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After School Programs / Camps

Youth for STEM Equity (YSE)

Provides free programs for youth, including STEM Escape Room events, museum visits, and educational lectures. They are student-led non-profit based in Columbus, Ohio promoting diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the field of STEM. They also post helpful STEM-related content and scholarship opportunities on their Instagram. Go online to learn more and find their next event.

Career & Technical Schools in Central Ohio

Columbus City Schools Career-Technical Education: Serves high school juniors and seniors with pathways for arts, communication, construction, health sciences, transportation, human services, law / public safety and more. The Adult & Community Education office offers programs for health occupations, skilled trades, computer applications, high school equivalency, and free ESL/ESOL classes.

    • Columbus Downtown High School: 364 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
      (380) 997-4213
    • Fort Hayes Career Center: 546 Jack Gibbs Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
      (380) 997-6126
    • Adult & Community Education: 2323 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
      (614) 365-6000
  • Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools: Offers tuition-free programs for high school juniors and seniors in Franklin, Fairfield, and Pickaway counties with programs like automotive, cosmetology, graphic design, pre-nursing and more. Programs for adults include GED, ESOL, STNA, welding, HVAC, and help finding a job. They offer a free summer camp for students grades 6-8 to explore career options. The Employability Prep program for students ages 16-21 with learning differences offers hands-on job experience and soft skills training.
    • Eastland: 4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
      (614) 836-5725
    • Fairfield: 3985 Coonpath Road Northwest, Carroll, Ohio 43112
      (740) 756-9243
    • Adult Workforce Development: 4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
      (614) 836-4541
    • District Office: 4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
      (614) 836-4530
  • Delaware Area Career Center (DACC): Offers career readiness for school-aged kids, summer camps, and unique electives for high school students such as welding, computer programming, cosmetology and more. They offer a GED program and classes for adults, such as Microsoft 365, ESOL, and firefighting. They also offer Disabilities Support for individuals under 22 years old.
    4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 548-0708
  • South-Western City Schools Career Tech: Junior and senior students can take classes toward graduation that include academic knowledge and technical skills. They also offer GED, ESL and other adult education programs.
    4750 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 801-3400
  • Tolles Career & Technical Center: Serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Hilliard, London, Madison-Plains, and Jefferson school districts. Offers free adult and continuing education opportunities for ESL, GED, STNA and EMT and more professional training programs.
    7877 U.S. Highway 42 South, Plain City, Ohio 43064
    (614) 873-4666
  • Ohio Department of High Education List of Ohio Career Technical Centers:

Acton Academy Columbus

Acton Academy is a private, learner-driven K-8 school. The curriculum emphasizes deep learning through Montessori and Socratic methods, play, mixed age groups, STEAM, and hands-on projects. Programs open to non-Acton students include half-day and full-day STEAM Summer Camp, Spring Nature Groups, and an annual Children’s Business Fair for young entrepreneurs to present their products and services to real customers. Find program details and fees online.
5762 Wilcox Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 603-7227

Actors’ Theatre of Columbus (ATC)

Performing arts theater troupe based in Columbus providing actors of all experience levels a place to strengthen their performing skills. They offer year-round community productions, workshops and classes for adults, and workshops and summer camps for children and teens.
1000 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 444-6888

Africentric Personal Development Shop (APDS)

Non-profit behavioral healthcare agency providing alcohol and drug treatment, licensed counseling, domestic violence education and intervention programs, and support services for families affected by addiction. They also offer a summer camp, UCANN Serve and UCANN Lead programs for ages 11-17 to experience mentorship and civic engagement, Urban GEMS science and gardening after-school program for ages 12-19, and awards two scholarships per year for youth ages 17-22 pursuing higher education. The organization was founded by and centers the African community but serves all regardless of race, gender, disability, or economic status.
1409 East Livingstone Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 253-4448

After School All-Stars (ASAS) Columbus

Provides free after school programs for elementary and middle-school aged youth in Columbus and Toledo, Ohio. Programs include academics, enrichment activities, and health and fitness. ASAS provides programs at specific Columbus City and Toledo Public Schools, go online for locations.
(614) 257-1678
ASAS Ohio:

American Camp Association (ACA)

Find camp programs nationally accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Families can search for a camp according to age, location, activities, special needs, cost and more. Their website also has resources on preparing for camp, questions to ask a camp director, and more.
(800) 428-2267

American Legion Auxiliary of Ohio Buckeye Girls State

A week-long summer program offered to young women entering their senior year of high school who want to develop leadership skills, learn how government works, and the responsibilities of good citizenship. Participants are divided into “political parties” for hands-on experience and participate in activities including debates, journalism, campaigning, music, and field trips. The program is funded by the American Legion and is free for participants. Students must apply and show above average academic standing to be considered. Find program details online.
PO Box 2760, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
(740) 452-8245

American Legion Buckeye Boys State

A week-long summer program offered to young men entering their senior year of high school who want to develop leadership skills, learn how government works, and the responsibilities of good citizenship. Participants are divided into “political parties” for hands-on experience and participate in activities including debates, journalism, campaigning, music, and field trips. The program is funded by the American Legion and is free for participants. Students must apply and show above average academic standing to be considered. Find application details online.
(740) 362-7478

AmeriCorps & ServeOhio

Federal agency for service and volunteerism. They offer a variety of work programs for adults age 18+ to receive educational scholarships and other benefits in exchange for service. Service opportunities include NCCC climate change mitigation, VISTA alleviating poverty, Foster Grandparents, and much more. Initiatives in Ohio include Teach for America, Ohio State University Extension Public Health, and other programs aimed at improving education, economic prospects, and health in Ohio. Community-based organizations should apply for AmeriCorps grant opportunities.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 728-2916
National Service Hotline: (800) 942-2677

Archaeology, Can You Dig It?

Mobile outreach program educating students about anthropology, archaeology, and STEM topics through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Organizations request and pay for outreach services from a local, experienced educator and archeologist. Programs vary in cost and age ranges and include Chemistry, Castles & Catapults, Mummy Rap, Puzzle of Pots, Dig Pits, and more. They often host programs at Columbus Metropolitan Library locations. Go online for program details and to see if there is a program happening near you.
(614) 530-9678

Asian American Community Services (AACS)

Nonprofit providing social services in Central Ohio. Their focus is on East, Southeast, South Asian and Pacific Islander communities but they assist individuals regardless of ethnic or racial background. Programs include 24/7 interpreting services, Healthy Asian Youth after school program, free medical clinic, Family Support Program for victims of crime, and Senior outreach. They also offer adult classes for art, ESL, and computer literacy.
4700 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 220-4023


Professional ballet troupe offering year-round performances and dance education. They offer various summer camps and classes for toddlers, children, and adults of all skills levels to learn creative movement, ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary, tap, yoga, and more. They also offer intensive learning experiences for advanced dancers. Scholarships are available and some classes are free for the community. Find program details and register online.

