In 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court invited all Ohio courts to apply for the “Court Innovation Grant,” a funding opportunity to support the development and perpetuation of innovative programs in Ohio’s courts. At that time, the Honorable Kathleen L. Giesler recognized a gap in services for youth in Ottawa County. Far too often children were aging out of foster care and emancipating into adulthood lacking the essential independent living skills required for success in life. It was then that the Juvenile Court, partnering with Ottawa County CASA, created the vision for TICKET to Success – a centralized independent living skills lab that would serve all children of Ottawa County, and would teach the skills and provide the experiences that are necessary to live a purposeful life.
The independent living skills lab is an actual home at 121 Harrison Street, in Port Clinton. Youth participate in lab activities during 2 ½ hour sessions throughout the week. Youth learn essential skills such as job searching, money management, problem solving, car repair, cooking, cleaning and laundry, home and lawn upkeep, and how to seek the assistance of area community services. Youth may be eligible to receive community service hours or work off fines and court costs for participation in TICKET to Success curriculum.
Contact Rosalyn Barnhill at (419) 301-0225 for participation and volunteer opportunities.