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Ready By 21 National Conference in Austin, Texas
Every year, the Ready By 21 National Meeting 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.
This cross disciplinary conference is in its 6th year and provides stimulating workshops and sessions from top leaders in education, policy-making, advocacy and out-of-school time. With the goal of ensuring all children and youth are ready by 21. Essential topics such as defining and ensuring readiness, promoting equity, increasing shared commitments and impact, improving program quality and supporting social and emotional learning (SEL) skills will be highlighted.
We hope to bring new ideas, best practices and new collaborative partners to our growing and vibrant Youth Led Prevention program in Geauga County.
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Recent Events

Youth Summit 2017 (2/10/2017)

Download the recap here: Youth Summit 2017, view the Youth Summit YLP Leadership Day Flyeror read below:
On February 10, 2017 198 student leaders  from Geauga and Lake County stormed Auburn Career Center on a mission to learn how to be agents of change,  active citizens, and student leaders in their schools and communities.  The summit titled “Youth Have a Voice” was the largest of its kind in Summit history. 
Leaders heard from 2 nationally recognized keynote speakers on having a success mindset, creating positive and productive environments, and youth empowerment. Breakout sessions, one run exclusively by high school leaders, concentrated on applying these concepts to everyday life, including assessing our social media presence, understanding approaches to overcoming barriers, and practicing communication and collaboration skills.
For the first time, twenty school advisors attended their own breakout sessions. These sessions were designed to help adults embrace youth as agents of change, and guide and advise young leaders while allowing them to take the lead. 
The Youth Led Prevention Youth Summit is in its 6th year, having trained more than 700 students since 2012, as the Youth Led Prevention and Youth Empowerment movements have grown. At a recent Ohio Youth Led Prevention event in Columbus Ohio , speakers described  Ohio as being on the cutting edge of this evidence based approach and Geauga and Lake Counties being on the cutting edge in Ohio.
National speaker EJ Carrion added “ I have been in a lot of schools and communities in this country over the years and have never seen an event or approach like this. It is amazing.”
Special recognition to Geauga YAC (Youth Advisory Council ) co-presidents Shelby Miller and Madison Barlow –Potter from Cardinal High School. These co-presidents were the driving force behind the design, organization and implementation of this large scale event. They worked tirelessly to coordinate the agenda, carefully choose relevant learning objectives for youth, and worked collaboratively and inclusively with a newer Lake County Youth Leadership team in the process. Geauga YAC also founded and operates 2 peer mentorship programs, were an integral  part of Husky Family Fest, and coordinated YACs fill a Pack food, clothing and school supply drive this summer.  For more information on Geauga YAC or Geauga Youth Led Prevention contact Karen Lackey or Holly Jacobson , [email protected] , [email protected].

Cardinal Family Fest 2017 (2/2/2017)

Download the recap here: Cardinal Family Fest 2017 or read below:

A bounce house, live bands, sports challenges, goldfish, indoor archery, community dinner and someone dressed like a cow….does that sound like school conferences to you?

That was the scene on February 2nd during school conference time at Cardinal Middle School.

Cardinal Family Fest is a fun family event aimed at getting kids off their ‘devices’ by providing local opportunities to engage in their community now and in the future. The project is part of a county-wide effort to develop positive assets in our kids, build school and community relationships, and increase students’ capacity to resist unhealthy behaviors in the future.

Volunteers stuffed ‘asset building’ information into bags donated by the library. Over 85 families took the materials, as an estimated 150 people played games then listened to live music while grabbing dinner with the family. By the end of the night many had learned about the vast number of free, low cost and unique activities in the area.

The Family Fest Committee would like to thank the local programs that came out and remind the community of what services they offer:

-Camp Burton: Summer and day camp, Tee Pee Camp for 5th/6th grade, camp counseling opportunities, Family Camp, retreats and group rental. 440-834-8984

-Geauga YMCA: Latchkey, trial and student memberships, classes and educational programs.

-Geauga YAC, Youth Led Prevention-Student leadership and service.

-Midwest Native Skills Institute: Wilderness Survival , homesteading/pioneering classes, programs for Scouts- 888-886-5592.

-Middlefield Library: Teen Makerspace Wednesdays-Creating and inventing activities, family programs, community activities: 440-632-1961

-Upward Sports-Clinics, camps and youth sports leagues. 440-221-2588

-Boy Scouts Pack 4076-Camping , hiking , biking, and year-round outdoor activities. [email protected]

-Middlefield Recreation Department –Youth Sports 440-632-5248

-Big Brothers/Big Sisters-After school mentoring program-440-352-2526

-Geauga Park District-Nature classes and activities, festivals, holiday crafts and events, volunteer opportunities. Over 30 events in January alone. 440-286-9516.

-Cardinal Schools Food Services-Nutritional Information

Thank you to our committee members and volunteers from Ravenwood Mental Health Center, Geauga Youth Advisory Council (YAC), Lake Geauga Recovery Center, Cardinal parents and many local churches.

STEM School teams up with Geauga YLP for the Opiate Design Challenge Project (1/27/2017)

In November the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio STEM Network announced a program for STEM schools across Ohio to complete a Design Challenge aimed at understanding and eliminating the Opioid crisis. Teams have until May to apply this problem based learning approach to creating a real world solution or product that addresses the issue.
On January 27th, staff from Geauga Youth Led Prevention and prevention staff from Ravenwood Mental Health Center kicked off the process with a workshop for 100 STEM students ‘Opioids-Opiates-Heroin; Complexities, History , and Perspective”. Students gathered a vast amount of facts and information, participated in a demonstration, studied a history of drug intervention models and approaches, and practiced asking key questions before starting the project.
Youth led Prevention staff will act as consultants and proctors in the process as needed and look forward to the presentation of projects in Columbus in May.
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