A major part of what AHEAD does for Massillon City Schools and the Community is provide support to the families and students in way or another. Whether that is through linking families to needed services they are unaware of or by helping to pay for needed services or working with partners we have made relationships with over the years to help families get what they need to survive. Some examples of what AHEAD has done are below:

Lenscrafters Eye Care Program – minor program that makes a world of difference! AHEAD was able to sponsor a bus to take 28 uninsured students to Lenscrafters for free eye care and glasses. 25 of the students returned with new eyeglasses. This wasn’t a costly venture but it allowed the staff to plug into an existing service and get the children the medical care they needed without spending hours of time finding some way for students to have this need met.

Arts in Stark – Throught a SmARTS grant AHEAD was able to immerse students in academic and art programming with renown WWII survivor, author and artist, Dr. Nelly Toll. The entire 7th grade (329 students) experienced her book and water color paintings and were given the opportunity to meet Dr. Toll during her visit to Massillon. Other Arts grants included the Creativity Café to offer afterschool students new experiences in the arts.

School – Agency Liaison – AHEAD serves as a liaison between the service providers and staff of many of the projects involving community organizations. Helping to meet needs, improve relationships, and address concerns and help facilitate communication for new programs and ideas.

Family Liaison – AHEAD is often called when no other community agency can help families that need services and step in to see if there may be something it can do to get people over the hump. AHEAD does not have a large Family Support fund but know how to stretch its dollar and work with community agencies and partners to get things done for families in need.

Mental Health Services – Child and Adolescent Service Center provides services on site at MMS and Community Services of Stark County provides social/emotional support and clinical counseling at the afterschool locations. In 2007, over 60 students received some type of MH service at the MMS and afterschool all 120 students receiving support services with more receiving individual or family counseling.