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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 216-529-6045.
For more about H2O, reach out to:
H20 In The News+-
- H2O Summer Campers “Choose Their Own Adventure”
- Remembering H2O Summer Service Camp 2013
- Lakewood Man Debuts Film Online
- Help to Others (H2O): Drops of Kindness Create Ripples of Change: Part Three
- Help to Others (H2O): Drops of Kindness Create Ripples of Change: Part Two
- Help To Others (H2O): Drops Of Kindness Create Ripples Of Change: Part One
- H2O’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
- H20 Does It Again
- H2O Members Participate In Health Improvement Partnership
H2O downloads and related links+-
- H2O Summer Service Camp Application
- 2014-2015 H20 Annual Report
- H20 Program Calendar
- 2011 H20 Year In Review
- 2010 H20 Year In Review
- LCAC Christmas Food Delivery 2015
- Are you interested in donating to H2O? You can click here, or checks can be made to The Lakewood Foundation/H2O and mailed to 12900 Madison Ave., Lakewood OH 44107. In-kind donation wish-list includes plastic shelves, computer speakers, and refrigerator magnets
Find us on social media+-
Want to get involved with H2O?+-Want to get involved in the Bikes and Bands event? H2O is looking for volunteer bike mechanics. Please sign up here. Also, here are the guidelines for donating bikes. Also, here’s more information about this year’s Bike and Bands event.***Applications for Summer Service Camp 2016 will be available on April 1 and due April 30. The dates for camp are:
**One week session for sixth-grade students** (June 6 to June 10)
- Session 1: June 14 to June 24
- Session 2: June 27 to July 8
- Session 3: July 19 to July 29
- Session 4: August 1 to August 11
Interested in getting involved or getting some additional information? Feel free to reach out to:
- Emmie Hutchison, H20 Coordinator, [ Email Emmie Hutchison » ]
- Amy Chodzin, H2O Assistant Coordinator, (216) 529-4173 [ Email Amy Chodzin »
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:
- Direct Services to Families
- Advocacy and support
- Wraparound services
- Case Management
- Resource referral and linkage
- Kinship Care Education and support
- Foster Care and Adoption
- Lakewood Area Collaborative
- Lakewood Community Resource Guide
To learn more about these services, call (216) 529-6870.
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.
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