  • BalletMet Dance Centre Downtown: 322 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • McConnell Arts Center of Worthington: 777 Evening Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085

Main Office: (614) 229-4860
Free Soar on Saturdays Classes with King Arts Complex: (614) 586-8635

Be WISE Camp

A STEM camp designed to develop excitement, problem-solving skills, and self-confidence in middle school girls through real-life, hands-on experiences in STEM. They host a day camp at Philo Junior High School in Philo, Ohio for girls grades 5-6, and a residential camp at Muskingum University for girls grades 7-8. Scholarships are available with proof of financial need. Visit the website for contact information.

Beyond the Classroom

A day summer program for students grades 6-9 to experience recreational mathematics, movies, puzzles, and problem-solving with OSU Mathematics students and faculty. The program is free of charge.
The Ohio State University, Department of Mathematics
231 West Eighteenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Ohio

Offers one-to-one community-based and school-based mentoring programs, as well as week-long, overnight camps during the summer for youth. Visit the website or call for program details and to enroll a child.
Central Ohio: 1855 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 839-2447
Ohio Offices:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus

Nationally-acclaimed club providing after-school and summer programming for youth 5-18. Programs are oriented around Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, Character & Leadership, and Mental Health & Wellbeing. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities, and mentoring. Go online for a full list of locations, including Newark, 3 Marion Clubs, and 8 Columbus Clubs.
(614) 221-8830

Bridgeway Academy and Therapy Center

Serves: Children birth to age 21, parents, and families.
Nonprofit education center serving children with autism and developmental disabilities. Bridgeway Academy utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to provide private school-day education from preschool through high school, life skills training, vocational training, and transition to adulthood support. Bridgeway Therapy Center serves Bridgeway Academy students and outpatient clients for music therapy, speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, mental health, and family partnership services. Clinical staff work with families and professionals to assess, diagnose and develop individualized treatment plans in client-centered therapy sessions. They are a provider of Ohio’s Autism Scholarship Program, Jon Peterson Scholarship, Title XX (20), Medicaid, Level One, I. O. and Self Waiver and some insurances.
1350 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, OH 43209
(614) 262-7520

Buckeye Vet Camp

A five-day summer residential camp for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to learn more about veterinary school and the profession at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Students participate in mock classes and labs, career exploration, community service, and social activities. Program fees cover lodging, meals, instruction, and social activities. Students must apply in the spring, students from educationally underrepresented backgrounds are given priority. Go online for program and application details.
The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
(614) 292-1171

Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs

The U.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for educational, cultural, and professional exchanges across the world. Full scholarships for youth are available.
High School Study Abroad:

Camp Akita

Offers a variety of faith-based summer camps for Grades 1-12, high school graduates, and families. L.I.F.E. guard is a service-based faith experience for recent high school graduates. Akita Backcountry is an outdoor education camp experience for grades 9-12. Financial assistance and payment plans are available. Go online for full program details and to register.
29746 Logan-Hornsmill Road, Logan, Ohio 43138
(614) 488-0681, ext. 101

Camp CAR (Center for Automotive Research) at The Ohio State University

A free week-long summer camp for students 14-18 years old. Students learn various aspects of automotive engineering, research, and manufacturing. Participants learn from CAR researchers, complete hands-on projects, and take field trips. Application with essay is required. Go online for details.
930 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212

Camp Corral

A free week-long summer camp for military children ages 8 – 15. Priority enrollment is given to children of wounded, injured, ill and/or fallen military members. The camp is held at various locations across the US, and helps kids learn new skills, build character, and make friends while enjoying the outdoors. Complete their online application for enrollment or call for more information.
801 North West Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
(855) 605-1267

Camp Kesem at The Ohio State University (OSU)

Supports children in the Columbus community whose parent has cancer, by providing a free summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem is operated by student volunteers and serves approximately 150 campers ages 6-16 every year. Go online for program and registration details, and to find Chapter locations in Ohio and across the U.S.

Camp Lionheart

A week-long summer camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Camper enjoy swimming, hiking, games, and crafts, while having structured grief group counseling sessions with trained, licensed professionals. Campers grieve, learn ways to cope with their loss, make friends, and have fun. The camp takes place at Camp Oty’okwa in Hocking Hills. They also have opportunities for clinical volunteers, non-clinical volunteer, and donations! The camp operates on donations and families are not charged.
(614) 506-7959

Camp RAW (Rising Appalachian Warriors)

Educational nonprofit in Athens, Ohio offering a variety of camps for youth ages 6-17 years old to have fun, develop leadership and team-building skills, and learn about local ecosystems. Camp offerings include a leadership camp, outdoor survival skills, water-themed fun, and more. They do not turn families away based on cost, and scholarships are available. They offer a land-based business apprenticeship for Dover Township residents, and no-cost consultation services for land-based projects, tree plantings, and other ecological projects.
13262 Liars Corner Road, Millfield, Ohio 45761
(740) 856-6299

Camp Wyandot

Offers overnight camps and day camps in Hocking Hills and Galena, Ohio for youth entering grades 2-12. Camps include activities such as outdoor skills, hiking, crafts, swimming, archery, natural plants/animals/geology, and special themed programs. Go online for registration details and fees.
4400 North High Street Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 481-8227

Capriccio Columbus

Capriccio Youth Choir (CYC) provides year-round programming for youth grades 2-12 to develop singing skills, knowledge of music theory, and improve vocal technique through high-quality music education. The Summer Institute is held each July, open to any singer entering grades 2-12 the following school year who want to explore choral music and enhance their singing skills. Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available. Visit the website for contact information.
PO Box 1225, Worthington, Ohio 43085

Center for Architecture & Design

Non-profit promoting accessible architecture and design in Central Ohio. Youth Design Programs include one-week summer camps for Grades 3-8 to experience design through hands-on activities, tours, field trips, presentations, and imaginative games. The High School Design Studio is an immersive two-week experience for  Grades 9-12 in a collegiate-level studio environment to learn from design educators and professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, interior design, graphic design, industrial design, and engineering. Financial scholarships are available. Find details and apply online.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-1973

Central Community House

A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Programs for families include soft skills training, employment assistance, financial education training, emergency housing/rent assistance, nutrition programs, utility services, health care, parenting workshops and more. They partner with Columbus Early Learning Centers to provide childcare. Programs for youth include after-school, summer day camp for kids ages 5-13, and the TRANSIT ARTS center which provides free music and art classes. Village Central Senior Program helps adults ages 60 and older maintain independence and combat isolation by providing transportation services, wellness programs, home repairs, organized social events, community engagement and more. They also have a business training program called  ACE, Academy for Community Entrepreneurs.
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Front Desk/Intake: (614) 252-3157
Village Central Senior Program: (614) 545-2703
TRANSIT ARTS: (614) 732-0198

Central Ohio Leadership Academy (COLA)

A high-impact leadership development experience for rising high school juniors and seniors in Central Ohio. The six-day summer experience is free, participants receive a financial award upon program completion, and transportation accommodations are available. Students make friends while developing personal leadership skills, have the opportunity to network with Columbus community leaders, and participate in additional programming as alumni. Go online to apply.
37 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 225-6934

Central Ohio Public Libraries

Visit your local library to get access to free books, music, movies and documentaries. Many libraries also offer group reading times for children, homework help, job and business help, fun events for all ages, and more. Librarians can often help you get connected to local resources in your community, even if they are not offered directly by the library. Contact your local library to confirm what services they are currently offering.


