Provides free after school programs for middle school youth ages 12 to 15, with programs ranging from kickball, to poetry and drama. This program serves youth at several schools and Blackburn Recreation Center.
1743 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43221
The community-based program matches children ages 5 to 14 with an older Big Brother or Big Sister friend. The school-based program in Franklin, Union and Delaware counties allows students to meet once a week at their school with a mentor who can help them reach career and academic goals. In Franklin County, they reach out to Spanish-speaking youth and families through their Hispanic Mentoring Program.
1855 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Offers a low-cost outdoor leadership program for Franklin County youth ages 9 – 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.
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, Ohio 43119
Serves youth ages 6 to 18 from all over Columbus. For a very low cost, the club provides members with access to after school programs, gymnasiums, play areas, teen centers and libraries at 2 locations in Columbus. They have summer programs and scholarships available as well.
Offers support services for families, with classes at different sites throughout Franklin County. They have free GED prep and ESOL classes for adults, and basic skills literacy classes for adults, as well as vocational training programs for adults. They also offer low-cost online adult classes.
270 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers free programs and services for children and teens throughout Columbus. They provide school supplies and homework help after school, including services in Spanish and Somali. Go online to search by location or date.
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-2ASK or (614) 645-2275
Offers youth ages 14-21, living in zip codes 43207, 43203, 43223, and 43211 evening activities to help reduce violence. Each Thursday, Friday and Saturday the recreation centers located in these zip codes are open until 11:30 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. Capital University students provide homework help, and programs are offered in anger management, substance abuse, violence prevention and recreation.
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
The School’s Out summer program allows children ages 6 to 14 to take part in a variety of fitness activities all day, Monday through Friday, at 4 recreation centers in Columbus. This program is open to residents of Columbus that meet certain income guidelines, for a very low cost. It is designed to meet the needs of working parents.
Offers after school and summer camp programming for youth ages 8 to 17 living in the 43205, 43206 and 43207 area codes. The free after school program includes instruction in art, computers, music, photography and recreational activities. Call for information about their summer program.
657 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Offers free programs and homework help for youth ages 7 to 18 Monday through Friday during the school year. They also offer dance, theatre, music and art programs. Call for information about their summer program.
1066 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
The Homeless Families Foundation’s (HFF) Dowd Education Center provides a stable and safe haven for 80 students during the school year and during the summer. They provide Franklin County students an academically focused program that follows the curriculum of the Columbus City Schools and helps the children overcome their obstacles to succeed in school. Programs include: Project Based Learning, Literacy Program, Parent Participation Night, and Nutrition Program. Other activities include a curriculum based arts program, recreation program, field trips and other enrichment activities to enhance the students’ social skills, self-esteem, and overall health.
33 North Grubb Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
The after school and summer programs prepare children ages 5-13 for proficiency tests, provide homework help, give health information, train youth in computer skills and organize soccer clubs.
Children and teens can learn about homeownership, outreach, construction and become involved in their local communities.
3140 Westerville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
Dedicated to supporting youth ages 12 to 20 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and questioning. They offer a range of programs and activities, all of which are free, including discussion groups, social activities, leadership training and support for gay-straight alliances.
603 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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.
340 North 20th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Offers several free services to the Hispanic community including:
100 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Offers free money management/financial education workshops, HUD-certified, City of Columbus approved homebuyer education, nutritional education programs (EFNEP and SNAP-Ed); community 4-H Youth Development clubs, school enrichment, after-school and STEM programming for a minimal fee, urban agriculture education programs and more.
Franklin County Office: 530 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
This free program focuses on academic achievement in the areas of math and reading for students in grades 1 though 8. Program participants receive tutoring, proficiency test preparation and personal development during the school year and summer.
Provides many free services for children and adults in Columbus, including a free lunch summer camp, a free legal clinic, ESOL classes for adults, and referrals to health services and jobs. They also provide one-on-one homework help and tutoring to children whose parents attend the ESOL classes.
4653 Trueman Boulevard, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Provides a variety of services for Somali youth and adults.
3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
Provides free programs to teens at COSI, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, WOSU@COSI, and Transit Arts 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. Contact directly for more details.
Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
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
This year-long program is for youth in grades 7 and 8. Under the leadership of YMCA professionals and peer mentors, participants learn leadership skills. This program is available at most YMCA locations in central Ohio.
4515 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43206
The YWCA Kids Place serves the Westerville, Gahanna and New Albany school districts. The programs are offered within the elementary school buildings, offering easy transition for the students. Morning and afternoon programs are offered in Westerville and New Albany. In Gahanna, they offer afternoon programs. The hours are dependent upon each school district but all programs are completed by 6:00 p.m. Students from the ages of 5 though 12 years old are eligible and the program costs are dependent upon the needs of the family. There is a registration fee per family, per school year. Click here to register, or call the YWCA administrative office directly for child care costs.
65 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215