H2O | The City of Lakewood, Ohio


Help-To-Others "H2O", Volunteer Youth Service Program

Looking out for the next generation

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.

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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.

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  • H2O's Summer Service Experience+-

    H2O has opened registration for H2O’s Summer Service Experience, a remote service-learning program. As with other years, this opportunity is open to Lakewood residents who will enter seventh, eighth, or ninth grade in the fall.

    Most other aspects of registration and the delivery of the program will be different, however. Here are some of the key points about Summer Service Experience:

    • Sessions are remote. There will be hands-on projects; the materials required to complete them will be delivered by our staff to campers’ homes.
    • The virtual meetings are going to be done using Zoom as a platform. It will require participants to have access to a computer or phone- we assume most will use Chromebooks – and internet. Devices will likely need to be plugged in during our meetings to stay charged.
    • Virtual meetings will include large, whole-group sessions. Small group conversations will be built into the day, facilitated by the counselor staff.
    • The three sessions each span two weeks with meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week (for a total of six meeting days). Counselors may deliver materials to campers on the “off” days. We hope to build in brief visits between camper and counselor with these deliveries, taking the precautions of outdoor distancing.
    • We anticipate contacting campers outside of camp meeting times, which is not the norm. This may be regarding follow-up instructions, changes in zoom links, etc. We hope that registrants will check their email during their session.

    Here is information about the registration process:

    • We have used Google Forms to capture registration information. There is a separate link for each session so that I can limit the number of registrants.
    • After using the Google form to register, we will send families a request for payment and permission forms in the mail. Payment and signed permission will need to be returned to the Lakewood Division of Youth.
    • Registration will be first come, first served through the Google forms.
    • The fee is $40.00 this year, and financial assistance is available.

    The H2O Summer Staff is energized to bring the fun and purpose of camp to life!

    Here are the session dates and registration links:

    Session One: June 23, 24, 25, 30,  July 1, 2

    Session Two: July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

    Session Three: July, 28, 29, 20, August 4, 5, 6

    Click here to register for Session Three.

  • Home Alone+-

    H2O is excited to launch its all-new HOME ALONE Program!

    What is HOME ALONE? An amazing peer-to-peer mentorship project, and more!

    HOME ALONE events are designed by H2O high school leaders and staff to convey important safety information to 9-12 year old students in an engaging, meaningful way. In order to attend HOME ALONE, students must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian.

    During each 2-1/2 hour training, students will rotate through six interactive safety presentations led by H2O high school leaders. HOME ALONE event topics include:

    * Emergencies – How and when to Call 9-1-1

    * Basic First Aid – What to do if accidents or injuries occur

    * Tricky People & Phone/Door Safety – How to avoid potentially dangerous situations

    * Routines and Siblings – Establishing house rules and role-playing conflict resolution

    * Internet Safety – Advice for maintaining positive, healthy experiences online

    * Street Smarts – Safety tips when going to and from school or around Lakewood

    While students are engaged with the high school leaders, their parents/guardians will receive valuable safety information presented by local experts from Lakewood Police, Fire and EMS, as well as a cyber crimes against children investigator from Westlake PD.

    There is a $15.00 Family Fee for HOME ALONE which covers the adult attendee(s) and all 9-12 yr. old family member(s) being enrolled. At the end of each event, families will receive a comprehensive safety manual published by H2O’s program partner, SOS4Kids.

    There will be HOME ALONE sessions:

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 — 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    Wednesday, January 29, 2020 — 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    Thursday, February, 13, 2020 — 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    Saturday, February 22, 2020 — 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

    Childcare and financial aid is available for families that need assistance in order to attend HOME ALONE. Email H2O at h2olakewood@gmail.com to submit a request.

    Space is limited to 75 students in each HOME ALONE event. Registration is held on a first-come, first-served basis. H2O encourages early enrollment to ensure your choice of dates.

    H2O’s high school leaders look forward to sharing safety skills with their younger peers!

    Click here to register for one of the HOME ALONE sessions.

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  • Want to get involved with H2O?+-

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

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  • 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.