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  • Basic needs: youth & teens

    For adolescents in Stark County, growing up can be a challenge – especially when money is tight and support is not available at home. When youth and teens are struggling to meet their most basic needs, there are many local organizations they can turn to for help. Discover ways to access food, clothing and shelter for adolescents across Stark.

    • Homeless & housing: youth & teens

      Youth and teens are considered the highest at-risk group for homelessness in the United States. Each year, in communities like ours, it is estimated that up to two million young people are living on the streets, vulnerable to harm. Every child needs a healthy, safe environment in which to live. Learn what support services can help you or someone you know transition to a more stable living environment.

      • Hard times: youth & teens

        When your family faces a job loss, medical issue or another significant financial setback, you might be shocked, confused and unsure where to turn. Fortunately, there are resources for young people and families who need emergency financial assistance in Stark County.

        • Substance use: youth & teens

          Substance use and alcoholism can be devastating for teens. They may not realize the serious, long-term effects addiction can have on their bodies and developing brains, so it is important that they get support from adults and advocates who care. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use, learn about the prevention, treatment and recovery services for teens available in Stark County.

          • Bullying: youth & teens

            Bullying among adolescents can take many forms. As children get older, how they bully becomes more sophisticated and harder to identify. In addition to taunting, threats or physical attacks, the rise of social media has introduced another category of bullying – cyberbullying. As teens have more and more access to social media, gaming and the internet, bullies use these platforms to harass and humiliate others. Find programs and resources in Stark County to help support young people who are affected by bullying.

            • Peer pressure: youth & teens

              From the time social connections are formed, children experience peer pressure. Wanting to fit in is a normal part of growing up, but sometimes these pressures can lead to harmful behaviors. Some youth may experiment with drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Others may act out through violence or risky behaviors. If you know someone on a destructive path, learn where to get help and support.

              • Mental health: youth & teens

                When it comes to teenage behavior, it can be difficult to distinguish angst and mood swings from deep emotional turmoil. Learn where and how to report a problem if you believe you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness. There are many Stark County organizations dedicated to supporting young people in their journeys toward hope and recovery.

                • Criminal & juvenile justice: youth & teens

                  Teens accused of delinquent acts are typically processed through the Stark County Family Court. Rehabilitation is the primary goal for the juvenile justice system, with a focus on establishing positive behaviors and effective life strategies. Discover juvenile justice resources right here in Stark County that can help youth achieve positive goals, navigate the justice system and avoid future crimes.

                  • Suicide prevention: youth & teens

                    Learn what you can do to support your friends, family and classmates who are hurting. Suicide is a leading cause of death for adolescents ages 10 to 24 and an unfortunate reality in our community. Together, we can help prevent teen suicide. Call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 if you need immediate assistance.

                    • 2-1-1 Helpline Transitions Resources to

                      In 2023, 2-1-1, Stark County’s helpline, transitioned to 

                      Closing the Stark County information system and online database—that was run by United Way of Greater Stark County—and moving resources to helps streamline the process for community members looking for resources and information.  

             can help you find community resources available to you and your family. The searchable community resource website is supported by Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR),

                      • Suicide Risk and Prevention
                        Growing up can be a challenging and isolating experience, but the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. No matter the adversity you might be facing, find the encouragement you need to move forward in a positive direction. Stark Help Central is a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for young people of all ages and backgrounds.
                        • Human trafficking: youth & teens

                          Teens are vulnerable to trafficking regardless of socio-economic status, gender, race, education or citizenship. There is a generally a feeling that human trafficking is a crime affecting far-off places, but unfortunately, human trafficking incidents happen right here in Stark County. Because of their emotional immaturity and sense of invincibility, young teens are especially at risk. Learn how to prevent, report and support teenagers affected by human trafficking.

