May 28, 2016

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Deadline extended for youth summit

The deadline for area high school students to apply to participate in the E4 Youth Summit is Friday.

Seth Kujat, executive director of United Way of Medina County, has said the recent deaths of two Brunswick High School students prompted the summit.

The E4 Youth Summit — short for Equip, Educate, Empower and Engage — will be Feb. 18 and 19 at the Blair Center in Westfield Center.

All high school students in Medina County are eligible to apply. Students can download an application from

During the two-day summit, about 250 Medina County high school students will be encouraged to become a voice in their community and to build a vision for their future.

Kujat said plans for next month’s summit include student focus groups, organized by the Public Service Institute of Lorain County Community College, to investigate the issues of depression in youths, Kujat said.

“The intent is to let the youth help decide how we’re going to solve these problems, and we’re going to fund their ideas and let them decide where to invest that money,” Kujat has said.

Matthew Homyk, 14, a freshman, died Jan. 10, and 17-year-old Anthony Gill, a senior, was found dead Jan. 13.

A ruling on whether the two Brunswick High School students committed suicide could take two to three months, a coroner’s spokeswoman has said.

United Way has secured three sponsors for the event: AT&T, Westfield Insurance, and Automation Tool & Die.

— from staff reports

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