Supported by:
Stark Education Partnership Hoover Foundation Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery

Opening Retreat

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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

Session Information

Opening Retreat

Community Impact Day

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Session Information
  • Start Time: 8 a.m.
  • Location: Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • 222 Market Ave N, Canton 44702
  • Students may be dropped off in front of the building, under the awning on the corner of Market Ave N and Third St NE
  • Students who are driving may park in the Millennium Building parking deck located behind the Chamber and accessed from Second St. NE (one-way going west). Park and enter the building through the Skywalk on level three. The Chamber entrance is on the right past the elevators. Bring your parking ticket with you to be validated for free parking.
  • Please wear your Youth Leadership Shirts (if you didn’t receive one we will provide)
  • Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes, we plan to be outside a good deal of the day
  • Bring your Strengths packets
  • Bring a water bottle of some type to use throughout the day. We will do refills.
  • Lunch and snacks are provided
  • Please pick students up at 2:30 p.m.

Economic Development

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Watch ahead of time
Please watch these videos before the session. Tony Dungy Enshrinement Speech Women in the NFL
Session Information
Economic Development and Career Day Agenda

  • Speakers from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Alumni Academy, and Pro Football Hall of Fame Village Powered by Johnson Controls, described their careers including videography, stadium operations, and performance training, among others.
  • The students had the opportunity to interview a panel of NFL Alumni Academy esteemed coaches and retired NFL players, including Moe Williams (former NFL running back for the Minnesota Vikings) and Mike Tice (former NFL tight end and coach). They heard stories and tips for succeeding, applicable to any career path or life aspiration.
  • At Clardale Farms they witnessed Stark County’s third-largest industry, agriculture, in action and the impact it has on our local economy. They observed how this third-generation farm manages nearly 700 dairy cows, including their complex automatic milking system and process for maintaining the operation; they even got to meet the newest baby calves less than 24 hours young!
  • At Center Ice Sports Complex students heard from a local entrepreneur, Todd Schervish, about the opportunities and challenges of owning a business in Stark County. They were likely surprised to learn that this facility welcomes more than 300k visitors each year; and an even greater number during winter Olympic years. Thank you to all the students for getting on the ice even the first-timers.
  • The students were transported courtesy of SARTA, morning donuts were provided by Mary Ann Donuts, and lunch was provided by Chick-fil-A.

Here are a few comments from the students on their evaluations of the day:

“I learned about all the different opportunities in stark county. Business really struck my mind and is aligned with my future goals because that is what I am interested in.”

“I got a lot of great tips and helpful advice for my future from people that are already extremely successful.”

“I got to see that for the hall of fame there’s a lot more that goes into it than football players.”

“Stark County still has hope in it. The businesses are working hard to keep industry here. We need to keep these great people.”

Economic Day Evaluation Link

Resiliency and Healthcare

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Session Information
The Youth Leadership Academy Resilience & Healthcare program gave students tools for resiliency and self-care, and highlighted our community leaders on the front lines of healthcare.


    • Video – Lesson From a Volunteer FirefighterThis TED Talk demonstrated that not all leadership initiatives need to be big or receive accolades; sometimes the smallest of actions have the most impact In small groups, the students shared small leadership moments that they have demonstrated or seen.
    • Self-care and Leadership – Jamie Carbone, clinical director, Mercy Medical Jamie shared the importance of self-care and some simple ideas from staying hydrated to getting enough sleep. She also explained that as leaders, the students need to take care of themselves first in order to have resources to lead others.
    • Trauma and Resiliency – Margaret DeLillo-Storey, Perry High School counselor ˗ Dr. DeLillo-Storey discussed forms of trauma that many students see, that even less dramatic forms of trauma can have an impact, and how to navigate around them. She stressed the need for resiliency in light of the events of the past year.

• Relaxation & Yoga – Lynn Sabino, Aultman Hospital ˗ Lynn demonstrated self-care through breathing techniques and posture examples to help with stress and anxiety. • COVID-19 Patient Care – Stephanie Mallette, RN, Aultman Emergency Dept. ˗ Emergency department employees demonstrated necessary steps, including proper donning of PPP, prior to meeting with COVID-19 patients. They went over the patients’ respiratory needs and experience of respiratory distress. ˗ A pharmacy graduate student shared her experience with the various COVID-19 medications, as well as her decision to go into pharmacy as a career. ˗ A nurse shared her experience holding the hand of a patient as they died alone due to COVID-19. She then shared self-care strategies that front-line medical workers use to decompress and keep themselves well. • Canton City Public Health – Jessica Boley, epidemiologist ˗ Jessica explained the programs of the department including vaccines, contact tracing, nursing services, and COVID-19 updates.

Diversity & Inclusion

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Session Information
Location: Kent State University Stark Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Justice Day

Wednesday, February 16, 2022


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Graduation/Closing Program

Wednesday, April 13, 2022