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Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC) & Gracehaven

A faith-based organization that offers free programs for youth, including:

  • City Life: Offers free group meetings, mentoring relationships, free childcare and other support for teen moms, job and life skills training and financial literacy for teens in Reynoldsburg and Franklinton.
  • Equip Skills Center: Teaches teens how to perform automobile maintenance and repairs. Donated cars are repaired under the supervision of a certified mechanic.
    (614) 237-7300
  • Point Break: A day-long anti-bullying seminars for area high schools. This evidence-based program helps teens develop compassion for each other.
  • Juvenile Justice Ministries: Offers spiritual counseling sessions and small interactive chapel services for incarcerated youth at multiple juvenile detention centers. Connects teens who have been released with mentors and peer groups.
  • Deaf Teen Quest: Fellowship groups for teens who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Gracehaven: Services for trafficked and exploited youth include a therapeutic group home, case management, and mentoring.
  • Parent Life: Connects expectant and parenting teens with adult volunteers and community partners for help with parenting skills, childcare, transportation, mentoring, and more.

PO Box 14804, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 848-4870

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

  • The CRC Family Services & Choice Food Pantry help is provided in many areas including food, clothing, household items and other support items.
  • The Youth Services – Kids Club is an afterschool and summer program for youth in grades K-5 at various locations.
  • The Kinship Care Program supports kinship caregivers and helps children avoid placement in a foster home by connecting caregivers with case management, material assistance, and referrals.

14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-8118

Columbus Academy Summer Experience

Independent country day school providing education and programs for grades Pre-K -12. Their Summer Experience offers 8 weeks of programming, and participants do not have to be Columbus Academy students. Programs include nature exploration, sports clinics, academics, swimming, arts, cooking, and more. Go online for registration details and fees.
4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
General Information: (614) 475-2311
Summer Experience: (614) 509-2267

Columbus Children’s Choir

Offers vocal instruction and music education year-round to young singers Grades 1-12 in Central Ohio to learn healthy singing, performance skills, and engage in community. No experience is required and financial assistance is available. Register online.
Broad Street Presbyterian Church
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 220-5555

Columbus Children’s Theatre (CCT)

Provides performing arts programming for youth ages 3-18. They offer traveling shows for schools and audition-based, year-round performances for various skill levels. Education opportunities include year-round classes and full-day summer camps for youth to learn acting, writing, costuming, and more. They also offer private lessons in acting, singing, and dance. Scholarships are available. Register online.
177 East Naghten Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-6672

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)

Offers Creative Summer Workshops for adults and Grades 1-12 to explore their creativity and receive professional art instruction. Classes include art and design, botanical art, printmaking, fashion design, animation, comics, and much more. They also offer Saturday Morning Art Classes for Grades 1-12, and a Pre-College Art residential program for students Grades 10-12 to earn college credit and receive mentorship. Scholarships are available. Register online.
60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-9101

Columbus Dream Center

A faith-based organization that serves the underserved and homeless in Central Ohio. They serve hot breakfasts and dinners at their Short North location. The afterschool program for elementary school students includes a meal, homework help, tutoring, Bible study, and fun activities at multiple locations. They also host Saturday programs for children kindergarten through 5th grade, and Bible study small groups for middle schoolers. Their Hilliard location hosts the Grace Medical Clinic where they provide free medical appointments.

  • Short North Location: 38 West Greenwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 547-3138
  • Medical Clinic: 4390 Reynolds Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (740) 816-6955

Columbus Literacy Council (CLC)

Offers free adult education programs including literacy classes (including financial, workplace and technology literacy), citizenship classes, ESL, and GED test preparation. They also provide career coaching and entrepreneurship skill building, life and wellness coaching, supportive services for life transitions or re-entry to the community, and supportive services for immigrants and New Americans. Youth programs include tutoring and homework help, summer camps for children ages 7-13 years old, internships, and AMP career and mentorship program for youth and young adults ages 14-24 in Franklin County. Call for program details.

  • Downtown Columbus: 92 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Whitehall: 1394 Courtright Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227
  • Reynoldsburg: 5825 Chantry Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
  • Cincinnati: 6644 Coffey Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

(614) 282-7661

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)

CML is an award-winning library and amazing resource in the community. With 23 locations throughout Franklin County, they provide a lot more than just books, including lots of free online resources, specialized programs, and community events.

  • School Help: K-12 students can get after-school homework help, K-3 students can get extra reading practice with Reading Buddies in person or online, HelpNow offers 24/7 online homework help and test prep, and some locations host After School Snacktimes.
  • Kindergarten Readiness: Find Storytimes, Play to Learn, and Kindergarten readiness classes for ages 0-5. They also have Skill Builder videos with activities you can do together at home.
  • Teen Programs: YouMedia Discord for ages 13-17 to work on music, podcasts, videos, and more with skilled mentors; homework and test prep help, and monthly Teen Spotlight videos.
  • Adult Education: They offer ESOL and GED referrals; free technology business, and coding classes; history and genealogy experts, Digital Navigator staff can help you access hardware and software, and Excel Adult High School allows adults to get their high-school degree in an online, self-paced program.
  • Adaptive Services: Request accommodations, adaptive audio and visual equipment, and large print reading materials.
  • Business & Nonprofit Resource Center: Visit Main Library for access to co-working space, specialized professional help, access to community partners, tools, and resources.

(614) 645-2275

Columbus Museum of Art (CMA)

Offers exhibitions, events, and classes for the community. Veterans and families who receive SNAP/food vouchers, WIC, or Medicaid receive free admission, including special exhibitions. Families can also access free tickets through Columbus Metropolitan Library Culture Passes, Free Admission Sundays, or $5 tickets on Thursday evenings. They offer Open Studio hours for youth every Saturday, Homeschool Workshops for Grades 1-8, Studio Thinking Workshops for Grades K-12, and Summer Art Workshops for Grades 1-5.
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6801

Columbus Music & Art Academy

Offers the Columbus International Children’s Choir, art classes, music theory classes, and singing lessons for kids ages 4-18 from Central Ohio communities. Merit-based and financial aid scholarships are available to cover a portion of class fees. They also offer options to schedule a trial class.
Bethel International United Methodist Church
1220 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 309-2546

Columbus Recreation & Parks APPS Job Readiness Program (AJRP)

Workforce development initiative for youth ages 14-23. Participants gain real-world, paid work experience with City departments and local businesses. Youth development specialists provide linkage to support services and mentorship to ensure participants’ success. Go online for eligibility and application details.

