Schools and Community

GPS is an initiative founded in the philosophy that strong, happy, caring and successful youth are a reflection of those same qualities in their families, communities, schools and neighborhoods. With that, we are proud of our history of family and community engagement, and would like to recognize the program volunteers and partner organizations that have played a key role in being part of our students’ lives.

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 karen.lackey@geaugaesc.org internship-opportunitiesDownload


Geauga County “School-Community Forum”

The Geauga School Community Forum started in Spring of 2016 based on conversations between the school districts and community agencies about what services can and are being provided to students in Geauga County schools. This community partnership was created in order to implement prevention education practices, programs and/or strategies to schools in the Geauga County district. The Forum has grown from an initial 33 members in that conversation to 72 cross- disciplinary members that have participated in a full School Community Forum, the Community Forum Work Group and/or one of two Forum Work Group sub committees over the last two years.

Active partners include representatives from each of our 6 school districts, University Hospital-Geauga, Geauga Preschool, school social workers, Geauga Stars Program, alternative school directors, behavioral/community mental health agencies, Geauga County ADAMHS board t, Geauga County Juvenile Court, CASA, Geauga Family First Council, Geauga County Job and Family Services, Geauga Public Library, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Geauga Youth Led Prevention, Family Planning Association of Northeast Ohio, Woman Safe Domestic Violence Women’s Shelter, Geauga Growth Partnership (chamber of commerce), Geauga MRDD, Starting Point Preschool Collaborative, individual private providers, Chardon Municipal Court Judge, Geauga County Sheriff, Chardon Police, LifeAct (non-profit suicide prevention agency), Auburn Career Center and Geauga Job Training.

2019 We Are The Majority Rally (April 2019)

We Are The Majority (#WATM19), is an annual rally in Columbus, Ohio in which teens gather and collectively celebrate their choice to abstain from drugs and alcohol. Thousands of teens gather and speak, dance and the event concludes with a march to the State House!

Check out pictures from the event below


2019 Ready by 21 National Meeting (April 2019: Seattle, WA)

Geauga County Youth Led was invited to speak at the 2019 Ready by 21 National Meeting. Ready By 22 is a conference that brings together hundreds of leaders from around the country who are working to get all young people ready by 21 – for college, work and life. These leaders have dedicated themselves to improving the odds for children and youth through collective impact initiatives, policy alignment and program quality improvement. 650 people attended in 2019.

Check out pictures from the conference (and sightseeing) below!


2018-2019 Cardinal Family Fest (Feb. 2019)

The Geauga County Youth Advisory Council and Cardinal Middle School YLP Group participated in the Cardinal Family Fest at Cardinal Middle School. The purpose of the event was to provide a fun family event that gives parents and kids an opportunity to engage in their community now and in the future. The project is part of a local and county wide effort to build positive assets in our youth and build their capacity to resist unhealthy behaviors and poor decisions in the future.

Check out pictures from the event below!


2018 Domestic Violence Awareness Walk

Youth Advisory Council was excited to be a part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk in Burton, organized by the Sheriffs Office. YAC had a booth and also participated in the candlelight walk around the Burton square.