Community Forums

An engaged and active citizen is our best asset, and LakewoodAlive works with partners throughout the community to publicly discuss the issues of the day. We regularly host Community Forums designed to provide access to experts and resources within a particular field, as well as engage our Lakewood neighbors in meaningful discussions regarding topics pertinent to our community.

The following resources pertain to past forums LakewoodAlive has hosted.  We hope you find them informative and useful.


Depression, Anxiety and Teens – Who Cares? A Community Conversation

November 2018
Recap Article: LakewoodAlive’s “Depression, Anxiety and Teens” Community Forum Tackles Challenges Facing Young People
Recap Article: LakewoodAlive tackles teen anxiety and depression with forum

Additional Resources

Child Mind Institute City of Lakewood – Division of Youth
Cleveland Clinic HelpGuide
Lakewood City School District



Embracing Diversity: Fostering Equity and Inclusion in Lakewood

May 2018
Recap Article: LakewoodAlive’s “Embracing Diversity” Community Forum Celebrates Our Differences
Recap Article: Lakewood community members hold ‘Embracing Diversity’ discussion

Additional Resources

City of Lakewood Compass Consulting Services
The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio International Community Council
Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission She Collective



What’s Our Plan: A Community Conversation About School Safety

April 2018
Recap Article: More Than 100 Community Members Participate in School Safety Community Forum
Recap Article: Lakewood officials call recent community conversation about school safety a success

Additional Resources

City of Lakewood Educator’s School Safety Network
Lakewood City School District Lakewood Police Department
National Education Association School Safety Initiative



Aging in Place: Wave of the Future

November 2017
Recap Article: Planning Ahead: LakewoodAlive’s Community Forum Ponders Future of Aging Population

Additional Resources

Aging in Place Resource Guide Enterprise Community Partners
Lakewood Division of Aging LSC Service Corp.
National Aging in Place Council Senior Transportation Connection



From Refugee to Neighbor Part 2: Understanding Public Policy and Community Impact

May 2017
Recap Article: LakewoodAlive’s “From Refugee to Neighbor” Community Forum Celebrates Our City’s Diversity

Additional Resources

Building Hope in the City Community West Foundation
City of Lakewood Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland
Cleveland Catholic Charities – Migration and Refugee Services The Refugee Response



The Heroin Epidemic: Understanding Impact and Options

November 2016
Recap Article: 90 Attendees Pack Lakewood Public Library for Community Forum Regarding Heroin Epidemic

Additional Resources

ADAMHS Board Heroin Crisis Hotline Let’s Face Heroin Resource Guide
City of Lakewood Addiction Resources Project DAWN Opioid Overdose Education Program
Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force Rx Drug Drop Box Program
Cuyahoga County Heroin & Fentanyl Data St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Addiction Education



A Deep Dive: Lake Erie Starts at Home

June 2016
Recap Article: LakewoodAlive’s Community Forum Draws Crowd to Discuss Lake Erie



From Refugee to Neighbor: Continuing the Conversation

November 2015



Exploring the Legend: Is Equality Alive in Lakewood

May 2015



Housing: Securing a Second Century

December 2013



Housing: A New Approach for a New Century

May 2012



2010 US Census: What it Means for Lakewood

November 2011



Bailey Building and Beyond: Downtown Development

November 2010