OASL Newsletter

September 2022

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Bring your student organization to Kings Island for a day of teambuilding and bonding, OR reconnect with your workshop friends!

This year we are celebrating leadership together at Kings Island, in Mason, Ohio.

  • Any number of students and advisors may attend from a school
  • Check-in will begin at 9:30am
  • OASL Rally will kick off at 10:00 a.m.
  • Our program will conclude at 10:50 a.m.
  • Following our program, Kings Island is yours to enjoy! The park is open from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

$50 per person includes:

  • Program
  • Kings Island Admission* (*$20 registration fee if Kings Island Admission Ticket is not needed)
  • Complimentary Drawstring Bag

NOTE - Advisors and adult chaperones (21+) may attend for the special price of $35.00.

Optional Add-Ons:

- Go to www.oasl-oh.org/events, click on the Leadership at the Island “Details” tab, and then on the link for the On-Line Store. You can purchase your parking pass, drink wrist band, meal vouchers, etc. all at discounted prices.

- There are cash-to-card kiosks throughout the park. There is no fee to use them and the cards can be used outside the park

KINGS ISLAND IS NOW CASHLESS! Please have students bring a credit card, or they can use a reverse ATM in the park and load cash onto a card.


The OASL team is excited for the 2022-2023 school year! Our two weeks of OASL’s Summer Leadership Workshops in July were outstanding and we look to a return to our full calendar of events this year. Speaking of our Summer Leadership Workshops, I’d like to congratulate our program directors, Kaitlin O’Hara, Krysten Bonacci, and Anthony Paletta, for their excellent leadership in planning and executing the workshops again this year. These workshops continue to be life-changing for our student participants, so the work they do is vital and truly remarkable. We are also grateful for each advisor, school counselor, administrator, and parent who encouraged and paved the way for students to attend. We are proud of what we do, and both humbled and inspired by your trust in us.

I hope you will make plans to join us on Sunday, September 25th for the 2022 Leadership at the Point. Details will be available by Friday, September 2. An email will be sent to all member school advisors and students who attended workshop this summer.

We are super excited to announce that the brand new, BEST EVER, OASL website will launch on October 1st! This much needed investment was made possible through funds raised at the Philanthropitch Columbus event last spring. It’s going to be AHHH-MAZING!

Finally, please remember that all OASL annual memberships expire on September 30th.

Please click the following link to update or join!

Please let me know how OASL can be helpful to you!

Best Regards,


Summer Workshop Recap!

This July, we wrapped up another wonderful two weeks of OASL Summer Workshop at Capital University!! We were excited to host nearly 120 middle and high school students--more than half of whom were returners coming back for more of the magic! We were excited to see some of the best retention of our campers in recent history!

It was so fun to bring back many of our staple Middle Level (ML) and Senior High (SH) workshop sessions--such as our Beach Party, our talent-filled Funfest/Songfest, Galloping Monopoly, and our cherished To The Moon & Back session. However, we had a BLAST continuing some newer traditions, such as our Celebration Night where ML and SH joined together on our last night of workshop to enjoy some delicious food (donated by Raising Canes and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams!!), a lively dance party, and a colorful end to the evening with color powder!

We had the pleasure of meeting so many special guests throughout our week, starting with our Mindfulness session with the Youth Yoga Project. Our delegates also got to meet many other community members on Friday morning when our ML & SH programs combined for our annual community service project, speed networking, and leadership activities at Ohio IMPACT Day! For our service project, we worked with “My Very Own Blanket” to help make blankets for kids in foster care–by the end of our 2 weeks, we were able to contribute 120 blankets! We had representatives from all over helping us learn and grow that morning–from our partner organizations, local school districts, private corporations, and community organizers to name a few! Thank you to everyone who joined us and empowered all of our young leaders.

A special thank you to our ML and SH staff who poured so much time and energy into these weeks to ensure all of our delegates had the best time. And more than anything, thank you to all of our delegates who dedicated a week of your summer to grow in your leadership skills and commit to making an impact in your home communities! We are so proud of the work you all did, and we cannot wait to have you back for more fun at our future events throughout the year.


This year's Ohio IMPACT Day was one for the books! Ohio IMPACT Days are a unique part of the OASL Summer Workshop program designed to connect OASL students with community leaders, educators, and organizational partners who support leadership education and development for students across Ohio.

This year, OASL had many community leaders join us to meet our students for a networking session, followed by hands-on leadership activities, and a service project. Students and community leaders worked together to share their leadership journey and how they make a positive impact in their community.

Thank you to all of our OASL supporters who attended Ohio IMPACT Day. OASL teamed up with "My Very Own Blanket" that provides blankets for children in foster care as the 2022 Ohio IMPACT Service Project. Special thanks to OASL Alumni, Neelam Modi and Sharmil Modi, who were able to donate the cost of supplies and materials for this special session.

OASL Students were able to create over 130 blankets that serve children in Ohio!

Thank you to American Electric Power, The Ohio State University and the Family Engagement Center, The Ohio Department of Education, The Ohio School Safety Center, Kids Voting Ohio, League of Women's Voters, New Albany High School, Whitehall City Schools, State Farm of Ohio, PSI Solutions, OASL Alumni, Morgan Harper, See Kids Dream, and Erase the Space for their support of OASL and participation in this year's IMPACT day!

Thank you!

Thank you to Jeni's, Brassica, and Raising Cane's for providing treats or meals during our week! Your generosity helped our students and staff make lifelong memories. We appreciate your support of OASL!

My Very Own Blanket

This year's service project during our IMPACT morning was a huge success! Click here or read more to learn about how your student organization could help make blankets for children in foster care in your area.

My Very Own Blanket's website is www.myveryownblanket.org. Visit the site to view some videos on the homepage that highlight the organization in just a few minutes!

If a school wishes to order blanket to ship directly to them, then the link that they should use to place an order is


3) If a school wishes to order blankets and to pick them up at our workshop in Westerville, Ohio, then the link that they should use to place an order is


Once the blankets are made, MVOB would then direct the students to deliver the blankets to an organization in their community. We are also updating our website each week with additional partners, so don't worry if you don't see a partner in each county. We will find someone to connect a student organization with! https://www.myveryownblanket.org/deliver-blankets-agencies-2B.html#OH

We usually say making one blanket = one service hour. We would love to have individual schools participate this coming year!

Krysten Bonacci, currently serves in this role along with Anthony Paletta. Krysten has announced her intent to resign from this position, effective December 31, 2022.

OASL is looking for qualified candidates interested in pursuing this rewarding opportunity.

The duties for this position are as follows:

- To plan, direct, and assess all Middle Level programs.

- To act as a resource for middle level student leaders and their advisors.

- To promote the activities of OASL.

- To report annually to the Executive Board concerning OASL activities in which s/he participates.

- To meet (weekly or bi-weekly) with the Executive Director and the Senior High Program Director to discuss and coordinate programs, dates, deadlines, budgets, and to explore mutual concerns.

- To notify the Executive Director of irresolvable conflicts, who in turn shall inform the Executive Board.

- As schedules and other duties allow, present oral report to advisers at State Conference.

If interested, please complete the following Application/Information Form.

Questions should be directed to Connie Miley: connie.miley@oasl-oh.org

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