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Education

A Call to College

Works to assure that every Newark High School graduate has the opportunity to pursue higher education by providing one-on-one advisory services, high school course selection, SAT/ACT information, college selection & application help, college visits and more. They also offer programs for elementary and middle school students.
314 Granville Road, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 670-7424
acalltocollege.org

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

American Legion

Award college scholarships to military veterans and their families, offer immediate assistance for household needs, utilities and food to military families directly affected by Operation Iraqi Freedom and America’s War on Terrorism. Their special support programs, such as temporary financial assistance, award cash grants to minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership, counseling and mental health.
Physical Address: 700 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
Mailing Address: PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
(800) 433-3318
legion.org

Asian American Community Services (AACS)

Provides a variety of services for the Asian community:

  • Supports youth with tutoring and mentoring programs in grades K-12
  • Supports individuals who are victims (or at risk) of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and hate crimes or other forms of violence and/or unhealthy behavior
  • 24-hour interpreting / translation services
  • Computer and English classes
  • Career and college development workshops
  • Free health clinic and Hepatitis B testing

4700 Reed Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43220
Main Line: (614) 220-4023
Interpreting 24/7 Hotline: (614) 216-4988
aacsohio.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

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

Bridges to Success

Provides guidance and supportive services to young adults who left foster care in Ohio at ages 18, 19 or 20 as they transition to adulthood. They offer services in housing, education, employment and help youth with getting health insurance, finding a doctor or improving physical or mental health in any way.
Central Region
(614) 655-8259
bridgestosuccess.jfs.ohio.gov

Capital’s Reading Center

Offers one-on-one tutoring sessions to help children with assessment skills, literacy skills and communication skills. Sessions are offered throughout the year.
Capital University
1 East Main Street & College Avenue, Bexley, Ohio 43209
(614) 236-6592
capital.edu/education

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 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

Child Development Council (CDC) of Franklin County

Provides developmental and educational services to income-eligible children and their families in Franklin County. Infants and children up to 5 years old may attend classes that focus on child development, along with providing health, nutrition, and other social services. They offer services for parents of children enrolled in their Head Start program.
300 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-1709
cdcheadstart.org

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

College Confidential

Helps students find the best education for their career goals through community discussion forums, articles written by experts, scholarship search engine and their school search tool.
collegeconfidential.com

Columbus & Franklin County Kids

Provides free learning checkups that help detect early developmental delays and speech, hearing or vision problems among children ages 2 to 5 years old living in Franklin County. Contact them to find out a child can get a Learning Checkup.
360 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 241-3089
columbuskids.org

Columbus City Schools (CCS) Special Needs Preschool

Provides early intervention opportunities for children ages 3 to 5, who have special needs in one of the following developmental areas based on the state and federal guidelines: language, cognition, motor skills, adaptive behavior and social-emotional development.
2571 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 365-5230
ccsoh.us

Columbus City Schools Adult & Community Education (ACE)

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.
270 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • Aspire (GED & ESOL): (614) 365-5245
  • School of Practical Nursing: (614) 365-6000, ext. 239
  • ESL classes: (614) 365-6000, ext. 236

ccsoh.us
ESL Language Assistance Contact List: ccsoh.us

Columbus Learning Cooperative

A holistic alternative to the traditional school environment. Participants (ages 10 to 18 years old) register as home school students and then meet with our mentors to determine their unique education plan, with no high-stakes testing, no standardized curriculum, integrated age levels and a flexible schedule. They work with students in the self-directed learning model.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus
93 West Weisheimer Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 943-3252
learning.coop

Columbus Literacy Council

Offers free basic literacy classes for adults, English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) classes and GED test preparation. They also offer a summer youth employment program that provides job skills and work experience to youth and young adults between the ages of 14-24 in Franklin County.
92 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Student Hotline: (614) 282-7661, ext. 1
General Office: (614) 224-0501
columbusliteracy.org

Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Ready to Read Corps

The Ready to Read Corps works with organizations where there is “waiting room time,” to engage parents and caregivers of children ages 0 to 5, to conduct training sessions that focus on pre-reading skills necessary for early literacy and kindergarten readiness. Parents and caregivers receive a kit to take home that includes board books, finger puppets, crayons and literature about pre-reading skills. Call the number below for more information.
(614) 479-3453
spellproject.weebly.com/ready-to-read-corps.html

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 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 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 State Community College Financial Aid

Their financial aid page has information about local, state and federal scholarship and grant opportunities.
550 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-2648 or (800) 621-6407, ext. 2648 Toll-free
cscc.edu/services/financial-aid
Financial Aid Answers 24/7: cscc.financialaidtv.com

Columbus State Community College GED Preparation Courses

Classes are designed for students who want to improve their English language or mathematics skills in order to increase their career opportunities. The program offers individual instruction in reading, writing, math, computers, college preparation, career guidance and help in securing financial aid.
315 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5858
cscc.edu/community/ged

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 Virtual Credit Advancement Program (VCAP)

Columbus City Schools offers online courses through the Virtual Credit Advancement Program (VCAP). High school course offerings taught by certificated teachers are available to students, grades 9-12, who wish to earn credit toward graduation by an alternative means. Eligible students must live in the district and be 21 or younger but not earned enough credits to graduate.
364 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 365-5485
ccsoh.us

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.

Communities in Schools of Central Ohio

Helps kids in Columbus and Whitehall City Schools stay in school and graduate through a variety of programs including peer mentoring, health resources and after school learning.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 268-2472, ext. 20
ciskids.org

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, homeschooler and free 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
(614) 228-2674
cosi.org

Davidson Institute for Talent Development

Provides programs and services for gifted and talented young people. It also provides opportunities for gifted students to develop their talents. Their website contains resources for educators, parents and students.
(775) 852-3483, ext. 435
davidsongifted.org

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

Delaware Area Career Center (DACC)

Offers programs for both high school students and adults to improve skills so they can be better prepared to enter the workforce and advance within the workforce, by offering college credits, industry credentials and hands-on experiences.

  • North Campus: 1610 State Route 521, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 363-1993
  • South Campus: 4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 548-0708

delawareareacc.org

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

Disability Rights Ohio

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, community integration, voting and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
200 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181 (Toll-free in Ohio only)
(614) 728-2553 TTY or (800) 858-3542 TTY (Toll-free in Ohio only)
disabilityrightsohio.org

Dominican Learning Center

Tutors adults 18 years and older in reading, writing, math, and computers, as well as GED preparation and learning English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students are not charged for tutorial services, but those who are financially able are asked to purchase basic texts and materials.
1111 East Stewart Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 444-7330
domlearningcenter.org

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

Emory University Glossary of Financial Aid Terms

Browse this website to view a list of terms and phrases you may encounter through the financial aid process.
201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30322
studentaid.emory.edu/eligibility/index.html

ESCCO (Educational Service Center of Central Ohio) Home Education Service

Provides management of the enrollment application process for students and families living within their school districts.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 542-4150
escco.org/programs-services/business-services-2/home-education-application-management

Essential Links for the Parents of Gifted Children

Lists websites that offer advice, information, support, and educational resources to help parents support and encourage their gifted child.
oedb.org/ilibrarian/50-essential-links-for-the-parents-of-gifted-children

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

Federal Student Aid

Click for a helpful booklet, titled College Preparation Checklist, that explains how to prepare academically and financially for college with a ‘to do’ list for students and parents.
PO Box 22207, Alexandria, Virginia 22304
(800) 433-3243
studentaid.ed.gov

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Provides information for parents and students to avoid scholarship scams.
600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20580
(202) 326-2222
consumer.ftc.gov

Finish Your Diploma

Dollar General Literacy Foundation believes that it is never too late to learn. This website provides support, guidance, resources and job search help for anyone who needs help to learning to read, preparing for the high school equivalency tests (GED) or learning the English language. There are also other adult learning assistance information available.
(877) 389-6874
finishyourdiploma.org

