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After School Programs / Camps

Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP-Ohio)

A free week-long summer residency program for racially and ethnically underrepresented high school students interested in exploring careers in accounting and business.
The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business
2100 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-1017 or (800) 686-2727, ext. 2248
ohiocpa.com/quick-links/the-ohio-cpa-foundation/recruiting-students/acap
fisher.osu.edu/diversity-inclusion/acap

Action for Children

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 in English & Spanish or (855) 302-4453 Toll-free or (800) 750-0750 PTDD/Ohio Relay Service
actionforchildren.org

Actors’ Theatre of Columbus (ATC)

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
(614) 444-6888
theactorstheatre.org

After School All-Stars (ASAS) Columbus

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
(614) 257-1678
ASAS Columbus: columbusasas.org
ASAS Ohio: asasohio.org

American Camp Association (ACA)

Allows individuals to find camps that are accredited by the ACA. Families can search for a camp according to age, location, activities, special needs, cost and more.
(800) 428-2267
find.acacamps.org

American Legion Auxiliary of Ohio Buckeye Girls State

A week-long summer program offered to young women entering their senior year of high school who want to develop leadership skills, learn how government works and the duties privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship.
PO Box 2760, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
(740) 452-8245
buckeyegirlsstate.org

American Legion Buckeye Boys State

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
(740) 362-7478
ohiobuckeyeboysstate.com

BalletMet

Offers mini, full-day and half-day summer camps and year-round dance classes, children from ages 3-18 learn creative movement, ballet, jazz, modern, tap, Pilates and more. Scholarships are available some classes are free. They also offer free pre-performance discussions and offer free tickets to individuals from under-served groups and those with special needs.

  • BalletMet Dance Centre, Downtown
    322 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    BalletMet Dance Centre, Worthington
    McConnell Arts Center of Worthington
    777 Evening Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085

(614) 224-1672
balletmet.org

Be WISE Camp

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. Scholarships are available.
100 West College Street, Granville, Ohio 43023
(330) 472-2269
bewisecamp.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Ohio

Offers one-to-one community-based and school-based mentoring programs, as well as week-long, overnight camps during the summer for youth. In Franklin County, they offer a Hispanic Mentoring Program for Spanish-speaking youth and families. Visit the website or call to find out how to enroll a child.

  • The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio / Main Office
    1855 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 839-2447 or (866) 892-2447 Toll-free
  • Delaware County Office
    39 West Winter Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-2447
  • Union County Office
    940 London Avenue, Marysville, Ohio 43040
    (937) 642-0472
    emarysville.com/bbbs
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Springfield
    625 Burt Street, Springfield, Ohio 45505
    (937) 390-9900
  • Camp Oty’Okwa
    Administration Office: 1385 King Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
    Camp Location: 24799 Purcell Road, South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152
    (740) 385-5279
    campotyokwa.org

bbbscentralohio.org

Blossom Scholastic

A week-long STEM experience for girls ages 8-12. The camp is held on The Ohio State University’s campus, students are guided by an adult instructor through daily activities. Scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
blossomscholastic.org/columbus-camps

Bold Columbus Summer Leadership Camp

Offers a low-cost outdoor leadership program for 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
(614) 813-0351
boldcolumbus.org

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus

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.

  • Administrative Offices
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    (614) 221-8830
  • J. Ashburn Jr. Clubhouse
    85 Clarendon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 221-8830 ext. 203
  • KIPP Clubhouse
    2750 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
  • Milo-Grogan Clubhouse
    1012 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-4366
  • Pheasant Run Clubhouse
    2680 Orono Pike, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
  • R.I.S.E. Clubhouse
    68 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
  • South Side Clubhouse
    280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 468-9299
  • UA/Metro Clubhouse
    1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
    (614) 221-8830 ext. 207

bgccolumbus.org

Broad Street United Methodist Church (UMC) Outreach

Provides 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
(614) 221-4571
broadstreetumc.net/ministries/serving-others
Heart of the City Freedom School: broadstreetumc.net/hocfs

Buckeye Vet Prep Camp

A six-day summer residential camp for current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Participants learn more about veterinary school and the profession. Scholarships and financial assistance are available. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine
1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
vet.osu.edu/buckeyevetcamp

Camp Akita

A faith-based co-ed, residential summer camp in Hocking County, Ohio for youth in grade 1-12. Kids explore nature and the outdoors and build community.

