We want YOU! and your most innovative ideas and actions that inspire and instill hope, helping students see a positive future.
In 2014, the governor and Ohio legislature designed the Community Connectors program to bring together students, their parents, schools, communities, faith or values based organizations and businesses in mentoring programs. The Community Connectors program seeks to strengthen communities, encourage mentoring opportunities and create new pathways for civic engagement that will result in higher educational achievement, higher levels of well-being and health, and workforce readiness for our state.
The goal is to help students get excited about their future – to be encouraged to dream big – and learn what it takes to put their dreams and goals into action.
The grant targets students (grades 5-12) in low-performing/high-poverty schools. You will need to provide the concept of your unique mentoring initiative and will be measured on how successfully it encourages goal-setting, promotes character building and instills a sense of hope for the future.
Community Connectors seeks to make a long-term impact on Ohio communities; programs must be sustainable after award completion. Grant recipients will be those organizations that create sustainable, replicable and innovative programs that prove to impact the lives of Ohio’s children.