First in the Family

Has useful resources and heartfelt stories from students who are the first in their families to go to college. They guide students through key issues facing first generation students.
firstinthefamily.org/highschool/Introduction.html

Form Your Future

The campaign website also provides helpful free resources to volunteers and educators who want to provide one-on-one assistance on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to students and their families.
1001 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 347-4848
formyourfuture.org

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA application is available online and also at high school guidance offices and local public libraries. High school students must complete this form in order to determine their eligibility for federal financial aid for college.
400 Maryland Avenue, Washington, DC 20202
(800) 433-3243 or TTY (800) 730-8913
fafsa.ed.gov

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.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
1450 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 547-2176
fugeesfamily.org

Future Ready Columbus

An advocacy organization that represents a private and public partnership to improve learning and education in Columbus. Their goal is to promote and coordinate early learning opportunities, increase the percentage of children ready for kindergarten, help families navigate resources and help transition young adults into the workforce.
1907 Leonard Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 705-2128
futurereadycolumbus.org

Gertrude Wood Community Foundation (GWCF)

Offer mentoring programs for youth ages 10-18, annual school supply giveaways, provide free fresh produce and food items; financial literacy classes, and community-based services and affordable housing for youth and families living in the Driving Park Area and surrounding communities.
975 Bulen Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 252-7456
gwoodfoundation.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

Great Schools

Parents turn to this website to find the right schools for their children, to get practical advice and information that will help them raise successful, college-ready kids and to support the schools in their communities. There is a lot of information on special education programs. “E-ssential Guide to Assistive Technology” provides an overview of current technologies to help parents select the right tools for their children.
1999 Harrison Street, San Francisco, California 94612
(415) 977-0700
greatschools.org

Handshake America

The program consists of a college scholarship, the assignment of a Handshake Coach, and several meetings throughout the calendar year to help prepare student-athletes for their future. The students submit applications in the middle of their junior year.
(614) 841-0199
handshakeamerica.org

HandsOn Central Ohio

This comprehensive information and referral service connects those in need with thousands of social service, government and community resources. They help find a solution to any need. Free and confidential, available throughout Franklin County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • Information Referral: 2-1-1
  • Homeless Hotline: (888) 474-3587
  • Foodline: (614) 341-2282 or text “Food” to (614) 702-7772

handsoncentralohio.org
HandsOn Central Ohio Online Directory of Human Services: 211centralohio.org
HandsOn Volunteer Central Ohio: volunteercentralohio.org/#

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)

Represents colleges and universities that are committed to helping Hispanics achieve success in higher education. Thousands of young Hispanics benefit from HACU with internships, scholarships, college programs, pre-college support and career development opportunities and programs.

  • 8415 Datapoint Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229
    (210) 692-3805
  • 1 Dupont Circle Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 261-5080 or (202) 467-0893
  • 915 L Street, Sacramento, California 95814
    (916) 442-0392

hacu.net

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page

This is a comprehensive website about giftedness, with links to articles, resources, and major national programs for gifted children.
256 Eagleview Boulevard, Exton, Pennsylvania 19341
hoagiesgifted.org

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

I Know I Can (IKIC)

Offers a range of services for students in Columbus City Schools, to prepare them to enter and succeed in college. They also help with financial aid and scholarships.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 233-9510
iknowican.org

Imagine America Foundation

Sponsors scholarships for students attending or planning to attend career colleges or technical schools. They have scholarships for high school graduates and grants for military students. Imagine America also has scholarship opportunities for adult learners. Their website has useful information on how to apply for scholarships and grants.
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191
(571) 267-3010
imagine-america.org

IMPACT Community Action

Provide income-based case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs. Most of the programs are for Franklin County residents living at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level.

