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Akron PeaceMakers 5th Annual Teen Expo is August 1, 2013


Activities Geared for Teens 13-18

City of Akron Press Release
Published: 07-24-2013

Akron, Ohio (July 24, 2013) - The City’s premiere youth volunteer group, the Akron PeaceMakers will hold its 5th Annual Teen Expo from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, at Lock 3.  Exhibitors will provide area youth with information on education, teen health, safety and volunteer opportunities in the Greater Akron area.

The event is FREE to middle and high school students and is open to all teens in Northeast Ohio.  Along with music and prizes, there will be various sport activities, 2 interactive game trucks (Diamond Heist Laser Maze and the Mobile Video Truck).  In addition, teens can experience the Iron Man Obstacle Course, the Basketball Switch Game, volleyball, Cornhole as well as various carnival games.  

During the evening, local teens and teen oriented music bands will provide entertainment.  One of the performers, Libby Etherton,  is a 14 year old pop/country singer from Hartville, Ohio, who has performed at the Canton Rib Festival, 2013 Teens Rock Akron competition, and many other N.E. Ohio venues.  Etherton not only sings, but also plays piano, guitar, and ukulele. 

Closing the evening will be Akron inspirational/Hip Hop artist, Emmanuel.  He will deliver his ultra-positive message to teens in attendance.  Fellow Akronite, Jovan, a Neo Soul singer will perform solo as well as with Emmanuel. 

“I hope our young citizens take advantage of this great opportunity to come downtown, hang out with friends, learn some things, and see what the Akron PeaceMakers are all about,” said Mayor Plusquellic.  “Our PeaceMakers have done a terrific job of successfully promoting peace in our city, and they have actively made Akron a stronger, safer community.”   

For those interested in joining the Akron Peacemakers, the group is seeking new members.  Applications for the August 6, 2013 PeaceMakers Orientation will also be available at the Expo. 

The PeaceMakers’ program has grown to 85 active members.   In 2012, members of the Peacemakers volunteered and participated in more 54 different community projects and provided 3,800 volunteer hours.  

Sponsors of this year’s event include the City of Akron, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and Dominion East Ohio Gas.  The game trucks and teen inflatable games are provided through a gift from the Akron Community Foundation.

Gates open at 5:30 with festivities starting at 6:00 pm.  All activities are free and food will be available at affordable prices.  For more information, go to or call (330) 365-2660 or (330) 375-2712. 


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