Columbus Recreation & Parks Capital Kids Afterschool Rec Club

Free program for children K-8 to get homework help, tutoring, a nutritious snack, and recreation activities. The Capital Kids program is hosted at four Community Centers. Go online to register.
Beatty Community Center: (614) 645-3218
Feddersen Community Center: (614) 645-3083
Marion Franklin Community Center: (614) 645-3160
Sullivant Gardens Community Center: (614) 645-8171

Columbus Recreation & Parks City Leaders Program

A nine-month program for youth entering 6th-8th grade, who are residents of the City of Columbus and are interested in becoming community leaders. Participants receive mentorship from city leaders and improve teamwork, public speaking, community awareness, and leadership skills. Participants must complete the application with recommendation letters and be available for monthly meet-ups during the school year.
(614) 645-3330 or (614) 645-0918

Columbus Recreation & Parks School’s Out Program

Columbus community Recreation & Parks centers open for extended hours during Columbus Public Schools’ spring, fall and winter breaks. The program allows youth to take part in a variety of activities during the day, to help meet the needs of working parents. Go online for registration details.

Columbus Recreation & Parks Therapeutic Recreation

Sponsors recreational activities that are modified to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Families can fill out an Inclusion Support Request online and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will work with them on accommodations necessary to join classes at one of their many Community Centers. They also offer inclusive summer camps, adaptive sports club, and more.
1755 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 645-5648
Inclusion Support Request:

Columbus School for Girls (CSG) Summer Programs

Columbus School for Girls hosts IDEAS Camps, a summer camp for boys and girls ages 3-12 years old. Campers experience art, science, athletics, technology, and more fun activities centered around a weekly theme. Extended care and snack are included.
65 South Drexel Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(844) 516-2267

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower Black and urban communities through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services.

788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium & The Wilds

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium offers several educational opportunities for youth. They offer week-long day camps for Grades 1-7, with optional extended care for an additional fee. The 4-day and 4-week summer camps are for ages 3-entering Kindergarten. youth participate in a variety of activities designed to have fun and promote environmental awareness, including hands-on animal experiences. ZooKids is a preschool program for ages 3-5 multiples days per week during the school year. They also offer Dayventures and Summer Camps at The Wilds conservation center in Cumberland, Ohio. Scholarships are available.

Community Development for All People (CD4AP) & All People’s Fresh Market

This faith-based organization hosts daily Fresh Markets with free produce for families, nutrition education, a Free Store with clothing and household items, after school program at Lincoln Park Elementary, free health and wellness classes, and community events.

Community for New Direction (CND)

Non-profit agency that provides services for adults and youth in three areas: prevention, intervention, and treatment. Youth services include a Summer Day Camp, after-school program, and in-school program. They teach leadership development, anti-bullying and violence prevention, job readiness, college preparedness, and focus on ATOD-V (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as violence) education. They also take high-school aged youth on an annual college tour and offer a FOCUS (Future Opportunities Created for Urban Students) program.

  • East Office: 993 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • West Office: 2096 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
  • South Office: 1008 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Outpatient Treatment Services: 1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

Main Phone: (614) 272-1464
Treatment Services Phone: (614) 252-4941

Community Parks & Recreation Programs in Your Neighborhood

Columbus has parks and recreation centers throughout the city and surrounding areas. They provide a variety of programs, camps and classes for children, teens and adults. Click below to find local programs in your neighborhood.

Conscious Community Collectives

Provides an online resource directory for families in Central Ohio to find consciously chosen resources. Their resources include education and tutoring, childcare, pregnancy, mental health providers, fun activities, and more. Small business owners can join the Business Collective to be added to their directory and access professional support services. Families can call the number below for free concierge services to help them get connected to the resources they are looking for.
PO Box 1655, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(614) 315-1851

Data Science Summer Camp

A free, week-long summer camp that introduces young women entering grades 7-9 to the field of data science and analytics. Students gain hands-on experience and work with mentors to learn how to analyze data from a wide variety of fields, discuss biases in data, explore career opportunities, learn problem-solving skills, and more. Find program details and contact information online.
The Ohio State University, Pomerene Hall

Dawes Arboretum

Arboretum enriching lives through the conservation of trees, nature and history in Newark, Ohio. They offer regular programs and events for families including Home School Investigations, Preschool Storybook Science, and Camp Dawes summer day camp for ages 5-14. Scholarships are available for family programming. The campus has nearly 2,000 acres of plant collections, gardens, hiking trails and natural areas for anyone to learn and explore.
7770 Jacksontown Road, Newark, Ohio 43056
(740) 323-2355

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF)

Program: Offers youth and their families mental and behavioral health services. Licensed social workers and counselors provide counseling and clinical treatment programs addressing a range of issues including school concerns, sexual abuse, delinquency, domestic violence, family conflict, substance abuse and mental health issues. They also offer parenting classes, free kindergarten readiness programs, and after-school and summer programs at their two youth centers.
Eligibility: Varies per program, serves those from 6 weeks old up to 21 years old.
Cost: Government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income); most programs are free.
Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else for counseling programs; psychiatric services require referral through a Directions for Youth counselor.

  • DFYF Main Office: 1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-2661
  • Ohio Avenue Youth Center: 657 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 258-8043
  • Crittenton Center: 3840 Kimberly Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 694-0214

Central Intake: (614) 294-2661

Discovery Riders

Serves: Children 4 and up with special needs. Find specific physical requirements on their website. 
Therapeutic riding center providing low-cost summer camps and equine therapeutic riding to children and individuals with a disability. Horses provide a special format for individuals to connect and socialize with the animal and each other.
(937) 935-6545
1797 State Route 47, East Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311

Drama Kids of North Columbus

Offers a variety of drama programs including school-based classes, community classes, and summer camps. School-based programs are available at Delaware, Dublin, Olentangy, Upper Arlington, Westerville, and Worthington school districts and are open enrollment. Summer camps and a variety of drama classes are available for Grades K-12. Community classes are available are held at various Recreation & Parks centers, go online for a full schedule.
(740) 201-1070

Dublin Medical Academy

A free, 4-day summer camp for high school juniors and seniors in Central Ohio to explore careers in healthcare at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dublin, Ohio. Selected students engage in hands-on, experiential learning activities, build confidence, and work directly with health professionals. Go online for application details.
6775 Bobcat Way, Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 793-5556

Empower Delaware’s Best

Offers after school, school break, and summer camp programs for elementary students (K-5) in Delaware, Ohio. Programs are focused on empowering youth in school, sports, and life. The after school program includes free transportation from Delaware Elementary Schools. Program fees are meant to be affordable for families. Go online for program and registration details.
811 North Houk Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 417-5171
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Encompass Adoptees