  • Emergency assistance services: household items, burial support, rent/mortgage, transportation, water and energy (HEAP) assistance, food giveaways during the summer
  • Empowerment services: computer classes, financial services, re-entry program, programs for foster youth and youth, ages 14-24 not enrolled in school and are not employed, workforce development/employment, vocational training and certification, mobile medical unit in partnership with the Breathing Association
  • Energy assistance services: free home repairs through their Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and energy efficient lighting and refrigerator/freezer replacement through their AEP Program

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • General: (614) 252-2799
  • HEAP Assistance & Central Intake: (866) 747-1038
  • Workforce Development/Employment Plus Program & Re-entry Work Readiness: (614) 252-2799
  • HWAP & AEP Program: (614) 453-1603 or (614) 453-1691
  • Rental, Household Item & Water Utility Assistance: (866) 747-1040
  • Mobile Medical Unit: (614) 453-1708
  • Computer Literacy: (614) 453-1616
  • Financial Services: (614) 453-1620
  • Youth Program/AMP (Achieve More & Prosper): (614) 453-1659 or (614) 233-2671

impactca.org
AMP website: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/amp

INFOhio Early Learning Portal

Offers early learning information and digital resources (like websites and apps) for parents and educators of children ages three through five. All resources align with the Ohio Early Learning Standards.
infohio.org/early-learning

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

Khan Academy

Free online educational videos on topics K-12 including math by subject and by grade, science and engineering, computing, arts and humanities, economics and finance, test prep, college, careers and more. Learn at your own pace.
khanacademy.org

KnowHow2Go

Provides information for middle and high school students about how to prepare for and enter into college.
1 Dupont Circle Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 939-9300
knowhow2go.acenet.edu

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

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

LeaderSpark

With this free program, students in grades 8 to 12 can gain internship and community service hours for their time in the program and working on various community projects. There is also an opportunity for school credit with the new Columbus City Schools Flex Credit program. Students learn to be leaders in school and society.
HUB CDC
1336 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 442-7899
leaderspark.org

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC)

Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio (residents of Franklin, Madison, Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union counties). Legal Aid attorneys may be able to assist you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax, veterans, education and “Brief Advice” clinics.

  • Columbus Office:
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001 or (888) 246-4420 Toll-free
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or (877) 224-8374 Toll-free
  • Marion Office:
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or (888) 301-2411 Toll-free

columbuslegalaid.org

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

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

MCS-TOUCH (Metropolitan Community Services Teaching Opportunity Unity by Connecting Hearts)

This program is for low income youth, ages 17 through 21, who have dropped out of school or have graduated high school and need guidance on what direction to head in, such as military, college, trade school, workforce, etc. The program offers educational workforce development assistance, leadership development training and comprehensive counseling. When necessary, participants may also receive access to housing and clothing assistance. TOUCH is an agency dedicated to helping ex-offenders gain the skills and confidence needed to obtain workforce and educational opportunities.
37 Robinwood Avenue, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 338-8733
mcstouch.org

Metro Schools

The Metro Schools including the Metro Early College High School (MECHS), the Metro Early College Middle School (MECMS), and the Metro Institute of Technology (MIT) offers a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and prepares Central Ohio students for college.
1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 259-6639
themetroschool.org

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

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Supports gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building and research. They provide resources and information for parents and families, K-12 education professionals, and members of the research and higher education community.
1331 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 785-4268
nagc.org

National College Access Network Advisor Toolbox

Contains free information, tools and resources to address issues such as financial aid, college awareness, application process, testing and college retention for students, parents and advisers.
1001 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 347-4848
collegeaccess.org/websites_for_advisors

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

Neighborhood Bridges

A charitable organization that helps match families in need with local businesses, volunteers and service organizations that offer resources such as food, tutoring, volunteering, clothing, supplies and more.
200 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085

Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC)

Promotes and supports the development of gifted students through giving out information and supporting gifted children in the school system.
Physical Address: 501 Morrison Road, Columbus, Ohio 43230
Mailing Address: PO Box 30801, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 337-0386
oagc.com

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Community/Charter Schools

Charter or community schools are public schools of choice and operate independently of any school district. Any student eligible to attend public school in the state of Ohio is eligible to attend a charter school. The website provides an overview of community schools, community school report cards and a complete school list including a directory of Dropout Recovery and Prevention Schools.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7058
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Community-Schools

