AHEAD Foundation | Nonprofit Spotlight

Helping children get ahead is what the AHEAD Foundation is all about. AHEAD is a private, nonprofit organization created to serve children and their families in Massillon by helping to remove barriers to learning.

Helping children get ahead is what the AHEAD Foundation is all about. AHEAD is a private, nonprofit organization created to serve children and their families in Massillon by helping to remove barriers to learning.

The organization works with families, school personnel and community resources to help reduce issues of poverty; improve negative educational experiences of children or families; support the social, emotional and physical limitations of families; and provide enrichment opportunities that can enhance the experiences and achievements of students.

Erica Thom, executive director of AHEAD
Erica Thom, executive director of AHEAD

“AHEAD advocates on behalf of the children of the Massillon City School District and has been very successful in bringing supportive resources to the district,” said Carmela Lioi, assistant superintendent of the Stark County Educational Service Center. “The spirit of collaboration benefits not only the students of Massillon but those all across Stark County.”

Erica Thom became executive director of AHEAD in October. “Students and families have access to services and programs that would not be here if it weren’t for the work of AHEAD. We are able to do this because of our unique partner relationship with Massillon City Schools. Our motto is ‘Supporting Education, Serving Families,’ and that is exactly what AHEAD does through this collaborative approach to reducing barriers to learning for the youth and families in the Massillon community.”

ABOUT AHEAD FOUNDATION

WHO: AHEAD (Affordable Housing Educational Advancement Developers) Foundation.
WHAT: A private, nonprofit organization created to serve children and their families in Massillon.
BOARD MEMBERS: Bob Rohrer, Massillon City Schools retiree; Bob Sanderson, Massillon Chamber of Commerce; Judi Miller, Health Foundation of Greater Massillon; Judy Kenny; Alan Edie, Stark Development Board; Gene Boerner; Kitty Burgett, FACES of Stark County; and Marilyn Frazier, city of Massillon Department of Housing.
PROGRAM: Includes arts programming, integration of technology into after-school and school-day activities, mental health services and parent- family based programs.
DONATIONS: AHEAD Foundation, 207 Oak Ave. SE, Massillon, OH 44646.