Youth to Youth Administrative Staff consists of certified prevention professional that are responsible for the planning and implementing of both local and national programming. The majority of our staff are “products” of the Youth to Youth program.
We are driven by a dedicated team that is focused on drug prevention and youth leadership programs for middle school and high school students.
Cheryl has been a part of youth-led prevention for over twenty years. She began as a teen involved in a school-based prevention program, became a volunteer upon graduation, and has been a certified prevention professional for over ten years with Youth to Youth International.
Over the course of her ten years as a prevention professional, Cheryl has co-coordinated multiple community youth councils, served on community coalitions, managed and coordinated large national youth training conferences, and coordinated Youth to Youth’s Franklin County Youth Advisory Board (YAB).
Cheryl has also assisted with development and implementation of training's and provided consultation to new and existing youth-led groups within Central Ohio and outside of Ohio. She has presented prevention workshops at various statewide and national Conferences such as The Ohio Prevention Education Conference (OPEC), Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Conference and Parent Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE) Conference.
Cheryl graduated from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Elementary Education.
In 2014 Cheryl received the ADAPAO (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio) Advocate Award for exemplary efforts in advancing the mission of ADAPAO.
Jill has been impressed with the power of Youth to Youth since she volunteered as an adult staff member in 1984 at a local summer conference. She joined the Youth to Youth staff in January of 1985. At that time Jill worked directly with the teens running the Youth Advisory Board and the Speakers Bureau. Soon Jill was traveling across the U.S. and abroad, training communities to begin Youth to Youth groups and facilitating summer conferences.
In 1989, Jill moved overseas and worked for the US Army Youth Services in creating youth development initiatives. Three years later she was back at Youth to Youth where she directed the Youth to Youth International program. She has over thirty years of experience in coordinating national speaker presentations, conferences, and youth-led prevention technical assistance across the county, state and the country. Jill currently is the National Director of Training and Technical Assistance serving as the contact for those seeking education or training in areas of expertise for CompDrug/Youth to Youth International which includes addiction treatment, prevention and mental health.
Jill has a degree in Biomedical Communications from The Ohio State University and is a Certified Prevention Specialist II.
Ty is a “product” of Youth to Youth; he was a member of the Youth to Youth Advisory Board, Speaker Bureau and served as youth staff while he was in high school, so he has been involved in the field of youth development and prevention for over twenty- seven years. Ty is currently the Director of Training for Youth to Youth International and assists communities and schools in their prevention and youth leadership programs by designing and conducting trainings to meet their needs. Ty has developed and implemented trainings with content including decision -making, violence prevention, teambuilding, small group facilitation, public speaking and adult/ youth connections. He is also a highly sought after motivational speaker, who has shared his message of acceptance and inspiration with teens, parents and adults who work with youth all over the world.
As a recognized leader in the field of prevention and youth development, Ty has been called upon to assist in the development of many youth programs, at some of the largest prevention conferences in the country including CADCA and PRIDE. He has also consulted with many international groups in developing their own youth programs including Caymans against Substance Abuse, PRIDE Bermuda, and the U.S. Military in Italy, Japan and Germany. He has developed a brochure entitled iMatter to raise awareness of dating violence and intimate partner abuse among teens. Ty received the ADAPAO Award for Excellence in Prevention Marketing and has authored a chapter in the book Teen Empower entitled “Thank You”. ”. In 2012, he was recognized by the Ohio Department of Drug Addiction Services as the “Prevention Innovator of the Year.”
Ty received a B.A. in Communication from The Ohio State University.
Kevin has been involved with Youth to Youth since 2000 when he attended his first middle school Winners Choice Camp. Kevin stayed involved throughout his high school career volunteering as a member of the Youth Advisory Board, Speakers Bureau, and attending every Youth to Youth camp and conference he could. He knew then that drug prevention was his passion and after graduating high school he began his professional career with Youth to Youth.
In 2010, Kevin had the opportunity to work alongside YAB teens to develop Youth to Youth's first prescription drug misuse prevention presentation, "The pHARMING Effects," which has been presented and trained to thousands of students in the United States and Puerto Rico. Throughout his years as a prevention professional Kevin has been heavily involved in the field and is an advocate for the advancement of prevention. He currently sits on the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board Prevention Committee to do just that!