Hosts free monthly support groups for adoptive and foster parents and kinship caregivers, and also separate support groups for adult adoptees and foster care alum. Offers a monthly art studio for foster and adopted youth. Hosts monthly educational webinars for parents, professionals and adult adoptees / foster alum. Serves young adults beyond age 18 as well. Scholarships are available. They also provide coaching and counseling services.
122 South Terrace Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(502) 873-6723

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS)

Helps immigrants and refugees from all countries establish roots and gain self-sufficiency in Central Ohio. They offer job training, resettlement support, mentoring, English language classes (ESL), after school tutoring for children, youth summer camps, case management for victims of domestic violence and much more.
4300 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43123.
(614) 252-5362

Explorations in Neuroscience Summer Camp

A one-week camp for rising high school juniors and seniors who are interested in learning about Neuroscience, brain health and disease. Students learn through a variety of approaches including lecture, discussion, debate, games, laboratory visits, and hands-on experiments. Financial need scholarships are available upon request, contact for more information.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Department of Neuroscience
460 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-5501

Family Adolescent & Child Community Engagement Service (FACCES)

Family Adolescent and Child Community Engagement Service (FACCES)  is a non-profit providing support for families on the South side of Columbus. Programs include a free fresh market, urban gardening, cooking classes, family fitness classes, access to healthcare through OSU Wexner Medical Center Community Care Coach and family gatherings. FACCES Life Ready Urban Gardening Class is a free, weekly program for youth to learn about how to grow their own food, careers in agriculture, and environmental stewardship. Go online to register for programs and find upcoming events.
2515 Lockbourne Road, Columbus, OH  43207
(614) 319-6070 or (800) 464-0920


A non-profit providing life-skills training, career exploration, college readiness, wellness management, and direct mentorship opportunities for girls, women, and families. Programs include summer overnight camp for girls grades 6-12, mentorship for girls ages 12-18, volunteering events, and professional development opportunities for women. The Femergy Center offers a space for professional and personal events, a co-working space, and Zen room for families and entrepreneurs.
49 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 653-8454

Festa (Formally Known as Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries)

Faith-based nonprofit aiming to end suburban poverty. They offer free youth and adult programming, including a three generation family ESL program, legal clinic, summer camp for children with free breakfast and lunch, and Good Tiding low-cost Christmas store.
Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) at Mill Run
3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 586-7939

Flying Horse Farms (FHF) Camps for Kids With Serious Illnesses

Provides a free outdoor adventure camp experience for children with serious illnesses ages 7-21, and their families. They provide a medically safe environment with a staff of volunteer healthcare professionals, and camp activities like crafts, campfires, archery, swimming, and more. Family Camp is open to families of children with a wide variety of diagnoses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, developmental differences, and more. They also have virtual camp experiences, camps for Mental Health diagnoses, and Siblings. Professionals can find volunteer and Child Life Practicum opportunities.
5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
(419) 751-7077

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offers family-friendly exhibits, classes, workshops, and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness. Check the website Calendar for upcoming events and classes, which are sometimes free. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month for Community Day. Active or Retired service members get $1 off each ticket. SNAP, EBT, WIC and Medicaid recipients get tickets for $3 each with ID and proof of participation.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000

Franklinton Farms

This urban farm, located West of downtown Columbus, provides connection through farming, gardening, and education. Order online to access affordable, locally-grown produce. Anyone can visit their U-PICK garden to harvest the produce they need, for free. They also train community gardeners in communities experiencing food deserts, post free healthy recipes, provide after-school and recreational programs, and host regular community events, such as community Tea Time every Thursday.
867 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 233-1887

Geosciences Bridge Program

Offers a 6-week paid internship for graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a career in geoscience/Earth sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The program includes lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, two for-credit college courses, housing, meals, travel expenses, and a stipend. Go online for application instructions.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
30665 Student Services Center, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853
(410) 651-7747

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland (GSOH)

Helps girls build strong self-esteem and learn skills such as financial literacy, teamwork, respect for the environment, and appreciation of the arts. Girl Scouts is open to girls ages 5-17 and includes after school programs, summer camps, and service project opportunities. Adults can volunteer as troop leaders or seasonally. Go online for full program and registration details.
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Girls on the Run (GOTR) Central Ohio

A ten-week program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade to develop physical fitness, managing emotions, communication, empathy, and friendship skills. Trained coaches lead small teams through activities, running games and lessons and ends in a 5K event. They also offer a summer camp for girls in 3rd-5th grade. Fee assistance is available. Go online for registration details and locations.
Main Office: 1145-L Chesapeake Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 681-4687

Girls Who Code

Offers free coding clubs from beginner to advanced at various elementary and middle schools, libraries, and colleges for girls, women, and non-binary people. Check online for a full list of club Locations. Their website also has free, downloadable activities from beginner to advanced for anyone to learn coding at home. Their Summer Programs are free, virtual opportunities for high school students to learn coding as part of a virtual group or self-paced.

Gladden Community House

Settlement house located in Franklinton serving zip codes 43222, 43223, and 43215. Programs include parenting classes, senior outreach, a preschool, youth programming and sports, rent and utility assistance, medical appointments with The Breathing Association, and the Gladden Food Pantry. The food pantry provides home delivery for seniors and disabled residents, and diapers.

  • Main Office: 183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 227-1600
  • Food Pantry: 318 South Glenwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 228-2498

Godman Guild

Offers free adult education classes (GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer skills), community engagement programs, and youth programming (after school homework help, mentoring, summer programs, and TEEN career exploration program).
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 294-5476

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Nature center providing vital education services in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The center is pet-friendly, public space and admission is always free. They host regular STEAM programming and events for all ages, including bird walks, preschool story time, and art shows. They offer day summer camps for grades PreK-6, with limited scholarships available.
505 West Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 545-5475


Provides programs and education on nutrition, wellness and arts in Columbus. Their programs bring together community members of all ages to participate activities such as crafts, open mics, exercise, nutrition / wellness education and more. Go online to volunteer or find their next event.

