Teen volunteers work in many areas, including the information desk, gift shop, sibling Clubhouse, clinic waiting rooms, Close to Home Centers and in office settings. Teens must be 15 and in high school to participate, and opportunities are available during the school year and summer.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Mentoring program for teen youth from ages 14-19, attending Independence, Walnut Ridge and Whitehall Yearling High Schools. All THAT offers academic assistance, exposes youth to the world of work and potential career paths, and offers life skills training.
Physical Address: 4117 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43227
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 27113, Columbus, Ohio 43227
Provides vocational training, job development and employment skills to those with a variety of disabilities. Assists individuals with disabilities and barriers to employment obtain and maintain positions to lead to successful employment.
Delaware: 1000 Alpha Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015
Lewis Center: 6580 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Westerville: 5991 Chandler Court, Westerville, Ohio 43082
2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
AmeriCorps is a work program for adults age 17 and older that helps pay for college in exchange for their service through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Members tutor kids, build homes and work on various projects full-time or part-time over a 9 to 12 month period or during the summer in many locations throughout Ohio and the US.
CNCS State Office: 200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
51 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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 Good Character & Citizenship. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities, and mentoring.
Central Community House is a neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Services include:
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
City Year Columbus is a division of AmeriCorps. City Year brings together youth ages 17 to 24 from diverse backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time community service and leadership development. Participants work in local schools and may receive education awards, scholarships and paid stipends.
88 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 586-4540 or (614) 586-4520
Provides stable employment for men and women impacted by poverty, incarceration and former drug abuse through an innovative social enterprise servicing the commercial and residential market.
1059 Cable Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
Offers free basic literacy classes for adults and also English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) 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
Click below to find a helpful up-to-date list of job programs and resources in the Columbus area.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
The Columbus Urban League (CUL) is a community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower African Americans and marginalized groups through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services. There initiatives fall under six categories:
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
CND’s elementary and middle school youth services include: Young Ambassadors for Peace (YAP) an anti-bullying, violence prevention and leadership development program for schools and a summer day camp, job readiness, secondary education and employment opportunities. Their high school youth services include: job readiness programs, mentorship, an annual historically black college and university tour and a violence intervention program. CND offers emergency support services on a case-by-base basis, parenting services and addiction counseling for adults.
Offers many services and has a ‘no questions asked policy.’ Free breakfast and lunch is served Monday through Saturday. Families of Southeast Columbus are provided with referrals to community agencies at their family resource drop-in center on Tuesdays through Fridays and work to prevent homelessness. They provide bus passes for transportation to a new job or confirmed medical appointments and referrals to other community agencies.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-6428 ext. 240
Raises awareness of the value of broadband and works to improve technology access, adoption, and use through its programs. They offer information on low-cost internet opportunities available to eligible families in Ohio and throughout the U.S.
COSI offers interactive experiences, exhibitions and more. COSI features live shows, special events, family programs, single day and summer camps; and career exploration, homeschooler and teen tech studio workshops. They offer a special “Family Access Membership” that is available for families who get WIC, Ohio Directions (EBT) or Ohio Medicaid.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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.
Connects people to customer support and IT jobs by providing training, mentorship, and job placement assistance, as well as the opportunity for advanced careers.
Provides free interview and work-ready clothing, mentoring and career center resources (like professional development, computers with Microsoft software, printers and more) for Central Ohio women ages 15 and up. A referral is required to receive services.
1204 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Offers free programs for high school juniors and seniors at more than 15 school districts in central Ohio, including job training, career programs, college prep classes, GED classes, ESOL training and help finding a job. They also offer free summer camps for students in grades 6 to 8 explore career options.
Provides several services to the Ethiopian community in central Ohio, as well as African, Asian and Middle Eastern immigrants. Services include after school programs and mentoring, youth leadership opportunities, college preparation and summer programs for youth. They provide ESOL services for adults as well.
Find low-cost Internet and affordable computers in your area. EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Those featured have met their minimum service and price standards and are committed to working with EveryoneOn in helping connect families and individuals.
718 Seventh Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
Offers career development service to teenagers preparing for success in the workforce, adults looking to further their careers and middle school students developing leadership skills that will propel them to successful careers. They also offer life coaching to help graduates along their career paths.
PO Box 245, Brice, Ohio 43109
Provides information about food assistance, cash assistance, health care, job training, emergency assistance and much more. Offers several food programs, including the Ohio Direction Card / EBT (formerly known as food stamps). Individuals can apply for Medicaid at their local Opportunity Center, based on where they live. Each center serves certain zip codes. People outside of Franklin County should visit their local county Department of Job and Family Services. Refugees and immigrants can apply for services as well.
Franklin Park Conservatory is a botanical garden where they offer hands-on classes and workshops in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness throughout the year for kids and adults. They also offer summer camps kids ages 5 to 13 and provide horticulture and landscaping training to low-income adults ages 18 to 30. A reduced rate family membership and free admission on the first Sunday of the month is available for families in eligible programs with proof of participation: CareSource, Ohio Directions (EBT) card, Medicaid card, W.I.C. card or Molina card. Membership discounts are available for full-time, active educator or an active or retired military personnel.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
Serves survivors of human trafficking so they can build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency. They help by giving practical job skills and developing a strong work ethic through their organization and community partnerships.
Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch
Physical Address: 1423 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Mailing Address: PO Box 21987, Columbus, Ohio 43221
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)
Offers employment and job training programs, social and education programs for people with developmental disabilities and other barriers to employment. They also offer in art, health and wellness programs, and a variety of activities in community settings including volunteering, recreation and leisure, and community awareness. At their Goodwill Stores are thrift clothing, furniture, vehicles, art and more.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 294-5181 or TTY (614) 583-0293
Employment & Job training: (614) 583-0365
Clothing & Supplies: (614) 294-5181
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) 341-2281 or text (614) 702-7772
HandsOn Central Ohio Online Directory of Human Services: 211centralohio.org
HandsOn Volunteer Central Ohio: volunteercentralohio.org/#
16 week intensive IT (Information Technology) paid internship. This workforce development organization develop young adults to excel in technology careers and effect change as community leaders. They teach digital skills and develop leaders.
