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Youth Summit Featured in ‘Ohio Adult Allies’ Newsletter

Update: Due to the Government Closure of all educational facilities, Youth Summit has been cancelled.

Youth Summit returns March 13th, 2020. Connect CLE will host the event at Auburn Career Center with Keynote leader Adam C. Fletcher! Check out the Newsletter below!

Youth Summit and Keynote Speaker Adam Fletcher are back for 2020!

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: 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.

YAC’s “Copeline Rollout” Social Media Contest Winner Announced

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

Karen Lackey, GPS ‘Director of Community Prevention Services’ Takes Home “John Murray Award”!

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’. 

2019 John Murray Award Winners
Karen Lackey (Professional Award) & Trent Lamb (Volunteer Award)

“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.”

More info on the award and the work being done for families in Geauga County can be found at:

GPS Offers Exciting Internship Opportunities

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.

For more information, download the PDF attachment below and contact Karen Lackey, MSSA, LISW-S at 

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