  • First Community Church, North Campus
    3777 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221
  • Camp Location
    29746 Logan-Hornsmill Road, Logan, Ohio 43138

(614) 488-0681, ext. 101
campakita.org/summer

Camp CAR (Center for Automotive Research) at The Ohio State University

A free week-long summer camp for students 14-18 years old. Students learn various aspects of engineering, including automotive, simulation and manufacturing. They will have the opportunity to hear from CAR researchers, complete hands-on projects and take field trips.
930 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
car.osu.edu/academics/camp-car

Camp Corral

A free summer camp for military children ages 8 to 15. Priority enrollment is given to children of wounded, injured, ill and/or fallen military men and women. 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
(855) 605-1267
campcorral.org

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
(614) 908-3386
campkesem.org/ohio-state

Camp Lionheart

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, operating under Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Ohio.

  • Administration Office: 1385 King Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
    (614) 506-7959
  • Camp Location: 24799 Purcell Road, South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152
    (614) 839-2447

camplionheart.org

Camp Wyandot

Offers overnight camps and day camps in Hocking Hills and Galena, Ohio for youth entering grades 1-12.
1890 Northwest Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 481-8227
campwyandot.org

Capriccio Columbus

Capriccio Youth Choir (CYC) provides year-round programming for youth grades 2-12. Kids develop singing skills, knowledge of music theory, and improve vocal technique through high-quality music education. Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available.
PO Box 1225, Worthington, Ohio 43085
CYC Youth Choir: capricciocolumbus.org/youth-choir
CYC Summer Institute: capricciocolumbus.org/cyc-summer-institute

Center for Architecture and Design Camp Architecture

A summer camp for central Ohio youth ages 8-18, that 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
(614) 469-1973
columbuscfad.org/camp-architecture

Center for Courageous Kids (CCK)

Offers summer camps and family retreat weekends for seriously ill children. Medical care is provided by volunteer physicians and nurses coordinated by a full-time medical director. They provide camps for kids with asthma, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, blood disorders, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell, spina bifida and more.
1501 Burnley Road Scottsville, Kentucky 42164
(270) 618-2900
Camper Admission’s office: (270) 618-2912
courageouskids.org

Central Community House

A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Services include:

  • Early Education Child Care Center: Education-focused child care program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with a focus on preparation for success in Kindergarten and beyond.
  • Community Services: Basic/emergency needs assistance and referrals, community organizing and advocacy, family/household support programs, a community computer lab, community dinners/block parties, and opportunities for neighborhood involvement.
  • Youth and Family Services: Personal development and family strengthening programs, afterschool programs, summer youth enrichment programs, including summer employment; and other youth, teen, and family activities, including tutoring, mentoring, and fun activities including Transit Arts.

1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3157
cchouse.org

Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA)

Offers diabetes education services and programs, including diabetes camps and events for youth provided by a team of dietitians, nurses and social workers. Their camps provide a fun summer camp experience and helps kids with diabetes learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes. Day camps are available for youth ages 3 to 12, and their residential camp program, Camp Hamwi is for youth 7 to 17. Scholarships are available for any family who qualifies.
1100 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 884-4400
lifecarealliance.org/programs/coda

Central Ohio Leadership Academy (COLA)

A six-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
(614) 542-4102
coleadershipacademy.org

Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC)

A faith-based organization that offers free programs for youth. Programs include:

  • City Life: Offers free group meetings, mentoring relationships, free childcare and other support for teen moms, job and life skills training and financial literacy for teens.
  • WellSpring: Provides professionally trained counseling for children, teens, adults and families.
  • Juvenile Justice Ministries: Provides spiritual counsel for incarcerated youth at three juvenile detention centers in Central Ohio.
  • HireLevel Promotions: Trains neighborhood teens in embroidery skills. All profits of the items produced and sold are applied to the City Life Center’s operating expenses.
  • HireLevel Auto: Teaches urban teens how to perform automobile maintenance and repairs. Donated cars are repaired under the supervision of a certified mechanic, then sold on our car lot.
  • Point Break: Facilitates anti-bullying seminars for area high schools. This evidence-based program is highly effective in helping teens develop compassion for each other.

Main Office
5000 Arlington Centre Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 848-4870

City Life Center
40 Chicago Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 410-1898

WellSpring Counseling
1335 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 538-0353

coyfc.org

Classroom Antics

Offers summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) camps in multiple locations around the Columbus, Ohio area for kids 7-14 years old.
10143 Royalton Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133
(800) 595-3776
classroomantics.com/columbus-ohio

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

  • The CRC Family Services help is provided in many areas including food, housing, health care and transportation.
  • The Youth Services – Kids Club is an afterschool program for youth in grades K-5 at various locations. They offer homework help, tutoring with a reading specialist, individual reading time, and activities that foster youth’s development of appropriate social skills.
  • The Kinship Care Program supports relative caregivers of children who cannot be cared for by their parents. The program helps children avoid placement in a non-related foster home when parents are absent.