Kevin now serves as the Manager of Youth Prevention and is responsible for managing an amazing team of prevention professionals, coordinating the Central Ohio Youth Advisory Board, and the Internationals’ Summer Conference.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Capital University where he majored in Communication and minored in Public Speaking.
In 2017 Kevin received the ADAPAO (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio) Community Champion Award for exemplary efforts to champion prevention in Central Ohio.
Geena has been involved with Youth to Youth since 2009 when she was a member of Youth Staff at a middle school Winners Choice Camp. She loved everything about it so she became an active member in the Youth Advisory Board. Geena works with local teens who are members of Youth Advisory Board, coordinates "The Pulse of Youth to Youth" speakers bureau, coordinating youth staff at camps and conferences and assists other events throughout the year. She also worked as a paid college intern for the Ohio Drug Free Action Alliance helping to lead the inaugural Youth Council of the statewide Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network.
Geena is currently pursuing her Social Work degree at Capital University.
As a product of Youth to Youth, Stephanie has understood the power of youth-led prevention since age 16. Her experiences in Youth to Youth cultivated the leadership, interpersonal skills, and confidence that helped shaped her into the person she is today. She began her professional career with Youth to Youth in 2005. Stephanie is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist, earning a Masters of Social Work and Masters of Arts in Public Administration from The Ohio State University. As Development and Programs Specialist, Stephanie coordinates Youth to Youth’s fundraising activities, assists in grant writing and other development functions. She also coordinates Youth to Youth’s bullying prevention efforts, managing a grant-funded program called "Thank Goodness I'm Female" or T.G.I.F. TGIF helps middle school girls develop healthy female friendships and stand up against peer aggression.
Vada was first introduced to Youth to Youth in middle school when he attended Winner's Choice Camp in 1997. He then went on to be involved in Youth Advisory Board, and joined Youth Staff for his first Youth to Youth International Conference in 2000. As a teen he also traveled to Bermuda as a member of Youth to Youth's Speakers Bureau.
Vada is passionate about what gives his life meaning and purpose; using what he has learned as a means of being a service to others. He has dedicated most of his life to working with youth through various creative platforms and has become internationally known for his thought provoking illustrations and songwriting.
Belon Hill was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University where she received her bachelor in Speech Communication with a focus in Interpersonal communication. She has always had a passion for working with children and her first job was working for the city of Middletown as a counselor for their summer youth park program. In 2012 Belon began her career with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio as a Recruitment Manager. During this time, she recruited volunteers and girls to form new troops in Montgomery County as well as providing direct service programming within the schools. She was then promoted to Senior Recruitment Manager where she built partnerships with other organizations and trained staff as well as volunteers on different recruitment strategies. Belon became very active in the Montgomery county community and during this time she joined the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition to become informed on what was currently going on in the county and to educate herself on prevention strategies. She has served on the Mental Health committee for a year and in November of 2018 she accepted a position with Youth to Youth International as a prevention specialist for Montgomery County. She is so excited to a part of developing a Youth Advisory Board for Montgomery County and creating more opportunities for youth prevention programming within the community.
Roy has been involved with Youth to Youth since he attended his First Summer Conference in 2006. Immediately after Roy became an active member in Youth to Youth’s local Youth Advisory Board. In May 2013 Roy joined the team as summer staff and soon thereafter was hired part-time as a Prevention Assistant. Roy assists with Youth Advisory Board, summer conference series and other events throughout the year.
Roy is currently in school pursuing a Psychology Degree.
Cameron has been involved with Youth to Youth since 2015 when he youth staffed his first camp and conference. Born in raised in Dublin, Ohio, Cameron continued his participation as a member of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) until he graduated in 2016. Since then, Cameron has been contributing as a summer staff for summer conferences and works part-time as a Prevention Assistant.
Cameron is pursuing a degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University
LeAnn has been involved in Youth to Youth since 2011 when she attended her first summer conference. Originally from the Akron area, LeAnn has been actively participating in various prevention programs throughout the state since she was in middle school. Upon graduating high school she found her way back to Youth to Youth by being on A-Team for two summers and a summer staff in 2017. While a full-time student, LeAnn works part time as a prevention assistant. LeAnn plans to pursue prevention long-term post graduation.
LeAnn in currently pursuing a degree in Psychology of Chemical Dependency Counseling from Ohio Christian University.