NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Members of the seventh class of Leadership Tuscarawas have selected "Tuscarawas County Youth 'Pay it Forward' challenge" as their class project.

The objective of the project is to increase the number of volunteer opportunities for high school students. The countywide effort will focus on the importance of volunteering by sharing information on local organizations and volunteer opportunities available to teens. The project also will allow youth to identify needs and organize community service projects. The service projects will occur throughout Tuscarawas County from April 24-26.

The class also will participate in a countywide workplace organ donor registration drive. "Donate-Save 8. Do it Now!" will be a part of the National Donor Awareness Day on Feb. 14. The message of the campaign is simple -- register as an organ donor and save eight lives. All of the materials to conduct a company registration drive are part of a free workplace campaign kit provided by Lifebank Ohio. Any business interested in participating in "Donate-Save 8. Do It Now!" should register online at or contact Janine Garber at (330) 343-4283, ext. 8206. Deadline to register is Jan. 13.

The Mission of Leadership Tuscarawas is to develop passionate, visionary leaders to strengthen the community. Now in its seventh year, the program is designed to improve the quality of life in Tuscarawas County by identifying and developing leadership skills and knowledge in a diverse group of community leaders, preparing them to assume greater leadership roles and promoting and facilitating their involvement in initiatives that will shape the area's future.

For information on Leadership Tuscarawas contact Heather Beck at (330) 340-5105 or at