Office: 3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539
Food Pantry: 14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-8118
clintonvillecrc.org

Columbus Academy Summer Experience

Offers week-long summer day camp programs in academics, arts and sciences, and athletics for youth grades pre-K through 12.  They also have a “Family” division that includes programs for parents/caregivers and their children ages birth and up. Participants do not have to be Columbus Academy students.
4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 509-2267
columbusacademy.org/summer

Columbus Astro Soccer Club

A soccer camp for youth ages 3 to 15 years old. The program offers opportunities year-round for children to join a soccer club, get private lessons and one-on-one training, as well as opportunities to participate in group sessions. Children learn the game of soccer, establish passion for the game and improve their technical ability. There is a minimal cost.
Field Address: 2845 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
Mailing Address: 3790 Petzinger Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 699-0229
columbusastro.com

Columbus Children’s Choir

Offers vocal instruction and music education to young singers ages 5-18 in Central Ohio. Financial aid is available to students who qualify.
Broad Street Presbyterian Church
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 220-5555
columbuschildrenschoir.org

Columbus Children’s Theatre (CCT)

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.
Columbus Children’s Theatre: 512 North Park Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
CCT Studios & Administrative Offices: 177 East Naghten Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-6672
columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)

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
(614) 222-9101
ccad.edu/take-class/youth-classes-workshops-0

Columbus Council on World Affairs

Provides programs for teens who are interested in leadership and international issues. The programs are offered through the students’ local high school. Contact for more information.
51 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 229-4599
columbusworldaffairs.org

Columbus Dream Center

A 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. Visit the website for contact information.
38 West Greenwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
columbusdreamcenter.org

Columbus Medical Association Foundation (CMAF) Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

Provides an opportunity for central Ohio area youth ages 13-18 to learn about philanthropy and to participate in all aspects of Health and Wellness related grant-making. The YAC meets to review and give input on incoming grant requests from local nonprofit organizations looking to create youth health related programming for the community. There is no cost to be a YAC Member. YAC members receive free dinner at meetings and volunteer credits for participating.
1390 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 240-7420
cmafohio.org/youthadvisorycouncil/yac

Columbus Museum of Art (CMA)

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. General admission is free on Sunday.
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6801
columbusmuseum.org
Teen Open Studio: columbusmuseum.org/calendar-and-events/?search=teen+open+studio

Columbus Music & Art Academy

Offers the Columbus International Children’s Choir, art classes, music theory classes, and singing lessons for kids ages 4-18 from Central Ohio communities. Enrollment is throughout the year. All classes and choir rehearsals are held on Saturdays.
Bethel International United Methodist Church
1220 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Mailing Address: PO Box 344, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 309-2546
cmaacademy.org

Columbus Parent Summer Camp Guide

Columbus Parent publishes a directory of summer camps in the Columbus area every year. Go online to see their most recent list of summer camps.
columbusparent.com/guides/summer-camp

Columbus Recreation & Parks APPS (Applications for Purpose, Pride & Success)

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
(614) 645-8430
columbus.gov/recreationandparks/programs/Find-a-Program

Columbus Recreation & Parks Capital Kids

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.

  • Administration Office
    1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 645-3330
  • Beatty Community Center
    247 North Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 645-3635
  • Freddersen Community Center
    3911 Dresden Street, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 645-3636
  • Marion Franklin Community Center
    2801 Lockbourne Road, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 645-5456
  • Sullivant Garden Community Center
    755 Renick Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 645-8171

columbus.gov/capitalkids

Columbus Recreation & Parks City Leaders Program

Offers a year-long program for City of Columbus middle-school youth ages 10-15. Participants have the opportunity to gain real life skills by working on projects and attending events that will guide them towards becoming positive leaders in their communities. 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
(614) 645-3330
columbus.gov/recreationandparks/programs/City-Leaders-Program

Columbus Recreation & Parks School’s Out Program

Allows youth to take part in a variety of activities all day, throughout the week, at Columbus community centers. It is designed to meet the needs of working parents.
(614) 645-3300
columbus.gov/SchoolsOut

Columbus School for Girls (CSG) Summer Programs

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
columbusschoolforgirls.org/school-life/summer-programs

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) Upward Bound

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
(614) 287-5340
cscc.edu/services/upwardbound

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

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. Visit the website to learn more about the different programs that fall under these six categories:

788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300
cul.org

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium & The Wilds

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. Scholarships are available.

Community for New Direction (CND)

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.

