Provides child care and early learning information free of charge for parents, including year-round parenting classes for parents with kids of all ages throughout Central Ohio and information about choosing quality child care. They also assist people who operate home-based childcare.
78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222 or (855) 302-4453 Toll-free or (800) 750-0750 TTY
Offers theatre classes and summer camps for children and teens. They provide actors of all experience levels a place to grow and strengthen their acting and performing skills.
1000 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Performance Location: Schiller Park, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Provides free after school programs for elementary and middle-school aged youth, programs including academics, enrichment activities, and health and fitness. The ASAS Columbus program serves at several Columbus City School locations (specific schools are listed on their website as they change from time to time).
1743 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43221
ASAS Columbus: columbusasas.org
ASAS Ohio: asasohio.org
Girls State is for teens entering their senior year of high school who are in good academic standing and want to learn how government works, develop leadership skills and practice good citizenship. The week-long program is offered every summer to more than 900 girls across Ohio.
PO Box 2760, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
Boys State is for teens entering their senior year of high school who are in good academic standing and want to learn how government works, develop leadership skills and practice good citizenship. The program is offered every summer to more than 1200 boys across Ohio.
PO Box 8007, Delaware, Ohio 43015
Offers mini, full- and half-day summer camps and dance classes to help children learn creative movement, ballet, jazz, modern, tap, Pilates and more. Scholarships are available some classes are free. They also offer free pre-performance discussions in the theatre with artistic staff, choreographers, dancers and special guests; and offer free tickets to individuals from under-served groups and those with special needs.
A residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who are entering grades 7 or 8. The camp is located on the campus of Denison University.
100 West College Street, Granville, Ohio 43023
Offer one-to-one community-based and school-based mentoring programs for youth in Franklin, Union and Delaware counties. In Franklin County, they reach out to Spanish-speaking youth and families through their Hispanic Mentoring Program.
Offers week-long, overnight programs during the summer for children ages 6 to 14. The camp is in Hocking Hills. Reduced fees are available for children enrolled with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Camp Location: 24799 Purcell Road, South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152
(614) 839-2447, ext. 177
Offers a low-cost outdoor leadership program for Franklin County youth ages 9 to 12. Based at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park just west of downtown Columbus, Bold Columbus provides fun and educational experiences, including group challenges, leadership training, team games, nature education, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking and more.
Park Address: 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, Ohio 43119
Serves youth ages 6 through 18 from across the city. For a low cost, the nationally-acclaimed Club provides members with access to after-school and summer programming oriented around three pillars: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character & Leadership. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities and mentoring.
Provide holiday assistance, housing and emergency assistance, free dinner and host a free summer program through CDF Freedom Schools. Call for serving times and days.
501 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Heart of the City Freedom School: broadstreetumc.net/hocfs
The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine offers a 6-day summer residential camp for current freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Participants learn more about veterinary school and the profession. Scholarships and financial assistance are available.
1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
A summer camp, group activity center, and cabin rental facility located in Hocking County, Ohio. Camp Akita’s summer camp is a co-ed, residential camp experience for youth in 1st through 12th grades.
A free summer camp for military children ages 8 to 15. Priority enrollment is given to children of wounded, disable or fallen servicemen and servicewomen. The camp is a week-long helps kids learn new skills, build character and make new friends while enjoying the outdoors. Complete their online application for enrollment or call the hotline below for more information.
801 North West Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
Camp Kesem at The Ohio State University (OSU) supports children in the Columbus community whose parent has cancer, by providing a free summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem is operated by student volunteers and serves approximately 150 campers ages 6-16 every year.
PO Box 3501, Columbus, Ohio 43210
This summer camp is a free, week-long, overnight grief camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. It’s full of activities such as swimming, hiking, games and crafts, while having structured grief group counseling sessions with trained, licensed professionals. The camp takes place at Camp Oty’okwa in Hocking Hills and operating under Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Ohio.
Capriccio Youth Choir (CYC) is for youth grades 2-12 throughout the year and provides summer opportunities as well. Kids develop singing skills, knowledge of music theory, and improve vocal technique through high-quality music education.
