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You Are the Friend We Need

Posted on: November 27, 2018
Tags: graduation, giving tuesday, donate

When participants step inside IKRON's door for the first time, they can feel lots of things: nervous, excited, skeptical, relieved. More than anything else, though, our new participants often feel alone.Our job from day one is to change that feeling.

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IKRON 2018 Students of the Year

Now Is the Time for Champions

Posted on: November 27, 2018
Tags: giving tuesday, donate, student of the year

Every hero needs a hand from time to time. Someone to step in at just the right moment and give just the right kind of help the hero needs to take that next step of their journey.Here at IKRON, we believe every participant deserves to be the hero of

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So Much to Be Thankful For

Posted on: November 21, 2018
Tags: thanksgiving, giving tuesday, holiday

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you're having a safe and relaxing holiday weekend with family and friends. Check out IKRON's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages all weekend to see more of what we're thankful for. Here are some of our favorites: I am

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Smile with IKRON on Prime Day

Posted on: July 16, 2018
Tags: donate

Planning to snag some deals on Amazon for Prime Day? Great! But can we ask one small favor first? When you log into Amazon, go to, Amazon's program for nonprofits. When you shop on Smile, the nonprofit of your choice gets a portion of your

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Executive Director Randy Strunk with a new IKRON graduate.

Golf Outing, Annual Meeting, & More: IKRON Ink Summer 2018

Posted on: July 12, 2018
Tags: top workplace, IKRON Ink, graduation

From the Executive Director... Summer is an exciting season at IKRON, starting with our spring graduation in May, our summer youth kickoff in June and continuing until August, and our annual Golf Outing in July. I hope to see you at the golf outing on July

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Summer Youth student at the IKRON Building

Summer in the City: 43 Teens Gain Work Experience at IKRON

Posted on: July 9, 2018
Tags: summer youth

The IKRON building is full this month as Summer Youth students gain valuable work skills to get them ready for the competitive workplace. Between our two summer programs, Career Exploration and Work Experience, 43 total students will pass through

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Still Moving Forward: Summer Youth Alum Finds Success

Posted on: June 25, 2018
Tags: summer youth, job development

Previous Summer Youth participant Eli has continued to expand his work experience since he walked through IKRON’s doors last summer. Through the course of the 2017 Summer Youth program, Eli learned critical job skills like teamwork, enthusiasm, and

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IKRON is a Top 100 Workplace for the Fourth Time

Posted on: June 15, 2018
Tags: top workplace, award

Every year, the Cincinnati Enquirer asks, "Where are the best places to work in Cincinnati?" For the fourth time, IKRON has made the list. This award is special to us because the Enquirer asks the people who make IKRON what it is--the employees. After

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2017 long drive challenge winner melissa

Register Now for the 14th Annual IKRON Golf Outing on July 28, 2018

Posted on: May 23, 2018
Tags: golf outing, youth program

Summer is here, and that means it's time for the IKRON Golf Outing! Mark your calendar now for July 28 and round up your three best friends to join you on a fun day of golf for a great cause.Registration is $400 per foursome or $100

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collage of graduates at the IKRON office on May 4

Hard Work Pays Off for 56 IKRON Graduates

Posted on: May 11, 2018
Tags: graduation

On May 4, a very special group of people gathered at the IKRON office to celebrate. Family, friends, and IKRON staff gathered to witness 56 IKRON participants become IKRON graduates. Staff members talked of the hard work that brought each graduate to this

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2018 students of the year honored at the annual meeting

Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2018 Annual Meeting

Once a year, IKRON’s board, staff, friends, and other partners gather to consider the year behind and look forward to what’s ahead. We celebrate successes and set new goals. And we take the time to give honor where it’s due. IKRON is

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IKRON participant on her first day of work

For Better Tomorrows: Giving Tuesday 2017

Posted on: November 28, 2017
Tags: giving tuesday, donate

Here at IKRON, we believe in the power of work to empower people to live more meaningful, dignified lives. That's why we come in every day determined to do everything we can to help our participants succeed. Maybe their mental health has kept them out of the

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IKRON participants at graduation

On Giving Tuesday, You Can Create Second Chances

Posted on: November 27, 2017
Tags: graduation, giving tuesday

When Cynthia first came to IKRON, she had not worked for many years. However, she made it clear from the beginning that she was prepared to work hard and only needed someone to give her a chance. Not willing to sit back and let that chance come

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IKRON staff collage

IKRON Gives Thanks

Posted on: November 23, 2017
Tags: thanksgiving, giving tuesday, holiday

As we think about all the things we're thankful for, you are at the top of the list! Our friends, supporters, graduates, and others who've come to be part of IKRON not only make every day possible, but also make it a joy to be part of something bigger than

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IKRON Cincinnati building

Graduation, Summer Youth, and More: IKRON Ink Fall 2017

Posted on: November 21, 2017
Tags: IKRON Ink

From the Executive Director... Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for reading the inaugural issue of IKRON Ink! We're excited to share what's been happening around IKRON Cincinnati. In the coming months, we'll have more to share about what staff and students