                          • Domestic violence: youth & teens

                            Unfortunately, more than two-thirds of children have been exposed to domestic violence by the age of 17. Witnessing violence can have long-term impacts on these adolescents, putting them at higher risk for substance use, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and even further domestic violence. Find resources to help prevent violence in the home and support young people experiencing domestic violence in Stark County.

                            • Trauma: youth & teens

                              Most people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Whether it is a natural disaster, exposure to violence or abuse, or the death of a loved one, a person’s ability to cope with these experiences can have a lasting effect. When a teen experiences trauma, they may respond differently than a younger child or an adult. Find local resources to help support young people who have gone through trauma and their traumatic stress in Stark County.

                              • Suicide prevention: young adults

                                The transition to adulthood is a time of significant changes and challenges. As you seek full-time employment, experience changes in your relationships and move toward independent living, life can feel overwhelming. No matter why you are hurting, it is important to remember you are not alone. Find mental health service providers and emotional support resources for young adults in Stark County. Call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 if you need immediate assistance.

                                • Abuse & neglect: youth & teens

                                  Today, teens have rates of abuse and neglect that are as high as or higher than those of young children. To make matters worse, this abuse often comes from the hands of family members – the very people responsible for keeping them safe. Teenagers are often more vulnerable than they let on, masking the internal turmoil they’re experiencing. Find local programs helping to support these young people on their path toward understanding and recovery.

                                  • Runaways
                                    A young person may want to leave home for many reasons. They might be rebelling against their parents or fleeing a dangerous family setting. But unfortunately, couch surfing or living on the streets could increase the likelihood of exploitation and other dangerous situations.
                                    • Migrant working
                                      People who work outside of their home country are especially susceptible to human rights violations. They are often forced to work in unsafe, unsanitary environments and face abuses that go largely unseen and unreported. Find local resources to support these underrepresented employees.
                                      • Importance of Safe Places and Caring Relationships for Our LGBTQ+ Young People

                                        In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, let us take a moment to learn more about what we can do in our personal and professional lives to create safe spaces and caring relationships for our LGBTQ youth (and adults).

                                        Far too many LGBTQ+ youth do not feel safe and accepted or feel a sense of pride in themselves.  In fact, LGBTQ+ youth experience bullying, parental rejection, depression, and thoughts of suicide at significantly higher rates then their heterosexual peers.

                                        • Teens and substance use prevention
                                          Before substance use becomes an issue in a young person’s life, it is important to start early with prevention and resiliency strategies. Many youth and teens are faced with difficult, challenging situations in life. When they have the necessary skills to overcome adversity, they are better equipped to cope without resorting to drugs or alcohol.
                                          • Self-advocacy references & resources
                                            Beyond everyday interactions with family and friends, young people are able to self-advocate and use their personal experiences as a springboard for change. For young people who are passionate about raising their voices and telling their stories, they may need help determining the best place to start.
                                            • Stark Attention Center
                                              In Stark County, young people who are held by the juvenile justice system experience secure, temporary custody through the Stark Attention Center. In addition to operating a highly-successful educational program, the 30-bed facility rewards youth for demonstrating pro-social behavior and personal responsibility.
                                              • Substance use: childhood

                                                Unfortunately, substance use is becoming an increasing concern for younger children in our community. Children who develop drug and alcohol dependencies early in life often experience problems in the classroom, which can lead to long-lasting disadvantages in life. Find community-based prevention and recovery resources, including youth counseling, to help support children whose young lives are touched by addiction.

                                                • Domestic violence: young adults

                                                  Seeing or experiencing domestic violence can negatively affect youth well into adulthood. In fact, young adults who have been exposed to abuse in the home are more likely to repeat the cycle of violence. By accessing support and services that teach healthy relationship skills, Stark Help Central believes that we can empower young people in our community to stand up for integrity, nonviolence and respect.