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Early Learning

Provides information, resources and services related to early learning and school readiness. Also, licenses preschool programs and school-age child care operated by schools and educational centers. Click below to search for early care and education programs.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) English Learners

This site has resources for students whose primary or home language is other than English who need special language assistance in order to effectively participate in school instructional programs.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/English-Learners

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Family & Community Engagement

Helps parents understand what children are expected to learn in school and how to help them succeed, so families can choose a school for their child, get involved in their child’s learning and get information about learners with special needs and talents.
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Family-and-Community-Engagement

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Gifted Education

Provides information on gifted education for professionals and parents of gifted children. Topics that are covered include: teaching, screening and identification; rules, regulations and policies for gifted education and resources for parents on giftedness.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Gifted-Education

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Graduation Requirements

Outlines information on courses students must take and tests they must pass to graduate with a diploma from an Ohio high school.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohio-Graduation-Requirements

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Home Education / Home Schooling

Lists requirements for home educating parents, resources for home education, rules and regulations, contact information and more.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Quality-School-Choice/Home-Schooling

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Kindergarten Readiness

Learn about Ohio kindergarten requirements, entrance dates, how to request early admission and view their readiness checklist.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 644-0628
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Kindergarten

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Lau Resource Center for English Learners

Ensures that students in Ohio with limited English proficiency receive the same education opportunities as their English-speaking peers.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 446-4109
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/English-Learners/Lau-Resource-Center

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) McKinney-Vento Homeless Children & Youth Program

Protects the rights of homeless children and ensures that homeless youth have access to free and appropriate public education.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 387-7725
education.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Ohio Options for Adult Diploma & Ohio High School Equivalence

This site has a lot of information about obtaining a GED (General Educational Development), including testing centers and preparation classes. Also, they offer information about Adult Diploma Programs which provides job training and a new pathway for adults, ages 22 or older, to earn a high school diploma and industry credentials.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Ohio-Options-for-Adult-Diploma

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Ohio School Options

Outlines the school options available in Ohio including, other than public or private schools, open enrollment, career-technical education, College Credit Plus (formerly known as PSEO and Dual Enrollment), community (charter) schools, home schooling, credit flexibility and scholarships.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Quality-School-Choice/Understanding-Ohio-School-Options

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Scholarship Programs

Includes information about the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, the U.S. Senate Youth Program and the Autism Scholarship Program. The Ohio Educational Choice (EdChoice) Scholarship Program provides scholarships or vouchers for students from under-performing schools to attend private schools.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338 or text “OHED EC” to 468311
education.ohio.gov/Scholarships

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) School Report Cards

Parents can look up a district or school in their area and see the performance rating of that school based on state standards.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
reportcard.education.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Higher Education (OhioHigherEd) (formerly Ohio Board of Regents)

Their website has information about two-year and four-year programs, credit transfer, ways to help finance college and more. They also offer Ohio callers free information on preparation for college, admissions, student financial aid, scholarship information and general facts about enrollment at colleges and universities throughout Ohio at their College Access Information Hotline.

25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-6000
College Access Information Hotline: (800) 233-6734
ohiohighered.org/students

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) Learning, Earning & Parenting (LEAP)

Helps teen parents or pregnant teens finish school by providing cash assistance. Students must be under the age of 20 and working on earning either their GED or high school diploma.
1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 233-2000
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/cash-assistance
Ohio Law & Rules about LEAP: codes.ohio.gov/oac/5101:1-23-50

Ohio Education & Training Voucher (ETV) Program

This federally-funded, state-administered program helps youth who were in U.S. foster care. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students.
(855) 471-1931
fc2sprograms.org/ohio
Foster Care to Success national website: fc2sprograms.org

Ohio Head Start Association

Use their county directory map to find Head Start providers and services in each county in Ohio.
7810 McEwen Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459
(937) 435-1113
ohsai.org/directory

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 Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership (OPEPP)