1275 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
Provide case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs for a diverse group of people.
700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
HEAP: (866) 747-1038
Emergency Assistance: (866) 747-1040
hireteen.com – Lists companies that hire teenagers
Provide counseling and community support services. They also offer free employment counseling, career coaching, resume writing services and help finding a job, as well as support for those who have lost their jobs or are new to the country and need help. Services are available for all job seekers in Franklin County.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Offers language classes, basic computer classes, citizenship classes, immigration services, employment services, housing assistance, basic living needs, after school programs for youth ages 5-13, Lao events and more.
1160 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209
LEAD is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and financial literacy organization serving Franklin and Delaware County 3rd – 12th grade students. They offer programs including STEM clubs, workshops, leadership training, summer camps, and mentoring. Their E-STEM Chapter gives youth an opportunity to be exposed to STEM and business concepts. Some services are free. Scholarships are available.
PO Box 361061, Columbus, Ohio 43236
Provides shelter to men, women and veterans and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the year to anyone who is experiencing homelessness. In addition, they offer case management, employment assistance and a health center to help clients overcome barriers to self sufficiency.
245 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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
Offers job training and financial classes for adults.
1621 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Works with all people over age 18 and specializes in assisting women making career transitions (although they help many men as well). They help people regardless of their ability to pay, and offer free and low-cost monthly workshops open to the public on interviewing skills, financial literacy, how to manage utility bills, understanding credit scores and more. Financial aid scholarships, bus passes and childcare assistance are also available.
199 East Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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
To apply for unemployment compensation, call or go online. Have available your social security number, your driver’s license and information about all employers you have worked for in the past 18 months.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Toll-free: (877) 644-6562 or TTY (888) 642-8203
File online at unemployment.ohio.gov
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;
Offers summer day camps, group programs and tours, workshops, career exploration and skill-building programs in a wildlife education center setting through internships. High school and college students can volunteer for school credit, fulfill community service obligations or learn more about animal-related professions.
Ohio Wildlife Center: 6131 Cook Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital: 2661 Billingsley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
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
This non-profit settlement house 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 (like Boys & Girls Club, Lutheran Social Services, Ohio Benefit Bank, Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, Flex High, Community Development for All People and South Side Roots Café).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Helps connect residents of Wallick Communities and other affordable housing communities to supportive services. Services are coordinated through on-site Service Coordinators who make referrals to local community organizations, and bring resources on-site (like financial/emergency, educational, employment, health and wellness and legal assistance).
6880 Tussing Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
Information about Wallick Communities: wallickcommunities.com/apartments/Ohio-apartments
Provides free career guidance for all Franklin county residents, with a priority given to those living in certain zip codes (43203, 43205, 43211, 43222 and 43224). They offer workshops on creating a resume, filling out job applications, networking, interviewing and more.
966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 358-2611 or (614) 358-2612
Offers free service learning programs to schools with students ages 8 to 14 years old and through family programs for youth ages 5 to 14 years old. Their programs provide positive outcomes for students in areas of critical thinking, research and observation skills, civic engagement, leadership and teamwork.
16 Orchard Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43214
Offers programming and connects families facing suburban poverty in Hilliard to resources. Programs include a free summer lunch program, a free Family ESL Program including ESL classes for adults and academic support for children, 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
She Has A Name is a faith-based organization that teaches job skills to survivors of human trafficking. They also provide education classes, increase awareness and serve partner organizations in the Central Ohio community.
Office: 345 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Mailing: 605 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Residential and commercial cleaning company that empowers survivors of human trafficking in Columbus, Ohio. Provides survivors of human trafficking the opportunity to be restored into society and welcomed into the workplace through an innovative business that provides top-quality cleaning services to clients who care.
1059 Cable Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
Offers a variety program choices including Head Start, Early Start Columbus, Ohio Department of Education – Early Childhood Expansion of Public Pre-K, Publicly Funded Child Care (Title XX), and full-time, sliding free scale. They also offer an emergency or circumstances child care and a program that provides 30 days of free child care (based on availability) to Franklin County parents seeking employment or in job training programs.
Administrative Office: 280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
255 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Professionals work with teens and young adults with mental, emotional and social barriers to transition to work and achieve independent living. They offer free job readiness, pre-employment, and transitional services.
3770 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 294-7117 or Toll-free: (877) 521-2682
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
Multifamily workforce development that consists of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units of multifamily housing and provides training and support service space for resident and project partners.
Property Address: 755 East Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 369-3712 or RCG Training Center: (614) 445-7342, ext. 24
Training Center: 4allpeople.org/rcg-training-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
Works to transform vacant sites in underserved neighborhoods into productive, sustainable urban farms. They provide food insecure residents access to fresh, local produce, jobs and job training, and opportunities for civic engagement. They currently run the Clarfield Farm and Wheatland Farm.
Clarfield Farm: 3220 Groveport Road, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Wheatland Farm: 116 North Wheatland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Offers after-school, in-school and summer youth programs, family needs assistance, reentry programs, counseling services, drug treatment, crisis intervention and more. Visit the website for a detailed description of their services.
510 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Word Community Outreach does community outreach and fundraising for those who are in need. They offer volunteer opportunities for students and others to work within the community. They also provide helpful tips for families and resources on their website.
2866 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
YMCA 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. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
Full Facility Branches
Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)
YMCA Administrative Offices: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215