I wanted at least one child to know this year that they are special, cared for, and that there is someone who wants to see them succeed.
A school is really nothing more than bricks. It's what you bring into it that matters.
Officer Michael Gould, Sr.
In spite of the circumstances and bad starts, you have something to offer this world. It's not how you start but how you finish.
Throughout my experience as a mentor, I have developed a great relationship with the students and have been able to actually observe a positive change in some of their behaviors.
Everyone in here is the product of a mentor. Someone at some point in our lives has stepped in and walked with us.
Jonathan Greer, Founder of the MAN-UP Movement, is a community engagement leader in Akron. He is the loving husband of Jessica and proud father of Jonathan David, Judah Allen, Jahonna Grace and soon to come Juliahna Aday. He is an ordained minister and associate pastor at Gateway Worship Center in Akron. He is the founder and director for the iC.A.R.E. Mentoring program, a collaborative mentorship program of the United Way of Summit County, serving Akron students with positive, purposeful, mentoring relationships. Jonathan is a special lecturer/part-time professor at the University of Akron’s LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education; teaching classes on Urban Mentoring. Jonathan’s work in the community speaks for itself as he has helped to transform some of the toughest neighborhoods on Akron’s west-side from devastation to determination, providing weekly summer programs for kids, school supply giveaways and establishing an 8,000-square foot community garden space for residents in Ward 4. Jonathan has been featured in the Akron Beacon Journal, Westside Leader, Channel 19 News, SGTV (Socially Good Television), WAKR Horner’s Corner an Akron Public School’s radio and video station, TCT Television Network and the United Way of Summit County’s quarterly newsletter for various programs and services performed by him and the projects he initiated. His faith-based organization uses woodworking and mentorship to teach small groups of elementary and middle-school boys what it takes to be caring, well-rounded responsible men.
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