through the Summer Youth Employment Program, offer summer jobs to youths aged 16–24 to give them training and work experience. Participants complete the Work Readiness Program, which provides soft skills training in communication skills and teamwork.

Through the program, several youths were placed at Main Street Preparatory Academy to gain work experience during the summer of 2015.

Our summer employees were a wonderful addition to the Main Street team and we were grateful to have them. The youth workers gained valuable experience and knowledge while helping Main Street grow. The youth workers spent time in classrooms tutoring and often mentorevaning our younger students. They became positive role models and the students look to them for support and guidance.

The youth employees also spent time working on classroom preparation to aid the new Main Street employees—we’re adding at least three additional staff members.

As part of the program, the youth employment team also spend a great deal of time exploring the city and it’s events. For Main Street Prep, they spent time marketing to local communities during local events. Included in the picture, you can see two of the youth workers working with three of our staff members at the Summit for Kids—an annual family expo where parents and children are invited to enjoy fun and educational activities, free back-to-school items and more—in Downtown Akron. We were able to donate book bags and converse with hundreds of families.

With the support and help of our youth staff members, and the continued growth and devotion of returning staff members, we continue to watch enrollment, school familiarity, and enrollment rise. Most recently at our Student Open House, we had at least 100 enrolled students attend, completed 13 new applications, and gave even more new school tours.

We are thankful for the opportunities that we share with these unique individuals and the Akron Urban League. We close out this opportunity by writing letters of recommendations and helping the youth update their resumes as they further their experiences and on workplace skills. We look forward to partnering with the Akron Urban League and the Summer Youth Employment Program again next summer.

Main Street Prep is dedicated to setting a solid foundation for the growth and future of our students and youths in the community. Learn more about Main Street Prep by visiting our website.