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Summit County
Children Services

264 S. Arlington St.
Akron, OH 44306
Phone: (330) 379-9094
Fax: (330) 379-1901
Hearing Impaired: ORS 7-1-1

Leaders of Tomorrow

Leaders of Tomorrow is a group comprised of young adults who are currently in foster care, have been placed with a permanent family, or emancipated from foster care without permanency. The purpose of the group is to better help improve the foster care system, advocate for youth in care, help foster parents and social workers better serve youth, and to promote permanency for all youth.

With support from Summit County Children Services, the Waiting Children Fund, the Summit County CASA/GAL Program, and funding from the State of Ohio, the Leaders of Tomorrow are working to ensure that youth in foster care have a voice.

For more information about this program, contact Nikaeda Griffie at (330) 996-1069, ngriffie@summitkids.org or Michelle DuFore at (330) 375-1675, mdufore@summitkids.org.

Resources for Teens

The Ohio Education and Training Voucher Program 

The Ohio Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program designed to help youth who were in foster care. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students. Applicants must complete the ETV application which includes documentation each semester that is sent directly from the school to ETV confirming enrollment, the cost of attendance (COA) and unmet need.

To contact ETV in Ohio, send an email to the Ohio ETV Coordinator at ohio@statevoucher.org

Teen Anger Management Center
Sponsored by Greenleaf Family Resource Center

The goal of Anger Management is to help individuals experience and express anger in healthy, non-destructive ways.  Anger management can help reduce emotional intensity and physiological arousal that anger causes.  You cannot control other people or situations, but you CAN learn to control your response.

For more information please call an Intake-Care Manager at Greenleaf Family Resource Center at (330) 376-9494.

Teen Pride

Teen pride is a new group for LGBTQ and allied teens. Come, be a part of this group, help us decide on projects, and mission and vision statements. This group will be directed by facilitators, but developed by you the LGBT and LGBT-allied teens in the community who want to be part of this program. Teen Pride meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at 895 N. Main St., Akron.  

For more information, check the calendar under News & Events or call Dawn at (330) 252-1559. Also visit www.canapi.org.

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Summit County Youth Emancipation Task Force "Purple Umbrella Project"

The Summit County Youth Emancipation Task Force (SCYETF) is an alliance of representatives from more than 30 community organizations committed to assisting emancipating youth in several key areas: employment, education, housing, transportation, legal issues, and health and mental health services.

The Task Force’s ‘Purple Umbrella Project’ is designed to provide a visible symbol of hope and help for these youth through ‘Purple Umbrella Window Decals’ prominently displayed at each agency or business that offers special assistance and/or services to youth who identify themselves as having recently left the care of Summit County Children Services upon turning 18.
 
The slogan of the Purple Umbrella Project is, ‘Life on your own, but not alone’ – and the Purple Umbrella decals will be a prominent symbol that help is indeed available. The decals will also signify that:
  • - Each participating agency will educate their employees on the special needs of emancipated youth.
  • - Each participating service provider will have an agency representative serving as an ‘Emancipated Youth Liaison’
  • - Emancipated youth will gain an increased knowledge of important community services and supports
  • - Agencies will report to the SCYETF on a monthly basis all assistance provided to emancipated youth

Click here to see a power point presentation regarding the Independent Living Curriculum process that helps youth prepare for emancipation. 

Do you think you are ready to be on your own? Take a look at these 50 items and see how many you think about each day. Click here

Teen Links

Below are a few helpful websites for teens that contain information about education, daily living and offer support for teens in foster care and those who have been adopted.

The Foster Club is a non-profit national network for young people in foster care.

Teen Central is an anonymous help line to help teens and parents with teen problems.

ToneTeen.com was created to educate kids and teens about health and fitness. It provides free access to articles and tools to help promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

Foster Care Alumni Chapter of America - Ohio Chapter is a national organization which was established with the support of the Casey Family Programs to connect alumni and transform the child welfare system.

A Thin Line provides information about the differences between good and bad behavior in digital media.

LoveisRespect.org offers information about teen dating and violence.

Emily Post has been noted for discussing ettiqutte for years. She has many good comments just for teens for learning the appropriate do's and don't for things from cell phones to social media pages.