Asking for help

It is important for young people to understand their strengths and weaknesses, so they can identify when they need support. If a student struggles to read in class, they may want to ask for their tests to be read out loud. Kids affected by anxiety or attention issues in school may benefit from mental health care. Many educational and social services are available in our local schools, but to be effective, kids need to raise their voices and ask for help.

Talk to a school counselor

To learn about the accommodations available in your school district, contact your local school counseling department:

Alliance City School District

Aviator Food Bags: Weekend food bags for students who may not have access to consistent meals throughout the school year. Free GED classes for individuals in Alliance. Register for morning classes Mondays at 8:30 a.m. or evening classes Mondays at 5 p.m. (registrations may take up to three hours).
200 Glamorgan St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-2100
GED Classes: 330-829-2267
GED Classes: 330-829-2267

Canton City School District

Offers Adult Career & Technical Education - learn more at FREE Classes at Aspire of Stark County:
  • Earn a High School Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Improve English (ESOL-English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Prepare for pre-employment testing
  • Study for entrance exams
  • Brush up on skills for success in college or training programs
  • Improve your current job skills
  • Help your children with homework
  • Gain personal enrichment and satisfaction
305 McKinley Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 438-2500
Adult Career & Technical Education: (330) 438-2556
Adult Career & Technical Education: (330) 438-2556
ASPIRE: (330) 438-2559

Canton Local School District

Backpack Program - Weekend backpack meals every Friday for qualifying students. Career programs offered through the South Stark Career Academy.
600 Faircrest St. SE
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 484-8019

Fairless Local School District

11885 Navarre Rd.
Navarre, OH 44662
Phone: (330) 767-3577

Jackson Local School District

Career Tech information at
7602 Fulton Dr.
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 830-8000

Lake Local School District

Career programs offered through the Stark Career Compact:
  • Career-based intervention (CBI)
  • Health tech
  • Legal studies
  • Marketing & business management
Performing Arts Summer Spectacular: A unique six-week theater camp for students entering seventh through 12th grade that culminates in the performance of a musical production.
436 King Church Ave. SW
Uniontown, OH 44685
Phone: (330) 877-9383
Stark Career Compact: (330) 877-4282
Stark Career Compact: (330) 877-4282

Louisville City School District

407 East Main St.
Louisville, OH 44641
Phone: (330) 875-1666

Marlington Local School District

10320 Moulin Ave. NE
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 823-7458

Massillon City School District

Career Technical Education - Helping students to develop professional skills and experience to prepare them for future employment:
  • Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)
  • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
  • Skills USA
  • Business Professionals of America (BPA)
  • Educators Rising
  • Junior Achievement
930 17th St. NE
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 830-3900

Minerva Local School District

Free GED classes for students in Minerva. Register for classes Mondays at 9 a.m. (registrations may take up to three hours).
406 East St.
Minerva, OH 44657
Phone: (330) 868-4332
GED Classes: (330) 438-2559
GED Classes: (330) 438-2559

North Canton City School District

Career programs offered through the Stark Career Compact:
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Business management
  • Construction tech
  • Culinary arts
  • Interactive media
  • Medical technology
  • Pre-engineering
  • Teaching professions
  • Video production
525 7th St. NE
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 497-5600
Stark Career Compact: (330) 497-5620
Stark Career Compact: (330) 497-5620

Northwest Local School District

Northwest local school district in Canal Fulton, OH.
2309 Locust St. S
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Phone: (330) 854-2291

Osnaburg Local School District

310 Browning Ct.
East Canton, OH 44730
Elementary: (330) 488-0392
Elementary: (330) 488-0392
Middle School: (330) 488-0334
Middle School: (330) 488-0334
High School: (330) 488-0316
High School: (330) 488-0316

Perry Local School District

Public school system in Perry Township. Career tech classes offered.
4201 13th St. SW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 477-8121

Plain Local School District

Career Tech information available at
901 44th St. NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone: (330) 492-3500

Sandy Valley Local School District

Career tech classes are offered.
5362 State Rte. 183 NE
Magnolia, OH 44643
Phone: (330) 866-3339

Tuslaw Local School District

1835 Manchester Ave. NW
Massillon, OH 44647
Phone: (330) 837-7813
Helpful links

Active Minds

Supporting students across the nation through education, information, advocacy and leadership opportunities.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

An online community dedicated to suicide prevention through education, research, advocacy and support.

The Arc

Self-advocacy resources for people with developmental disabilities.

A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to Your Elected Officials

Compiled by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, this guide provides comprehensive information on how to communicate effectively with elected officials.

Autism Speaks

Self-advocacy resources and guides for young people who have been diagnosed with Autism.

Center for Parent Information & Resources

Best practices and resources to help parents and community supporters to understand self-advocacy and skill building.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy

Helping individuals, families and friends affected by mental illness to transform their experiences into grassroots advocacy campaigns.

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Stark County

Improving the lives of individuals and families in Stark County who have been touched by mental illness through public education and information, family and peer support, advocacy, fundraising and awareness.

Ohio Self-Determination Association

Hub of self-advocacy resources for people with disabilities.

People First of Ohio

Provides self-advocacy assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC)

Resources about self-advocacy and support for self-advocacy groups.

Stark County District Library

Online collection of books and resources about self-advocacy.

Teaching Self-Advocacy Skills to Students

Information about self-advocacy and why it’s important for the success of students. Self-Advocacy

Learn about what self-advocacy is, the benefits of self-advocacy and how to build self-advocacy in kids.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

A database with topics and issues affecting youth and young adults.