PO Box 1225, Worthington, Ohio 43085
A summer camp for central Ohio youth ages 8-18, which introduces them to the world of architecture and design through hands-on activities, field trips, walking tours, presentations by professionals and imaginative games. Scholarships are available.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
The David J. Spencer CDC Museum presents an academic day camp in Atlanta for students who will be high school juniors and seniors. Campers learn how the CDC safeguards the nation’s health and learn about careers in public health. The program is free, but campers must pay for their own lunches and transportation.
1600 Clifton Road Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia 30329
A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Services include:
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Offers diabetes education services and programs and diabetes camps and events for youth. Their team of dietitians, nurses and social workers provide education and guidance to people and groups in Franklin County and surrounding areas. For over 50 years, their camps have provided a great summer camp experience but also lifestyle management education to help kids with diabetes learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes. Day camps are available in Columbus for youth ages 3 to 12. Their residential camp program, Camp Hamwi is for youth 7 to 17 provides traditional camp activities. Scholarships are available to help cover the entrance fee for any family who qualifies based on income.
1100 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
A 6-day leadership development experience for rising high school juniors and seniors in central Ohio. The free program is offered annually during the summer. All eligible students are encouraged to apply.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Office: 3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Food Pantry: 14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Offers week-long summer day camp programs in academics, arts and sciences, and athletics for youth grades pre-K through 12. Participants do not have to be Columbus Academy students. They also have a “Family” division that includes programs for parents/caregivers and their children ages birth and up, as well as adult classes for ages 18 and up that offer classes that meet once a week.
4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Offers vocal instruction and music education to young singers ages 5-18 in Central Ohio. Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Contact directly for costs and payment plan details and their high school internship program.
Broad Street Presbyterian Church
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Offers theatre classes, workshops, summer camps and private lessons for kids and teens. Private lesson subjects include: Acting, Voice, Dance, Flute and Piano. Financial assistance is available for families who show need.
Columbus Children’s Theatre: 512 North Park Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
CCT Studios & Administrative Offices: 177 East Naghten Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers Creative Summer Workshops, which are a series of workshops for youth in grades 1 through 12, offering quality art instruction taught by arts professionals. They also offer Saturday Morning Art Classes, which provide art and design education to children in grades 1 through 12. Scholarships are available.
60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides programs for Columbus high school teens who are interested in leadership and international issues. Students work with community groups and businesses to learn skills in areas such as interacting with the media, making legislative change, direct social service, event planning, speech-making and more.
51 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Faith-based organization that serves low-income, homeless, and under-served individuals and families. They provide free, routine outpatient health and wellness services through the Mt. Carmel Mobile Medical Coach, hot meals and pre-packed lunches for kids, after school programs, holiday help, back-to-school supply giveaways, and homeless prevention resources.
38 West Greenwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Offers half-day and full day summer camps, workshops for homeschoolers, free and pay-what-you-want admission days and offers free studio space for children and teens to experiment, play, and explore with imaginative ideas and unexpected materials.
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers the Columbus International Children’s Choir, art classes, music theory classes, and singing lessons for kids ages 4-18 from Central Ohio communities.
Bethel International United Methodist Church
1220 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Mailing Address: PO Box 344, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Publishes a directory of summer camps in the Columbus area every year. Go online to see their most recent list of summer camps.
Physical Address: 62 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43216
Mailing Address: PO Box 1289, Columbus, Ohio 43216
A free violence reduction program offered to youth ages 14 to 21, living in zip codes 43207, 43203, 43223, and 43211 evening activities. The recreation centers located in these zip codes are open until 10 pm to keep the youth occupied with arts, educational and recreational activities. Gang and violence mediation and intervention are also provided.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Offers academic programs and a safe place to learn and play after school and during the summer for a very low cost. Children can get homework help, tutoring and a nutritious snack and/or hot meal. They also offer anger management, substance abuse, violence prevention and recreation and enrichment activity (like field trips, drama and art) programs are offered. Visit the website to apply to the program.
