Reach Opportunity Center at Summit Lake

Serving the educational needs of children and adults in Akron's Summit Lake neighborhood

Programs and Services

The Reach Opportunity Center is a community hub; a place Summit Lake residents use for support, resources, education, community and friendship.

The center provides a variety of services from early childhood education and youth programs to workforce development, special interest workshops, support groups, family events and more. Stop in, take a tour and learn what we have to offer.

Please see information below or refer to the schedule of events located on this website for programs currently being offered. For additional information about the programs and services offered, contact the Reach Opportunity Center at 330-252-9271.

Early Childhood Programs

The center provides a comprehensive array of educational services for young children. We believe in the value of education for young children, and that the earlier children begin their education, the better they will do in primary school and beyond. 

There are several programs that work with parents to help them prepare their young children for kindergarten. These include, Parents as Teachers for children 0 to 3 years provided by AMHA, and SPARK for 3 and 4 year old children provided by Greenleaf Family Center.

Akron Summit Community Action offers 2 Early Head Start classes for children 6 to 36 months of age, and 2 Head Start classes for children 3 to 5 years of age. 

Two APS Kindergarten classes are offered at the center, allowing parents in Summit Lake to walk their young children to school. For the first time in Akron these kindergarten classes incorporate the Incredible Years program. Incredible Years is a behavioral health program for young children provided by Child Guidance and Family Solution that teaches young children behavioral skills for school and home. The Incredible Years is also a component of the Head Start classes.

Mom-ME Time is a support group just for moms with children under 5 years old. Connect and share with other moms. baby sitting and food providedMorning and evening sessions offered.

Youth Programs

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, a youth development organization providing out of school programming to kids and teens in the Greater Akron area, provides a safe place for kids to belong when they are out of school. They help with homework, serve snacks, and provide fun, enriching programs that focus on academics, art, computers, fitness, good character and healthy habits. 

Various recreational opportunities for school-aged children are also available at the City of Akron's Summit Lake Community Center adjacent to our center.

Students With a Goal (SWAG) provides after school enrichment, tutoring, mentoring and academic support for middle school and high school youth.

Adult Programs

The center also offers a selection of education programs for adults including basic education, and job readiness workshops.  Project Learn provides services to assist adults in completing their high school education or obtaining a GED. The Akron Summit County Public Library  provides Adult Education Workshops focusing on basic to advanced computer skills. The OhioMeansJobs Center, a division of Summit County Job and Family Services, works in conjunction with Goodwill Industries to provide a series of Job Readiness Workshops focusing on the basic skills needed to be successful in your career.

WorkKeys - offered through a partnership with TalentNEO and Conexus, is a free job skills assessment that helps match your skills with the needs of local employers. Staff is available to assist you with getting started and supporting you through the process.

Mom-ME Time is a support group just for moms with children under 5 years old. Connect and share with other moms. baby sitting and food provided.  Morning and evening sessions offered.

Two computer labs are available for during the day for personal use. Can be used for school, work, searching for jobs, social media, or just for fun. Staff available to assist.