Youth Lead Talks on Tough Issues

Youth Lead Talks on Tough Issues

- in 2018 Editions, Magazine, March 2018

Students from schools across Lake County attended the 2018 Youth Leadership Summit, presented by Crossroads and Lake County Youth Council, last month. The Lake ADAMHS funded program provided an opportunity for young people to discuss different types of critical issues: substance abuse, mental health and being a positive role model.

The schools that participated in the annual event chose students from grades 8 through 12th to attend the sessions, which took place at Mentor Schools Paradigm.

“This was a youth-led effort and our young people played an integral role in implementation of the summit,” says Katie Gardner, consultation, training and education specialist at Crossroads in Mentor. “We believe when you empower young people and provide them with the skills, they will create change in their community.”

Jen Catanese-Grimes, assistant principal at Madison High School, brought 20 students chosen by their teachers who exemplified leadership qualities — included were Casey Couch, a ninth-grader, and her sister Mallory Couch, a junior.

Casey said she wanted to learn more about how to help other people inside and outside the school environment.

About the author

Angela Gartner has been the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine since 2014. She has won local and national awards for her features, columns and photography over the years. Previously, her work appeared in publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers and The Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy every weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She is also a board member and past president at the Cleveland Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She loves reading, writing poetry and taking the family's Scottish Terrier on walks.

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