The Public Education Initiative (PEI) is a program of the Federation's Jewish Volunteer Network (JVN) to further our mission of tikkun olam (healing the world). PEI began in 1999 to create more opportunities for members of the Jewish community to become involved in the life of Cleveland.
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• Bolton School (K-6)
• Buckeye-Woodland School (K-8)
• Buhrer School (K-6)
• Citizens Leadership Academy (6-8)
• E-Prep School (6-8)
• Village Prep (K-3)
• Juvenile Detention Center
•STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) High School (11th grade ACT Prep or Literacy Enrichment)
PEI provides training, an on-site coordinator, and a structured supplemental reading program and materials. The program recruits a corps of caring volunteers to help build reading skills, offer homework help, and develop one to one relationships with students. The program functions during school hours as a supplementary program, apart from the school's regular reading curriculum. As a result of this program, hundreds of volunteers from all faiths have come together to read, write, play learning games, and build relationships.
Funders: Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Campaign for Jewish Needs
McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal and Liffman Foundation
ServeOhio, the commission on service and volunteerism
Supporting Foundations of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland:
Partners: Fuchs Mizrachi School; John Carroll University Center for Social Service and Social Action; Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights; St. Ignatius High School; The Temple-Tifereth Israel.