                                                  • Legal assistance
                                                    In addition to a wealth of print and online resources, Stark County has many legal advocates available to support young people in the local justice system. These experts – from program providers to pro-bono attorneys, law schools, bar associations and other organizations and individuals –selflessly deliver valuable legal aid to local youth and their families.
                                                    • If you witness peer pressure
                                                      If you know someone who is being swayed to engage in destructive behavior, don’t hesitate to intervene. Contact your school counselor office for help.
                                                      • LGBTQ+ bullying
                                                        Bullying can have lasting negative effects on LGBTQ+ youth. It can cause anxiety and depression, relationship problems, low self-esteem, substance use and even thoughts of suicide. Young people who are being bullied should seek out adult allies who are safe and confident. Adults who display rainbows in their offices, wear pins to show their support, or have Safe Zone stickers are likely good places to turn.
                                                        • Peer groups & programs

                                                          After school or during the summer, school-based activities slow down and it can be difficult to find ways to keep kids and teens occupied. The youth enrichment activities available in Stark County provide children with positive ways to get involved in their communities, make new friends and stay busy beyond the classroom. Learn about the many opportunities for academic, social, emotional and recreational support near you. Please note, resource eligibility may be determined based on financial need.

                                                          • Developmental disabilities & mental health

                                                            Young people with developmental disabilities are at a much higher risk for also experiencing mental health challenges. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for these children, teens and young adults to get the support they need. They may have trouble communicating their symptoms and behaviors are often falsely attributed to their disabilities. As a result, co-occurring conditions can cause significant strain on parents and guardians who may not know the best ways to seek treatment for their loved ones.

                                                            • Introducing
                                                     provides information and support to youth, young adults and engaged members of our community.
                                                              • How Teen Court Benefits Defendants, Participants, the Court and the Community
                                                                Teen Court is an alternative to traditional juvenile court & prevents recidivism with youth-to-youth accountability. Learn about its impact on Stark County.
                                                                • School Safety

                                                                  Stark County’s goal is always to keep all students safe – physically, socially and emotionally. Inside and outside of the classroom, many resources are in place to support our local students. From guidance counselors and mental health specialists to school resource officers and ongoing building improvements, Stark County has taken many steps to improve the safety at our local schools.

                                                                  If you or someone you know has a concern about your safety while in school,

                                                                  • LGBTQ+ mental health
                                                                    Bullying, fear of rejection and the chronic stress associated with having a seemingly stigmatized identity can put significant strain on an LGBTQ+ teen’s mental health. In fact, research shows that LGBTQ+ youth have much higher levels of suicidal ideation than their heterosexual peers.
                                                                    • Youth & Teens (Ages 11 - 17)
                                                                  • Information on Stark County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
                                                                    As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, it’s important to stay up to date on information for getting the vaccine in Stark County. Learn more.
                                                                    • CHANCE Program Helps People with Substance Use in Stark County
                                                                      The CHANCE Program gives individuals in Stark County a chance to address substance use through intensive treatment. Learn more about this program.
                                                                      • MentorStark Amplifies Mentoring in Stark County

                                                                        It’s National Mentoring Month and there’s no better time to tell you how being a mentor changed my life! I have learned from the perspectives of young people. I have witnessed firsthand systemic racism and inequity. I have experienced the roadblocks that get in the way of accessing community resources. I have become a better listener and less judgmental. And I have seen how young people can lead the way, if given a voice and an opportunity.

                                                                        • Introducing the Stark County Mindfulness Walk
                                                                          StarkMHAR & Stark Parks partnered to create a 1-mile Mindfulness Walk with activities to promote mental health & self-care while enjoying nature.
                                                                          • March 1st is Self Injury Awareness Day

                                                                            The UK organization LifeSIGNS started dedicating March 1st as Self Injury Awareness Day in 2002. Now, 20 years later, it is a national awareness day for many countries, including the U.S. Self-injury goes by other names, including self-harm and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and encompasses a large range of actions that one takes to cope with extreme emotion, release tension from these emotions, or take back a perceived loss of control. While teens tend to be the most likely to self-injure,

                                                                            • Telehealth is here!
                                                                              Whether you are new to professional mental health support or have been in treatment before, telethealth is here to help.
                                                                              • You’re Not a Bad Parent if Your Child Needs Support for their Mental Health
                                                                                If your child comes to you with an issue that may be impacting their mental health, you might feel guilty. However, they simply need your support.
                                                                                • Improve Family Dialogs with StarkMHAR Conversation Cards

                                                                                  Once your family is seated around the dinner table, the typical conversation starter is: “So, how was your day?”

