LS CARES seeks high-school students willing to share perspectives on youth mental health & wellness

Group to host live and online forums focusing on community strategies and initiatives

High-school students from the Lee’s Summit area are invited to share their opinions about youth mental health and wellness at four community forums.

Hosted by Lee’s Summit CARES and the nonprofit organization’s Youth Advisory Board, the forums are scheduled during the evening with Session 1 taking place on March 25 and March 27 and Session 2 on April 8 and April 10. Each session is also available online.

Young people wanting to share their opinions are encouraged to attend one of the Session 1 forums and one of the Session 2 events, although students able to attend just one forum are still welcome to participate. High-school students planning to attend are asked to register at this link.

Perspectives and ideas gathered at the forums will help Lee’s Summit CARES develop mental health and wellness initiatives for our community’s youth. During the forums, participating students will receive information regarding best practices for improving mental health and wellness. After this presentation, the young people will be asked to identify strategies.

Another goal of the sessions is to help youth make positive connections and develop peer-to-peer relationships with others to help foster a positive community environment.

Forums are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Students may share their opinions by attending an event or through online feedback opportunities.

Session 1 forums will be held:

  • March 25 at the Summit Auditorium, 3381 NW Chipman Road. Also available live

  • March 27 at Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 NE Colbern Road.  This session will be available live at instagram@leesummitcares.

Session 2 forums are scheduled for:

  • April 8 at Paradise Park Conference Room (No. 4), 1021 NE Colbern Road, and available live at instagram@leesummitcares

  • April 10 at Mid-Continent Public Library, 1000 NE Colbern Road. The final forum is also available at instagram@leesummitcares.

High-school students participating in the forums have the opportunity to earn community-service hours. Snacks will be provided at each event. For more information about the sessions, contact Kerri Gray of Lee’s Summit CARES at

Lee’s Summit CARES is a community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, promoting exemplary character and empowering positive parenting. The organization’s Youth Advisory Board members work together with Lee’s Summit CARES partner organizations to educate their peers and adults about the harmful effects of underage substance use. In addition, Youth Advisory Board members take on the important task of advocating for mental health awareness.

For more information about Lee’s Summit CARES, visit You may also follow Lee’s Summit CARES on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.