Helps licensed preschools and child care providers in Ohio with preschool-age children whose behavior poses challenges in the preschool setting, putting them at risk for expulsion. To access on-site consultation services call the number below or complete their online request form.
(844) 678-2227
nationwidechildrens.org/preschool-expulsion-prevention

Ohio PTA Memorial Scholarship Program

Ohio Parent Teacher Association (PTA) offers scholarships in three areas: academic, technical and special education. Each scholarship award is $500. In order to apply, high school seniors must attend a school in a district that has one or more schools with official PTA status.
40 Northwoods Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio  43235
(614) 781-6344
ohiopta.org/programs.aspx

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension: Ohioline

Provides access to hundreds of handouts and resources, covering a wide array of subjects such as agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, and youth development.

2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181
ohioline.osu.edu

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

OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County

Free extensive one-stop employment services for young and old, working and unemployed. Services include walk-in access to a career resource room, job fairs and job postings. They also offer free support in preparing career planning, academic and skill testing, hands-on computer classes, GED preparation, creating resumés and cover letters, preparing for interviews and more.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 559-5052
jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/ExploreIt/Events.aspx
Ohio-Based Employment Programs: jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/Channels/EOMJMY/FindIt/OWT.aspx

Quest Bridge

A nonprofit organization that supports high-achieving, low-income students to achieve success in college through their programs that offer an academic mentoring program for juniors and full four-year scholarships to colleges.
445 Sherman Ave, Palo Alto, California 94306
(888) 275-2054 Toll-free
questbridge.org

Reading Rockets

Provides many resources for families, including help for struggling readers, help for kids with dyslexia, literacy apps, webcasts, common core information, book lists, reading classes and more.
WETA Public Television
2775 South Quincy Street, Arlington, Virginia 22206
readingrockets.org

Red Oak Community School

An urban, nature-immersion homeschool supplement program offering part-time and full-time school options for elementary and middle school students in the central Ohio area. Visit the website for listed tuition costs.
2140 Sunbury Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 362-9776
redoakcommunityschool.org

Red Treehouse

This online resource supporting the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and young adults, prenatal to age 25. The website helps families find resources, organizations and events to meet their specific needs and challenges. Users can customize profiles by location (counties within Ohio), age ranges and topics of interest.
10415 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 229-5757, ext. 1126
redtreehouse.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

Salvation Army

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.

  • 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

Sesame Street in the Communities

Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives. Explore topics related to health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.

1900 Broadway, New York, New York 10023
(212) 595-3456
sesamestreetincommunities.org
To view their additional toolkit: sesamestreet.org/toolkits

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

South Western City Schools Community Education

Offers free ESOL classes during the school year for adults age 19 and older. Consideration for enrollment is given first to residents of that school district. They also offer adult community classes, free GED preparation and Aspire classes.
4750 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 801-3477
swcsd.us/community-resources/community-education

South Western City Schools Head Start Program

The Head Start and Early Childhood Education program is for income eligible 3 and 4 year old children living in the Grove City and Columbus (South-Western school district) area.

  • Bostic Center
    2975 Kingston Avenue, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 801-8524 or (614) 801-8523
  • Stiles Family Center
    4704 Stiles Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 801-8389 or (614) 801-8391
  • Cherry Creek YMCA
    600 Fox Ridge Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 878-7260
  • Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
    3500 First Avenue, Urbancrest, Ohio 43123
    (614) 539-1770
  • South-Western Special Education Preschool Center
    4324 Haughn Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 801-8448

swcsd.us

South-Western City School District (SWCSD) Career Tech

Junior and senior students can take classes toward graduation that include academic knowledge and technical skills. They also offer GED, ESL and other adult education programs. Visit the website for more information on career technical education for high school students.
4750 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 801-3400
swcsdcareertech.com

St. John Learning Center

Offers free GED, employment skills and anger management classes; as well as computer training for out-of-school youth and adults.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3132, ext. 248
stjohnlearning.wordpress.com

