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Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Stark Education Partnership Hoover Foundation

PLEASE NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, YLA follows the cancellation of Canton City School District. If CCSD is closed, YLA will be canceled. If, however, school is canceled in your area and you do not feel safe sending the students we excuse those who need to miss due to weather conditions.

Opening Retreat

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Homework

Please follow the instructions on the “Clifton Strengths” tab to complete your Strengths for Students assessment by September 10.

Session Information

Opening Retreat

  • Location:
  • Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park
  • 5712 Twelfth St NW, Canton 44708
  • Please arrive before 8:00 a.m. when the program begins
  • The day will end at 7:00 p.m., please have your parents arrive at Exploration Gateway at that time.

AGENDA

  1. Opening remarks and expectations
  2. Team Building
  3. Assets & Challenges: Students evaluate positive features and needs in their communities and share with the group.
  4. Mindfulness Moment: Find Your Chill, stress management techniques
  5. Video

    • What is right in our world today? – Discussion: If we take the time to look at the world with a different lens, how does that change our thoughts and actions every day? Which strengths are we using to help promote change and positive action?
    • Discovering our Strengths: Refer to your Gallup Strengths for Students print-out for your top 5 strengths
    • Lunch and Discussion: How do I see myself in my strengths?
    • Building on our Strengths:Applying your strengths at home, in school, with your peers, and in your community.
    • Tower Building Activity How do we use our strengths in teams?
    • Servant Leadership

      • Will Casterlow, Kent State University at Stark

    • Digital Responsibility

      • Heather Heater, Canton City School District

    • Dinner
    • S.O.L.E. (Student Organized Learning Environment): If you could make our community better, what changes would you make?
    • S.O.L.E. Group Presentations
    • Report-outs, feedback

Community Impact Day

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Homework

Session Information

Community Impact Day

  • Location:
  • Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • 222 Market Ave. N, Canton 44702
  • Students may be dropped off in front of the building, at the corner of Third St. NE and Market Ave N., under the awning
  • Students who are driving may park in the Millennium Building parking deck on Second St. NE. Enter the building via the skywalk on Level 2. Bring your parking ticket inside for free parking validation.
  • Please arrive before 8:00 a.m. when the program begins
  • Wear comfortable shoes as we will be taking a walking tour of downtown!

AGENDA

  1. Welcome & Relationship Building
  2. TED Talk: How to Start a Movement demonstrated that a movement can be both big and small steps and that everyone has the ability to make a change in our world.
  3. Community Engagement Volunteer Panel: Understanding community non-profits and how we can work with them as individuals, groups, and communities

    • a. Jill Miller, Volunteer Coordinator, Compassion Delivered
    • b. Caleb Prange, Prevention Educator, Compass Rape Crisis Center
    • c. Officer Lamar Sharpe and James Fye from the Be A Better Me Foundation

  4. Canton Downtown Tour: Highlighting the Arts, economic development, history, and growth of downtown, led by Barb Abbott of Canton Food Tours. The group visited a number of stops along the way including a visit to the First Ladies National Historic Site.
  5. Lunch and Tour of Canton Brewing Company: Discussion-Why it is important to have growth and development in our community to attract and retain young professionals?
  6. Escape Room Experience: The students had a great time experiencing how we use our strengths when working in a team setting. Discussion: What lens do we use to see problems?
  7. S.O.L.E. (Self-Organized Learning Environment): How do you define the American Dream? Each group had solid insight and room to grow on what this idea means to them.
  8. Discussion, Debrief, and Evaluation

EVALUATION SESSION 2

Economic Development & Career Exploration

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Homework-Watch 2 Videos

Session Information

  • Be there at 8:00 a.m.
  • Location: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
  • 1835 Harrison Ave NW, Canton 44708
  • Drop students off at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, at the Symphony Gate located off of Blake Ave as shown on this MAP.
  • Pick students up at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Pro Football Hall of Fame & Museum
  • 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton 44708

