(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – Last week seven student Youth-to-Youth leaders from Tuscarawas County had the opportunity to meet with Senator Al Landis to discuss student’s concerns.
Tuscarawas Central Catholic students Piper Olsen, Carson Norris, Edith Quiroz, Madysen Sanchez, and Alicia Sica-Cale sat down with Senator Landis and spoke freely about thoughts and concerns they had regarding their schools and communities. The group spoke in detail about ways to improve current issues in these environments. Senator Landis was very encouraging and reassured them that their voices are very important and matter greatly.
“I am so proud of these seven youth,” explained Sierra Schweitzer, Youth Led Prevention Coordinator with OhioGuidestone and youth sector representative of Empower Tusc. “Standing up for what they believe in, bettering their communities, and being great role models for those around them is such a hopeful thing to see! It is a privilege to be their advisor.”
Tuscarawas County’s Youth-to-Youth programs play a crucial role in empowering youth to create positive change in their schools and communities. This program is designed to allow young people to address and positively influence the issues that matter most to them.
Additionally, Youth-to-Youth programs help young people form positive relationships with their peers, build social and emotional skills, and develop a sense of belonging. “By supporting youth in amplifying their voice, developing life skills, and addressing the issues most important to them, we can have a better future for all,” explained Salvo.
Students from districts across Tuscarawas County continue to be active through Tuscarawas County Youth-to-Youth programming designed to promote healthy lifestyles among our young people.