Lakota West's Justin Kelley Serves as Teen Ambassador Provides Insight to Attorney General
It was a big commitment to serve on the Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board, but Lakota West junior Justin Kelley
felt the benefits would be worth his time and energy. The one-year
tenure required periodic meetings, frequent conference calls and plenty
And Justin was correct – it was worth it.
“Being on the board exposed me to so much,” he says. “I like to be
engaged and to know I’m helping make a difference. The research and
problem-solving the board did really made me feel as if we could
address real issues. It opened my eyes to different perspectives and
He thanks Karen Wainscott at Lakota West
for helping him get involved. “Last Spring, Ms. Wainscott shared the
information with the school and I decided to go for it.”
Justin, who is interested in law and government, his participation
reinforced his pursuit of those fields. “I enjoyed the opportunity to
meet several assistant attorney generals for the state and to hear
from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Each shared their education
and career path, and gave us insight into possible careers.”
two years old, the Teen Ambassador Board was created by DeWine as a
way to garner input from teens throughout the state on crucial issues.
According to the Board’s mission, the purpose is two-fold: 1) expose
future leaders with an inside look at the law and government; and 2)
leverage teens’ insight into the greatest issues facing Ohio.
in subcommittees, the 175 junior and senior high school students
tackled subjects like cyber bullying, alcohol abuse among youth, the
heroin epidemic, poverty and employment. Kelley’s group addressed the
rising cost of college education.
“My group researched the
various reasons why college costs are increasing so quickly and
decided we would create a comprehensive website of available
scholarships for Ohio residents,” explains Kelley. “We wanted people to
have easy access to all of the resources to help them pay for
The website idea presented by Kelley's group was shared
with Attorney General Officials on March 8. Following all
presentations, officials will review the resources to decide if the
ideas are practical and feasible. Kelley hopes that his group's
proposal will one day become a reality.
He plans to participate
again next year as a senior. “I encourage other Lakota students to
consider serving in this way,” Kelley says. “It’s a great way to make a
difference not just in our local community, but throughout the state.”
For more information about the Teen Ambassador Board, including an application form, please visit firstname.lastname@example.org
. Applications are due May 31 for the 2016-17 academic year.
West junior Justin Kelley is shown here with members of the Lakota
Board of Education. He was recognized at the April 11 board meeting for
his work on the Ohio Attorney General's Teen Ambassador Board.