The Empowered Aspiring Professional



AUDIENCE: New Administrators (less than 2 years), Seasoned Administrators (more than 2 years), New Staff (less than 2 years), Seasoned Staff (more than 2 years), Volunteers and Support Staff



SESSION 2 : 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: What are the best practice approaches to building and developing volunteers or interns in your Afterschool or Summer Learning programs? Come to this workshop to learn new techniques to attract volunteer talent, as well as innovative methods to harness the talents of your current volunteers and interns. Additionally, learn how volunteers can enhance the operations line item in your annual budget. Volunteer support is both an investment and an asset. ROI=(volunteer value-program cost) / program cost.


Lydia Hill is the Chief Executive Officer of V.O.I.C.E. Consulting and the Founder and Executive
Director of From Me 2 U, Inc. Ms. Hill has amassed a myriad of experience over the years. She has attained a Bachelor of Arts from Cleveland State in both Psychology and Anthropology, with a
minor in Gerontology. Three graduate level degrees which consist of: a Master of Arts in Counseling from John Carroll University, a Master of Public Administration from Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Studies, and a Master of Arts Degree in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University, Chicago. She holds certificates in Nonprofit Management and Bioethics; is currently pursuing a PhD. in I/O Psychology at Northcentral University. Ms. Hill is also employed with the Cleveland Department of Public Health – Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse – as the CABHI Project Director, and the Prevention Services Director and was with the Moms First Program as their Deputy Project Director/Administrative Manager. Ms. Hill has been an employee of the Cleveland Department of Public Health for over 21 years. Ms. Hill is also a Treu‐Mart Youth Development Fellow, this experience continues to guide her decisions to pursue ventures that support youth, their developmental needs, and their desires to some, day become leaders. V.O.I.C.E. Consulting was formerly registered as Sole Proprietorship in the state of Ohio on March 13, 2008 and functioned as a home‐based business. In 2011, V.O.I.C.E. Consulting received their first two contracts from the Cuyahoga County Tapestry Provider Services Network and the Access to Recovery Program from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and was relocated to it an office building in the Glenville community.

V.O.I.C.E. stands for Vision, Opportunity, Investment, Commitment and Enterprise. These are the
key components, the foundation to which any endeavor: personal, professional, business,
government, or nonprofit needs to thrive. The company functioned primarily as a consulting
company offering assistance to nonprofit executives and developing nonprofits in the form of board development training, grant writing, organizational development, and desktop publishing.
Photography services were introduced in the middle of 2008 as a result of customer request. In 2011,

V.O.I.C.E. began to offer social services under both state and county contracts and began to separate V.O.I.C.E. Consulting into two entities one functioning in a nonprofit capacity and the other as a business. An unfortunate twist of fate led to this decision; after fifteen years of working with and advocating for youth, the Prevention Program operated under the Cleveland Department of Health ended. Ms. Hill could not and would not allow this passion to die; with a small team comprised of two student interns, she began to offer youth services to organizations that worked with youth free of charge. Requests to extend these services to various programs and calls from parents to administer these services to their children that have no means to pay prompted the mission to develop a nonprofit component.

In September of 2014, V.O.I.C.E. Consulting officially incorporated the youth services as a nonprofit under their a separate entity, From Me 2 U, Inc. Future plans for the nonprofit include building a training and research institute designed to train college interns in the area of Youth Development and Research, to assist youth-serving organizations, develop evidenced‐based practices and materials that will support and sustain their services.