For four years, the LeBron James Family Foundation has helped Akron school kids make — and keep — their pledge to be good students, good sons and daughters and good friends.
On Wednesday, the foundation announced plans for expanding its Akron I Promise Network to include some of the kids’ parents in a partnership with Project Learn, an agency in Summit County that works to improve adult literacy.
I Promise Too would sponsor up to 50 adults and help them earn their GED credentials.
Preliminary details were mentioned during Project Learn’s annual Leaders for Literacy Awards Breakfast.
“Project Learn’s partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation is to help I Promise parents reach their academic goals and make Summit County a more educated and economically strong community,” said Rick McIntosh, executive director of Project Learn. “Through this program, we can strengthen the skills needed to function as family members, workers and lifelong learners by providing avenues for parents to recommit to education.”
Stephanie Rosa, a spokeswoman for the foundation, said that helping parents make strides in their own academic careers better equips them to assist their children in keeping their I Promise commitments.
“A big pillar in the the LeBron James Family Foundation is to encourage parent involvement, so the I Promise Too program falls in line with that,” Rosa said.
A formal announcement with more details will come. The target date to get the program up and running is September, organizers said.
To read more from the breakfast, including comments from keynote speaker Chris “Beanie” Wells, the former Ohio State and Arizona Cardinals running back, go to Ohio.com.
Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or email@example.com.