Resiliency & Healthcare

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Homework

Session Information

Resiliency & Healthcare

Diversity & Inclusion

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Session Information

Evaluation Link

Justice & Government

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Homework

Session Information

Evaluation Link

Arts/Culture, & History

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Homework

Session Information

Evaluation Link

Evaluation

Graduation/Closing Program

Tuesday, April 15, 2020

2019-2020 Youth Leadership Academy Class

Olivia Barta St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Bryce Beadnell East Canton High School
Keith Beaver Louisville High School
Abigail Bergert Canton South High School
Emmett Blum Minerva High School
Patrick Burse Alliance High School
Jaila Cherry GlenOak High School
Jacob Craig Jackson High School
Sierra Delahanty Lake High School
Isis Durkin Hoover High School
Deladeaye Earley McKinley High School
Caitlyn Egan Washington High School
Chase Elson Canton Central Catholic
Jose Espinoza GlenOak High School
La’Zell Evans McKinley High School
Colin Fitzgerald Hoover High School
Sydnee Goff Fairless High School
Zachary Graves Lake High School
Vincen Hildebrand Perry High School
Thomas Hippely Marlington High School
Allayna Jones Alliance High School
Maxwell Kirby Fairless High School
Annabella Kovach East Canton High School
Zachary Kurz Northwest High School
Lauren L’Amoreaux Louisville High School
Victoria Lombardi Tuslaw High School
Jenna Lowry McKinley High School
Wyatt Moyer Sandy Valley High School
Alivia Nair Northwest High School
Camryn Oster St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Abbey Parker Sandy Valley High School
Trevor Paul Canton South High School
Jamie Rine Minerva High School
Leah Salomone Jackson High School
Ella Salvino Canton Central Catholic
Lily Stuart Perry High School
Ezra Teall Washington High School
Denver Wadian Tuslaw High School
Nicole Curet, YLA Program Manager
330-316-5909
NicoleC@LeadershipStarkCounty.org

Bio

Nicole is Program Manager for the Youth Leadership Academy. Nicole comes to us with a vast amount of experience working with youth and young adults in non-profit and education settings. Her work experience includes the Domestic Violence Project, Inc., First Christian Church, and Northeast Ohio Medical University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Akron and is currently working toward her master’s degree. Nicole oversees the Youth Leadership Academy programs. She lives in North Canton with her husband and four children.
Stephanie Werren, Leadership Stark County Director
330-458-2093
StephanieW@LeadershipStarkCounty.org

Bio

Stephanie Snow Werren is a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach and has been presenting the Strengths training to Leadership’s Young Professionals and Government Academy programs since their inception in 2005 and 2006. In addition to being instrumental in the creation of those programs, she also facilitates many custom trainings for businesses and non-profit organizations. Stephanie has been with Leadership Stark County since 2005 and was named Director in 2015. A Canton native, Stephanie holds an MBA degree from Malone University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/International Studies from Miami University.

CliftonStrengths Assessment

Please follow the instructions below to take the CliftonStrengths assessment and discover your strengths. Please complete the assessment by September 10, so that we can prepare for the retreat.

1. Visit https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/Register/en-US/Index
2. Use the access code that you received at the parent meeting, click continue
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a Gallup Strengths Center account.
4. Once registered, you will be able to take the CliftonStrengths assessment. Please give yourself about 30 minutes of uninterrupted time to complete it. 

If you encounter issues with your access code, please contact me.

Joy Walko
joyw@leadershipstarkcounty.org
330-458-2095

Opening Retreat

Will Casterlow
Enrollment Management and Student Services Advisor for Admissions
Kent State University at Stark
330-244-3250
wcasterl@kent.edu

Heather Heater
Sr. Coordinator of Technology Services
Canton City School District
330-588-2155
heater_h@ccsdistrict.org

Community Impact Day

Barbara Abbott
President
Canton Food Tours
330-495-0929
barb@cantonfoodtours.com

James Fye
Vice President of the Board
Be a Better Me Foundation
330-837-9411 x5323
James.Fye@commquest.org

Jill Miller
Volunteer Coordinator
Compassion Delivered
330-453-9199

Trina K. Miller
Development & Special Events
Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
330-904-1007
trinamiller@hotmail.com

Officer LaMar Sharpe
Be a Better Me Foundation
330-489-3100
lamar.sharpe@cantonohio.gov

The YLA program builds proficiency in the six Leadership Stark County core competencies. You’ll learn more about these as we go.

Effective Communication

Strategic Agility

Collaboration

Innovation and Technology

Relationship Building

Service to Others

Each session will focus on one or more competencies, but you may see examples of all competencies in each session. Practice looking for examples of competencies being used as you go about your normal days.