Offers City of Columbus middle-school youth, ages 10-15, the opportunity to gain real life skills by working on projects and attending exciting events that will guide them towards becoming positive leaders in their communities. They meet different people and see different places throughout the city. Participants will need to be recommended by their principal, assistant principal or teacher in order to be considered.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Provides a co-ed summer experience for children from pre-K through grade 12. High school credit courses are offered for students in grades 9-12. Participants do not have to be CSG students.
65 South Drexel Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 252-0781 ext. 435
Provides high school students the skills and motivation needed to complete an education at a college of their choice. The Upward Bound program at Columbus State Community College is available to income eligible students attending Mifflin High, East High, West High and Linden McKinley STEM. Upward Bound has a 100% college placement rate.
55 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower African Americans and marginalized groups through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services. There various programs fall under six categories:
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Offers animal and nature programs and camps for youth ages 18 months to adults. Programs range from homeschool, summer and holiday camps, to volunteer opportunities, internships and opportunities to earn high school credit.
A non-profit that offers mentoring and leadership development, bullying and violence prevention programs, summer camps, job readiness programs, college and university tours to elementary school, middle school and high school youth. CND also offers emergency support services on a case-by-base basis, parenting services and addiction counseling for adults.
Columbus has parks and recreation centers throughout the city and surrounding areas. They provide a variety of programs, camps and classes for children, teens and adults. Click below to find local programs in your neighborhood.
Offers interactive experiences, exhibitions and more. COSI features live shows, special events, family programs, single day and summer camps; and career exploration, homeschooler and teen tech studio workshops. They offer a special “Family Access Membership” that is available for families who get WIC, Ohio Directions (EBT) or Ohio Medicaid.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
The Translational Data Analytics Institute at The Ohio State University (OSU) hosts a free summer camp that introduces young women in grades 8-10 to the data science and analytics field. Students will gain hands-on experience using data and animation software, visualizing data, and giving presentations.
1760 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Offers summer day camps, homeschool programs and workshops for young children. They have nearly 2,000 acres of plant collections, gardens, hiking trails and natural areas for people to explore. Scholarships are available.
7770 Jacksontown Road Southeast, Newark, Ohio 43056
(740) 323-2355 or (800) 443-2937 Toll-free
Program: Offers youth and their families mental, emotional and behavioral health programs and services. Licensed social workers and counselors provide counseling and clinical treatment programs addressing a range of issues including school concerns, sexual abuse, delinquency, domestic violence, family conflict, substance abuse and mental health issues. They also offer parenting classes, free kindergarten readiness programs and after-school and summer programs at their two youth centers.
Eligibility: male and female, ages vary per program
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income); most programs are free
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else for the counseling programs, for psychiatric services they need to be referred through a Directions for Youth counselor
Intake: (614) 294-2661
Drama Kids offers drama programs, classes and summer and holiday camps open to kids ages 3 to 18. They primarily serves the Olentangy Local School District, Dublin School District and Delaware Schools.
8917 South Old State Road, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Offers free programs for high school juniors and seniors at more than 15 school districts in central Ohio, including job training, career programs, college prep classes, GED classes, ESL training and help finding a job. They also offer free summer camps for students in grades 6 to 8 explore career options.
Nationwide Children’s Empower is a six-week recreation and wellness program open to teens grades 6-8. Each week is filled with activities to help your middle-schoolers navigate changes in the world, from staying active and coping with stress, to dealing with complicated relationships and fostering healthy relationships. Activities range from social games, group and team challenges, safe supported discussions, community outings, scavenger hunts, swimming and more. Visit their webpage or call directly for details.
Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany
150 West Main Street, New Albany, Ohio 43054
Helps immigrants and refugees from all countries establish roots and gain self-sufficiency in Central Ohio. They offer job training, English language classes, after school tutoring for children, case management for victims of domestic violence and much more. They provide all of these services at various sites throughout Central Ohio. Visit the website for a list of all the program sites.
Main Office: 1060 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Offers career development service to teenagers preparing for success in the workforce, adults looking to further their careers and middle school students developing leadership skills that will propel them to successful careers. They also offer life coaching to help graduates along their career paths.
