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Community leaders help students at Youth MAX
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The 2019 Youth MAX Leadership Conference took place at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center, in New Boston, on Dec. 11. Local high school students came together with local business and organization leaders to learn valuable leadership skills. 

“We are really excited about the opportunity to meet with local students to help them work on some of the soft skills that are so important for professional success,” ESC Curriculum Coordinator and Certified Maxwell Trainer Tammy Hambrick said. “Having the participation of the community business leaders provides a unique opportunity to hear first-hand why these skills are so necessary for future success.” 

The ESC Gifted and Curriculum departments collaborated with local business and organization leaders, many of whom are members of the Southern Ohio Professional Partners. This is the fourth year the ESC has offered the program. Members of the Southern Ohio Professional Partners have participated all four years as small-group facilitators. This year the following individuals volunteered as small-group facilitators: Karen Cobbs (KC Print House), Craig DeAtley (Century 21), Jeremy Frazie (Frazie Wealth Management), Austin Raines (Shawnee State University Career Services), Matt Reiser (Portsmouth Gateway Group), Josh Shoemaker (Scioto County Career and Technical Center), Klaire Smith (14th Street Community Center), Cody Stapleton (Frazie Wealth Management), and Justin Tackett (Scioto County Career and Technical Center).

“This event is important because it gives students an opportunity to interact with local community leaders and to learn about networking. The business and organizational leaders always comment about how much they enjoy meeting the students and participating in some of the team-building activities we do. I’m always appreciative of the community members who are willing to give of their time to help our young people. I’m also impressed by the students who attend the conference to learn more about themselves and ways to improve their own leadership qualities.” Gifted Services Coordinator Sharee Price said.

Thirty students – one junior and one senior from 15 school districts – were selected to participate. 

The Youth MAX Leadership program is sponsored by Portsmouth Rotary Club, the Scioto Foundation, and Southern Ohio Medical Center. Prizes were provided by Jet’s Popcorn, Market Street Café, Fred’s Pizza Express and Tim Glocker (Winterfest).

For more information about the Youth MAX program, and other programs offered by the ESC, visit the South Central Ohio ESC online at, or follow on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.