Ohio Adult Allies

The Regional Learning Collaborative is a component of the Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network’s (OYLPN) Ohio Adult Allies initiative. Regional Learning Collaborative (RLC) Leaders are adults who work with high school youth and are dedicated to supporting other adults working to empower youth and impact community-level change.

RLC leaders have experience guiding young people to create change in their local environments and are passionate about building healthy communities across Ohio. Annually, each region hosts a variety of virtual and/or in-person events and creates opportunities to increase knowledge and skill capacity around youth-led programming and support the development of a network of professionals dedicated to improving and promoting effective prevention science and youth empowerment.

Regional Learning Collaboratives

The Regional Learning Collaborative is a component of the Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network’s (OYLPN) Ohio Adult Allies initiative. Regional Learning Collaborative (RLC) Leaders are adults who work with high school youth and are dedicated to supporting other adults working to empower youth and impact community-level change.

RLC leaders have experience guiding young people to create change in their local environments and are passionate about building healthy communities across Ohio. Annually, each region hosts a variety of virtual and/or in-person events and creates opportunities to increase knowledge and skill capacity around youth-led programming and support the development of a network of professionals dedicated to improving and promoting effective prevention science and youth empowerment.

Northwest Ohio Region
Healthy Choices Caring Communities

RLC Leadership:

  • Beth Thomas, MSW, OCPS
  • Robin Willson, OCPSA

Northeast Ohio Region
Collaborative Learning Environment

RLC Leadership:

  • Karen Lackey, MSSA, LISW
  • Holly Jacobson, M.Ed., OCPC
  • Jennie Canganelli, M.Ed., OCPS

Central Ohio Region
Youth to Youth International, Central

RLC Leadership:

  • Cheryl Sells, OCPC
  • Kevin Rigby, OCPS

Southwest Ohio Region

Southeast Ohio Region
Impact Prevention

RLC Leadership:

  • Haley Shamblin
  • Mollie Stevens, OCPS

Appalachian Region
Appalachian Allies

RLC Leadership:

  • Wendy Ware, MS, OCPC
  • Sunessa D. Tollie, BA OCPSA
  • Christine McGill, MSW, CSW, LSW

* identifies date, time, and/or registration to be determined

Statewide Training Sessions

The Statewide Training Sessions will take a deeper dive into the Youth Empowerment Conceptual Framework (YECF) and the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).

The YECF highlights the critical role of adult allies focussing on creating empowering settings in which young people can engage. The characteristics of effective adult allies include general respect of youth, active listening, being open-minded to ideas and approaches, and being relatable by the youth.The SPF is composed of five steps and two guiding principles that offer prevention planners a comprehensive approach to understanding and addressing the substance misuse and related behavioral health problems facing their states and communities.

Events

None at this time

* identifies date, time, and/or registration to be determined

The Ohio Adult Allies initiative is a multi-agency partnership between the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service at Ohio University and Prevention Action Alliance.