  • Administrative Office
    2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 272-1464
  • Near East Office
    993 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 257-0305
  • West Office
    2096 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 272-1464
  • South Office
    1008 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 272-1464
  • CND Outpatient Addiction Treatment and Counseling
    1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 252-4941

cndonline.org

Community Parks & Recreation Programs in Your Neighborhood

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.

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Offers interactive experiences, exhibitions and more. COSI features live shows, special events, family programs, single day and summer camps, and career exploration, workshops for homeschoolers. 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
(614) 228-2674
cosi.org

Data Science for Women Summer Camp at The Ohio State University (OSU)

The Translational Data Analytics Institute hosts a free week-long 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
tdai.osu.edu/summer-camp

Dawes Arboretum

Offers summer day camps, homeschool programs and preschool programs for youth ages 3-14. 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
dawesarb.org

Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women

A free, two-week summer digital animation program for young women in 7th and 8th grade. The mentors are Ohio State graduate students and faculty engage the young women graphics and animation, integrating problem-solving skills, collaborative learning and presentation.
Advanced Computing Center for the Arts & Design
1813 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-2406
asc.ohio-state.edu/accad/womenandtech

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF)

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

  • DFYF Main Office
    1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-2661
  • DFYF East Office
    3616 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 251-0103
  • Ohio Avenue Youth Center
    657 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 258-8043
  • Crittenton Center
    3840 Kimberly Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 694-0203

Intake: (614) 294-2661
dfyf.org

Drama Kids of North Columbus

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.
659 High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(740) 201-1070
dramakids.com/north-columbus-oh

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Offers tuition-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.

  • District Office
    4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    (614) 836-4530
  • Eastland Career Center
    4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    High School: (614) 836-5725
    Adult Workforce Development: (614) 836-4541
  • Fairfield Career Center
    3985 Coonpath Road Northwest, Carroll, Ohio 43112
    High School: (614) 837-9443 or (740) 756-9243
    Adult Workforce Development: (740) 756-9243 or (800) 686-3336

eastlandfairfield.com

Eckerd Connects Workforce Development

Provides free career training, job and post-secondary education assistance, industry-recognized certification and supportive services for young adults ages 14 to 28. The programs are offered year-round at various locations around Columbus. For youth in kindergarten to 8th grade they offer summer day camps. These services are free to those that meet TANF and/or WIOA eligibility guidelines. Please call for eligibility determination.
100 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-3398
eckerd.org/region/oh

Empower

Nationwide Children’s Empower is a theraputic recreation and wellness program open to teens grades 6-8. Each session 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. Contact them directly for details.
Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany
150 West Main Street, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 685-2064
nationwidechildrens.org/locations/clinics-centers-and-other/philip-heit-center-for-healthy-new-albany

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS)

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 these youth, adult and family care programmings 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
(614) 252-5362
ethiotss.org
Locations: ethiotss.org/locations.html

Expanding Visions

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
(614) 804-6200
expandingvisions.net

Explorations in Neuroscience Summer Camp

A one-week camp that is designed for high school students who have an interest in learning more about the brain and spinal cord. Students will learn through a variety of approaches including lecture, discussion, debate, games, laboratory visits, and hands-on experiments. Financial need scholarships are available upon request; contact for more information.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
370 West Ninth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
wexnermedical.osu.edu/neurological-institute/departments-and-centers/departments/department-of-neuroscience/outreach-and-events/explorations-in-neuroscience-summer-camp

Femergy

A non-profit organization that provides life-skills training, career exploration, college readiness, wellness management and direct mentorship opportunities for girls and women through workshops, programs and camps.
PO Box 307217, Columbus, Ohio 43230
(614) 653-8454
femergy.org

Flying Horse Farms

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.
5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
(419) 751-7077
flyinghorsefarms.org

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offer hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness throughout the year. They also provide horticulture and landscaping training to low-income adults ages 18 to 30. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month. A reduced-rate family membership is available for eligible families.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
fpconservatory.org

Fugees Academy Columbus

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.
1933 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(678) 358-0547
fugeesfamily.org

Geosciences Bridge Program

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
(410) 651-7747
umes.edu/cscgeosciences

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council (GSOH)

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.