PO Box 245, Brice, Ohio 43109
Provides a free camp experience for children with serious medical illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, sickle cell disease, asthma and arthritis. 24-hour care is provided by specialized doctors and nurses, and the camp is free. Campers step outside of their sickness to experience activities such as canoeing, swimming, high rope experience and more. The camp is a member of the Serious Fun Network.
5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
Offer hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness throughout the year for kids and adults. They also provide horticulture and landscaping training to low-income adults ages 18 to 30. A reduced rate family membership and free admission on the first Sunday of the month is available for families in eligible programs with proof of participation: CareSource, Ohio Directions (EBT) card, Medicaid card, W.I.C. card or Molina card. Membership discounts are available for full-time, active educator or an active or retired military personnel.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
Provides refugee youth ages 11 and up education, year-round soccer programming, after-school tutoring, academic enrichment summer camp, leadership training and other resources and support to empower them to succeed in academics, soccer, and to positively impact their wider communities. Tuition is free and they offer free lunch.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
1450 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Offers a 6-week paid internship for high school students planning to pursue a career in geoscience (earth science). The program includes lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, 2 courses for college credit (math and freshman seminar), housing, meals and travel to and from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
30665 Student Services Center, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853
Helps girls build strong self-esteem and learn skills such as financial literacy, teamwork, respect for the environment and appreciation of the arts. Girl Scouts is open to girls ages 5 to 17. They also offer overnight and day camps for both members and non-members.
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Offer free adult education classes (like GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer lab) with free childcare services and transportation, community engagement programs, health and wellness programs and services, and youth programming (like after school homework help, mentoring, summer programs, internships and career exploration).
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207 (Only adult education and workforce development)
A faith-based, non-profit organization based in Columbus’ Hilltop community. Some of their programs include a teen club, teen free store, basketball at their gym, their no-cost Westside CDF (Children’s Defense Fund) Freedom School, free legal clinic and more. Visit the website or call for program locations.
33 North Grubb Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offer fun, healthy safe experiences during the school year and throughout the summer, building academic, career, artistic, and physical strengths for boys of color ages 9-15 years old from zip codes 43206 or 43207 whose families earn 200% of poverty or less. Many activities overlap with Columbus Urban League initiatives, placing the young men in summer internships, hands-on digital learning opportunities, drug, alcohol and violence prevention activities and other initiatives based upon their individual needs.
33 West Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Offers summer STEM camps (coding, game development, robotics, design and more) for youth ages 7-17. The week-long programs are held at Ohio State University and 150+ locations nationwide. This program costs a significant amount of money but scholarships may be available.
Through its programs and services, the JCC provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts, featuring festivals and fairs centered around books, films, and fine art; teen programs, summer and spring break camps for kids with and without special needs, after school programs, preschool and daycare, special events and more.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
A public service internship program that allows high school students in the fall term of their senior year to gain first-hand experience within organizations in the public service sector.
1810 College Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Offers school and summer programs for grades K to 12 that teach money management and business skills. Programs are offered throughout central Ohio, partnering with schools and teachers. College scholarship opportunities and internships are available to students who have participated in Junior Achievement programs.
68 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Offers music and movement classes to assist in growth and development of newborns up to 6 year old children. Kindermusik uses dance, storytelling, movement, singing and music to help develop confidence and coordination, improve attention skills, enhance rhythm, creativity and more. These classes have a fee.
60 West Old Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Offers language classes, basic computer classes, citizenship classes, immigration services, employment services, housing assistance, produce giveaways and after school programs for youth ages 5-13.
1160 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Works with high school students from under-served communities to educate them about and prepare them for careers in the legal profession. They provide year-round, four-year academic and professional programming to participants. The program is free to all participants, and students are provided bus passes and lunch.
1700 Lake Shore Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
A STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and financial literacy organization serving Franklin and Delaware County 3rd – 12th grade students. They offer programs including STEM clubs, workshops, leadership training, summer camps, and mentoring. Their E-STEM Chapter gives youth an opportunity to be exposed to STEM and business concepts. Some services are free. Scholarships are available.
