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Programs for Youth & Teens

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. Works with the community to increase critical thinking, create leaders and learners.
North Campus: 1610 State Route 521, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-1993
South Campus: 4565 Columbus Pike,  Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 548-0708


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

City Year Columbus

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

Columbus Urban League (CUL) Career Services Department

For those who are new to the workforce, unemployed, looking for a better job, seeking a fresh start, or just wanting to start a career, free programs are available. They offer assistance with resumes and online job applications, job placement, employment counseling, summer programs and internet access. Programs are offered for youth (age 14 and older) and adults. CUL is dedicated to empowering African Americans and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. They offer scholarships for vocational training and free help finding a job.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300, ext. 106

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Offers free programs for high school juniors and seniors at more than 15 school districts in central Ohio. They offer 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. They also have options for students with special needs.
4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
(614) 836-4530 or (614) 836-5725

Godman Guild KEYS Program & Pathways to Work

KEYS is a summer work internship program for youth ages 14 to 24. Participants experience Work Readiness training and are then placed into paid internships with area employers. Internships last 6 to 8 weeks.

The Pathways to Work Program is for anyone over age 18 that is transitioning to full-time employment. Soft-skills and professional development training is provided.  Participants must first enroll in the Godman Guild’s Economic Empowerment class in order to be in Pathways to Work.
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5476

IMPACT Community Action

Provide case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs for a diverse group of people.

  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps households prevent energy service disruptions, restore disconnected services, and/or secure seasonal heating and cooling energy needs.
  • The Winter Crisis Program (WCP) serves income-eligible households in Franklin County by providing a one-time payment toward a utility bill if service is in threat of disconnection, is terminated, is new service, or if the service is being transferred.
  • The Emergency Assistance Program provides financial and material support on behalf of customers in crisis situations, including homelessness prevention, home furnishings, and critical transportation needs.
  • Fresh Produce Giveaway Program
  • The HEAP Summer Crisis Program (SCP) provides electric utility assistance and/or free air conditioners and/or fans to income-eligible households Franklin County.
  • Workforce Development/Employment Plus Program provides a five-week training to help dislocated and disadvantaged workers secure and maintain employment.
  • The REACH Program is for ages 16 to 24, who currently are not enrolled in school and are not employed. The program consists of a 10-Week Bootcamp, which will offer program participants paid work experiences, career-specific certifications, work readiness training, computer literacy, financial literacy, life skills and employability coaching.
  • Re-Entry Work Readiness Program teaches critical skills and techniques to ex-offenders who are within one year of release from incarceration.

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-2799
HEAP: (866) 747-1038
Emergency Assistance: (866) 747-1040

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

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
(614) 866-6900

Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC)

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
(614) 734-9453

TOUCH (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.  Visit their website or call directly for eligibility and additional information.
37 Robinwood Avenue, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 338-8733

Youth Build Columbus

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
(614) 291-0805