  • Council Headquarters
    1700 WaterMark Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (800) 621-7042 or (614) 487-8101
  • Chillicothe Service Center
    1130 Western Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
    (740) 773-2146
  • Mansfield Service Center
    35 North Park Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44902
    (419) 522-0391
  • Marion Service Center
    1713 Marion-Mount Gilead Road, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 389-2528
  • Molly Lauman Camp & Service Center
    9130 Big Bear Creek Road, Lucasville, OH 45648
    PO Box 179, Lucasville, OH 45648
    (740) 353-2579
  • Zanesville Service Center
    3230 Bowers Lane, Zanesville, Ohio 43701
    (740) 454-8563

gsooh.org
Girl Scouts (National): girlscouts.org

Girls Who Code

Offers free coding clubs from beginner to advanced, during the year and summer programs for girls in grades 6 through 12. They take place in schools, libraries and community centers. Visit the website for locations.
girlswhocode.com

Gladden Community House

  • Youth Services & Preschool – Provide educational intervention led by licensed social workers through small group, individual, and family sessions to help children develop important life skills; as well as preschool, after-school, summer day camp and team sport programming.
  • Gladden Food Pantry – Provides emergency food assistance to households living within the service area (zip codes 43222, 43223, and 43215). Other services available at the pantry: home delivery to people with disabilities, on-site Ohio Benefit Bank screenings for SNAP/food stamps, and donated diapers made available. Contact for hours of operation.
  • Community Service Department – They provide emergency financial assistance, access to The Breathing Association mobile medical unit and help stabilize and support Franklin County families at risk of becoming homeless. They also offer case management services, linkage to community resources, and parenting and financial literacy classes.

183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 227-1600
gladdenhouse.org

Godman Guild

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)
(614) 294-5476
godmanguild.org

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Offers educational nature programs for children and adults. They host bird walks, bird counts, preschool story time and summer camp programs.
505 West Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 545-5475
grange.audubon.org

Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone

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.
(614) 398-1230
hilltopshalomzone.org

Hixon Dance

Offers dance and creative movement classes for youth ages 3 and up and adults. Visit the website to find descriptions and locations of classes.
PO Box 82630, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 382-2787
hixondance.com

Homeless Families Foundation (HFF)

Serves children and their families living in poverty, helping them to get housing and resources, while providing educational after-school/summer programming and support for kids grades K-8. They also host Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) a program for three and four-year-old children, not enrolled in Pre-K, who will soon enter Kindergarten.
33 North Grubb Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 461-9247
homelessfamiliesfoundation.org

Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute

A week-long summer program that provides space for high school students in the Central Ohio area to explore the intersection of the humanities and cognitive sciences. Scholarships are available and will be determined by need and merit. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University Department of Psychology
1835 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
u.osu.edu/fowler.40

I Am My Brother’s Keeper (IAMBK)

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.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300
cul.org/initiatives/i-am-my-brothers-keeper-iambk

I-DOC (Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers) Summer Program

A three-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry. I-DOC provides hands-on activities in optics, ocular anatomy, clinical optometry. Students have opportunities to talk with alumni, faculty, staff and students. Financial assistance is available.
338 West Tenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 247-6426
u.osu.edu/idoc

iD Tech

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.
(888) 709-8324
idtech.com/locations/ohio-summer-camps/ohio-state-university

Jazz Arts Group

Offers a tuition-free youth jazz program, focusing on listening, learning and performing jazz. They also provide band and vocal classes, workshops, summer programs and group performances. Auditions for Columbus Youth Jazz is held in the spring each year.
734 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 294-5200
jazzartsgroup.org

Jefferson Academy of Music

A nonprofit organization that offers affordable music education. They offer private lessons and group classes in a variety of instruments (like violin, viola, cello, bass, piano and guitar) and musical disciplines (like voice, stage management). Scholarships are available for students with financial need.
630 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 268-0750
jefferson-academy.org

Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus

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
(614) 231-2731
columbusjcc.org

John Glenn College of Public Affairs High School Internship Program (HSIP)

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. Applications open during the fall/autumn time.
1810 College Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-8696
glenn.osu.edu/programs/hsip

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio

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
(614) 704-3707
juniorachievement.org/web/ja-centraloh
Summer Camp: juniorachievement.org/web/ja-centraloh/ja-biztown-summer-camp

Kicks for Kids (K4K)

Is a soccer mentoring program that offers year-round soccer camps and health education for at-risk boys and girls ages 4 to 18. The cost is free, including uniforms and equipment.
854 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 258-4357
k4kwusa.org

KidsCamps.com

An online summer camp directory that connects people with camps in the U.S. and worldwide. Camps are organized by category, including sports, academic, adventure, religious, arts and special needs.
kidscamps.com

Kindermusik with Emily

Offers music and movement classes for ages 4 months to 5 years old. 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 and are offered at various locations.
60 West Old Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(330) 685-5209
learnsingandgrow.com

King Arts Complex

Offers a visual and performing arts summer camp and “school break” camps in the spring and winter for children ages 5 to 13.
867 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 645-5464
kingartscomplex.com

