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Mentoring / Leadership Programs

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 (866) 892-BIGS

Central Ohio Youth for Christ Campus Life

Provides several free faith-based mentoring and guidance programs for youth in the Bexley, 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) 848-4879

Central Ohio Youth for Christ City Life Center

Offers free faith-based mentoring programs for at-risk teens ages 16 to 21 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


CHLOE (Community, Health, Life Skills, Opportunities & Education) provides mentoring and education services to pregnant and teen moms in Franklin County. Teen MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) and mentoring services equip young moms to increase their parenting skills, decrease their sense of isolation and guide them toward self-sufficiency. Community education includes shaken baby prevention presentations for classrooms and community gatherings and safe sitter classes for young adolescents. There is a fee to attend the safe sitter class, but all other services are free.
P.O. Box 30241, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 477-1426

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

Has various employment, mentorship and leadership programs for youth ages 14 to 21 in Franklin County.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300

Communities in Schools ELITE Program

Minority male students ages 9 to 12 within selected Columbus area schools meet weekly at school for about an hour, either during school hours or after school. The weekly meetings have a specific focus, such as conflict management, decision making and goal setting. The program also offers field trip experiences and summer opportunities.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 268-2472

Community for New Direction

Provides free leadership programs for teens ages 14 to 18. The focus is on preventing involvement in drugs, alcohol, gang activities and crime.
2096 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 272-1464

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.  Contact directly for more information.
(614) 427-3590

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Dedicated to meeting the needs of Central Ohio youth ages 12 to 20 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, as well as those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. 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.  Contact directly for more information.
1904 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5437 or (614) 406-7232

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 Twentieth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 258-HELP or (614) 258-4357 or (614) 253-7690

Lady Butterflies

Offers social supportive services for women and teen girls in transition.  Tutoring, workshops and their “Sister Friend” mentoring and advocacy programs are among the many free services offered.  Call for more information.
595 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 836-4665


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.
57 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 442-7899

Mentoring Center of Central Ohio

A mentor is a caring, unrelated adult or older youth who builds a relationship of trust and commitment with a younger, less experienced person. The relationship is designed to enhance the young person’s attitudes, skills and behaviors. Click below for a list of agencies that provide mentoring services in central Ohio.
1885 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus , Ohio 43229
(614) 233-6368

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. The mission of this program is to link families who have “been there” with families who are just getting started. Social workers often match families based on like diagnoses, similar treatment paths or life situations. For more information, click here or call directly.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6747


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. Contact directly for information.
195 North Grant Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(888) 522-9174 or (614) 573-8690

Project Prosperity & Faith

Offers several after school and mentoring programs for youth, including a program for foster kids ages 5 to 21, a money management program for youth and an after school tutoring program.
1062 Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 500-8804