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 (18%) averages
- 25% said they were depressed, defined as feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more
- 78% of students that had been bullied in the past year conpemplated suicide
- 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 resilience and emotion management training along with professional mental health services. United Way provides funding to place mental health counselors in four school districts and Medina County Juvenile Detention Center, expanding services to include Kindergarten through high school. 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. A specially-visioned summit, E4JDC, is presented semi-annually in partnership with Medina County Juvenile Detention Center.
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: $174,000
Alternative Paths School-Based One-on-One Counseling--Provides one-on-one counseling for Buckeye and Cloverleaf school systems.
Bellefaire, JCB Resilience Program--Provides counseling in one-on-one and group settings, in the Medina and Wadsworth school districts and Medina County Juvenile Detention Center, designed to help participants develop and strengthen positive coping skills, healthy relationships, and community support systems.