Conduct an Advocacy/ Awareness Campaign
Using the Tyler’s Light motto: Speak Up! students can make posters in their schools about speaking up to help a friend.
Who can help: Ages 5-12 or Teens
Organize a Fundraiser
Organize and run a small fundraiser (bake sale, car wash, etc.)
Who can help: Anyone!
Support an Event
We have the Tyler’s Light 5K in the spring. It is a run/walk in Pickerington, attracting thousands. We can use help on the day of the event or you can join us for the walk!
Who can help: Anyone!
Contact Tyler’s Light under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects!
What is your organization’s mission statement?
Tyler’s Light’s mission is to equip our communities and our nation with information and resources to help people choose a drugfree life, while providing resources for family members and/or friends who are involved in the battle against drug addiction.
What population do you serve?
We serve all areas of Ohio. Students in grades 5-12 are our primary focus.
How many do you serve in a year?
Approximately 20,000 students annually
What region or area do you provide services in?
We have serviced Central and Eastern Ohio, parts of WV, KY, IN, PA. We have no geographic boundaries if asked to go outside of these areas.
How and when did the organization get started?
Tyler’s Light was formed as a result of the overdose and tragic death of Tyler Campbell. Our son, Tyler, was a 2007 graduate of Pickerington High School North, where he excelled in academics, football, and baseball. We were so proud of him, especially when he accomplished his dream of playing Division I football via a scholarship to the University of Akron. As a result of injuries, Tyler quickly became addicted to pain killers in 2009. He sought help through inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities over the next two years. On July 21, 2011 Tyler completed inpatient treatment at a rehab center and was preparing to continue his outpatient care. However, in less than 24 hours, he relapsed and was dead from an accidental overdose. Out of our grief and determination to stop this epidemic we, with many friends, founded Tyler’s Light, which has reached goals far beyond what we ever would have anticipated.”
How many employees do you have?
We have zero employees, one contractor and over 100 volunteers!
How many volunteers does your organization have? (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)
Tyler’s Light has between 100 – 150 volunteers each year.
How do your programs or services help the community?
Simply put, the key to fighting addiction lies within the efforts of the community. We must take our communities back through education, awareness, and prevention. You are the most powerful weapon in this fight.” We offer our services to schools to start the education process for FREE.
Speak up!: Promotes learning and awareness of drug addiction via our cutting edge presentations. Instead of speaking down to students, we applaud their intellect. By providing them the most up-to-date information on addiction (it’s origins, global sources, targeting of suburbia, and current death rates), we are able to help today’s young people make informed decisions regarding mind-altering substances.
Community Awareness: We host community events, such as our annual 5K, that draws thousands from across the state to raise funds and awareness in support of the battle against drug addiction. We also sponsor Operation Street Smart (OSS), which provides communities with current, up-to-date narcotics information on trends, terminology, paraphernalia, and physiological effects to those individuals who deal with today’s youth. OSS is presented by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Drug-free Clubs: is a program that institutes voluntary drug testing in high schools, providing positive public recognition for students to join.
Tyler’s Lights: is a program to work with other communities to develop Tyler’s Light satellite and sister organizations throughout Ohio and the nation.
Name: Wayne Campbell
Organization: Jessie’s World
Work: (614) 579-7988
P. O. Box 526
Pickerington, Ohio 43147