YAC members are leaders of the leadership groups in each district. They meet as a team to address common issues, help design each other’s projects , and participate in a county-wide strategic planning process for youth leadership. YAC’s mission is: Youth empowering youth throughout Geauga county communities to create a healthy lifestyle for themselves and future generations through demonstration of prevention and leadership skills.
YAC members have designed, planned and facilitated Camp Burton Leadership Camp and Youth Summit high school leader training in both the 2015 and 2016-17 school years, serving over 500 Geauga and Lake County students.
Students interested can request an application by contacting the YLP Coordinator.
In the fall six school and community leaders participated in Adult Leader Training in Columbus, in part teaching community and school partners how to play a role in community prevention. Two representatives from Geauga ESC and Lake Geauga Recovery Center also attended three training academy workshops to create a plan for Youth Led Prevention programs in the county.
One of the outcomes of this training has been the first county-wide youth advisor council (Geauga YAC) representing 4 school districts and 8 leaders, and multiple school and community prevention projects below.
Geauga YAC projects:
1) Peer support/peer mentoring programs at Cardinal and Berkshire schools
2) Mock Accident- Cardinal Schools
3) Community Clean up day- Burton, Ohio
4) Color Walk for diversity, acceptance and awareness- all districts
5) "YAC's Fill a Pack" - clothing and school supplies drive