Heart of Unlimited Boundaries (HUB)

Provides therapeutic, recreational, and employment programs for children and adults with disabilities or critical illnesses. They are known for their adapted Go-Karting program (therapeutic karting), which enables severely disabled individuals to drive a vehicle on an outdoor course. They also offer 3-D printing classes and an adaptive equipment lab for development of inclusive technology.
308 Reynolds Street, West Liberty, Ohio 43357
(614) 800-3310

Highland Youth Garden

This teaching garden is located in the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus. They offer garden tours, field trip experiences and donation-based produce bags for pick-up. Hilltop families can sign up for a garden bed kit with everything needed to grow an edible garden in their backyard, including access to a Garden Mentor to help get the most from their garden. They also offer Garden Club (a free weekly after-school program for Grades K-6), Green Teens (a paid summer work program for youth ages 14-19) and a low-cost Summer Camp for ages 6-13.
67 South Highland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 653-8263
Español: (614) 407-4540

Hixon Dance

Dance company and studio in Clintonville, Ohio. They offer classes in a variety of dance styles and somatic movement for ages 2-5, ages 6-12, teens, and adults. ChoreoLab is a student performing ensemble for students to create and perform a dance together. They also offer online classes, private lessons, and week-long summer camps for ages 3-10. You can also book a trial class before enrolling.
5080 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(380) 222-4196

Home for Families (HFF)

Provides wrap-around programming to support families overcoming or at-risk for homelessness. Case managers help families access stable housing, emergency rent and utility assistance, household and hygiene items. Education programs include SPARK for 3-4 year old children not enrolled in Pre-K to prepare for Kindergarten, and STEAM afterschool and summer programs for grades K-8 at Dowd Education Center.
(614) 461-9247
Homeless Hotline (614) 274-7000

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) for Ohio

National organization providing unique leadership training and service-learning experiences for youth, empowering youth from all backgrounds to become leaders with purpose. The flagship State Leadership Seminars accept high school sophomores who have been nominated by their school or a community organization. State Seminars are held at three sites in Ohio: Ohio West, North, and South. HOBY also offers a World Leadership Congress for juniors and seniors, and Community Leadership Workshops for 9th graders at various sites across the country.
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I Am My Brother’s Keeper (IAMBK)

Mentorship program for young men of color in middle and high school throughout the school year and summer. The program offers safe and healthy ways to have fun while building career, artistic, academic, professional, and physical strengths. Participants may be placed with internships, hands-on learning experiences, drug, alcohol and violence prevention activities depending on their individual needs. Participants must be ages 9-15 whose families meet income eligibility. Call for enrollment.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300

I-DOC (Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers) Summer Program

A four-day residential summer program to help underrepresented students explore the career of optometry. Travel, room and board, and most meals are provided for successful applicants. Students experience living on a college campus, network with faculty and staff, participate in mock interviews, and shadow real optometrists.  Go online for application details and contact information.
338 West Tenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

iD Tech

Offers summer camps, immersive Teen Experiences, virtual STEM camps, and private lessons across the country for youth ages 7-19. Programs include coding, game development, robotics, design, and more. Columbus programs are held at Ohio State University. Program fees are significant but scholarships are available.
(888) 709-8324
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Integrity Athletics

Athletic recreation center in Central Ohio offering a variety of classes, training opportunities, and competitions for youth, preschool and up. Classes include gymnastics, tumbling, martial arts, and HUGS gymnastics for special needs youth. They also host a preschool open gym, special events, and summer camp. They partner with Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine to provide specialized athletic training.
8185 Business Way, Plain City, Ohio 43064
(614) 733-0818

Jazz Arts Group

Non-profit dedicated to producing, performing, and promoting jazz. Their community performances include PB&J Jazz concerts meant to introduce young children and families of all ages to different styles of jazz. They offer Jazz workshops for kids and adults to hone instrumental or vocal skills. They host a Community Jazz Band for adults, and Columbus Youth Jazz for Grades 7-12. Find program details and register online. Scholarships are available for summer workshop fees.
769 East Long Street 4th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 294-5200

Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus

Provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts opportunities in an inclusive environment defined by Jewish values and culture. All are welcome to participate in their programs. Programs include teen recreation, summer and spring break camps, after school programs, preschool and daycare, fitness classes, theater, and more.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-2731

John Glenn College of Public Affairs High School Internship Program (HSIP)

Internship program through the Ohio State University for high-school seniors in Central Ohio to gain hands-on experience in public service. Students spend a semester at a public sector organization such as the Ohio House of Representatives or Franklin County Public Health, or similar organization while earning college credit. Applications open during the winter. Go online for eligibility requirements and application details.
(614) 247-6259

An online summer camp directory with camps in the U.S. and worldwide. Camps are organized by category, including sports, academic, adventure, religious, arts and special needs. You can also search for camps by state, age group, and overnight versus day camp.

King Arts Complex

Connecting community through the arts, they offer visual and performing arts summer camp and “school break” camps in the spring and winter for children ages 5 to 13. They also host community events, such as the Heritage Music Festival, MLK Day Open House and art exhibits at their Elijah Pierce Gallery.
835 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 645-5464

Kingdom Image Arts

Provides faith-based quality arts programs for individuals, families, and communities. They offer entrepreneurship services, a monthly live concert series, and host the annual Kingdom Image Awards to support cultural diversity in Central Ohio. Kingdom Kidz offers after-school and summer camp programs for youth ages 6-18 to experience career and art exploration, mentoring, life skills, healthy meals and fun. Kingdom Kidz programs are free for TANF-eligible families (and low-cost for non-TANF families).
2501 Mock Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219

Law & Leadership Institute (LLI)

Non-profit working with high school students from underserved communities to prepare them for careers in the legal profession. They provide a year-round, four-year-long program which includes academic programming, a legal internship, ACT/SAT prep, college visits and application help, and moot court competition.  The program is free and students are provided bus passes and lunch. They also offer trainings for professionals, a Summer Institute experience, and a Diversity in Leadership Undergraduate Fellowship.
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 236-6305

Lead the Way Learning Academy

Non-profit providing educational enrichment and youth development in Franklin County. They provide after-school programs at Bridge Gate Community School, Franklinton High, West High, New Albany High, Groveport-Madison High, Horizon Science Academy, The Charles School, and The Graham School. Programs are free for income-eligible families. Their Student Support Program provides hygiene items and food to students 16-21. The Summer Program provides paid work development experiences for Franklin County residents ages 16-21.
(614) 842-4993

Leaders Emerging & Developing (LEAD)

Organization bringing STEM education to underserved youth. Programs include STEM mentorship, leadership development, and tutoring for students K-12. The ACT Advantage Academy provides affordable ACT prep for 8th-12th graders. Some services are free. Scholarships are available.
PO Box 361061, Columbus, Ohio 43236
(614) 407-6049

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)

Non-profit organization helping high-achieving students from under-resourced backgrounds, especially first generation college students, gain admission to the nation’s most selective colleges. Each year 100 high school juniors are invited to a 7-week summer program at Princeton University, which includes leadership training, standardized test prep, career guidance, and more. Participants have access to support and advising through college and beyond. All services are free. Find application details online.
121 West 36th Street, New York, New York 10018
(646) 582-3608

Learn, Sing, and Grow

Offers music and movement classes for ages 4 months to 5 years old. Kindermusik uses dance, storytelling, movement, singing and music to help develop confidence and coordination, improve attention skills, enhance rhythm, creativity and more. Classes have a fee and are offered year-round.
28 North High Street, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 845-2923

