Mentoring

The Geauga Youth Advisory Council (YAC) leaders came together to start a peer mentoring program in 2015-2016, when they realized that middle school students in their district lacked positive older role models. The mentoring program started with a few students in Cardinal Schools, and over the past several years it has transformed into a Youth Led mentoring program in 3 school districts.

High School mentors participate in an interactive, hands-on Mentoring Training, where they learn what being a peer mentor is all about. Mentors learn about relationship styles and the type of leader they are and train on how to develop a peer mentoring relationship with their mentees, communication and active listening skills, how to handle sensitive topics, and activities they can use as mentors!

Cardinal Mentoring

Cardinal Mentoring School started their mentoring program in 2015-2016 as the pilot of Geauga YLP Mentoring. Cardinal High School students head over to Cardinal Middle School each week for mentoring as they build positive relationships with their mentees. Areas that the high school students have identified as topics to discuss with their mentees include bullying, showing each other respect, preparing for the next year/high school, communication and self esteem.

Berkshire Leadership Team Mentoring

After the success of the Cardinal Mentoring program, in 2015, YAC students from Berkshire decided that they wanted to implement a mentoring program in their school. Students visit Burton Elementary and mentor 5th and 6th grade students. Topics that mentors focus on with their mentees range from positive and negative social media use, treating others with respect and kindness, dealing with pressure from peers, preparing for the Jr/Sr High school, and much more.  

Newbury HPAC Leadership Group Mentoring Training

Newbury students’ youth voice produced a peer to peer mentoring program in 2017-2018 that matched high school juniors and seniors with select 8th graders. Throughout the school year, mentors and mentees covered the topics: promoting generosity and responsibility, bullying/conflict resolution, social media and how to treat others, healthy habits, and preparing for high school.

Geauga YLP held the training below to prepare students to run a quality mentoring program.

Geauga Youth Advisory Council

Our Mission

Youth empowering youth throughout Geauga County to create a healthy lifestyle for themselves and future generations through demonstration of leadership skills and prevention programs.

What is YLP and YAC?

Youth Led Prevention (YLP)

Youth Led Prevention is an evidence based leadership program for middle and high school students that provides students the opportunity to affect issues they see as important in their schools and communities. The YLP mission is to encourage and train youth to become active citizens, agents for community change, and act as role models and advocates for healthy lifestyles among themselves and peers.

The overarching goal of youth led programming in Ohio is that young people will collectively engage in a planning process to create and implement a strategic plan that uses evidence based strategies to create community level change. Young people become empowered by engaging with others in the process.

YLP provides youth leadership training, school advisor support, and two annual county-wide activities; Camp Burton middle school leadership camp, and Youth Summit high school symposium. YLP also sponsors YAC (Youth Advisory Council) made up of representatives from multiple school districts that guide the year’s focus, organize and lead the annual activities, and help design local prevention initiatives such as the YAC Peer Mentoring Program and a mental health awareness campaign.

Geauga Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

The Geauga Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is an integral part of the YLP mission. YAC operates as the central body for county leadership, training and strategic planning for youth–led projects. YAC is youth led and adult guided, meaning the young people work through a strategic planning process, guided by the adult allie, in order to assess an area of concern, the capacity to make the concern change, develop a plan on how to approach the area of concern, implement the plan to make a change and finally assess the process in its entirety.  

Our goal is to empower you, as young people to create positive changes in your lives, the lives of those around you, and in your schools and community.

YAC Class of 2018-2019 Accomplishments:

Camp Burton Leadership Camp for Middle School Students

Youth Summit High School Youth Led Training

Ohio School Board Association School Safety Summit

YAC Mental Health Week to raise awareness in schools about the importance of taking care of our mental health

YAC Mental Health Walk to raise awareness of mental health

Domestic Violence Walk Participation

Berkshire Peer Mentoring for Burton Elementary 5th and 6th graders

Cardinal Peer Mentoring for Cardinal Middle School 7th and 8th graders

Newbury Peer Mentoring for Newbury 8th graders

Huskie Day participation- an event for Cardinal Middle School families

Youth Summit Spring Symposium showcasing Geauga Youth Led Prevention groups accomplishments for the 2018-2019 school year

YAC Class of 2017-2018 Accomplishments:

Camp Burton Leadership Camp for Middle School Students

Youth Summit High School Youth Led Training

Berkshire Peer Mentoring for Burton Elementary 5th and 6th graders

Cardinal Peer Mentoring for Cardinal Middle School 7th and 8th graders

Newbury Peer Mentoring for Newbury 8th graders

Social Media Speaker Series- Parent Information Night

YAC Class of 2016-2017 Accomplishments:

Camp Burton Leadership Camp for Middle School Students

Youth Summit High School Youth Led Training

Berkshire Peer Mentoring for Burton Elementary 5th and 6th graders

Cardinal Peer Mentoring for Cardinal Middle School 7th and 8th graders

Trash Cleanup to clean up the soccer fields after the Geauga County Fair

Huskie Day participation- an event for Cardinal Middle School families

YAC Class of 2015-2016 Accomplishments:

Camp Burton Leadership Camp for Middle School Students

Youth Summit High School Youth Led Training

Cardinal Peer Mentoring for Cardinal Middle School 7th and 8th graders

YAC-Fill-A-PAC providing necessities to families in need

Hosted Alex Sheen from Because I Said I Would at Youth Summit and various Geauga Schools

YAC Class of 2014-2015 Accomplishments:

Camp Burton Leadership Camp for Middle School Students

Youth Summit High School Youth Led Training