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NIHF STEM Middle School
Cornelius Adams in an 8th grade student at National Inventors Hall of Fame Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Middle School. He is on the merit roll, swim team and in the band. He would like to attend college to major in computer science or automotive engineering. Cornelius is additionally interested in gaming, reading, pop culture, cars and everything from the 80's and 90's. His most enjoyable part of being in Youth Led Prevention is being with his friends, and also challenging himself.
The Lippman School
Chayce Austin is a student at The Lippman School.
Honesty Bell is an 8th grade student at Litchfield Community Learning Center. She takes honor's classes and makes honor or merit roll. Honesty is on Student Council, in National Junior Honor's Society and has received the Student Athlete of the Month Award while playing volleyball. She is interested in attending an HBCU in North Carolina and becoming an OB/GYN doctor. In her free time she enjoys cooking and baking. Her favorite aspects of Youth Led Prevention are seeing her friends and being in an environment where she can have important conversations about the world.
Jarett Brantly is a 9th grade student at Buchtel Community Learning Center. He is on the merit roll and a member of the Robotics Club. Jarett also boxes and is interested in technology software and hardware engineering. In the future he would like to attend college. His favorite part of Youth Led Prevention is meeting new people.
East High School
Elijah Hollomon is a sophomore at East High School. He plays football and runs track. Elijah would like to attend UTHealth to major in anesthesiology. His favorite part about Youth Led Prevention is the conversations that the members have with each other. During his free time he likes to play video games and play with his younger siblings.
Carl Zaire Johnson
Akron Early College High School
Zaire Johnson is a senior at Akron Early College High School. He is part of the Black Student Union, Poetry Club and Running Club. Zaire is interested in an unconventional, but intellectually fulfilling college atmosphere. He sees the world as an opportunity to live and wants learn the most from it. As an adult, Zaire plans to become a world-renowned mechanical engineer. Currently, he enjoys the people in Youth Led Prevention because he says they challenge the way he thinks. He also appreciates the personal developments he has made while a member. Zaire is drug-free because he wants to meet his full potential and says that he cannot do that if he poisons his body.
Arden Jones is an 9th grade student at Firestone Community Learning Center. She is a cheerleader and on student council. In the future, Arden would like to attend Hampton University. During her free time she enjoys cooking and taking care of children. Arden's favorite parts of Youth Led Prevention are the lessons and working with other students.
Innes Middle School
Xavier Jones in an 8th grade student at Innes Middle School.
Mary Lindsey is 9th grade student at Firestone Community Learning Center. She is on Honor Roll, and she is involved in OST Practice, YMCA Mentor Program, Reclaiming Our Youth, swimming and is also a certified usher for the ICUA Church. In the future she would like to attend college. Mary enjoys singing, dancing with family and friends, making youtube videos and taking care of the Earth and children. Her favorite part about Youth Led Prevention is seeing her friends and talking about problems in the community.
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
Desmond Manley is an Honor Roll senior at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. He is President of Student Council, a part of the Model United Nations, a Student Ambassador and runs track. Desmond would like to attain a Business or Law Degree from Ohio State University and work in Marketing. Youth Led Prevention is important to him because he is able to connect with youth his age outside of school, while he is making positive changes and having fun. His favorite activity that he has done with Youth Led Prevention is attending the Nordonia Winter Retreat.
Derrick Martin is a junior at Firestone High School. He is on the merit roll, participates in baseball, choir and Akron School for the Arts. He is interested in pursuing a career in music. His favorite part of Youth Led Prevention is being able to meet new people with different goals.
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
Shiila Nelson is a senior at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. She is a cheerleader and runs track. She would like to attend Ohio State University to become a Dental Hygienist. Shiila is drug-free because she wants to stay true to herself and make her family proud. Youth Led Prevention means a lot to her because it has taught her to be a better leader. While participating in Youth Led Prevention, Shiila most enjoys the trips, partially the annual Young, Not Silent Youth Summit at The University of Cincinnati.
North High School
Tra'Nell Nurse is a senior at North High School. She would like to attend Clark Atlanta University and become a pharmacy technician. To her, Youth Led Prevention means youth coming together to be leaders in their communities and encouraging each other to be drug-free. Tra’Nell is drug-free because she wants to be a positive example for her sisters. She most enjoys the positive and caring people in Youth Led Prevention and appreciates the opportunity to connect with like-minded peers.
Akron Early College High School
Morgan Roberts is a senior at Akron Early College High School. She is an energetic, positive merit role student that plays volleyball, bowls, and participates in Delta GEMS, Drama Club, CATS and Educational Talent Search. She has received an Athletic Academic Award. She would like to attend Clark Atlanta University for music production and technology, as she said that she feels it would give her a great experience to attend an HBCU. Morgan would like to be a jingle writer as an adult. Currently she enjoys being a part of Youth Led Prevention because of the opportunity to be around people with similar goals as her. She appreciates having conversations with people with different view points than her own. She loves working with younger kids, and also French Bulldogs. Her favorite activity with Youth Led Prevention is the ADM Recovery Challenge 5k because of the improvements she has made each year.
Ariana Rush is an 8th grade student at Jennings Community Learning Center. Her favorite subject is Language Arts, and she is part of Educational Talent Search. She also enjoys listening to church music and watching Netflix. In the future she would like to attend college. Ariana's favorite part of Youth Led Prevention is the mature conversations that she can have with the other members.
AKROS Middle School
Shreeis Terrell-Hill is a merit roll 7th grade student at AKROS Middle School. Her favorite classes in school are Math and Gym. She also enjoys running track, dancing and babysitting. In the future she plans to attend college. Shreeis's favorite part about being in Youth Led Prevention is seeing her friends.
Talia Turner is a 9th grade Student Ambassador at Buchtel Community Learning Center. She is an honor roll student, part of the marching band, Upward Bound, Young Scholars Program and College Credit Plus. Talia would like to attend an HBCU for college and major in criminal justice. Talia also enjoys writing, reading and listening to music. She is drug-free because she knows that drugs hurt a person’s body. Talia's favorite part about Youth Led Prevention is seeing her friends.
Dierre Watkins is a 9th grade student at Buchtel Community Learning Center.
Darius Woods is a junior at Buchtel Community Learning Center. Darius participates in basketball and track, and would like to attend Duke University to play basketball. As an adult he would like to play in the National Basketball Association, or as a back-up plan he would like to be a Sanitation Worker. Youth Led Prevention is important to Darius because it teaches him about drug prevention, and give him the skills to stay drug-free throughout his life.
De’Marrco Cannon is an 2019 alumni of Youth Led Prevention. He graduated from Buchtel Community Learning Center. De’Marrco is drug-free because he wants to live a healthy life as a child of God and to fulfill his dream of being a professional drummer. His favorite part of Youth Led Prevention was participating in the fun activities, and also learning how to incorporate leadership into his daily life.
Dallas Dorsey-Gray is a 2019 Youth Led Prevention Alumni. He graduated from Buchtel Community Learning Center. Dallas says that Youth Led Prevention was important to him because it educated him on drug prevention, and was a healthy alternative to him being on the streets.
Jayla Manley is a 2019 alumni of Youth Led Prevention. She is currently enrolled at Walsh University. Youth Led Prevention was important to Jayla because it gave her a voice to freely express herself in a comfortable environment. Jayla is drug-free because she wants to be a positive influence on the children that she works with at the YMCA.