Students from Crestview, East Palestine, Lisbon, Salem, and Wellsville schools were recognized for their community service efforts during the Youth Leadership Brunch held May 17, 2019 at the Salem Golf Club. Each participating student received a Certificate of Appreciation for community service work. Teams of eighth and ninth grade students from those school districts shared results from the community service projects they designed and implemented. The event recognized the efforts of 51 students, who began their school and community service projects in October after attending the Youth Leadership Summit at The Kent State University Salem Campus. The student teams were challenged to develop and implement service projects that address their community’s specific needs. The projects included; collecting donations and volunteering for an organization that distributes items to families in need, designing science camp activities for elementary youth, hosting a school day which included speakers on anti-bullying, respect and the importance of working together, facilitating an adapted Easter Egg Hunt for special needs students in the county, making teacher appreciation gifts as well as collecting items for hurricane victims. Melissa McClain, from Akron Children’s Hospital served as the keynote presenter. McClain spoke about the importance of a leadership role and how each person’s qualities work together to accomplish goals. In addition to presenting project outcomes, the Leadership Teams engaged in a hands-on experience of how to use the strengths of a group to overcome challenges. The Youth Leadership Brunch was sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, the Coordinated Action for School Health Coalition, and the Columbiana County Educational Service Center. (Submitted photo)