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Youth Success


United Way Promotes Healthy Youth Behaviors

In recent years, our Medina County youth have endured a string of tragic events, including suicides, alcohol-related traffic accidents, and heroin overdoses.  The most recent county-wide needs assessment revealed that our high school students were indeed facing challenges:

  • 17% reported that they had seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months, a statistic that was higher than both the Ohio (14%) and national (16%) averages
  • 25% said they were depressed, defined as feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more
  • 54% reported being bullied during the previous 12 months
  • 13% said they used prescription medications to get high, a number that increased to 21% for those over age 17

To help ensure that Medina County youth have the emotional, behavioral, and social support to succeed in life, we've invested in programs that provide peer-to-peer mentoring, resilience and emotion management training, and suicide prevention and awareness training. When four county school districts requested funding to provide full-time, on-site, high school mental health counselors, United Way stepped up. In addition, United Way plans and presents a biennial E4 Youth Summit, which brings together representatives from all county high schools to be heard, and to learn how to engage in civic projects and community problem-solving.

Our youth engagement goals are:

  • Increase access to mental health services
  • Educate youth on making safe and healthy choices
  • Help youth mature into successful members of our communities

2017 Investments: $244,850

Alternative Paths  School-Based One-on-One Counseling--Provides one-on-one counseling for Buckeye and Cloverleaf school systems.

Big Brothers Big Sisters  Site-Based Mentoring Program--Provides mentors to youth.  Mentors provide support, friendship, and guidance to children, which help improve self-confidence and communication skills that result in better academic success and stronger social skills.  

Catholic Charities, Step Strong Program: A prevention program for middle and high school students designed to increase awareness of available support and how to access resources.   

Rape Crisis Center Heroes 4 Hope--Strives to promote healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence.  Provides interactive presentations to 7th through 12th graders in 10 Medina County Schools.

The Salvation Army - Wadsworth  Care Team--Provides opportunities for youth to participate in small group sessions that provoke thought, feeling, and talking.  Allows youth to give and receive peer support.  

Solutions Behavioral Health Resilience Program--Provides counseling in one-on-one and group settings in the Medina and Wadsworth school districts designed to help participants develop and strengthen positive coping skills, healthy relationships, and community support systems.