Let Me Run

This program for boys in 3rd-8th grade inspires boys to be themselves, be active and belong. Twice a week for 7 weeks, two trained volunteer coaches lead an elementary or middle school team through practices that utilize running to help boys gain confidence, self-expression, and respect for peers and coaches. Each fall and spring season culminates in a 5k race. Scholarships and financial assistance may be available. Go online to find out more information.
PO Box 163, Amlin, Ohio 43002
(614) 517-9591

LifeCare Alliance Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA)

Offers services for Central Ohio families managing diabetes including education and counseling, medical nutrition therapy, and wellness checks with registered nurses at their community center locations. They accept Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance with no direct cost to patients. They also offer free testing supplies for those needing assistance, and accept donations for supplies. Camp Hamwi offers fun, outdoor summer camp experiences for youth ages 7-17 with diabetes. Camp fees are low and scholarships are available for families who qualify based on income.
1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Diabetes Services: 614-437-2912
Camp Hamwi: 614-437-2914

Locker Soccer Academy

Soccer academy that places value on children’s holistic development and enjoyment of the sport before competition. They offer classes starting from age 2 all the way up to adults. They also offer open gym events, specialized athletic training, and party hosting.
330 West Case Street, Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 470-5522

Lower Lights Ministries (LLM)

A faith-based organization serving individuals and families in Columbus. They offer transitional housing for previously incarcerated women, low-income families and individuals, and women struggling with substance use. Their adult mentorship program includes a weekly hot meal, job and finance mentoring, life coaching, and supportive services. They offer homework help, mentoring, and a summer day camp for at-risk youth ages 7-17. The Lower Lights Salon hosts free haircut events, and work training for women who have experienced addiction or incarceration.

McConnell Arts Center of Worthington

Arts center offering art exhibits, performances, and programming for families. They offer art classes throughout the year, and summer camps for children and teens. Go online for fees and registration details.
777 Evening Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 431-0329

MD Camp

An intensive, three-week summer day camp for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers in medicine, including biomedical research. Students participate in lectures, hear from guest speakers, get clinical exposure, and participate in a community project at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Applicants are awarded full and partial scholarships based on financial need and quality of application. Visit the website for application details.
370 West Ninth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-8489

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

A free, six-week residential academic enrichment program for high school juniors with a strong academic record and desire for rigorous science education. Students’ housing, meals and activity costs covered by the program. Selected participants receive college admissions counseling, high-level coursework, social events and exploration of the Boston area, and a written evaluation to use for college applications. Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply. Find applications details online.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


Experiential learning program through the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio for high school juniors and seniors from public schools in Franklin County. Students attend the program for a half-day for one or two years, and explore the humanities through hands-on projects, field trips, and working directly with local organizations. Go online for application details.

National Park Service Interagency Pass

Each pass covers entrance fees at lands managed by the National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service and standard amenity fees (day use fees) at lands managed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers. Free Interagency Passes are available for 4th graders, senior citizens, US military families, and individuals with permanent disabilities. Find program details and park locations on their website.
(202) 208-6843

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Athletic Training Workshop

Summer workshop for high school students interested in athletic training, emergency medicine, nursing, physical therapy or other allied health and medical professions. Participants will also have the option of becoming certified in CPR. The 3-day workshop is held in Westerville, Ohio at the Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, and at Otterbein University. There is a fee. Go online to register.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Job Shadowing & Internships

Job shadowing opportunities allow students to spend time with a healthcare professional, see the work duties performed, and observe interactions between staff and patient families. High school students cannot participate in hands-on care. All shadow and internships for high school students must be coordinated by the school. NCH also provides paid work opportunities for youth and young adults ages 16-24 during the summer season.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0678
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Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Mechanisms of Human Health & Disease

This summer program offers college-level experiences in medicine and research to motivated and high-achieving high school students. Students explore career options, attend lectures, and complete projects investigating diseases. The top student from the program is given the opportunity to participate in an internship at Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Students must apply for the program and there is a program fee, find details online.
575 South Eighteenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Summer Scientist Education Series

This free program exposes high school students to the scientific method and careers in medical research during the summer. Students can register to attend free in-person or virtual classes exploring careers in medical research.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0589

Noor Islamic Cultural Center (NICC)

Non-profit religious organization serving Columbus’ diverse Muslim community, and the community at large. They have many programs for Muslim youth year-round, including boys’ and girls’ groups for fellowship and volunteering, Quran study groups, ACT/SAT prep, interscholastic competition, running club, and more. Services for adults include spiritual and marriage counseling, and mutual aid for financial difficulty. Find program details and financial help form on their website.
5001 Wilcox Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 527-7777

Ohio Afterschool Network

OAN is part of a nationwide network serving families and professionals in afterschool and summer learning. Their website has tools like quality guidelines for professionals, and STEM education toolkits. Families can use the Find a Program interactive map to find afterschool and summer programs in Ohio based on location.
1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212
(833) 626-6446

Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board

Provides rising high school juniors and seniors with an opportunity to get an inside look at working in Ohio law and government. Selected students serve a one-year term to advise the Attorney General on issues related to teens, collaborate with others to develop solutions, attend meetings, professional presentations, and community events. Applications generally open in late spring and are due in summer, go online for details.

Ohio Business Week (OBW)

Summer program for high school students interested in business, entrepreneurship, and career exploration. Students stay on a college campus for one week. Daily activities revolve around small group “companies” where students develop a unique service or product to solve a real-world business problem with peers. Students also hear from consultants and professionals throughout the week, and pitch their ideas to prospective investors. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
583 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 488-6327

Ohio Craft Museum

Promotes fine craft artists, offers exhibitions and art classes for the community. They have arts and craft classes, workshops, and summer camps for children, teens and families throughout the year. Go online for fees and registration.
1665 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 486-4402

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Agency providing culturally and linguistically-appropriate services for the growing Latino/Hispanic communities throughout Ohio. Services include homework help and after school programs, summer camps, financial education, translation and interpretation services, ESL and citizenship classes, and more. The Soy Latina program serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and includes crisis intervention, safety planning, medical and legal advocacy, and a Community Empowerment Group.
Main Office: 1535 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 459-6566
Interpreter Services: (614) 746-1032
Soy Latina: (614) 746-3534

Ohio History Connection

The Ohio History Connection oversees 58 historic sites and museums across the state. The Ohio History Center and Ohio Village are located in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to the museum exhibits, families can take advantage of their many family-friendly events and activities. They also offer immersive experiences for homeschool families. Their website also has lesson plans and educational resources for parents and teachers.
Ohio History Center: 800 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 297-2300 or (800) 686-6124
Museum & Historic Site Locator:

Ohio Military Kids (OMK)

Offers programs for military youth and families through Ohio State University 4-H Youth Development. Hosts events, family summer camps, teen leadership camps, and military family meet-ups. They can also connect military families to resources for reintegration, education, and emergency assistance.
(614) 247-8160

