EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION & MENTORING PROGRAMS



This page lists a variety of public service agencies and privately funded or non-profit agencies which can provide assistance with education, employment searches, job training programs and life skills development. Identification and eligibility requirements may apply. This information has been updated as of September 202 but may be subject to change. Please contact providers for verification and precise program details.

 

FREE GRANTS FOR FELONS & SINGLE MOTHERS
These sites offers information and  a state by state directory of grants and financial assistance programs. Resources  may include jobs, education, housing, emergency funds, and basic needs assistance but programs may not be available in all areas or for all circumstances.
freegrantsforfelons.org
singlemothersgrants.org

 

STARK HELP CENTRAL
Comprehensive resource navigation tool for a broad spectrum of community programs and services. 
Resources include education, substance abuse, jobs, health and insurance, parenting, transportation, legal assistance, emergencies, safety, basic needs and youth services.
This service has replaced the United Way 211 information system which is no longer available.
starkhelpcentral.com

 

 
 

LEGAL & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS



APPRISEN
2800 Market Avenue North
Suite 18
Canton, OH 44714
330-899-9250
800-355-2227
Non-profit agency providing financial wellness programs, consumer credit counseling, debt management, as well as housing and bankruptcy counseling
apprisen.com
 
 
 
 COMMUNITY LEGAL AIDE
United Way Building
401 Market Ave N.
Suite 103
Canton, OH 44702
866-584-2350
330-456-8361
Northeast Ohio Help Line 800-998-9454
A non-profit law firm serving the legal needs of low-income individuals and families in central northeast Ohio
communitylegalaid.org
 
 
 
ECONOMIC MOBILITY CENTER
UNITED WAY OF GREATER STARK COUNTY
401 Market Ave N
Suite 300
Canton, OH 44702
330-491-0445
Offers appointment based assistance for income taxes, auto repairs, and birth certificate & ID vouchers. 
uwstark.org/our-work/community-programs/economic-mobility-center
 
 

 

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
301 Mckinley Ave SW
Suite 100
Canton, OH 44702
877-255-1509 local office
800-772-1213 national office
ssa.gov

 
 
 
 

ADULT  EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT & MENTORING  SERVICES

 
 

ALLIANCE FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES
624 Scranton Ave 
Alliance, OH 44601  
330-821-6332
Emergency homeless shelter access is available through the homeless hotline.
Transitional and permanent housing assistance programs for families are available as well as parenting classes, health and wellness service, financial literacy and employment support programs.
allianceforchildrenandfamilies.org/acf-programs

 

 CANTON CITY SCHOOLS ADULT CAREER, TECHNICAL & COMMUNITY EDUCATION
305 McKinley Ave NW
Canton, OH 44702
330-438-2556
GED assistance, college prep classes, technical training programs and on-line classes and training programs are available
ccsdistrict.org

 

 

COLEMAN HEALTH SERVICES 
Provides behavioral health, residential, employment and support services for people with disabilities, criminal records, substance abuse and chemical dependency issues as well as veterans 

400 Tuscarawas St W.
Suite 200 
Canton, OH 44702 
330-438-2400
 
1410 W. State St.
Alliance, OH 44601
330-823-6932 
colemanservices.org
 
 

ENGLISH LEARNING CENTER
Timken Career Campus - 3rd Floor
521 Tuscarawas St W
Canton, OH 44702
330-452-7443 or 330-438-2559
ccsdistrict.org/Page/310

 

 

GOODWILL COMMUNITY CAMPUS
408  9th St SW 
Canton, OH 44702 
330-454-9461
Available services include parenting programs, math & reading literacy, financial education, family strengthening, computer classes, and pre-employment and job placement services for those with barriers to employment
goodwillgoodskills.org/services/#stark
 
 

MAKE A WAY CENTER
227 3rd St.
Massillon, OH 44648
330-837-0650
Social support, peer support, recreational and recreational opportunities for people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.
makeaway.org

 

 MEN’S CHALLENGE 
 Job skills training and workshops as well as one-on-one life skills and case management services for both men and women

ONE Center for Leadership
901 Tuscarawas St. E
Canton, OH 4470
330-754-6203

54 City Hall St
Massillon, OH 44646
330-754-6203
 
470 E. Broadway St. 
Suite 103
Alliance, OH 44601
330-821-6367
menschallenge.org
 
 

OHIO MEANS JOBS
822  30th St. NW 
Canton, OH 44709 
330-433-9675
Free career workshops and trainings as well as employment connection services for job seekers and employers.
omjwork.com

 

RAHAB MINISTRIES 
Mentoring and support services for sexually exploited women and youth including safe housing and day room services (meals, showers, fellowship, Bible study, clothing & hygiene items may be available).

