Save Apollo Outreach!

This campaign ended on July 19, 2017, but you can still make a gift to Oberlin College by clicking here!

Founded in 2009, the Apollo Outreach Initiative (AOI) is a year-round media literacy outreach program that provides sustainable educational outreach and media literacy opportunities for public school students of all ages in northeast Ohio. Over the last eight years, we have formed a bridge between Oberlin College and local communities that many families have come to rely on, and each year we build new partnerships.

During this time we have offered eighteen college courses, for example, along with eight summer media workshops for teens, and countless media literacy projects and residencies, which take Oberlin College students outside the classroom for an average of fifty hours per semester to work with children in the community. We help over 400 kids every year tell their stories and grow as artists, citizens, and leaders by mentoring them in the use of media, especially film, as a force for local and global education, understanding, community building, and change.

Despite the success of this work, our future remains uncertain.

Since we believe in providing our workshops and residencies to the community free of charge, our financial wellbeing is difficult to maintain. From the beginning, Apollo Outreach has been funded entirely through the gifts of generous individuals and organizations. And right now, even though we’re growing and reaching more kids in more places than ever before, we’re in a tough spot financially and are uncertain about our future.

If you'd like to see Apollo Outreach continue, please donate today!

How-To Guides

For more information, like Apollo Outreach on Facebook, follow @apollo_outreach on Instagram, and visit our YouTube Channel for recent projects and residencies. 

Apollo Outreach at Thomas Jefferson Welcome Academy Short Documentary:

Apollo Outreach at the After School Program at Eastwood Elementary Spring 2017

Apollo Outreach at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin, Spring 2017

Jonathan Demme on Oberlin Cinema Studies & AOI:

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The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Parents
Class YearDonorsDollars
2017 7$1,231
2003 1$1,000
2019 12$970
2018 11$485
1988 1$300
2015 6$180
2016 7$180
1979 1$150
2012 1$100
2011 1$100
1982 1$100
1989 1$50
2020 1$30
1985 1$30
2013 1$30
1984 1$25
2010 1$20

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27% Alumni

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22% Students

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18% Parents

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12% Faculty/Staff

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33% Friends

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Julie & Stefan Grube
Laura DeyarminLaura Deyarmin photo
Mitchell D Wilson
Ben Guterl
Richard Diaz
Joel Garris
Marisol Almonte
Theresa Desautels
Megan Kenney
Lamar and Clarence Smith
Isabella EslerIsabella Esler photo
Joan Perch
Nancy Walters HeatonNancy Walters Heaton photo
Maggie Menditto
Jennifer Simchowitz
Fayza Rahman
Ryan LinskeyRyan Linskey photo
Henrietta KeyHenrietta Key photo
Katherine Stack-Russell
Davidson Barsky
Kari Inglis
Sarah Bliss
Erik Inglis
Ian Kelly
Wendy Hyman
Constantine Ananiadis
Peter CrowleyPeter Crowley photo
Brendan Hickey
Lola Lorber
Mel and Beverly Rosenthal
Nathaniel, D, Sher
Abby LeeAbby Lee photo
Erin Shay
Peter Lafreniere


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