Wood County Prevention

Otsego Local Schools Week of January 11th

Teen Institute

January Appreciation Celebration - MLK

The Otsego Teen Institute Leadership Group will be hosting a fun activity each month until the end of the year. In January, they will be having all Jr. High students in grades 6-8 write what their dream is on a cloud in honor of Martin Luther King Day on January 18th. Students will be completing this during their library visit during the week of January 18th. TI members will be volunteering during lunch to help the Jr. High students. The dreams will then be displayed on the bulletin board in the Jr. High as shown in the image below.

2016 Wood County Junior Teen Institute Retreat

Otsego Junior High will be the location of this year's annual Wood County Junior Teen Institute Leadership Retreat. The retreat will be held on April 15th from 3:30pm-8:30pm. All students are welcome. Otsego High School's Teen Institute Leadership Group will be volunteering at the event. Students will be attending from all Wood County schools. If you have a son or daughter in grades 6-8, and would like them to attend the leadership retreat, please fill in the needed information below in the form to register. The student will then be given the application form to bring home. Activities in past retreats include small group break out/family group sessions, photo scavenger hunt, human foosball, and many more activities to help facilitate bonding, communication and leadership. All of the activities focus on healthy behaviors, choices, and decision making.

Expect Respect Support Group

Mrs. Cornish will be going around to all high school English classes during the week of January 25th to have all students have the opportunity to fill out the Expect Respect Support Group Survey. Support groups cover information relating to healthy relationships, communication, and self-esteem using an evidence-based curriculum. The support group will begin in February. The group is open to all students. However, males and females will meet in separate groups during a lunch or study hall period.

Do you want to donate & become a sponsor for Youth Olympics?

Youth Olympics is an amazing event for Wood County, one that relies partially on the funding of sponsors...... We could not put on the event without wonderful sponsors each year. If you would like to be a sponsor and donate, or know of someone who would, please follow the link: http://prosecutor.co.wood.oh.us/cycle/streetwise/youth-olympics/ to see the sponsor information for Youth Olympics. If you are interested, please contact Brandy Hartman or Sydney Pryka at 419-354-9250 at the Wood County Prosecutor's Office. Your donate will be greatly appreciated.

Youth Olympics Volunteers

If you are still interested in receiving information about representing Otsego Local School District at this year's Wood County Youth Olympics, please follow this link: https://docs.google.com/a/otsegoknights.org/forms/d/1tpMZoKf7vlZGDbY9NfmXX0r3GQCQnxq4-36kEaMg8oY/viewform?c=0&w=1

Everyone is welcome to volunteer!

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Youth Olympics Kick-Off

Next Wednesday, January 20, Mrs. Cornish will be speaking as a Youth Olympics Committee Member with all 4th & 5th grade Otsego Elementary students about this year's Wood County Youth Olympics. We will cover basic information about the event, and they will also receive the instructions on how to register. Youth Olympics is open to 500 participants. Registration for this year's Youth Olympics will begin online on Friday, January 22 at 7:00am at this link: http://prosecutor.co.wood.oh.us/cycle/streetwise/youth-olympics/

Google Hangout

In 2016, leaders from all Wood County Teen Institute groups will come together to form the Wood County Youth Council. These students meet and discuss certain topics of focus that are relevant within the county. The students then take back this information to their school's Teen Institute group. The Youth Council will be communicating through Google Hangout so students from throughout the county can participate. Join TI at Otsego and encourage healthy choices and positive lifestyles! Teen Institute meetings are held twice each month during the high school lunch periods. Contact Mrs. Cornish at the email listed below to join the Otsego Teen Institute Leadership Group.


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Emily Cornish, On-Site Prevention Specialist

I am the On-Site Prevention Specialist for the Otsego Local School District. I am in the district 3 days per week. I have a monthly calendar on my office door showing my schedule each day.

Prevention Responsibilities:

  • Problem Identification (Referrals: Behavior, AOD use, social support)
  • Life Skills Education Classes in HS & MS
  • Expect Respect Support Group (Healthy relationships, & dating violence awareness)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer
  • Wood County Youth Olympics Planning Committee Member
  • Teen Institute Leadership Advisor
  • Opiate Task Force Member for Wood County
  • Prevention Committee Member for the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDPB)