LeBron James’ Foundation Helps Adults Get GED Diplomas
LeBron James is now trying to help Akron adults get their GEDs by using the same basic principles his charitable foundation designed to help children stay in school and graduate.
Under a new partnership announced Thursday with Project Learn of Summit County, which exists to help adults get their GEDs, parents of the children enrolled in the LeBron James Family Foundation’s scholastic mentorship program can get financial and emotional support to obtain high school equivalency credentials and learn other life skills.
Since 2011, James’ foundation has targeted poor, at-risk Akron school children and their families to help keep the students in school and the parents engaged in their children’s education.
That program, called Wheels for Education (for grades 3-5) and the Akron I PROMISE Network (sixth grade and up), now has more than 1,000 enrolled and free college scholarships to attend the University of Akron waiting for those who graduate from an Akron high school and fulfill some additional requirements beginning in 2021.
James seeks to inspire the children by writing to them personally and engaging them on social media. Children and their families are also eligible for prizes, often in the form of gifts (from one of James’ corporate sponsors, such as a Samsung tablet) or cash for groceries.
The new program for adults is called “I PROMISE, Too” and so far counts nine adults – who will be taught by instructors from Project Learn. Again, only parents or guardians of children in James’ mentorship program are eligible.
In the new program, enrollees received an inspirational letter from the Cavaliers superstar basketball player, HP laptop computers that they can keep if they finish the classes, and free bus passes and parking to attend class.
Participants will also have covered the $6 cost to take the GED practice test and $120 cost for taking the entire, official GED exam. The foundation will also provide prizes for good attendance, work progress, and other achievements.
The James foundation spends at least $1 million per year on education. According to federal filing documents required of all non-profit organizations, the foundation spent $903,000 on its Wheels for Education program in 2013 – the last year for which data was available.
LeBron is really doing some good in his old hood!