A newly formed collaborative of agencies, businesses and youth called “Summit Up” has scheduled an outreach event for area homeless youth and youth at risk for homelessness (ages 16 to 24), Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Oasis Community Outreach Center, 847 Crouse St., in Akron.
“Summit Up” is designed to improve availability of resources and livable wage employment opportunities for at-risk youth in Summit County and includes steering committee representatives from Info Line, Summit County Children Services, Summit County Department of Job and Family Services, Goodwill Industries, Shelter Care and Altrusa International, among other agencies. The collaborative evolved from the former Summit County Youth Emancipation Task Force spearheaded by Summit County Children Services in 2010 and reflects the community’s strong desire to reach the broadest possible group of at-risk youth.
The Nov. 4 “Meet and Treat” event will connect youth with information on various community resources and also provide a limited supply of tangible services such as haircuts, free clothing and hygiene supplies on a first come/first served basis. Among the area businesses and organizations scheduled to participate are: Battered Women’s Shelter, Rape Crisis Center, Planned Parenthood, Digital Academy, Summit County Juvenile Court, Horizon House, Summit County Department of Job and Family Services, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA), OPEN M, Info Line, SWAG (Students With Goals), students from The University of Akron Nutrition Program, a photographer, two local barbers, and Community Support Services.
For more information, call Summit County Children Services’ Independent Living/Teen Permanency Office at (330) 379-2037 or (330) 996-1084.