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

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

Support for Talented Students (STS) Scholarship

Provides scholarships for summer enrichment programs for gifted and talented Central Ohio students currently in grades 3-11 whose families can not otherwise afford the costs. Visit the website for application information.
2200 Lane Woods Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 370-1912
supportfortalentedstudents.org

The Bonner Academy at Cross Creek (Day Treatment Program)

A collaborative partnership between the Buckeye Ranch and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO). Provides flexible and tailored schooling for middle and high school aged-students who have severe emotional and behavioral difficulties. The goal is to reintegrate the majority of youth back into a traditional school setting. Families can refer themselves or receive a referral from another agency.
2865 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 875-2371 or (614) 542-4106
Buckeye Ranch: buckeyeranch.org/programs/educational-services/day-treatment.html
ESCCO: escco.org/cross-creek

The Bonner Academy at Rosemont

A non-public charter school, provides mixed mental health and educational programming for elementary school students with behavioral and psychological disorders. Individual, group and family therapy are also provided throughout the school day, as well as 24-hour crisis services to support families and youth in managing mental health symptoms and behaviors. The goal is to reintegrate the majority of youth back into a traditional school setting. Families can refer themselves or receive a referral from another agency.
2440 Dawnlight Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 471-2626
buckeyeranch.org/programs/educational-services/day-treatment.html

The Bridge

Offers ESL and citizenship classes, tutoring for grades 2-12 students and GED prep. They also provide a free legal clinic and host a weekly soup kitchen and pantry.
3750 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 272-2949
thebridge.io

The Columbus Foundation

Offers over 200 scholarships for students from all walks of life. Visit their website to start your search.
1234 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 251-4000
columbusfoundation.org/students/scholarships

The Willie & Vivian Gaddis Foundation for K.I.D.S.

Their website has helpful information for students and their families about scholarships, college tours and college planning throughout high school.
PO Box 360832, Columbus, Ohio 43236
(614) 439-2719
gaddis4kids.org

Tolles Career & Technical Center

Tolles is a career and technical school that serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Hilliard, London, Madison-Plains, and Jefferson Local school districts. Tolles offers free adult and continuing education opportunities in ASPIRE, ESOL, GED, RAMTEC, industrial training and public safety.
7877 U.S. Highway 42 South, Plain City, Ohio 43064
(614) 873-4666
tollestech.com

Tom Fennessy / Mike Harden Back-to-School Project

Provides backpacks filled with school supplies for children in grades K-12 who otherwise might not be able to afford them.
PO Box 12234, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 488-4250
tomfennessy.org

U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid

Provides free information on preparing for education beyond high school. Students can submit an online application for financial aid, get information about careers and find schools offering majors in those careers. They can also look for scholarships online.
400 Maryland Avenue, Washington DC, 20202
(800) 433-3243 or (800) 730-8913 TTY
studentaid.ed.gov/sa

U.S. News & World Report

Provides rankings of 1400 schools, search tools to help find schools that fit students’ needs and details on scholarships, loans and grants.
1050 Thomas Jefferson Street, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 955-2000
usnews.com/best-colleges

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

Ventures Academy

An alternative education program providing a structured and safe learning environment to students in need of social, emotional and behavioral interventions. They work alongside each student’s home district and conduct routine student evaluations. Students must be referred by their local school district to be enrolled.

  • Northern Office
    4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 657-8866
  • Central Office
    2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 445-3750

escco.org/ventures-academy

Victory Ministries Center of Hope

In the Center of Hope facility their services include: a food pantry (appointment required), provide free clothing and bedding sheets, free medical and vision care, clinical counseling, and Literacy Now tutoring program.
3964 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(614) 252-2500
victorycoh.org

Volunteers of America Operation Backpack

Distributes new backpacks and school supplies to Central Ohio children in need every year.
1776 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 253-6100
voago.org/operationbackpack

Westerville Public Library

The Westerville Public Library provides resources and services for homeschoolers, like offering science kits, they will proctor tests, deliver books to your homeschool and more.
126 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 882-7277
westervillelibrary.org/homeschool

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

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: ymcacolumbus.org/locations

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