Youth-to-Youth Prevention

Summit County Youth to Youth (Y2Y), formerly Project PANDA, is Summit County’s longest running youth-led, adult guided prevention program. Our primary focus is empowering young people to make healthy decisions with regard to substance use, mental health, gambling, relationships, and violence through youth-centered approaches. Our program is supported by the Summit County ADM Board.

“Summit County Y2Y is a diverse group of youth creating change through educating and promoting healthy and drug-free decision making while providing a welcoming and accepting environment.” – Mission Statement formed collaboratively by the 2022-2023 Summit County Youth to Youth staff.

How it works:

Youth to Youth is a youth-led, adult-guided prevention program for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Y2Y engages students in their school at Y2Y Club meetings and exposes them to other positive decision makers throughout the county at a series of one-day and three-day camp experiences. A unique element of Youth to Youth is the Youth Staff, a group of high school students specially trained to encourage their peers to make healthy decisions. The youth staff work throughout the year to plan events and programming for Youth to Youth.

Youth to Youth Camps

At camp, students participate in a three-day overnight experience. They learn different life skills (leadership, resiliency, self-esteem building), drug education and how to have fun while being drug-free. Overnight camps are held three times per year (October and May), for 5th-8th grade students. After camp the students are responsible for taking some of the Y2Y Camp experience back to their schools and are encouraged to take an active role in spreading the drug-free message to their peers.

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We’re looking for Youth Staff for the 2023-2024 school year!


​You must…

Be entering 9th-12th grade in Summit County, Ohio during the 2023-2024 school year

Be willing to sign a one year contract to not use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs (except when prescribed by a physician)

Be willing to attend all required meetings and events

What Happens After I Apply?

After you apply, a coordinator will contact you to set up an interview. Both you and a parent/guardian will be required to attend the interview. During the interview we will ask questions that help us get to know you better and understand your plans for next year as well as share the level of commitment required to be on the Summit County Y2Y Youth Staff.

After we are finished interviewing all applicants for next year, a coordinator will reach out to you by the last week of June to inform you whether or not you have been selected. If you have been selected you will need to fill out the online acceptance packet and prepare for the mandatory training.

Youth staff, 2022-2023