Youngstown City Schools to Host Community Resource Event

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown City School District will host a community resource event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 in the commons area at Choffin Career & Technical Center, 200 W. Wood St.

The “Rope of Hope: The Responders, The Rescue, The Relief” event will feature speakers, including an address by Garrick Matlock, the school district’s assistant McKinney-Vento liaison and qualified behavioral health specialist. Other guests will include Dr. Nichole Murray, education director for a national nonprofit and founder of One Degree Hire; Dr. David M. Davis; Dawn Powell, CEO of Guiding Light Counseling; Tricia Goodnough, culinary arts instructor at Choffin Career & Technical Center; and Tei’Asha De’Anne, an East High School alumna, author and certified transformational life coach.

“With the pandemic and increased need for mental health care, the district wanted to approach the resource event holistically,” said YCSD Superintendent Justin Jennings. “We’re providing our families in transition and community with resources that support physical, nutritional, emotional and mental health. In addition, expose them to experts in their field who are there to encourage and inspire life changes.”

During the event, six YCSD employees – Jeremy Batchelor, Debra Caffey, Sharon King, Carmelo Lebron, Dr. Michael Saville and Tiffaney Trella – will be honored as “Harambe Heroes” for their commitment to students, education and leadership, and for representing the meaning of Harambe, defined as “all pull together.”

Seating is limited, and registration is required by Feb. 13. Contact Janaire Croom at or 330 744 6960.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.