Ohio-West Virginia YLA’s Response to COVID-19: May 14, 2020
YLA is committed to perpetuating the core values of leadership, character, service, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy among the youth we serve. In these challenging times, we are working together to find new and creative ways to do this while maintaining our vision, mission, and values.
Youth in Government
The Ohio Youth in Government Virtual conference held April 24-25 was a success. Students worked together with YLA staff and volunteers to coordinate two days of virtual legislative sessions, judicial sessions, and combined sessions with a special personalized word from Governor DeWine. The student officers reported that they thoroughly enjoyed the conference and were inspired to stay connected and engaged through this experience.
The West Virginia Youth in Government conference will be held virtually on May 14-15, starting at 4 pm. We have 128 registered participants who are eager to present their bills, work in committees, and preside over legislative sessions and judicial cases. A fantastic team of youth, volunteers, and YLA staff have been meeting regularly via video chat to plan this unique experience.
As states begin to open up, we are cautiously moving forward with summer camp plans at Horseshoe. We have adjusted our calendar and are planning on the following camp dates:
Teen Entrepreneurship Summit: June 21 – 27
Jr/Sr High YLA Summit: June 28 – July 4
Adventure Youth Opportunity Camps: July 5 – 11, July 12 – 18, July 19 – 26
We are closely monitoring the guidelines set in place by the CDC, federal, state, and local health departments, as well as adhering to camp-specific guidelines created by the American Camp Association (ACA) in partnership with the CDC. If there are any regulations in place that prevent us from having camp in mid-June and July, we will update you accordingly. Please register for camp with confidence; if a camp session is cancelled, your registration fee will be rolled over to Camp 2021 or refunded (your choice).
Although camp will look somewhat different this summer, including modifications to our health screening process, food service, cleaning/disinfection procedures, personal protective equipment, and adaptation to some activities, we are sure it will still be a worthwhile time full of fun and memories. We believe in the power of camp and are doing everything in our power to create a meaningful and rewarding experience at Horseshoe for you.
We are still available by phone calls, Zoom meetings, or emails to meet with you or your students and to answer your questions. Please let us know what resources we can provide for you and your chapter at the time. We are proud of our youth and alumni and the service-minded impacts you are making on our society in these tough times. Please know that we continue to stand with you and look forward to coming together even stronger on the other side of these unprecedented circumstances.