Project: LEARN (Let Every Adult Read Now) of Medina County was founded in 1983 by Ellen Daiber, who saw the need to provide literacy assistance to individuals in the community. Starting in an office in a church basement in Medina, Project: LEARN now has four locations in Medina County to provide tutoring to adults in reading, math, and English as a Second Language.
Project: LEARN is proud to be largely self-supporting. Approximately 65 percent of the revenue needed to run our operations is generated by our three used bookstores. Other sources of funding include individuals, civic organizations, grants, local businesses, and annual fundraising events. (For more information about our stores, visit The BookShelf.)
Project: LEARN, Fiscal Year 2017-2018
In Fiscal Year 2018, Project: LEARN provided tutoring services to 202 students in four main areas of study: English as a Second Language, GED testing preparation, Adult Basic Education/Low Literacy, and Other Learning Needs. Our tutors, numbering 162 dedicated individuals, along with our professional staff members, provided over 4,000 hours of tutoring to students. To read our entire annual report, click here: Project LEARN FY 2018 annual report
In FY 2018, Project: LEARN served over 202 students–111 students had English as a second language tutoring, 63 individuals were working on GED test preparation, 17 students were working on their basic literacy skills, and 11 students received help with other learning needs such as ASVAB preparation, college math/writing, or other testing prep. Our great thanks to our tutor supervisors and volunteer tutors who provided Medina County residents with this level of service in FY 2018!
Angie joined Project: LEARN in January, 2020. She has more than 25 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in Cuyahoga and Lake counties. A graduate of University of Akron and experienced in donor relations, event planning and social services within healthcare, hospitals and human services. Angie is responsible for overall operations, including marketing and communications, supervision of staff, grant-writing and fundraising. To reach Angie, call 330.723.1314 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANAGER OF STUDENT SERVICES
For over 10 years, Cindy has managed Project: LEARN’s student data input and business affairs. A graduate of Leadership: Medina County, Cindy is an integral part of our operations; her expertise in the area of adult education helps us to manage our programs efficiently and effectively. To reach Cindy, call 330.723.1314 or email her at email@example.com.
In 2015, Kathy Mesick became part of the Project: LEARN team. With her BA in Mathematics and teaching certifications PreK-12, she has a vast array of experience helping people meet their educational goals. Kathy is our tutor supervisor in our Medina and Brunswick locations, where she coordinates student intake, student/tutor matching, and supervises tutors. To reach Kathy, call 330.723.1314 (Medina) or 330.460.6404 (Brunswick) or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
BookShelf STORES MANAGER
Diane joined Project: LEARN when the Wadsworth BookShelf opened in 2011. She came to us with significant experience in getting things accomplished from her previous career as an event planner and travel agent in Northeast Ohio. Diane oversees bookstore operations at all three BookShelf locations, in Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth. To reach Diane, call 330.334.3333 or email her at email@example.com.
Jeff came to Project: LEARN in 2011 after a distinguished career in several public school districts working with student services. He has extensive experience in helping students with learning differences to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Jeff coordinates student intake, student/tutor matching, and supervises tutors out of the Wadsworth and Lodi locations, and also helps coordinate our tutor training program. To reach Jeff, call 330.334.3333 (Wadsworth) or 330.573.3934 (Lodi) or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
Project: LEARN of Medina County is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, subject to all IRS and state laws governing charities. We are led by a Board of Directors comprised of individuals from throughout Medina County who volunteer their time and expertise to help Project: LEARN fulfill its mission. Our Mission: To enhance lives and strengthen communities by helping adults improve fundamental skills in reading, problem-solving, and the English language.
Project: LEARN Board
President: Kelly Dempsey
Vice President: Drew Hall
Secretary: Rita Garry Esposito
Treasurer: Dave Arbogast
Executive Director: Angie Braidich
Office Manager: Cindy Kemsuzian
Tutor Supervisors: Kathy Mesick
BookShelf Store Manager: Diane Shreve