Contact: Lisa Eschleman,
(May 8, 2013) – It’s not every day you hear from middle school student
activists who are working to solve problems such as animal abuse, bullying,
domestic violence, homelessness and teen pregnancy. However, that was the scene at the Riffe
Center in downtown Columbus on Tues., May 7, when more than 150 Ohio students
took part in the 19th annual Youth for Justice Summit, a program of
the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education.
Youth for Justice students are tackling real world problems,” said OCLRE
Executive Director Lisa Eschleman. “Domestic violence is not an easy topic for
adults to solve, yet we have a group of eighth graders who developed ways to
address this issue.”
for Justice is designed to empower youth to be actively engaged citizens who
work together to make a positive difference in their community. Students
identify a problem relevant to them, then develop and implement solutions.
project evaluators selected the following teams, out of a total of 18
participating teams, to receive Outstanding Project Awards:
- Fighting Bullying, Greensview Elementary School
- Relax, Refresh, Respect, Pleasant Street Elementary (Mt.
- Domestic Violence, St. Francis School (Cleveland)
- Positive Role Models, Heritage Middle School (East
for Justice has a positive impact statewide and includes teams from urban, suburban
and rural areas. The following schools were represented at the 2013 Summit: Botkins Elementary School
(Botkins); Collinwood High School (Cleveland);
Greensview Elementary (Upper Arlington); Heritage Middle School (East
Cleveland); Leaves of Learning (Cincinnati); Pleasant Street Elementary (Mt.
Vernon); Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Middle School (Aberdeen); St. Cecilia School (Columbus); St. Francis
rewarding to empower young students and watch as they make incredible
differences in their communities,” said Eschleman.
former Youth for Justice participant stated, “There are problems that youth can
Youth for Justice, a program
of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, is financially assisted by the
Ohio State Bar Foundation. The following companies generously donated to the
2013 Youth for Justice Summit: Balloons Across the River, Giant Eagle,
Huffman’s Market, Pizza Hut, Target and Wal-Mart.
Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) is a
non-profit, nonpartisan organization whose goal is to improve society by
developing citizens empowered with an understanding of our democratic system.
OCLRE is sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Ohio Attorney General’s
Office, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Civil Liberties Union
of Ohio Foundation. For more
information on OCLRE, please call (877) 485-3510 or visit www.oclre.org.