Lao Volunteer Donation Association

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
(614) 596-5169
laovda.com

Law & Leadership Institute (LLI)

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
(614) 485-3514
lawandleadership.org

Leaders Emerging & Developing (LEAD)

A STEM education and financial literacy organization serving 3rd–12th grade students. Their programs include: 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
(614) 407-6049
leademerging.org

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)

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. The 7-week summer program is free and includes leadership study, writing instruction, standardized test preparation and college guidance.
315 Thirty-ninth Street, New York, New York 10018
(646) 787-0628
ledascholars.org

Little Lambs Children’s Center

Provides a faith-based summer camp in Gahanna for Kindergarten through 6th graders in Franklin County. Tuition varies per group, and is based on full-time verses part-time.
425 South Hamilton Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 471-9269
llccgahanna.org/summer-camp-program

Lower Lights Ministries (LLM)

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 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
(614) 228-3855
lowerlights.org

Marburn Academy

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
(614) 433-0822
marburnacademy.org

Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted & Talented

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
(614) 823-1570
otterbein.edu/essex

McConnell Arts Center of Worthington

Offers summer visual and performing arts camps for children and teens. They also offer arts classes throughout the year.
777 Evening Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 431-0329
mcconnellarts.org

MD Camp

An intensive, three-week summer day camp for high school-aged youth interested in pursuing careers in the health professions, including biomedical research. Scholarships are available based on need and academic merit. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
370 West Ninth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
medicine.osu.edu/students/diversity/programs/md_camp/pages/index.aspx

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

A free six-week residential academic enrichment program for rising high school seniors who have a strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. Students’ housing, meals and activity costs covered and they only have to pay for transportation to and from MIT. Visit the website for contact information.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
oeop.mit.edu/programs/mites

Mosaic

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
(614) 595-2346
escco.org/programs-services/mosaic

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Athletic Training Workshop

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.

  • Otterbein University
    1 South Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
  • Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
    584 County Line Road West, Westerville, Ohio 43082

(614) 355-6076 or (614) 355-6037
nationwidechildrens.org/athletic-training-workshop

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Mechanisms of Human Health & Disease

This summer program offers college-level experiences in medicine and research to motivated and high-achieving high school science students. 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
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/mechanisms-of-human-health-and-disease

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS)

Current high school 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
nationwidechildrens.org/upwardbound

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Summer Scientist Education Series

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
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/young-scientist-series

Ohio Afterschool Network

Contains comprehensive information for providers and professionals about after school care.
2760 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(877) 547-6978
ohioafterschoolnetwork.org/resources/find-an-afterschool-or-summer-learning-program

Ohio Business Week (OBW)

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
(614) 488-6327
ohiobusinessweek.org

Ohio Craft Museum

Offers art education classes, workshops, summer camps, spring break mini-camps and more for children, teens and families throughout the year.
1665 West Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 486-4402
ohiocraft.org

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Offers several free services to the Latino community including: homework help, educational after school programs and summer camps; 24/7 translation and interpretation services for multiple languages, ESL and citizenship classes for adults; tobacco free program, free car seat checks, and support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Main Office
    100 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
  • Cultural and Educational Centers
    3431 East Main Street, Columbus Ohio, 43213
    3360 Kohr Boulevard, Columbus Ohio 43224
    3556 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43204

(614) 840-9934
ohiohispaniccoalition.org

Ohio History Connection

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
ohiohistory.org
Museum & Historic Site Locator: ohiohistory.org/visit/museum-historic-site-locator

Ohio Military Kids (OMK)

Offers one-time events, summer camps and scholarships to support the youth of military families.
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
OMK Contacts: ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/operation-military-kids/about-omk/contact-omk
ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/ohio-military-kids

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

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;

2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181
extension.osu.edu
Locate an Extension Office: extension.osu.edu/lao

Ohio State University (OSU) LiFEsports

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
(614) 688-3875
osulifesports.org

Ohio State University (OSU) Recreational Sports

Offers several community sports and recreation programs and summer camps for youth year round. They also offer adapted recreational sports (ARS) programs to serve children with disabilities year round.
337 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-8787
recsports.osu.edu/community-programs

Ohio State University (OSU) Upward Bound

Provides high school students with year-round tutoring services, test preparation, college/cultural tours and personal/career development activities and workshops. They encourage 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
(614) 292-2344
odi.osu.edu/upward-bound

Ohio State University (OSU) Youth Summer Music Programs

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
music.osu.edu/outreach/ysmp

Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) Summer Institute (SI)

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
(614) 292-9248
osc.edu/education/si

Ohio University High School Journalism Workshop

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
(304) 206-5981
scrippsjschool.org/hsjw