                                                                                  And the typical answer? “Fine.”

                                                                                  Getting your child to say anything more can be a lot of work.

                                                                                  But what if you stopped thinking of the child’s attitude as the problem, and started with the question? What if there were some truly interesting questions you could ask your family? And what if they were excited to think about them and answer?

                                                                                  • Mental Health Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic

                                                                                    This year, we’ve faced a pandemic unlike anything in our lifetimes. As we get closer to a vaccine for coronavirus, many people in Stark County are still feeling the stressful effects. Fortunately, the stress response is normal during a crisis.

                                                                                    Are you looking for ways to manage feelings of stress and anxiety? Here are some common questions we have received related to mental health, coping with COVID-19 in the community,

                                                                                    • Drugs & alcohol
                                                                                      Young people may turn to alcohol and drugs as a way to numb emotional pain from personal trauma or as result of peer influence. Youth substance use is a key contributor to problems at school, poor social relationships, motor vehicle accidents and mental health issues. With professional treatment, recovery is possible.
                                                                                      • Being Kind to Others & Yourself Can Improve Your Mental Health
                                                                                        Kindness is linked to mental health. And we sure could use more of it during the pandemic. Here are simple ways to add more kindness into your life.
                                                                                        • The Legacy Project of Stark Makes an imPACT

                                                                                          Who We Are

                                                                                          In 2015, The Legacy Project of Stark was founded by Eugene Lingenhoel. As he was delivering backpacks & school supplies at Lehman Middle School in Canton City, the principal, Jeanne McNeal, who is now the principal at Oakwood Middle School in Plain Local, asked Eugene if he would be willing to meet with some of her students.  Jeanne saw a need for her students to have a positive role model in their life and saw an opportunity to provide that for them.

                                                                                          • Pressure to join a gang
                                                                                            Is someone you know feeling pressure to join a local gang? Are you being enticed or maybe even threatened to become a recruit yourself? Even though gang involvement may seem like it provides safety, protection and a sense of belonging, the truth is that gangs are dangerous and can limit your future success. Remember, you do have a choice, and there’s a community of support behind you.
                                                                                            • What to Expect at Stark County Family Court
                                                                                              If you’re involved with a hearing at Stark County Family Court, it’s helpful to know what to expect so you can be prepared. Learn more.


                                                                                              Providing counseling, support, advocacy, and education with a focus on prevention and treatment in the home, community, office, or telehealth.

                                                                                              Additional Program:
                                                                                              The Prevent Relapse Occurrence Team with Enhanced Case management and Treatment (Protect) works with juveniles who have shown sexual behavior problems who are not incarcerated or are returning to the community following separation. PROTECT services are designed to work specifically with individuals who have been identified as participating in “sexting” behavior or other minor-related sexual behavioral issues.

                                                                                              4579 Everhard Rd NW
                                                                                              Suite A
                                                                                              North Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                              Phone: (440) 260-6466
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                                                                                              40 Developmental Assets

                                                                                              The 40 Developmental Assets® is a framework consisting of preventative measures, positive experiences and qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring and responsible. These assets are protective factors that have been consistently shown, by research, to buffer youth from risk.

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                                                                                              A non-profit helping high risk youth and those coming out of criminal justice system.

