Gary Wyatt shares his path of redemption, commitment and leadership

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Story by Laura Ofobike – Courtesy of Leadership Akron Class ’12

 

Gary Wyatt has been on both sides of the addiction divide. Speaking to a Leadership on Main audience, the co-founder of North Hill Community House told a compelling story of personal redemption and commitment, and surprisingly to himself, leadership.

As a child, he saw his parents’ struggles with alcoholism and poverty. When he was a student and an athlete at Garfield High School, he did a “little alcohol and a little pot” now and then, he said, but never anything that got him into trouble. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school to see the world, served four years and returned to Akron in 1989.

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School Readiness Summit brings together education profession Part 2

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Story By Lyndsey Schley

 

Everyday Ways Parents Can Be Teachers

After the keynote speech, attendees went to one of several breakout sessions on topics including emotional attachment and how play is a part of learning.

Kandi Novak, Quality Enhancement Specialist at Child Care Connection, spoke on how creating brain building moments for parents can be a major help to children. The talk focused around a tool called Vroom which gives parents tips on how to create educational moments in everyday life.
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School Readiness Summit brings together education profession

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Story By Lyndsey Schley

 

Teachers and education-related professionals joined together for First Things First and the Summit Education Initiative’s School Readiness Summit at the John S. Knight Center Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The Summit, modeled after a similar event in Dayton, brought people working in the early childhood realm together with other experts from other fields and local professionals in order to improve educational outcomes in the Summit County.
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City Convene connects faith and local leaders to improve communities Part 2

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Story By Lyndsey Schley

Neighboring Your Actual Neighbors

Dave Runyon and Jay Pathak, from Denver CO, discussed their concept of “Neighboring.”

Pathak learned through experience the importance of understanding the landscape of other service providers and working effectively with them.

His church began reaching out to the community through basketball programs, but soon began offering other assistance such as addiction recovery services.  During a visit to a government housing project, he ran into a worker from a social services agency.  Pathak discovered that by offering services isolated from other agencies, they had accidentally undermined much of their work.

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City Convene connects faith and local leaders to improve communities

 

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Story By Lyndsey Schley

 

Business, government, non-profit and faith leaders came together to discuss ways they could work as a group on local social issues at the GoodCities City Convene conference Oct. 18 and 19  at St. George family Center in Akron, OH.

About 110 attendees came to collaborate in the event hosted by the Love Akron Network. The event offered attendees opportunities to learn from speakers who run successful community programs and to network and collaborate with other community members.

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