Ohio Wesleyan University Junior League (OWjL) Camp

A residential summer camp program for gifted and talented in grades 6-8. Campers select four courses from an academic program that includes mathematics, logic, computing, science, humanities and creative development. Cultural, recreational and social activities round out the experience. Scholarships are available.
(740) 368-3939
61 South Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
owu.edu/about/offices-services/owjl-camp

Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC)

Offers summer, fall and winter day camps from ages 3 to 12 years old. Children explore wildlife, create nature crafts, go on hikes, help with animal care and more. High school and college students can volunteer for school credit, fulfill community service requirements 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
(614) 734-9453
ohiowildlifecenter.org

Operation Military Kids (OMK)

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
(614) 292-3758
ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/ohio-military-kids

PAST Foundation

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
(614) 340-1208
pastfoundation.org

Philosophy and Critical Thinking (PACT) Summer Camp

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. Need-based financial aid is available.
230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-7914
philosophy.osu.edu/pact

Pills, Potions, & Poisons

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
pharmacy.osu.edu/pills-potions-and-poisons

Preservation Parks of Delaware County

Offers several camp options throughout the year from week-long summer day camps to one-day “school’s out” camps, providing experiences that connect children and nature.
2656 Hogback Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074
(740) 524-8600
preservationparks.com

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

An intensive, ten-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
princeton.edu/sjp

Proyecto Mariposas

Provides a safe, supportive learning environment for Latina girls ages 2-17 and their mothers. Their programs focus on self-esteem, culture, development and health. Visit the website for the time, dates and locations of their meetings.
(614) 906-4706
proyectomariposas.org

Reeb Avenue Center

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
(614) 468-9280
reebavenuecenter.org

Ross Mathematics Program

An intensive six-week summer course in mathematics for high school students interested in mathematics and science. Admission decisions are based on several criteria. Financial aid is available.
The Ohio State University
231 West Eighteenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-5101
u.osu.edu/rossmath

Salvation Army

Offers 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.

  • Administrative Office
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 221-6561
  • Chapel at Worthington Woods Worship and Service Center
    760 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 846-1884
  • Citadel Worship and Service Center
    3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 262-9611
  • Delaware Worship and Service Center
    340 Lake Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-5301
  • East Main Worship and Service Center
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-6811
  • Hilltop Worship and Service Center
    2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 274-7600

co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio
Link to Family Thrift Store list: co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/family-stores-in-central-ohio

See Kids Dream

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
(614) 429-3244
seekidsdream.org

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries

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
(614) 586-7939
son-ministries.org

Shadowbox Live

A local theatre company that offers various performance art education programs for youth ages 8 to 21 throughout the year. Scholarships are available.
503 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 416-7625
shadowboxlive.org

Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America

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
(614) 436-7200
skcscouts.org
Boy Scouts of America (National): scouting.org

Somali Community Association of Ohio (SCAO)

Provides a variety of services for Somali youth and adults.

  • Immigration and citizenship programs and community advocacy
  • Housing availability and affordability guidance
  • English Second Language (ESL) classes
  • Employment assistance and job training
  • Youth development and summer programs
  • Interpretation and translation services
  • Case management

3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 262-4068
somaliohio.org

Sound Aloud

A faith-based non-profit organization that offers creative arts classes, holistic health and free mentoring and outreach programs. They also offer intern and apprenticeship opportunities to students. Their classes serve students from ages 5 to adults, to the homeschooling community and organizations. Their programs and classes have a minimal fee, which teach fine arts, dance, theater, choir, band, wellness, music lessons and more.
Millworks Art Studios
2020 Leonard Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 593-6061
soundaloud.org

St. Stephen’s Community House

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
(614) 294-6347
saintstephensch.org

STEM Summer Bridge Program

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
cscc.edu/academics/departments/science/futurescientists/stembridge.shtml

STEM-U

Offers year round math and coding classes, STEM workshops, tutoring in math and all day and half-day summer camp classes.
7227 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 407-4666
stem-u.com

Stowe Mission of Central Ohio

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
(614) 445-8400
stowemission.org
Stowe Pregnancy Resource Center: stoweprc.org

Stratford Ecological Center

This non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve offers workshops and classes for children, farm tours, summer camps and family programs.
3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-2548
stratfordecologicalcenter.org

Summer Academy for Mathematics & Science (SAMS)

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
(412) 268-2082
admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/access-sams

Summer Institute for Discovering Nursing (SIDN) & Future Nurse Program

These programs offers an opportunity for high school-aged youth to engage with real-world nurses, current students and nursing faculty and staff. Full-cost scholarships are available based on financial need. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
1585 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
SIDN: nursing.osu.edu/offices-and-initiatives/office-diversity-equity-and-inclusion/summer-institute-discovering-nursing
Future Nurse: nursing.osu.edu/offices-and-initiatives/office-diversity-equity-and-inclusion/future-nurse

Summer Institute for Discovering Nursing (SIDN)

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
nursing.osu.edu/offices-and-initiatives/office-diversity-equity-and-inclusion/summer-institute-discovering-nursing

Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS)

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.
1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-3109
linguistics.osu.edu/sliys

Suzuki Music Columbus

A nonprofit organization that offers year-round violin, viola and cello programs for students as young as 3 years old.

