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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.

                    • If someone you love is at risk

                      We all have an important role in the mission to end suicide. If you suspect someone you love is at risk, contact law enforcement, a national hotline or a mental health provider right away. Taking action could help prevent a tragedy and save a life. Reach out today for free, confidential guidance and support.

                      • 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.

                            • Transitional youth services
                              For teens aging out of foster care, the transition to adulthood can be a difficult and uncertain time. It is important that these young people have a plan in place to ensure they have a roof over their head, food on the table and access to transportation and employment.
                              • 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.

                                • 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.

                                  • Relationship issues

                                    While there’s no single reason for teen suicide, the emotional pain associated with a breakup can be so severe that young people turn to self-harm. And these issues aren’t exclusive to romantic relationships. Problems with parents and friends can cause just as much stress and pain for a young person.

                                    If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with a difficult relationship, find local counseling and support resources. You are not alone.

                                    • 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.
                                      • 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.
                                          • 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.
                                            • 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.
                                              • 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.

                                                          • Migrant working: childhood
                                                            Children who have migrated are often forced to work in unsafe, unsanitary environments and face abuses that go largely unreported. Learn more.
                                                            • 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?

                                                                                    • 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.
                                                                                      • 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,

                                                                                        • 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.

                                                                                            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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                                                                                            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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                                                                                            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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                                                                                            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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                                                                                            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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                                                                                            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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                                                                                            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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                                                                                            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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                                                                                            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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                                                                                            Coleman Health Services: Employment

                                                                                            Employment placement and career counseling services for youth, veterans and people with disabilities.

                                                                                            400 W. Tuscarawas St.
                                                                                            Suite 200
                                                                                            Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                            Phone: 330-438-2400
                                                                                            Phone: 330-438-2400
                                                                                            Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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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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                                                                                            National Runaway Safeline

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

                                                                                            Hotline: 1 (800) 786-2929
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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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                                                                                            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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                                                                                            Mom + Me Recovery

                                                                                            Connecting opiate dependent and at-risk mothers to pre- and post-natal resources to achieve a healthy pregnancy, full-term delivery, and a healthy newborn cared for with special attention focused on their unique needs. Visit for more information.

                                                                                            Phone: 330-453-8252
                                                                                            Phone: 330-453-8252
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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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                                                                                            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.

                                                                                            2800 – 13th St SW
                                                                                            Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                            Phone: (330) 438-2559
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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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                                                                                            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:


                                                                                            Contact: Devin Jordan

                                                                                            PO Box 8516
                                                                                            Canton, OH 44711
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