After a great success in 2018-2019, Youth Summit is back! Keynote Speaker Adam C. Fletcher will lead the Youth Leadership Summit once again. This year’s Youth Summit will take place on Friday, March 13th at Auburn Career Center.
Invitations are open for any Northeast Ohio Region Middle and High Schools. Contact Karen Lackey at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on signups.
To learn more about Youth Summit, including last year’s event which was highlighted by WKYC Channel 3 covering the event, please click here.
Congratulations to Aiden, West Geauga class of 2022, for winning Airpods from Geauga YAC! Aiden participated in YAC’s “Copeline Rollout” social media contest on Twitter. Students throughout Geauga County had to locate the newly designed Geauga Copeline posters throughout their respective school, then Tweet a picture to GPS Empowered of the (3) new designs. The posters were designed by YAC students and YAC students initiated the “rollout” process throughout Geauga County, collaborating with the Geauga County Copeline.
Aiden, West Geauga Class of 2022, YAC “Copeline Rollout” Social Media Contest Winner
The John Murray award is given every two years to a Geauga County professional and volunteer who exemplify an ongoing commitment to children, passion for their work, quiet effectiveness, and a willingness to go ‘above and beyond’.
“In the professional category, Karen Lackey, Community Prevention Services Director , was honored to receive the award for 25 years of service in Geauga County through Geauga ESC. Karen was nominated by Dr. Jennifer Sabol, Cardinal Schools. During Karen’s career she designed and developed the county Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, continues to build Geauga Youth Led Prevention and the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), has participated on multiple planning committees and collaboratives over the years to improve outcomes for youth, and has been a featured speaker on both the state and national stages on youth advocacy topics. She is currently the Geauga Youth Center School Social Worker and also coordinates the School-Community Forum project, that’s goal is to improve the mental health, wellness and future success of Geauga County Students.”
Internship, Volunteer, Adult Ally and Shadowing Experiences are available throughout the school year in any of our six Prevention and Youth Empowerment programs. Our programs serve students in grades 5 through 12 in several Geauga and Lake County schools. We also host several community initiatives that serve all of Northeast Ohio.
West Geauga 7th and 8th Grade YLP Students decorated their middle school classmates’ lockers with positive and kind messages on Friday afternoon. This was one of their ideas to help with positive mental well-being.