Edison State Community College students, Rebecca Buck, Samantha Greene, Juliya Hsiang, and Laura Parker were selected to attend U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's Propel Ohio: Collegiate Leadership Summit held earlier this academic year.

Propel Ohio is a one-day program that promotes civic engagement and connects college students with resources on volunteer, internship, and career opportunities related to public service in Ohio.

"Ohio has been home to innovators and leaders for generations, from presidents to poets, from the Wright Brothers to John Glenn. We want to prepare the next generation of Ohioans to continue their legacy," said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

This year's leadership summit aimed to actively engage college students on issues that affect childhood poverty, including health and hunger, education, and housing security. During the conference, attendees participated in workshops led by community and non-profit leaders in Ohio about how to tackle childhood poverty in their communities.

Debra Eschmeyer, White House Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy and Executive Director of the First Lady's Let's Move! Initiative, served as the keynote speaker for the event. Prior to her work on food and nutrition policy in Washington, Eschmeyer co-founded FoodCorps, a non-profit that connects schools in high-need communities to healthy foods to reduce childhood obesity and diet-related diseases. She also owns Harvest Sun Farm, a family farm in her hometown of New Knoxville, Ohio.

The day concluded with a resource fair where students learned more about organizations that are tackling childhood poverty and public service opportunities in their communities.