  • Suzuki Main Branch
    Redeemer Lutheran Church
    1555 South James Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43209
  • Suzuki North Branch
    Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church
    7521 South Old State Road, Lewis Center, Ohio 43085

Mailing Address: PO Box 91236, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 216-1343
suzukimusiccolumbus.org

Tantrum Theater

Offers summer theater, drama, and film production camps for youth ages 7-18.

  • Administrative Office at Ohio University
    19 South College Street, Athens, Ohio 45701
  • Performances in the Abbey Theater
    5600 Post Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017

(614) 793-5700
tantrumtheater.org

Tech Corps Ohio Techie Camp & Clubs

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
(614) 583-9211
techcorps.org

The Brian Muha Foundation & The Run The Race Center

A faith-based organization that offers a free space for young people of all ages where they can do their homework, get tutoring, play sports, create art, music, dance and more. They also serve a cooked meals and can take food home from their food pantry. Contact them for more information.
880 South Wayne Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 276-2171
brianmuhafoundation.org

The Connectory STEM Resources

Provides a list of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs and opportunities throughout the country.
theconnectory.org

Thurber House

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
(614) 464-1032
thurberhouse.org

Transit Arts

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.

  • 1251 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Central Community House
    1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

(614) 252-3157
transitarts.com

TriVillage Mentor League

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
(614) 255-7942
tvml.org

Turfgrass Science Summer Camp

A free week-long summer program that provides a fun outdoor learning environment for rising 6-8 graders. Students learn about the different sports playing surfaces and how STEM is used in turfgrass science from Ohio State University faculty and staff.
2710 North Star Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221
hcs.osu.edu/future-students/turfgrass-science-summer-camp

two.fifty.four Youth Center

This community center in Gahanna is a place for school-aged youth to build relationships, play games, get homework help, or just hang out, in a safe and inclusive environment. They also offer workshops, game nights, special events, family nights, guest speakers, small group gatherings, and more.
254 Agler Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 414-2326
gahanna254.org

Urban Arts Space

Offers free educational and art-making opportunities throughout the year for youth, including a free arts summer camp.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
(614) 292-8861
uas.osu.edu/programming

Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) of Franklin County

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.
2720 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 227-9694
umadaopfc.com

Vineyard Community Center

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
(614) 259-5500
vineyardcommunitycenter.org

Voices for Ohio’s Children

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
(614) 221-5204
raiseyourvoiceforkids.org

Wellington School Summer Program

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
(614) 324-8882
wellington.org/student-life/summer

Wexner Center for the Arts

Offers art classes, workshops and other free programs, while earning high school credit, for teens throughout the year.
The Ohio State University
1871 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6493
wexarts.org/education/teens

Women in Engineering (WiE)

Offers a variety of engineering events and programs focused on outreach for middle school and high school girls.
The Ohio State University
2070 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6491
wie.osu.edu/k-12-programs

YMCA of Central Ohio

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, programming for children with special needs and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org
YMCA Locations & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations

YouMedia

Provides free open studio space and one day workshops for teens, at select Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, to give them hands-on experience with music programming, audio recording, videography, video editing, digital art, fine arts and more.

  • Main Library
    96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Driving Park Branch
    1422 Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Whitehall Branch
    4371 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213

(614) 645-2275
columbuslibrary.org

Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!)

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
(585) 272-3535
yeausa.org
Location Directory: yeausa.org/about/current-locations

Young Scholars Program (YSP)

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
odi.osu.edu/ysp

Young Women’s Summer Institute (YWSI)

A week-long summer program for 6th and 7th grade 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
(614) 292-9248
osc.edu/education/ywsi

Young Writers Workshop (YWW)

A week-long writing 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 will attend daily workshops and courses, have sessions with visiting writers in various fields and more. Students are selected based on the promise of their writing.
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
english.osu.edu/grad/mfa/young-writers-workshop

YWCA

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.

  • Center for Women
    65 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 224-9121
  • YWCA Family Center
    900 Harvey Court, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 253-3910

ywcacolumbus.org