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2012 Ohio Reach Summit


Ohio's fourth annual Ohio Reach Summit took place on Monday, May 7, at the Doubletree Hotel: Columbus/Worthington. We're glad you remembered to Save the Date.



Resources to Share With Youth:


8:30 - 9:00 am
Arrival and Continental Breakfast

*Breakfast will continue to be served during the Welcome
9:00 - 9:30 am
Welcome and Purpose of Event ~ Adrian McLemore
Announcements from ODJFS ~ Director Colbert
Housekeeping Details ~ Chris Klefeker
9:45 - 10:45 am
Workshop Track A
  1. Mentoring to Support Educational Success ~ Annie Schellenger, Kate Livingston and Mariah Maxwell (New/Refresher/High School)
  2. ETV~ Foster Care to Success and foster care alumni (New/Refresher/High School)
  3. Ohio Reach Campus Model ~ Chris Klefeker and Meghann McCabe and foster care alum (Higher Education)
  4. Foster Youth to College Initiative of Stark County Job & Family Services ~ Sarah Goins, Terryl Swejk and Merri Miller - including Post Survey Action Plan (Higher Ed and Child Welfare, High School)
  5. Overcoming Youth Crisis for College Success ~ Lisa Dickson, Lamar Graham and Alex McFarland (Higher Ed and Child Welfare)



6. Hot Topic: Roundtable: Matching Our Acronyms: Higher Education and Child Welfare ~ Facilitated by Elaine Hall, Lisa Phillips and Alex McFarland (Higher Ed and Child Welfare)
11:00 - 12:00
Workshop Track B
  1. Financial Aid Options for Foster Youth ~ Stacy Watts College Now of Greater Cleveland (New/Refresher/High School)
  2. Timeline to Prepare Students for Higher Ed~ Sarah Levels and Rayshawn Parnell, including FCCS College Resource Guide (Child Welfare and High School)
  3. Appreciative Advising ~ Joe Murray and Harrison Thompson (Higher Education and Child Welfare)
  4. Wright State Independent Scholars Network ~ Simone Polk, Ciara Black, and Adrian McLemore (High Ed and Child Welfare)
  5. Overcoming Youth Crisis for College Success ~ Lisa Dickson, Lamar Graham and Alex McFarland (Higher Ed and Child Welfare)
  6. Hot Topic: Roundtable: Connecting Foster Care Youth With Campus and Community Support, particularly on regional and community campuses ~ Facilitated by Chris Klefeker and Abby Sexton (Higher Ed and Child Welfare)
12:00 - 12:30 pm
Networking Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Keynote Speaker ~ John Seita *Sponsored by Casey Family Programs




*Lunch will continue to be served during Keynote
1:45 - 2:45 pm
Workshop Track C
  1. ETV ~ Foster Care to Success and foster care alumni (New/Refresher/High School)
  2. Ohio Benefit Bank ~ Second Harvest Foodbanks (Higher Education and Child Welfare)
  3. Timeline to Prepare Students for Higher Ed~ Sarah Levels and Rayshawn Parnell (Child Welfare and High School)
  4. Seita Scholars Discussion ~ John Seita (Higher Education and Child Welfare)

5. Hot Topic: Statewide Networking: Further Building on Child Welfare and Higher Education Partnerships ~ Facilitated by Simone Polk, Doris Edelmann and Adrian McLemore (Higher Education and Child Welfare)
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Panel of Experts*
  • Ohio Attorney General's Office, Melinda Sykes, Director of Children's Initiatives
  • Ohio Board of Regents, Melissa Cardenas, Assistant Director of Educational Linkages
  • Ohio Benefit Bank, Lisa Hamler-Podolski, Director of Second Harvest Foodbanks
  • TRIO, Rabekah Stewart, OSU Upward Board Program
  • HEMI, Annie Dick Schellinger, Program Coordinator and Mariah Maxwell, student
  • Ohio YAB and FCAA, Alex McFarland, Ohio YAB Vice President and FCAA Ohio Legislative Liaison

*Participants share what they've learned during the day, and bounce their insights off a panel of experts for their feedback