E4 = Educate, Empower, Engage, and Equip
Welcome! We are glad that you are interested in participating in United Way of Medina County's E4 Youth Summit. Along with other students from high schools throughout our county, you will learn about your strengths, your community and how you can make an impact.
You will have the opportunity to interact with students from across the county, to hear from community leaders and volunteers about the paths they have chosen and why, and how you can use your strengths and passions to get involved.
The Summit is Friday, October 26, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM. The corresponding Youth Volunteer Day of Action is Saturday, November 3, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. School transportation will be provided from school to the site of the Summit and the Day of Action. Friday's Summit will be held at Buffalo Creek Retreat (part of the Medina County Park District), located at 8708 Hubbard Valley Road in Seville. The Saturday Youth Day of Action will kick off at Medina High School.
To participate in the Summit, you must commit to both days as they complement each other and will provide you the full experience of the Summit's purpose.
October 26 will be an excused absence with your school's permission.
All high school students are encouraged to apply (schools may choose to enforce specific guidelines). We have openings for 200 students - students will be selected on a first-come, first served basis. APPLY EARLY!
*Note: Each school has final approval on their school's attendees.
Once your application has been submitted, you will receive notification that it has been received and is being processe. Your school will be notified of your interest in the Summit and that you have applied. After we have received approval from your school that you can be accepted into the Summit, we will send you a code to take what is called CliftonStrengths for Students. This is an online assessment tool to help you identify your strengths to encourage success and growth.
Much of the Summit will be focused on how to apply your strengths when working with teams, in school, exploring in your community, and life!
After taking the assessment and discovering your top 5 strengths, you will receive individualized explanations of your dominant strengths, action items to help you develop your strengths, and suggestions about how to use your unique talents to excel in all you do.
LET'S GET STARTED:
To apply for the Summit, please click on the link below and complete the application - you are on the road to participating in an exciting and enriching experience!
Among our E4 Youth Summit partners for 2018 are:
- Black River Schools
- Brunswick City Schools
- Buckeye Local Schools
- Bullseye Activewear and Promotions
- Cloverleaf Schools
- Highland Local Schools
- Junior Leadership Medina County
- Leadership Medina County Emerging Leaders
- Medina City Schools
- Medina County Career Center
- Wadsworth Schools
View impactful Lamplight Counseling PSA by E4 Youth Summit 2016 project team
Before E4 2016
Volunteering in the community may seem like a formidable challenge to some, but the participants of the 2016 E4 Youth Summit say otherwise. On October 28th, participants learned about their own strengths, listened to a panel of speakers and chose volunteer opportunities within Medina county.
Mrs. Kelley Jones, a volunteer with United Way of Medina County has helped plan the Summit the past two times it’s been held. She said it was created because a 2012 county-wide health assessment found high numbers of youth ages 12-17 reporting feelings of depression, thoughts of suicide and engaging in drugs and sexual activity.
“To determine why this was happening and how to improve it, the E4 Youth Summit was born,” said Jones. “The four E’s stand for Engage, Educate, Equip and Empower, all important goals for today’s youth. United Way of Medina County held its first E4 Youth Summit in February 2014.”
Students from all Medina county high schools: Black River, Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland, Medina and Wadsworth went to the Westfield Insurance Center for the first day of the Summit.
“My expectations of the Youth Summit was, it was going to be like it was when I went 2 years ago as a freshman,” said Corey Sudduth. “But as I went this year, it changed a whole new perspective for me. This was more towards us, and what our strengths were, and how we could use our strengths to change our community.
This year, Mr. Mike Rao, President of a HR Group (an organizational development firm), presented an explanation of an assessment of strengths called the StrengthsQuest. Participants had taken the StrengthsQuest before coming to the Summit and were able to learn what their strengths meant. Examples of possible strengths included positivity, intellection, empathy, futuristic and consistency.
“During Day 1, we were able to learn more about ourselves and others,” said participant Joy Zellers. “We learned about Medina County and I realized how great a community it is. We also learned to work together through fun group activities.”
A panel of community leaders spoke ranging from the Medina County Commissioner, Mr. Adam Friedrick, to the superintendent of the Medina County Career Center, Mr. Steve Chrisman.
“As you look to get involved, determine what those (your) values and principles are,” said Friedrick. “Why do you have them? And how they were formed? Decide what those principles are and hold to them.”
“If you inspire someone, they will go beyond whatever you expected them to do. My life goal is to help others achieve things they didn’t think they were able to do,” said Chrisman.
Participants were able to ask the panelists questions and afterward got to decide where their own strengths lied by choosing a community volunteer opportunity.
“I’m really looking forward to being able to help the organization, ‘First Impressions’, expand and help women feel confident and beautiful for their interviews,” said participant Melissa Gottschalk. “We’re going to be filling goody bags for women, creating flyers, and coming up with ideas to help spread the word about ‘First Impressions.’”
On November 12th, the “Day of Action” will commence, all participants will go to the Medina County Career Center to accomplish the volunteer opportunity they chose.
“I am excited for Day 2 because I picked a fun group and a fun project,” said participant Brenna Mae Holladay. “I chose a hands-on project and I am excited to see what we had planned all come together.”
Katie Salai | Editor-in-Chief | The Medinamite | November 9, 2016