PO Box 361061, Columbus, Ohio 43236
A national, non-profit organization that helps develop academic and leadership skills in public high school students who come from low- income households or will be first-generation college students. LEDA Scholars are recruited as juniors in high school, and spend the following summer at the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute, housed on the campus of Princeton University. The 7-week summer program is free and includes leadership study, writing instruction, standardized test preparation, and college guidance.
501 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 10018
A faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. They offer transitional housing for previously incarcerated women, free meals, leadership training; tutoring, mentoring and youth programs. They also provide housing, finance, employment, education, life coaching and addiction recovery services. Visit the website for more information on the programs they offer.
1066 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Provides schooling for students in grades 1-12 with learning difficulties, such as ADHD and dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. They also offer free parent seminars, free early reading screenings, assessment, private tutoring and summer school. Financial aid and tuition loan programs are available.
9555 Johnstown Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
This residential summer camp at the campus of Otterbein University offers rising high school juniors and seniors the chance to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through a set of seminars, hands-on workshops, and field trips. Need-based financial assistance may be available.
1 South Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Offers a 6-week overnight, academic enrichment summer program in Massachusetts for rising high school seniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. Selected students have housing, meals and activity costs covered and only have to pay for transportation to and from MIT.
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Serves high school juniors and seniors from public schools in Franklin County. Students of the humanities program pursue in-depth research projects, engage with the local arts community and earn high school credit. Founded by the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio.
First Congregational Church
444 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
A workshop designed for high school students interested in emergency medicine, nursing, athletic training, physical therapy or other allied health and medical professions. Participants will also have the option of becoming certified in CPR. The workshop is held in Westerville at the Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center and Otterbein University.
(614) 355-6076 or (614) 355-6037
This summer program offers motivated and high-achieving high school science students to college level experiences in medicine and research. The top students from this program are given the opportunity to participate in an internship and mentorship at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
This free program exposes high school students to the scientific method and careers in medical research during the summer. The program is also available online.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Current 9th and 10th grade students who attend or whose home Columbus City School is South or Marion-Franklin are able to have homework help, cultural field trips, college tours, test prep, career exposure, a six-week college-going experience with work-study opportunities and more. This program is free for eligible students. Visit the website for more information and how to apply.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Contains comprehensive information for providers and professionals about after school care.
2760 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Provides a week-long summer program that gives high school students from around the state a unique, hands-on experience with business held at a college campus. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
2099 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
Offers several free services to the Latino community including: homework help, educational after school programs and summer camps; translation and interpretation services, ESL and citizenship classes for adults; tobacco free program, free car seat checks, and support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Across the state, the Ohio History Connection oversees 58 historic sites and museums located in 40 counties. At the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village they offer spring and summer camp programs and one-time events for kids ages 6-14 years old.
Ohio History Center & Ohio Village
800 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 297-2300 or (800) 686-6124
Museum & Historic Site Locator: ohiohistory.org/visit/museum-historic-site-locator
Works with families and children, farmers and business owners, community leaders and elected officials to build better lives, better businesses and better communities in Ohio. Many programs fall into four categories, including;
A free youth development program dedicated to serving economically disadvantaged children in the Columbus community. Their programs include a sports summer camp for youth ages 9 to 15, a youth leadership academy preparing youth ages 15-18 for college and future careers and community-based sports clinics throughout the year. Transportation is free to all campers via buses.
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43210
Offers several community sports and recreation programs and summer camps for youth year round. They also offer adapted recreational sports programs to serve children with disabilities year round.
337 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Provides high school students the skills and motivation needed to complete an education at a college of their choice. The Upward Bound program at Ohio State University encourages first-generation and/or low income college bound 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who attend or live in the service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools to apply for admission.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Offers overnight and day summer programs for middle school and high school musicians and singers who love music. Visit the website for specific location and contact information for each music program.
1866 College Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
A 2-week summer residential program that gives high school students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year hands-on learning. Working in small teams, the students use supercomputers for science, engineering and computer science projects. Partial scholarships are available.
1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
A summer residential program that offers high school students opportunities to learn the latest journalism techniques and a chance to earn college credit. Scholarships are available.
35 Park Place, Athens, Ohio 45701
Offers summer day camps, group programs and tours, workshops, career exploration and skill-building programs in a wildlife education center setting through internships. High school and college students can volunteer for school credit, fulfill community service obligations or learn more about animal-related professions.
