In Honor of Carolyn Hess, Founder of Project REBUILD Inc.
In 1998 Carolyn took a leap of faith and quit her full-time job to follow a dream. She was discouraged that area high school dropout rates exceeded 50%. Her friend, former Ohio First Lady Hope Taft, suggested Carolyn look at a program in Dayton that was aligned with AmeriCorps and YouthBuild USA. The model focused on those youth who had not found success in standard educational settings. Carolyn hoped it was a model that would help Stark County dropouts and committed to spending a year as an intern at the Dayton organization.
When she returned to Canton Project REBUILD was born. She worked out of her home for a couple of years, slowly building the program to what it is today.
Since the beginning, Project REBUILD, as a YouthBuild USA Affiliate, has focused on “building” the lives of young people and providing them the tools to become successful. In 2010 the “Building a Future” Scholarship Fund was created to provide another tool towards success.
Applications are accepted at any time with decisions being made by the following dates:
Announcement being made no later than June 15th for fall sessions.
Announcement being made no later than December 15th for spring sessions.