                                                                                              5825 Kentview Ave NW.
                                                                                              North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                              Phone: 330-768-7688
                                                                                              Phone: 330-768-7688
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                                                                                              Music education, nurturing and training for youth who come from low-income, high-risk backgrounds.

                                                                                              1014 Cleveland Ave. NW
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 546-7724
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                                                                                              4-H Youth Development

                                                                                              Hands-on activities to help youth between the ages of 5 and 19 develop lifelong learning skills.

                                                                                              2800 Richville Dr. SE
                                                                                              Suite 100
                                                                                              Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 832-9856, ext. 3475
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                                                                                              LGBT National Youth Talkline

                                                                                              Hotline: 1 (800) 246-7743 (PRIDE)
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                                                                                              YWCA Alliance

                                                                                              We improve Alliance area women’s lives, stand up for justice, and strengthen communities with a focus on three impact areas: equipping youth, economic stability and advancement and senior nutrition and health

                                                                                              Provides transitional housing for women, a clothing boutique, employment and transportation assistance, youth programs, and Meals on Wheels for the senior community

                                                                                              239 East Market St.
                                                                                              Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 823-1840
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                                                                                              Stark County Youth Led Prevention

                                                                                              Stark County Youth Led Prevention (SCYLP) is a youth-led, adult-guided leadership development group focusing on promoting and celebrating healthy lifestyles.

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                                                                                              Trevor Project Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Youth

                                                                                              Phone: 1 (866) 488-7386
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                                                                                              Hannah’s House 119

                                                                                              Mentoring for victims of human trafficking as well as young people at risk.

                                                                                              213 Nassau St.
                                                                                              East Canton, OH 44730
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 495-2970
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                                                                                              Stark County Early Intervention

                                                                                              Providing support and services to children under the age of 3 who have or are at risk of having developmental delays.

                                                                                              Eastgate Early Childhood and Family Center, 2121 Ashland St.
                                                                                              Louisville, OH 44641
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 479-3448
                                                                                              Referrals: 1 (800) 755-4769
                                                                                              Referrals: 1 (800) 755-4769
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                                                                                              Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

                                                                                              Services to reduce risk factors and increase resiliency:

                                                                                              • Case management
                                                                                              • Diagnostic mental health assessments
                                                                                              • Medication management
                                                                                              4641 Fulton Dr. NW
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                              Phone: 330-433-6075
                                                                                              Phone: 330-433-6075
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                                                                                              Navigators Afterschool

                                                                                              Navigators is equipping youth for success. It is a free, afterschool program providing academic and enrichment activities for Alliance youth in grades 6-8. Students may enroll in any of the four sessions.

                                                                                              Phone: 330-829-1234 ext.1850
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                                                                                              H.O.P.E. Program

                                                                                              Mental health professionals who help individuals complete Intensive Supervision Probation (ISP), reach stabilization and decrease risks for re-offending.

                                                                                              115 Central Plaza N
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 451-7931
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                                                                                              First Tee Canton

                                                                                              A youth development organization that uses the game of golf to teach youth ages 5 – 18 essential life skills and healthy habits. They provide programs all year-round and also do after-school and utilize trained adult coaches that mentor the youth that attend classes. Programs and classes vary depending on the program and season. Scholarships are also available. Learn more:

                                                                                              2525 25th Street NE
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44705
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 452-5331
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                                                                                              Cleveland Clinic at Mercy Hospital

                                                                                              Child delivery and support services in Stark County:

                                                                                              • Maternity and mother/baby care
                                                                                              • Breastfeeding support
                                                                                              • Neonatal special care nursery
                                                                                              • High-risk pregnancy support
                                                                                              1320 Mercy Dr. NW
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44708
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 489-1000
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                                                                                              Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: Trauma

                                                                                              Trauma and grief-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and SITCAP services to reduce risk and increase childhood resiliency:

                                                                                              • Case management
                                                                                              • Diagnostic mental health assessments
                                                                                              • Medication management
                                                                                              4641 Fulton Dr. NW
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 454-7917
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                                                                                              Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina & Stark Counties, Inc.