Canton Drop-In
330-388-5286 
914 Sandal Place NE
Canton, OH 44703
Open Monday – Friday from 1:00 am - 5:00 pm. 
Hours may vary on holidays and based on staff availability.  It is recommended to call ahead if possible.  

 
Ministry Office
3480 W. Market St.
Suite 303 
Fairlawn, OH 44333 
330-819-3326
rahab-ministries.org

 

 

STARK COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY
CENTER OF EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
1326 Market Ave North
Canton, OH 44714
330-580-9356
Job training and employment assistance programs are available.

 

STARK COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY 
1366 Market Avenue North
Canton, OH 44714
330-454-1676
HEAP and HWAP programs, work force development and job training programs, classes and workshops are available.
Head Start Program for preschoolers and summer employment program for youth 16-18 years of age are also offered.
sccaa.org/agency-programs/workforce-development
sccaa.org

 

STARK COUNTY COMMUNITY SUPPORT NETWORK
1221 Harrisburg Rd NE
Canton, OH 44705
330-455-2260
Provides service links and support for individuals and families needing mental health and substance abuse care, trauma care, pregnancy/parenting support programs, mentoring/job training, and basic needs assistance.
Some counseling and support group services are also available on site.
starkcommunitysupportnetwork.com

 

 STARK COUNTY JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES
221 3rd St NE
Canton, OH 44702
330-452-4661
starkjfs.org


 
STARK COUNTY URBAN LEAGUE
1400 Sherrick Rd SE
Canton, OH 44707
330-754-1576
The mission of the Greater Stark County Urban League is to enable African American and the underserved to reach full economic, social and health parity.
Initiatives include connections to home ownership, health care, education, and social justice support services as well as job training and placement.
starkurbanleague.org

 

STRENGTHENING STARK
400 3rd St. SE
Suite. 302
Canton, OH 44702
330-453-5628
Strengthening Stark is a community-wide movement dedicated to getting Stark residents into better jobs and training opportunities.  A navigator will help you through the process of gaining employment, including addressing any barriers to employment and stay with you through the process until you are employed.
strengtheningstark.com
strengtheningstark.com/wba/content/initiatives/stark-career-connect

 

QUEER IN CANTON
2663 Cleveland Ave NW
Canton, OH 44709
The community center is open Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Services include Safe Space, resource referral and peer support  for LGBTQ+ community members, allies and parents.
Harm reduction supplies, clothing and hygiene items may be available.
Youth programs for individuals 12-18-years-old may also be available. 
Contact the center through the website for specific program availability and schedule information
queerincanton.com

 

 

 

YOUTH TO YOUNG ADULT EDUCATION & MENTORING SERVICES

 

 BE A BETTER ME FOUNDATION
ONE CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP
901 Tuscarawas St E
Canton, OH 44707
330-754-6881
Youth tutoring and mentoring programs designed to help empower and encourage youth, on and off the right path in life, to see the good in themselves & others.
beabetterme.org

 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SUMMIT, MEDINA & STARK COUNTIES
50 South Main St
Suite LL10
Akron, OH 44308
330-376- 6503
Volunteers act as role models and friends for children ages 6-18 with the goal of increasing their self-confidence as well as being a support system for them.
mentorwithme.org

 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF CANTON
J. BABE STEARN CLUBHOUSE
2628  13th St SW
Canton, OH 44710
330-455-3921
A variety of after school programs are available for school aged children including education, recreation, leadership, arts and crafts and social skills.
Financial assistance in the form of scholarships and sliding fee scales are available to help with the membership fee for those who qualify. The fee for 2023 is $25.00 per child.
facebook.com/BabeStearnCenter  

 

 BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF MASSILLON
730 Duncan Street SW
Massillon, Ohio 44647
330-833-4395
Youth programs available in the areas of arts, education, health & wellness, life skills, leadership & service, and sports & recreation.  Membership fee is $10 per year
massillonkids.org/our-impa

 

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD RESOURCE CENTER
1718 Cleveland Ave NW
Canton, OH 44703
330-491-3272
Parenting classes, kindergarten readiness programs, child care service referrals, children's library, car seat assistance and early learning backpacks
ecresourcecenter.org

 

EN-RICH-MENT
1014 Cleveland Ave NW
Canton, OH 44702
330-546-7724
Provides music, education, training, instruments, art, dance, voice, theater, drumline, gardening and cooking classes free of charge to underserved urban youth ages 5 through 18 years.
en-rich-ment.org

 

HANNAH’S HOUSE 119
213  Nassau St E. 
East Canton, OH 44730
330-495-2970 
Youth mentoring, guidance and life skills programs for young women in grades 6-12
hannahshouse119.com

 

THE MARTIN CENTER
1253 3rd St SE,
Canton OH  44707
866-607-4096
Drop-in center for youth ages 12-20 provides safe recreation areas, mentoring, counseling, tutoring & computer lab, and meals may also be available. 
tmccanton.wixsite.com/the-martin-center
 
 

META-MORPHOSIS
12 Cole Ave. SW
N. Canton, OH 44720
330-839-2078
Juvenile offender education and re-entry support services including housing, job training, mentoring and life-skills assistance.
metamorphosisnow.org

 

 

PROJECT REBUILD 
406 Shorb Ave NW
Canton, OH 44703 
330-588-3205
Education, vocational training, and leadership development with a focus on construction trade training for youth & young adults
projectrebuild.org
 
 
 
 
 RAHAB MINISTRIES 
Faith-based mentoring and support services for sexually exploited women and youth including safe housing and day room services (meals, showers, fellowship, Bible study, clothing & hygiene items may be available).
 
Canton Drop-In
330-388-5286
914 Sandal Place NE
Canton, OH 44703
Open Monday – Friday from 1:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Hours may vary on holidays and based on staff availability.  It is recommended to call ahead if possible. 
 
Ministry Office
3480 W. Market St.
Suite 303
Fairlawn, OH 44333
330-819-3326
rahab-ministries.org
 
 
 
 
 STARK COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY 
1366 Market Avenue North
Canton, OH 44714
330-454-1676
Head Start Program for preschoolers and a summer employment program for youth 16-18 years of age are offered.
sccaa.org/agency-programs/workforce-development
sccaa.org

 

STARK COUNTY FAMILY COUNCIL
Stark County Educational Service Center
6057 Strip Avenue NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720 
330-492-8136
Coordinates help for children and families between the child and family service organizations who specialize in specific needs such as mental health, developmental disabilities, education, substance abuse, child welfare, juvenile justice, parenting education and child development resources 
starkfamilycouncil.org

 

STRAIGHT PATH PROGRAM
2840 Lincoln Way E.
Suite B
Massillon, Ohio 44646
234-214-3460
Provides life coaching and mentoring programs for youth and young adults
facebook.com/tsppcommunity

 

 

TIQVAH HANDS OF HOPE
530 Tuscarawas St. NW 
Canton, Ohio 44702
330-353-9697
Faith based services provided for local families include but are not limited to:
Nutritious family style meal four days a week.
Personal hygiene opportunities so children can brush teeth daily and receive other products they need.
Enrichment classes & play programs
Character development curriculum based on biblical principles to aid in the development of wise decision making skills.
A clothing boutique for students and their families.
tiqvah.org

 

YMCA
There are YMCA's in every Stark County Community.  Membership fees apply but financial assistance is available.
Services and programs vary by location but generally include child care, after school and summer camp programs, health and wellness, sports and recreation, family activities and achievement and leadership programs. 
Massillon and Navarre locations see weststarky.org
All other Stark locations see ymcastark.org

 

YWCA OF CANTON
231 Sixth St. NE
Canton, OH 44702
330-453-7644
Early Head Start is available for children aged 6 weeks to 3 years including infants and toddlers with disabilities.  This program is offered at other community locations as well.
Early Childhood Learning Center provides quality care and education for children six weeks to 11 years of age.
ywcacanton.org
ywcacanton.org/what-we-do/early-head-start