The Women’s Board to the Summit County Juvenile Court began in 1958 when women representing various civic, social, and religious organizations formed together to create this unique organization. The Women’s Board currently consists of over 40 volunteer members and continues to be a vital source of assistance to the Court, its staff, and the youth in Detention. The mission of the Women’s Board is to promote a sound program for children under the care of the Juvenile Court, and to also promote volunteer services, encourage donations of private funds and raise funds for use above and beyond the scope of public monies.
The members of the Women’s Board are committed to improving the lives of our youth by hosting numerous fundraising efforts which support many of our special Court programs and events. Some of those programs include providing holiday gifts for all youth in detention and youth homes, educational aids and a library for youth housed in Detention, emergency clothing and household item requests for court-involved youth, and the Juvenile Court’s Greenhouse Project where youth are given the opportunity to work alongside a Master Gardener. Most notably, the Women’s Board approved a substantial grant to the Juvenile Court in 2010 that facilitated the renovation and re-opening of two halls in our Detention Center that will be used for youth involved in the ‘Thinking for a Change” Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program. The Summit County Juvenile Court Women’s Board is proudly serving over 50 years of service to the youth in Summit County.