                                                                                              Mentoring network serving more than 350 at-risk children ages 6 to 18. Children are matched with adult volunteers who provide ongoing encouragement and support for life-long success.

                                                                                              Goodwill Campus
                                                                                              408 9th St. SW
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44707
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 445-1123
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                                                                                              Barbara Fordyce, PhD. & Associates

                                                                                              Comprehensive psychological services for children, transitional youth and adults.

                                                                                              4319 Hills and Dales Rd NW
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44708
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 492-2006
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                                                                                              Thrive Counseling Services

                                                                                              Youth counseling for children as young as 8 years old.

                                                                                              4119 Whipple Ave. NW
                                                                                              Suite B
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 703-6578
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                                                                                              Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities

                                                                                              MUI Hotline: 330-477-4477 – If you believe a person with disabilities is at reasonable risk for harm

                                                                                              Funds and services to support the health, safety and education of people with developmental disabilities including:
                                                                                              Self Advocacy
                                                                                              Respite Care

                                                                                              2950 Whipple Ave. NW
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44708
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 477-5200
                                                                                              Intake: (330) 479-3582
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                                                                                              We Care Counseling, Inc.

                                                                                              Counselors specializing in complex trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, addiction and transitional youth.

                                                                                              7300 Whipple Ave. NW
                                                                                              Suite 2
                                                                                              North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 305-9100
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                                                                                              Boys & Girls Club of Massillon: Smart Moves

                                                                                              Evidence-based substance use prevention curriculum and youth development program for school-aged children.

                                                                                              730 Duncan St. SW
                                                                                              Massillon, OH 44647
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 833-4395
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                                                                                              Tiqvah Hands of Hope

                                                                                              Tiqvah Hands of Hope is an after-school program serving at-risk students in grades 1-12 within Stark County and the surrounding areas. Tiqvah provides meals and snacks, homework and academic assistance, enrichment opportunities, character development, mentorship, counseling, personal care and hygiene items, spiritual development, clothing boutiques, and social development for students within the program. Tiqvah is offered free of charge to families.

                                                                                              530 Tuscarawas St W
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 353-9697
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                                                                                              Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: Alliance

                                                                                              Mental and behavioral health services for Alliance children and families.

                                                                                              SERVICES AT A GLANCE UNDER ALL PROGRAMS

                                                                                              Prevention and Consultation: Prevention services are designed to reduce risk factors, increase resiliency and prevent the development of further at-risk behavior. Mental health service providers offer consultation to administrators, teachers, parents or other adults to recommend behavior modification strategies and to provide support or suggestions.


                                                                                              Diagnostic Assessment: A mental health professional conducts a diagnostic assessment to determine whether a child or youth has a mental health disorder by gathering information about the child’s life situation,

                                                                                              Parkway Learning & Development Center
                                                                                              1490 Parkway Blvd
                                                                                              Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 823-5335
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                                                                                              Stark County Family Council

                                                                                              Wraparound services for youth and families who have complex, multi-system needs. Visit their website for more information.

                                                                                              6057 Strip Ave NW
                                                                                              North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                              Phone: 330-492-8136
                                                                                              Phone: 330-492-8136
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                                                                                              The Legacy Project of Stark

                                                                                              Mentoring relationships between positive adult role models and middle school youth who are facing personal, academic and social challenges.

                                                                                              708 Tremont Ave. SW
                                                                                              Massillon, OH 44647
                                                                                              Phone: (330)-245-8190
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                                                                                              Queer in Canton Community Center

                                                                                              Queer in Canton works to build community and help LGBTQAI+ people and allies across Stark County find belonging.


