Wood County Prevention Education

Eastwood Local Schools- March 2016

School Based

JTI Retreat

On April 15th, our annual JTI retreat will be held at Otsego Middle School from 4:30-9:30pm. This is an event for all JTI members in Wood County. You can look forward to meeting new people, team building, games, motivating and encouraging activities, good food, and FUN!!! There will be transportation from Eastwood to Otsego and back.

If any 6th, 7th, or 8th grader is interested in attending there is a registration pamphlet in the MS office and is due on April 7th by the end of the school day to Miss Jacobs mailbox.

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One Step Ahead Members Become JTI Leaders

Students in the One Step Ahead(OSA) group have started taking leadership roles. Every Junior Teen Institute meeting will be lead by two to three OSA members. The JTI members look up to the high school students and love seeing what they are up to.

On March 15th Dani Bruning, Sydnee Shanks, and Cassidy Schling lead the JTI group through an obstacle course. This was no ordinary obstacle course. The students had to wear fatal vision goggles while walking through the course. Most of the students had a hard time walking over hurdles and walking around cones. The OSA leaders wanted to get the point across that drinking can affect your coordination skills.

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Certificate of Appreciation

In recognition of outstanding service The Salvation Army presented a certificate of appreciation to the Eastwood Teen Institute(now known as OSA) in sincere gratitude for their unselfish service during the year 2015.
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Youth Council Meetings

To help bring all Wood County Schools together to share ideas about the importance of healthy lifestyles a youth council was formed. During the meetings students do video chats with other advisors and TI members from all over the county.

On March 1st, Kara Ameling, Olivia Flores, and Talia Barker represented Eastwood. While attending the meeting the three of them were able to bring their input on the upcoming JTI Retreat and the annual Cedar Point getaway.

On March 22nd, Chandler Davidson and Olivia Flores attended the meeting. At this meeting they discussed obstacle course activities to do during the JTI Retreat, cross the line questions, and the summer OTI Program.


Wood County 2016 Youth Survey Results

Here is an article written in the BG Independent Media about the press release for the results to the Wood County 2016 Youth Survey:


Wood County Youth Olympics

A Message From Sydney Pryka, Volunteer Coordinator:


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for donating your time and energy to the Wood County Youth Olympics.

Many compliments from participants, parents, community members, and volunteers have been received on a job well done!

It is due to your dedication that we were able to serve over 500 students and award a total of 270 medals.

Without each and every one of our volunteers, the Wood County Youth Olympics would not have been such a huge success.

As you may know, in order to win the Gold Medal Award, all of the volunteers registered

under your departments, agencies, schools, and companies had to be present and volunteer this past Saturday!

The winners of the Gold Medal Award were Otsego Local Schools and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office!

Congrats! You will be receiving your traveling trophy sometime in the next couple of weeks! Thank you!!

In The Media

Wood County Educational Service Center

One Step Ahead

One Step Ahead (OSA) is a drug free leadership program for high school students. Through the program, students develop the skills to become a positive leader within their schools and communities. Students are also equipped with the knowledge and abilities to not only make positive choices for themselves , but also to encourage their peers to make healthy decisions.

JTI is the middle school version of OSA.

April OSA Meetings:

Tuesday the 5th, before school

Tuesday the 12th, before school

Tuesday the 19th, before school

Tuesday the 26th, before school

April JTI Meetings:

Tuesday the 12th, during AA

Tuesday the 26th, during AA

Wood County Prevention Education

Want to learn about the Wood County Prevention Program? Check out the links below to learn about different programs that are offered here in Wood County.


Want to stay connected via social media? Check out the WCESC Prevention Facebook Page.


On Site Prevention Office

My name is Hannah Jacobs. I am the On-Site Prevention Specialist for Eastwood Local Schools. I am in the district every Tuesday and Thursday.

My Responsibilities:

  • Problem Identification (Referrals: Behavior, ATOD use, social support)
  • Life Skills Education Classes in HS
  • Class Action Education Classes in HS
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer
  • Teen Institute Advisor
  • Junior Teen Institute Advisor