LEADERship Ashtabula County kicked off its 2019-2020 year of youth programming on Friday, September 6th at Beaumont Scout Reservation in Rock Creek.
Nearly 90 Ashtabula County juniors and seniors gathered to take part in a variety of activities to start their year with LEADERship Ashtabula County. Schools from all over the county were represented, including Grand Valley, Pymatuning Valley, A-Tech, Jefferson, Edgewood, Lakeside, St. John, Geneva, and Conneaut.
Juniors in the Youth LEADERship program spent the day engaged in a variety of activities, from a Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) Course to talking about leadership and the Ashtabula community. Director of Camping Services at Beaumont Scout Reservation, Phil Williams, provided trained COPE course staff to guide the junior participants through a team building, low ropes obstacle course, and activities. Volunteers from the Ashtabula Community joined to assist in the day, including Ashtabula City Councilman Michael Speelman, and local business owner and entrepreneur Jenny Luhta. Executive Director of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board Miriam Walton also volunteered to discuss the THRIVE model that the Juniors will be using for the projects throughout the program year.
Seniors took part in a similar day of activities as part of the LEADERship LAUNCHpad program. This group of participants completed the Youth LEADERship program last year as juniors continued with another year of leadership programming. They first went through the high ropes COPE course where they had to work through challenges individually while receiving support and safety assistance from classmates on the ground. The seniors climbed over 30 feet up to navigate a variety of roped obstacles and finished the course by launching down a zip line.
LEADERship Ashtabula County Executive Director Laura E. Jones and LEADERship Program Manager Dave Clayman led the LEADERship LAUNCHpad students and also shared personal leadership journeys throughout the day. These students will travel throughout Northeast Ohio the remainder of the year hearing from other leaders in the community.
LEADERship LAUNCHpad and YOUth LEADERship is supported by many local companies, organizations, foundations, and donors who generously give of their time and resources. Scholarships are available for the YOUth LEADERship program so that tuition does not act as a barrier for students that wish to participate. LEADERship Ashtabula County is thankful for this tremendous support as it continues on its mission dedicated to developing people who improve the quality of life in Ashtabula County.