Youth Programs | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Youth Programs

Serve, learn, grow


Looking out for the next generation

H2O connects Lakewood youth with volunteer opportunities to develop a strong desire to SERVE the community. Nurtured by a culture of kindness, they LEARN valuable skills while helping others. The GROW into more engaged citizens empowered to make an impact in the world.

Embedded deeply in the history and mission of the “youth office” is the belief that when the community supports and nurtures families, kids thrive as does the entire community. For more than 25 years, the Youth Office has looked for creative ways to strengthen our partnership with parents and to make sure all the resources of the community are available to them and their children, to assist them in solving problems and seeing all the possibilities for growth and change.

For more information, contact the Division of Youth at 216-529-6870.

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Westerly Grocery Delivery

December 15 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue 19

Ronald McDonald House

December 19 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Ronald McDonald House

January 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Westerly Grocery Delivery

January 19, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Westerly Grocery Delivery

February 16, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • H2O (Help to Others)+-

    H20, Help to Others, is a service-learning Program for high school and middle school Youth. It is a collaborative effort of:

    • City of Lakewood Department of Human Services
    • Lakewood City Schools
    • Our community Supporters and
    • The amazing youth of Lakewood.
    • Local and county wide agencies and Service organizations.
    • This program is dedicated to strengthening and enriching this community by engaging youth in LEARNING, LEADING, and SERVING. Youth are given the opportunity to be active contributors to their community while building and strengthening civic and social responsibility.

    For more information, email Emmie Hutchison at emmie.hutchison@lakewoodoh.net, or call 216-529-6045.

    [ Find us on Facebook » ] Or have a look at this video on the city’s Youtube page

    For more about H2O, reach out to:

  • H20 In The News+-

  • Downloads

    Related Links

  • Find us on social media+-

    There are several ways to connect with us on social media. Take your pick.

    Do you want to be added to the email distribution list? Contact Emmie Hutchison at emmie.hutchison@lakewoodoh.net.

  • Want to get involved with H2O?+-

    Interested in getting involved or getting some additional information? Feel free to reach out to:

    Forms and more info

     

  • The Lakewood Foundation+-

    The Lakewood Foundation is a private, not for profit, community based organization. The Lakewood Foundation enhances the lives of Lakewood residents by serving as the fiscal agent for service groups and city departments. The trustees of the Lakewood Foundation supervise and support special projects they believe will further the well being of the Lakewood community.

  • Family to Family System of Care+-

    The well-being of a community is based on how well the children are doing. It must be a priority for the Lakewood community to protect and nurture our youngsters. We also must create a healthy socio-economic environment through which every child and family has the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential and to lead productive lives.

    Family to Family Program Components:

    To learn more about these services, call (216) 529-6870.

    Downloads

  • Community Education & Activities+-

    Group discussions and community dialogues on issues that concern youth and families. Staff from the Division of Youth plan educational and awareness programs to meet the needs of professional, student and parent organizations.

  • Supportive Services: Programs for Parents, Families & Caregivers Case Management+-

    Helping kids and parents problem solve, it is often important to involve other people, services or agencies. Progress toward reaching goals is usually a lot faster when everyone involved is working together. The Division staff will advocate for clients by assisting them in accessing services and by coordinating services with everyone involved. For more information call (216) 529-6870.

  • Juvenile Diversion+-

    The City of Lakewood’s Department of Human Services Juvenile Diversion Program is comprised of an alliance between City Departments, Human Services, Law, Police and Public Works, Lakewood Schools, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and various organizations/businesses to offer families a positive alternative to traditional Juvenile Court involvement.

    The Juvenile Diversion Program is a voluntary program designed to offer first time juvenile offenders and their parents the opportunity to restore trust, give back to the community and to find ways to continue to be positively involved in their community. It is designed to empower families through education, direction and guidance for the betterment of the child, the City and its residents.

    Youth must be referred to this program by Juvenile Court.

  • County-wide Crisis Hotlines+-

    • Child abuse/neglect: (216) 696-5437
    • Imminent Danger: 911
    • Mental health emergency: (216) 623-6888
  • Youth FAQs+-

    Division of Youth-Colleen McNamara (216) 529-6873

    Q:       Is this the county? 

    A: No. This is the City of Lakewood. All county related assistance including child support, food stamps, health insurance, job training, and emergency assistance, can be found by calling Cuyahoga County Department of Jobs and Family Services – http://cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/home.aspx (216) 987-7000 or Cuyahoga County Child and Family Services-http://cfs.cuyahogacounty.us/ (216) 431-4500

    Q:       Who do I call if I think a child is being abused?

    A: Please report all concerns of child abuse and neglect to Cuyahoga County Child and Family Services-http://cfs.cuyahogacounty.us/ (216) 696-KIDS (5437) 

    Q:       What does the Division of Youth do?

    A: The Division of Youth looks for creative ways to engage parents in developing relationships and community connections. We assist parents with problem solving, skill building and crisis resolution. http://www.onelakewood.com/findget/program-youth/ -(216) 529-6873

    Q:        My child is struggling at school, can you help me?

    A: Yes, please call the Division of Youth http://www.onelakewood.com/findget/program-youth/ -(216) 529-6873

    Q:       I am a parent with children and I need assistance, who can help me?

    A: Please call the Division of Youth http://www.onelakewood.com/findget/program-youth/ -(216) 529-6873 

    Q:       My child is in trouble with the police, who can I talk to?

    A:   Juvenile Diversion Program is a voluntary program designed to offer first time juvenile offenders and their parents the opportunity to restore trust, give back to the community and to find ways to continue to be positively involved in their community. It is designed to empower families through education, direction and guidance for the betterment of the child, the City and its residents. Questions? Contact Mary Eileen Kramer (216) 529-6870

    Q:       My child has been truant at school, who can I talk to? 

    A:   Juvenile Diversion Program is a voluntary program designed to offer first time juvenile offenders and their parents the opportunity to restore trust, give back to the community and to find ways to continue to be positively involved in their community. It is designed to empower families through education, direction and guidance for the betterment of the child, the City and its residents. Questions? Contact Mary Eileen Kramer (216) 529-6870

    Q:       I have a middle school child and looking for positive volunteer opportunities, do you know of any? 

    A: H2O (Help to Others) Youth Volunteer Program connects Lakewood youth with volunteer opportunities to develop a strong desire to serve the community. Nurtured by a culture of kindness, they learn valuable skills while helping others. They grow into more engaged citizens empowered to make an impact in the world. Questions? Contact Emmie Hutchinson (216) 529-6045