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
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. AmeriCorps 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. In exchange for their services, participants receive money to pay for college or help pay back student loans.
51 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 493-2755 or (800) 942-2677
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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
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
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
Their elementary and middle school youth programs include: Young Ambassadors for Peace (YAP) an anti-bullying, violence prevention and leadership development program for schools and a summer day camp. CND’s programs for older youth focus on leadership development, job readiness, secondary education and employment opportunities. Their high school youth programs include: a job readiness program titled Future Opportunities Created for Urban Students (FOCUS), intergenerational mentorship, an annual historically black college and university tour and a violence intervention program titled Application for Purpose Pride and Success (APPS). CND offers emergency support services on a case-by-base basis, parenting services and addiction counseling for adults.
Free breakfast and lunch is served Monday through Saturday. Call for serving times. All are welcome. They provide families of Southeast Columbus with referrals to community agencies at their family resource drop-in center on Tuesdays through Fridays. Provides many services and has a ‘no questions asked policy.’ They provide bus passes for transportation to a new job or confirmed medical appointments and referrals to other community agencies. They also provide food to the homeless and work to prevent homelessness.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-6428 ext. 240
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.
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.
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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 health insurance coverage, food assistance, cash assistance, health care, job training, child care 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.
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
The New Generation Work & Activity Services program provides unique and varied opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 44. The program is designed for individuals who have an interest in learning work skills. Participants also partake in art, health and wellness, and a variety of activities in community settings including volunteering, recreation and leisure, and community awareness.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 583-0354 or (614) 583-0293 TTY
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
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 education and financial literacy organization serving Franklin and Delaware County 3rd – 12th grade students. They offer programs including STEM clubs, leadership training, STEM camps, mentoring, as well as the E-STEM Chapters, which give K-12 grade students an opportunity to be exposed to STEM and business concepts to gain high positions in Corporate America, or to become entrepreneurs. 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. Visit their website or call directly for eligibility and additional information.
37 Robinwood Avenue, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
Provides job training, workplace readiness, computer basics, resume writing and career coaching for adults. They also have mentoring programs for youth.
899 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
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
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
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 Hotline: (877) 644-6562
Internships at OWC are career exploration and skill-building programs in a wildlife education center setting. They work with area schools to schedule volunteer internships of varying lengths during the summer and school year. High school and college students can volunteer for school credit, fulfill community service obligations or learn more about animal-related professions.
6131 Cook Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
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 and interviewing. Walk-in orientation sessions are available on Monday mornings.
966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
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
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
Offers 30 days of free child care (based on availability) for children ages 6 weeks to 8 years old (6 weeks to 5 years old during the school year) to Franklin County parents seeking employment or in job training programs. They also work with the family to help the parents find employment.
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
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
Provides full-year job and education training programs and offers hands-on work experience for central Ohio youth ages 17 to 21 who have dropped out of school. Participants can receive their high school diploma while learning residential construction or nurse assisting skills.
1183 Essex Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201