Ohio Wildlife Center: 6131 Cook Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital: 2661 Billingsley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Supports military kids through activities and programming specifically targeted to youth of the guard and reserve. Programs include camps for youth and teens, family workshops and free days at the zoo. Most programs are free or for a very nominal price. Programs are open to all Ohio military members.
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Offers summer and after school programs and one-time events that focus on design thinking, problem solving, collaboration, exploration and development in science, technology, engineering, math and business. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.
1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
A week-long summer learning program for high school students, organized and led by the Department of Philosophy at The Ohio State University (OSU). It’s designed to introduce students to philosophy through learning experiences that are rigorous, engaging and fun.
230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, Ohio 43210
A week-long summer program that provides high school students, who have an interest in the medical sciences, with an overview of pharmacology and its relationship to health, disease and society. The cost includes supplies, meals, snacks, field trip expenses and a T-shirt.
Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
500 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
An intensive, 10-day summer seminar for high school students from low-income backgrounds who have at least a 3.5 GPA and an interest in journalism. The cost is free, including travel costs to and from Princeton. Check website for more details.
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544
Provides a variety of programs designed to strengthen families on the south side area of Columbus. Their services include adult education and workforce development, early education child care, youth and family services, in collaboration with community partners (Boys & Girls Club, Lutheran Social Services, Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, Godman Guild, St. Stephens, Alvis, Amethyst, OSU Extension, Community Development for All People and South Side Roots Café).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Offer various services for Central Ohio families throughout the year. Their services include: an in-residence rehabilitation program, after school learning centers for youth to get tutoring and homework help, job help, Christmas assistance; free meals and produce giveaways, furniture assistance, housing and rent assistance, utility assistance and veteran support services. Visit the website for their Family Thrift Store locations in Central Ohio and for more information on each program.
Link to Family Thrift Store list: co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/family-stores-in-central-ohio
Offers free service learning programs to schools with students ages 8 to 14 years old and through family programs for youth ages 5 to 14 years old. Their programs provide positive outcomes for students in areas of critical thinking, research and observation skills, civic engagement, leadership and teamwork.
16 Orchard Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43214
Offers free programming and connects families facing suburban poverty in Hilliard to resources. Programs include a summer lunch program for children, ESL classes, a legal clinic, a monthly job readiness clinic, winter coat store and more.
Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) at Mill Run
3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
This program serves 17 counties in central Ohio. It builds on the strong traditions of youth and community service, including cub scouts for boys ages 7 to 10, boy scouts for boys ages 11 to 18 and venturing for boys. They offer summer camps and other programs during the year at various camp locations in Ohio. Visit the website for specific camp locations and prices.
807 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
Boy Scouts of America (National): scouting.org
Provides a variety of services for Somali youth and adults.
3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
Offers summer camp programs for children from grades pre-K to 3. The pre-K and kindergarten programs are only open to children who are currently enrolled or will be enrolled the following school year.
933 Hamlet Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
After school programs, summer programs, youth employment programs, tutoring and early childhood care from ages 6 weeks old to 4 years old are provided for at-risk youth living in the Linden area. They also have a Choice Food Pantry, community garden, bike loan program, Christmas gift programs and family services.
1500 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
This program is an annual no-cost STEM program that prepares high school students to earn their Associate of Science degree at Columbus State Community College (CSCC).
600 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5541 or (614) 287-5353
A faith-based, non-profit organization that provide various services including, a community kitchen, tutoring, adult literacy and GED prep classes; school supply giveaway, Christmas toy giveaway, food pantry, pregnancy support; vision, dental, eye clinic, and healthcare with the Mount Carmel Mobile Medical Coach, and family events.
Physical Address: 888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6341, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Stowe Pregnancy Resource Center: stoweprc.org
Provides rising high school seniors with a strong interest in computers, engineering and science with the opportunity to gain skills needed to pursue careers in STEM fields. The Summer Academy includes seminars and hands-on projects, designed and taught by Carnegie Mellon faculty, teachers and graduate students. Students admitted will not be charged tuition, housing or dining fees.