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Hamilton County Passes Mental Health Levy

Posted on: November 8, 2017
Tags: mental health levy, election

The Hamilton County mental health and addiction services levy renewal passed on November 7 with over 70% of the vote. The demand for mental health services in Hamilton County has been on the rise. In 2015 alone, over 24,000 people benefited from the mental

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IKRON fall graduation 2017

Well On Their Way: Celebrate With These 56 IKRON Graduates

Posted on: October 20, 2017
Tags: graduation

On October 13, we celebrated with our largest group of graduates ever—56, surpassing the previous record of 52 set in May.  IKRON’s graduation ceremonies have been a key part of our program from our days on the University of Cincinnati

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eli working during the summer youth program at IKRON

37 Teens Explore Careers at IKRON

Posted on: September 1, 2017
Tags: summer youth

The third year of IKRON's Summer Youth Program (SYP) was a tremendous success, with happy students reluctant to say good-bye in early August when the five-week program reached its end. In addition to students feeling safe and supported at IKRON as they

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team playing at IKRON annual golf outing

Lucky 13: IKRON's Most Successful Golf Outing Ever

Posted on: August 1, 2017
Tags: golf outing, youth program

On July 27, IKRON hosted our 13th annual Golf Outing, raising over $26,000 to benefit youth of all walks of life in the greater Cincinnati area who have barriers to employment. Thanks to our bunch of dedicated of golfers, 2017 was our biggest year yet.

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IKRON One of Seven Participating Orgs in Cincinnati’s Successful Hand Up Initiative

Posted on: May 1, 2017
Tags: hand up, city of cincinnati

Two years in, the City of Cincinnati’s Hand Up Initiative has helped nearly 500 people get jobs, which is about two-thirds of those enrolled in the program (as of April 2017). Hand Up has purposefully reached out to the city’s lower-income areas

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Everybody Rides Metro Comes to an End

Posted on: December 30, 2016
Tags: cincinnati metro, transportation

Everybody Rides Metro (ERM), a subsidized transportation option for low-income Cincinnatians, was discontinued at the end of 2016 after eight years and over two million bus rides. ERM was funded by the now-expired Job Access and Reverse Commute Program,

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IKRON Is a Top 100 Workplace for the Third Time

Posted on: July 5, 2016
Tags: top workplace, award

The Cincinnati Enquirer polls area employees every year to find out: where are the best places to work in Cincinnati? For the third year in a row, IKRON is on the list for 2016. We couldn’t be prouder to be a place where our staff come to work knowing

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Melissa Harmeling Receives the Mary Corre Foster Community Counselor Award

Posted on: January 9, 2016
Tags: award

We’re delighted to announce that our own Melissa Harmeling has received the Mary Corre Foster Community Counselor Award from the Greater Cincinnati Counselor Association. Watch the video here.

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top workplace 2015

IKRON Is a Top 100 Workplace for the Second Time

Posted on: June 22, 2015
Tags: top workplace

IKRON is honored to have been named a Top 100 Workplace in Cincinnati for the second year in a row, because it’s IKRON’s staff who put us there. Being a place where employees enjoy coming to work is a key part of our success not only as a

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IKRON to Participate in Hand Up Initiative

Posted on: May 11, 2015
Tags: city of cincinnati

IKRON is happy to be partnering with the City of Cincinnati in the new anti-poverty Hand Up Initiative, designed to get folks who are living in poverty back to work and on to a better quality of life. The Hand Up Initiative is another way of coming at the

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Crystal Clear Cleaning Receives Employer of the Year Award from IKRON

Posted on: April 10, 2015
Tags: award, employer of the year

Every year, IKRON names one employer that has gone above and beyond not only in hiring IKRON participants, but also in providing a safe and encouraging work environment that we have confidence to continue recommending to our participants. In 2015, that

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IKRON is a Top 100 Workplace in Cincinnati

Posted on: June 20, 2014
Tags: top workplace

IKRON is honored to have been named a Top 100 Workplace by the Cincinnati Enquirer, including being ranked highest in Meaningfulness. This award is based on surveys from the folks who know us best—our staff! Read more about 2014’s Top Workplaces

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IKRON founder, Dr. M. H. Scott Myers, passed away on December 10

Posted on: December 12, 2011

IKRON founder, Dr. M. H. Scott Myers, passed away on December 10.

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Randy Strunk Receives a Heroes Award from the Partnership For Mental Health

Posted on: May 27, 2008
Tags: award

IKRON Executive Director Randy Strunk was honored alongside many others at the third Hope and Heroes Awards from the Partnership for Mental Health. Heroes are honored for being a role model and advocate for the mental health community. We’re delighted

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IKRON Receives Impact 100 Grant to Renovate the Building’s Top Floor

Posted on: May 1, 2008
Tags: grant

In order to give ourselves more space for programming, counseling, and all-around serving more participants, IKRON applied for and was awarded at $111,000 grant from Impact 100 to renovate the top floor of the building and make it completely accessible. Read

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