                                                                                              • Safe Space for the LGBTQ+ Community
                                                                                              • Support Groups
                                                                                              • Resource Distribution
                                                                                              • Youth programming for individuals 12-18 years old
                                                                                              • Community Closet
                                                                                              • Community Events

                                                                                              Please note that we’ll be closed on these holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day,

                                                                                              2663 Cleveland Ave NW
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44709
                                                                                              Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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                                                                                              R.G. Drage Career Technical Center: GED

                                                                                              Offers mandatory career and educational guidance to Stark County youth and adults preparing to take the GED test through Ohio’s test voucher program.

                                                                                              2800 Richville Dr. SE
                                                                                              Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 832-9856
                                                                                              Toll free: 1 (800) 372-4322
                                                                                              Toll free: 1 (800) 372-4322
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                                                                                              SAFY of Ohio: Canton/Akron

                                                                                              Community-based support services for Ohio families:

                                                                                              • Adoption services
                                                                                              • Behavioral health
                                                                                              • Family preservation
                                                                                              • Older youth services
                                                                                              • Therapeutic foster care
                                                                                              6279 Frank Ave. NW
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 305-1668
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                                                                                              Eric Snow Family YMCA

                                                                                              Services for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Before and after school care is available for grades K through 6. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

                                                                                              420 3rd St., NW
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 458-2403
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                                                                                              ASPIRE (Adult College & Career Readiness Center)

                                                                                              In affiliation with Canton City Schools, ASPIRE is an HSE (high school equivalency) test preparation center that provides access to free GED classes for Stark County youth and adults.

                                                                                              McKinley Downtown 3rd Floor
                                                                                              521 Tuscarawas St W
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 438-2559
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                                                                                              National Runaway Safeline

                                                                                              Counselors are available 24 hours a day to support runaways, homeless youth and teens in crisis.

                                                                                              Visit their website to see chat, text, email and call options to get help today.

                                                                                              Hotline: 1 (800) 786-2929
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                                                                                              Salvation Army of Massillon

                                                                                              Serving the Massillon community:

                                                                                              • Hot meal program
                                                                                              • Food pantries
                                                                                              • Clothing
                                                                                              • Shelters
                                                                                              • Rent assistance
                                                                                              • Utility assistance
                                                                                              • Programs for adults and youth
                                                                                              • Holiday/Christmas assistance – visit to apply
                                                                                              315 6th St. NE
                                                                                              Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 833-6473
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                                                                                              Salvation Army of Alliance

                                                                                              Serving the Alliance community:

                                                                                              • Hot meal program
                                                                                              • Food pantries
                                                                                              • Clothing
                                                                                              • Shelters
                                                                                              • Rent assistance
                                                                                              • Utility assistance
                                                                                              • Programs for adults and youth
                                                                                              • Holiday/Christmas assistance – visit to apply
                                                                                              57 West Main St.
                                                                                              Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 823-5188
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                                                                                              MentorStark is a central hub to help people find youth and young adult development programs and activities in Stark County. Whether you want to volunteer for a program or find an opportunity for yourself or your child, MentorStark is here to help! Learn more: 

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                                                                                              Salvation Army of Canton

                                                                                              The following programs below will be temporarily suspended from November 23rd 2032 – January 1, 2024.

                                                                                              • Shower Program
                                                                                              • Food Pantry
                                                                                              • Lunch Programs

                                                                                              Serving the Canton community:
                                                                                              Hot meal program
                                                                                              Food pantries
                                                                                              Rent assistance
                                                                                              Utility assistance
                                                                                              Programs for adults and youth

                                                                                              Christmas applications have closed for 2023 Season. Please check out Toys for Tots and/or A Community Christimas for assistance. 

