Ohio-West Virginia YLA’s Response to COVID-19: October 1, 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. We are always amazed and encouraged by the fantastic innovations that our youth come up with to stay connected and active in YLA’s mission.
YLA Chapters
 
We are available by phone calls, Zoom meetings, or emails to meet with you or your students and to answer your questions. We can also arrange to meet with you in person at outdoor or physically distanced settings. 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. We continue to stand with you and look forward to coming together even stronger on the other side of these unprecedented circumstances.

Virtual Fall Conference

 To increase accessibility for all students, the annual Fall Conference is a Virtual event for 2020. This interactive session will be held over Zoom on November 21, 2020 from 1 – 5 and is open to all current or prospective YLA students and advisors. More registration details will be available soon.

Virtual Classrooms Content

We are excited to announce that YLA is launching Virtual Classroom programs linking experiential learning with WV and OH content standards for American Government, Civics, and Economics classes. Contact us to learn how to implement this resource in your classroom!

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 was held virtually May 14 -15. 128 participants registered to present their bills, work in committees, and preside over legislative sessions and judicial cases.  A fantastic team of youth, volunteers, and YLA staff met regularly via video chat to plan this unique experience, and out of this virtual conference the 2020-2021 Youth Leadership Corps was established.
We are tentatively planning to hold all Youth & Government seminars and Youth in Government conferences in person in March and April of 2021. 
 
Horseshoe
 
With support and assistance from the ACA, CDC, our local health department, and our local medical clinic, Horseshoe was able to hold small camps during 5 weeks this summer.
Teen Entrepreneurship Summit: June 22 – 27
Jr/Sr High YLA Summit: June 29 – July 4
Adventure Youth Opportunity Camps: July 6 – 11, July 13 – 18, July 20 – 25
 
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.
Although camp looks somewhat different this summer, including on-site COVID-19 testing, modifications to our health screening process, food service, cleaning/disinfection procedures, personal protective equipment, and adaptation to some activities, it has been 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.
 
Horseshoe Homecoming
 
Out of an abundance of caution, we have elected to cancel the Horseshoe Homecoming reunion which was scheduled for August 27 – 31, 2020. We are encouraging everyone to continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings, and practice good hand-washing habits. We will be announcing rescheduled dates for Homecoming in 2021.