International Community Empowerment Project (ICEP)

ICEP 01Since its inception in 1995, the International Community Empowerment Project (ICEP) remains ASIA’s longest-running program. Over the years, ICEP has served hundreds of children in kindergarten thru 12th grade from over a dozen ethnic communities. This prevention program is funded by the ADM Board whose mission statement is to defer the onset of violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use (VATOD) in at risk immigrant children and youth as well as their families. With many of the outreach belonging to families of limited English proficiency living in inner city communities, the program seeks to impact environmental risk factors that influence VATOD. The GAR Foundation offers additional funding in order to invest in the Greater Akron community to promote quality of life, education, and economic opportunities for its people.

In cooperation with certified prevention specialists from the Akron Health Department, students are educated on the dangers of VATOD along with offering alternative healthy choices. ICEP is staffed with bilingual and bicultural educators who assist students in schoolwork with emphasis on reading and comprehension as well as facilitate the learning of social skills and critical thinking.

Major prevention activities include performing short skits/vignettes, creating prevention posters, participating in anti-drug and tobacco games. Multiple guest speakers including law enforcement officials demonstrate the risk of stranger danger and the importance of education in the pursuit of future careers.

ICEP aims to better educate and socialize students with the collaboration of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and PACE, the University of Akron’s Health and Nutrition program, and many more. The program is still going strong thanks to the help of funders and volunteers from the University of Akron’s Department of Education and Honor’s College, NEOMED, and returning ICEP graduates.

The after school program serves 200-230 inner-city students from Akron Public Schools. They represent a diverse mix of ethnicities including Burmese, Chinese, Karen, Nepali, Pakistani, and Thai.

We are proud of our volunteers and their committment to ICEP. Click here for more information on our volunteer awards.

For more information, contact Kim Helms, Project Coordinator at khelms@asiaohio.org, 330-535-3263 Ext. 5308

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