                                                                                              420 Market Ave. S
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 453-0158
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                                                                                              Beyond the Game

                                                                                              Provides mentorship for student-athletes, serves third graders in partner school districts through “Guys With Ties” lunch program focused on professional behavior and life skills and runs free summer sports camps, Mind, Body & Soul camps and other youth-focused events. Provides internships for high school students interested in gaining marketing and social media experience. Learn more:

                                                                                              [email protected]

                                                                                              Contact: Devin Jordan

                                                                                              PO Box 8516
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44711
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                                                                                              Coleman Health Services – Alliance

                                                                                              Offers comprehensive, whole person treatment to children, adults and families in the communities we serve – regardless of their ability to pay

                                                                                              Delivers mental health, substance use, residential, and rehabilitation services

                                                                                              Walk-in Clinic:

                                                                                              Mon- Fri 11am – 12pm

                                                                                              1410 West State St.
                                                                                              Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 823-6932
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                                                                                              Coleman Health Services – Canton

                                                                                              Offers comprehensive, whole person treatment to children, adults and families in the communities we serve – regardless of their ability to pay

                                                                                              Delivers mental health, substance use, residential, and rehabilitation services

                                                                                              Walk-in Clinic: Mon- Fri 8am – 2pm

                                                                                              400 Tuscarawas St. W
                                                                                              Suite 200
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 438-2400
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                                                                                              Goodwill Community Campus

                                                                                              On the Ken Weber Community Campus

                                                                                              Employment, education and family strengthening services

                                                                                              408 9th St. SW
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44707
                                                                                              Local: (330) 994-1443
                                                                                              Toll free: 1 (800) 942-3577
                                                                                              Toll free: 1 (800) 942-3577
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                                                                                              Help at Home

                                                                                              Help at Home provides home health care services for seniors or people with disabilities.

                                                                                              4150 Belden Village St. NW #307
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                              Phone: (855) 213-1511
                                                                                              Hours: Open 24 hours
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                                                                                              AT&T: Discounted Internet Services

                                                                                              INTAKE PROCEDURE Visit website to check service availability and apply for the program. Call the Access Program for more information or with any questions. FEES Service availability and speed may vary by address.
                                                                                              AT&T will assign the participant to the fastest of these speed tiers available where the participant lives.
                                                                                              ELIGIBILITY – Must have one household member participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Also known as food stamps.
                                                                                              – Available for households in the National School Lunch Program,
                                                                                              Toll Free: (855) 220-5211 
                                                                                              Toll Free: (855) 220-5211 
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                                                                                              Kids’ College at Stark State

                                                                                              An education-based summer program designed to stimulate creativity and provide unique learning opportunities on a college campus.

                                                                                              6200 Frank Ave. NW
                                                                                              North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 494-6170
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                                                                                              The Inn at Belden Village

                                                                                              Their nursing staff provides short-term, around-the-clock care at their facilities.

                                                                                              3927 38th St. NW
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 493-0096
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                                                                                              Right at Home Stark County

                                                                                              Caregivers offer in-home care for those who need help around the house, assistance recovering from a hospital stay, or scheduled check-ins during the week.

                                                                                              Phone: (330) 479-0033
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                                                                                              AultmanNow Urgent Care at Aultman North

                                                                                              6100 Whipple Ave. NW
                                                                                              North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                              Phone : (330) 363-8567
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 305-6999
                                                                                              Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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                                                                                              Cleveland Clinic at Mercy Hospital

                                                                                              Emergency health care services available 24/7.

                                                                                              1320 Mercy Dr. NW
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44708
                                                                                              Phone: (330) 489-1000
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                                                                                              Community Legal Aid Services

                                                                                              Providing legal counsel and assistance to low-income individuals and families in Northeast Ohio.

                                                                                              Open Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm, closed for lunch 12pm – 1pm daily.

                                                                                              401 Market Ave N, Suite 103
                                                                                              Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                              Toll-free: 1 (866) 584-2350
                                                                                              Toll-free: 1 (866) 584-2350
                                                                                              Local: (330) 456-8361
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                                                                                              AultmanNow Urgent Care at Aultman Washington Square

                                                                                              2203 E. Maple St.
                                                                                              North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                              Phone : (330) 363-8680
                                                                                              Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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