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It all began with budget cuts.
The Huron High School student service leadership program was the largest program in the state of Ohio when it was cut due to a financial crisis in the district. The instructor and our founding Executive Director, Mary Ann Creamer, worked with Dennis Doughty, a seasoned superintendent to develop Teen Leadership Corps.
She felt so strongly about youth leadership after witnessing the program’s effect on student’s ability to impact their schools and communities.
Two years of research determined that a non-profit organization providing training and financial support would be the most effective means of initiating student service leadership programs in schools because finances play a significant role. The first seven Teen Leadership Corps classes were implemented during the 2008-2009 school year.
Mary Ann Creamer
Mary Ann Creamer had a passion for youth and leadership. After having an opportunity to teach a leadership class for teens, a fire was ignited within her to launch Teen Leadership Corps. She believed that every high school in America needed a class to empower teens to lead, serve and inspire the world. Mary Ann spent two years developing the perfect leadership program.
As the Founder and Executive Director of Teen Leadership Corps, she lived and breathed this passion for teens. TLC is an academic service leadership program for high schools. It is the only 501(c)3 non-profit (2007) in the country established to provide schools with the educational training, instructional resources and financial means necessary to implement a successful academic student leadership course for high school students. During the 2008-2009 school year, Teen Leadership Corps was implemented in its first seven schools.
Since its inception, TLC has continued to grow annually. Although Mary Ann lost the fight against cancer in 2015, her legacy lives on. Through the hard work of the Board of Directors, Staff, and Teachers, her dream remains alive. Teens of today are empowered to Lead, Serve and Inspire the World.
Susie began her Teen Leadership Corps journey in the spring of 2014. TLC had continued to grow in many schools. By the 2013-2014 school year, TLC was part of 17 schools. At this point, it was too much for one person to do it all. Mary Ann began her search.
Being a former teacher, founder Mary Ann Creamer approached Susie to become the Program Director for the program working directly with the teachers and students. Being a mom of four young children, Susie was not looking to go back to work just yet. However, the more time she spent with Mary Ann and the local students, the TLC passion became contagious! Susie knew she had to be part of this amazing program.
For the next four years, Susie planned all student events, wrote curriculum, and held teacher conferences. In 2018, she was named Executive Director.
Megan started her journey with Teen Leadership Corps in 2013 as a student. She was a member of the TLC program at Norwalk High School both her junior and senior year.
Upon graduating, Megan interned with the organization, working very closely with TLC’s founder Mary Ann Creamer and current Executive Director Susie Pocos.
Teen Leadership Corps has always been very dear to her heart as the program provided her with several extraordinary opportunities and life-long mentors.
Believing in the TLC mission and lifestyle, she now enthusiastically serves as the Advancement Director and Marketing Coordinator for the organization. Megan shares,
“TLC has absolutely changed my life. I am eternally grateful for the impact this program has had on me. It brings me such joy and fulfillment to give back to a phenomenal organization that means so much to me, as well as keep Mary Ann’s dream and legacy alive.”
We Have a Great Team
Our Board of Directors come from a variety of professional backgrounds across Ohio.
We establish strategic partnerships with corporate and community organizations to further the mission of Teen Leadership Corps.