Carnegie Mellon University – Office of Admission
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
A four-day program for high school students to explore nursing careers through hands-on activities, tours, panels and engagement with current faculty, staff and students at the Ohio State University College of Nursing. Scholarships are available.
1585 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
SLIYS (pronounced “SLICE”) is a week-long summer language program for high school and pre-college students organized by the Department of Linguistics at The Ohio State University that promotes foreign language study. They offer a commuter and residential option. Need-based financial aid is available.
1961 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Provides free programs to teens to allow them to discover or pursue their interests by connecting them with mentors, digital and cultural resources, and each other. Open studio, one day workshops, drop-in hours and scheduled events give the teens hands-on experience and professional supervision.
A nonprofit organization that offers year-round violin, viola and cello programs for students as young as 3 years old.
Mailing Address: PO Box 91236, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Offers week-long summer technology experiences to elementary and middle school students. Scholarships are available. They also have Techie Clubs, which introduce elementary students to technology and typically meet weekly throughout the school year.
6600 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Offers several creative writing workshops and classes, summer camps, publishing opportunities and more for children ages 7 to 19. Scholarships are available.
Thurber Center: 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Thurber House: 77 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
An open studio for youth ages 12 to 21. They offer mentoring opportunities, opportunities to perform and exhibit artwork throughout Columbus, and free workshops in performing, visual, writing, or media arts.
Central Community House
1251 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43205
The weekly school-based mentoring program pairs Upper Arlington, Marble Cliff and Grandview Heights teen mentors with children enrolled in the after school programs in the Upper Arlington and Grandview Heights school districts. They award at least two college scholarships each year to volunteer teen mentors and also offer several summer camp opportunities.
3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
Offers after-school, in-school and summer youth programs, family needs assistance, reentry programs, counseling services, drug treatment, crisis intervention and more. Visit the website for a detailed description of their services.
510 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers a variety of services and programs some include an early childhood center, after-school and summer programs, sports and exercise programs, a free health clinic and free legal clinic, as well as immigration counseling services. Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), Ohio Benefit Bank counseling, programs for homeschoolers, men’s and women’s support and recovery groups, marriage and parenting programs, financial counseling, career development services, dance, art, and music classes, and much more.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Represents a non-partisan statewide network of families, professionals and organizations throughout Ohio that work on public policy to make sure children are well-educated, healthy and safe. They also offer internships for high school students.
33 North Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers week-long summer day camp programs from creative arts and outdoor adventures, to athletic skill-building and academics for grades pre-K to 12. Participants do not have to be Wellington School students.
3650 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(877) 517-7883 or (614) 457-7883
Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
Full Facility Branches
Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)
YMCA Administrative Offices: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides an experience-based, year-long entrepreneurship program for students in grades 6-12. Students learn to generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies.
Corporate Headquarters: 175 Corporate Woods, Rochester, New York 14623
Location Directory: yeausa.org/about/current-locations
Provides opportunities for academically talented first generation students in Ohio with demonstrated financial need. Student scholars receive pre-college preparation through college advising, academic coaching and mentoring, college planning tools and resources and more.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43210
Program Administration: (614) 292-4884
Columbus Program: (614) 688-4240
A week-long summer program sponsored by Ohio Supercomputer Center for middle-school girls in Ohio. It is designed to promote computer, math, science and engineering skills as well as provide hands-on experiences. Partial scholarships are available.
Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC)
1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
A week-long summer program for high school students in Columbus City Schools, charter schools in the City of Columbus, South-Western City Schools, and Reynoldsburg City Schools. Students are selected based on the promise of their writing.
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Provide affordable housing for women recovering from drug-related, alcohol-related, and mental illnesses. Services include: wellness and recovery support, computer and internet access, employment assistance, financial literacy classes, GED program and more. The YWCA Family Center provides emergency shelter and critical services including, family assistance, family advocacy, childcare, employment and resource center to help central Ohio families find housing. The YWCA Kids Place offers affordable childcare during the school year and summer programs for families in Gahanna and Westerville school districts. They also provide leadership training for high school girls and women in their 20’s.