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Mentoring & Leadership Resources

Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Program

A one-to-one mentoring program that matches children of incarcerated parents with volunteers from the community.
1855 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43229
(866) 892-2447 or (614) 839-2447
amachiohio.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

The community-based program matches children ages 5 to 14 with an older Big Brother or Big Sister friend. The school-based program in Franklin, Union and Delaware counties allows students to meet once a week at their school with a mentor who can help them reach career and academic goals. In Franklin County, they reach out to Spanish-speaking youth and families through their Hispanic Mentoring Program.
1855 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 839-2447
bbbscentralohio.org

Bold Columbus Summer Leadership Camp

Offers a low-cost outdoor leadership program for Franklin County youth ages 9 – 12. Based at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park just west of downtown Columbus, Bold Columbus provides fun and educational experiences, including group challenges, leadership training, team games, nature education, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking and more.
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, Ohio 43119
(614) 813-0351
boldcolumbus.org

Central Ohio Youth for Christ City Life Center

Offers free faith-based programs for at-risk teens ages 16 to 18 in the Franklinton area. They provide free childcare to children of teen moms participating in online school program hours, transportation, as well as life skills training, career counseling, leadership groups and help for teen parents.
40 Chicago Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 410-1898
coyfc.org

Central Ohio Youth for Christ Mentoring

Provides several free faith-based mentoring and guidance programs for youth in the Bexley, Franklinton, Reynoldsburg and Johnstown areas, as well as programs for youth who are incarcerated or face physical challenges.
3630 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 848-4870
coyfc.org

CHLOE (Community, Health, Life Skills, Opportunities & Education), Inc.

Provides mentoring and education services to pregnant and teen moms in Franklin County. Community education includes shaken baby prevention presentations for classrooms and community gatherings and safe sitter classes for young adolescents. They also provide childcare, study help and have a mini boutique, stocked with infant and toddler clothing, diapers, blankets, bedding, small equipment and other necessities needed to care for little ones.
PO Box 30241, Columbus, Ohio 43230
(614) 477-1426
chloeinc.org

Columbus Recreation & Parks City Leaders Program

Offers City of Columbus middle-school youth, ages 10-15, the opportunity to gain real life skills by working on projects and attending exciting events that will guide them towards becoming positive leaders in their communities. They meet different people and see different places throughout the city. Participants will need to be recommended by their principal, assistant principal or teacher in order to be considered.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-3330
columbus.gov/recreationandparks/programs/City-Leaders-Program

D’Light House Family Center, Inc.

Connects students with caring, trained adults to create hope for the future. They provide mentoring and personal development programs for teens. They also strengthen families in the community by providing a support network of resources and meaningful experiences. Most of their programs and services are free, though some events have an admission fee. Their programs take place in schools, libraries and other venues for Franklin County youth and families.
(614) 376-8337
dlighthousefamilycenter.org

Fountain of Restoration

Focuses on helping young ladies ages 11 to 18 develop a healthy and holistic self-image. Their Life Skills Program teaches self-esteem, self-worth, decision making, goal setting and relationship building.  They also offer mentoring and tutoring at various location in Franklin County.
(614) 427-3590
fountain-of-restoration.org

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Dedicated to supporting youth ages 12 to 20 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and questioning. They offer a range of programs and activities, all of which are free, including discussion groups, social activities, leadership training and support for gay-straight alliances.
603 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 294-5437
kycohio.org

Kicks for Kids Soccer Mentoring Program

Offers year-round soccer camps and health education for at-risk boys and girls ages 4 to 18. The cost is free, including uniforms and equipment.
340 North 20th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 258-4357
k4kwusa.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.
1336 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 442-7899
leaderspark.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Connecting Families

Connecting Families is a hospital-wide family-to-family mentor program. Connecting Families reaches patients of all diagnoses to link them with a family who has been through a similar situation. Social workers often match families based on like diagnoses, similar treatment paths or life situations.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6747
nationwidechildrens.org/connecting-families

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
extension.osu.edu

OhioGuidestone

Offers counseling services for early childhood mental health, maternal depression, psychiatric health, mentoring and foster care. They have a range of flexible and customized programs designed to address every aspect of self, family and community needs.
Central Ohio office: 195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(888) 522-9174
ohioguidestone.org