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

OSU College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences works with families, farmers, business owners, and community leaders to build better communities in Ohio. They offer soil testing kits, 4-H Youth Development Clubs, community courses on Urban Agriculture, Beginner’s Grant Writing, and Food Safety. Their Family & Consumer Sciences office offers nutrition and lifestyle resources including SNAP education, Dining with Diabetes, Food Preservation, and more.
2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 866-6900

Ohio State University (OSU) LiFEsports

Free program serving vulnerable youth through sports-based positive youth  development at various school and community center locations in Columbus. They offer after school programs, summer camps, and sports clinics for youth ages 5-14. The Youth Leadership Academy is a 4 year program for high schoolers to experience professional development, mentoring, career visits, and college prep. Free meals and transportation are provided. Go online or call for registration details.
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43210
(614) 514-5942

Ohio State University (OSU) Recreational Sports

Facilities at Ohio State University for indoor and outdoor recreation. OSU students can find information on fitness classes, disability accommodations, and more. Offerings open to the community include Red Cross swim classes and Camp Recky, a sports and recreation summer camp for ages 6-13.
337 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-7671

Ohio State University (OSU) Youth Summer Music Programs

Offers a variety of summer programs for middle school and high school instrumental and vocal musicians. Programs include Jazz Camp, Vocal Arts Camp, OSU Marching Band Clinic, Music Leadership Intensive, and many more. Go online for fees and registration details.
1866 College Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) Summer Institute

Offers several summer programs for students and educators to gain hands-on experience in computer science and STEM. The Summer Institute is a two-week residential program for academically-gifted high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors. The Youth Watershed Summer Institute is a week-long residential program for Ohio students in 6th or 7th grade. They also have a Summer Institute for K-12 teachers. Participants experience project-based learning, explore topics and problems in science, and enjoy recreation at The Ohio State university campus. No scholarships are available for these programs. Go online for program and registration details.
1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 292-9248

Ohio University (OU) High School Journalism Workshop

A summer residential program that offers high school students opportunities to learn the latest journalism techniques and a chance to earn college credit. They offer various session tracks, including broadcast, photojournalism, sports, advertising, podcasting and more. Scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
20 East Union Street, Athens, Ohio 45701
(740) 593-2587

Ohio University Summer Arts Programs

Summer programming through Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts includes pre-college programs for students ages 14-18, Arts for Youth in elementary and middle school, Summer Music Academy for high school musicians and vocalists, and Summer Dance Institute residential experience. Scholarships and financial aid are available. Find program and registration details online.
54 East Union Street, Athens, Ohio 45701
(740) 593-1808

Ohio Wesleyan University Junior League (OWjL) Camp

A residential summer camp program for academically-gifted students in grades 6-8. Campers select four courses from an academic program that includes mathematics, logic, computing, science, humanities and creative development. Students stay on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus and enjoy cultural and recreational activities. They also offer a day camp for grades 4-6. Scholarships are available.
(740) 368-3939
61 South Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC)

The Ohio Wildlife Center is a non-profit offering educational and community programming, in addition to the animal services offered at the Ohio Wildlife Hospital. They offer wildlife-based, nature summer camps for ages 3-16 with programs that include outdoor adventuring, arts and crafts, helping with animal care, and more. Scholarships are available. They also offer summer internships in education, environmental & veterinary sciences. Anyone can visit the center in-person to learn about wildlife, enjoy free events, or rent the facility for birthday parties.
Ohio Wildlife Center: 6131 Cook Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
Ohio Wildlife Hospital: 2661 Billingsley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 734-9453

OSU Manufacturing & Materials Joining Innovation Center (Ma2JIC) Summer Internship Program

A paid summer internship program for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in exploring welding engineering. High-school students are matched with graduate students and assist with an ongoing research project in an engineering laboratory, and give a capstone presentation at the end of the program. Interns are expect to work up to 24 hours per week with a flexible schedule. Applications are generally available in winter and due in February.
1248 Arthur E. Adams Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 292-1182

Otterbein Summer Music Experience

Offers music education to rising 9th through 12th grade composers, pianists, classical vocalists, strings, wind, brass players and percussionists. Students have opportunities to get an introduction to college music training, daily one-on-one instrumental or vocal lessons, musicians’ health, music technology, music history and more. Scholarships are available.
170 West Park Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 823-1219


Somali-led non-profit improving the lives of immigrant and refugee families in Franklin County. Services include case management, ESL classes, mental health first aid classes, help with rent and utilities, food pantry, and youth programming.
2021 East Dublin Granville Road, Suite 197, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 733-9555

PAST Foundation

Educational non-profit offering experiential programs for students based in Anthropology, STEM, and problem-solving. They offer a variety of summer day programs, community events, and professional opportunities for educators.
1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 340-1208

Patternz Summer Camp at The Lincoln

The historic Lincoln Theatre offers year-round performances, community programming, and professional development for artists. Patternz Summer Camp consists of multiple one-week camps for ages 6-13 to spark creativity and gain confidence through multiple art forms, including dance, theater, music and visual arts.
769 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 719-6936

Philosophy and Critical Thinking (PACT) Summer Camp

A summer learning program for high school students through The Ohio State University Department of Philosophy. Campers explore philosophical concepts through guest lectures, interactive discussions, debates, media, and games. Inability to pay should not prohibit students from attending the camp, and need-based financial aid is available.
(614) 292-7914

Pills, Potions, & Poisons

A week-long summer program for high school students with an interest in biomedical sciences who have completed a high-school level Biology or Chemistry course. Students learn through experiments, field trips, projects, and explore careers in pharmaceuticals. The program cost includes supplies, meals, field trip expenses, and a T-shirt. Financial assistance is available, contact the program for details.
Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
500 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-2266

Preservation Parks of Delaware County

Nature and history conservatory offering parks & trails, facilities, and programs for families to explore. They offer group hikes, community events, and more.
2656 Hogback Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074
(740) 524-8600

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

An intensive, multi-week, residential program for high school juniors from limited-income backgrounds with an interest in journalism. The cost is free, including housing, meals, and travel to and from Princeton. Go online for eligibility and application information.
36 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08544

Priscilla R. Tyson Cultural Arts Center

Part of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, they offer art classes, workshops, exhibitions, and meeting spaces. They offer year-round week-long and 7-8 week class sessions for youth and adults, which include ceramic, enameling, painting classes and much more. Conversations & Coffee meets every other Thursday for artist talks and community discussion. Class fee assistance is available, find details apply online.
139 West Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7047

Proyecto Mariposas

Non-profit providing a supportive learning environment for Latina girls ages 2-17 and their mothers/guardians with the goal of developing brave girls and strong women. Their programs focus on self-esteem, culture, and healthy development. Programs include providing school supplies, weekly activities for girls and moms,  a week-long day camp is for girls ages 11-17, workshops for moms on health and nutrition. Visit the website for contact information and program details.

Reeb Avenue Center

Provides a variety of programs designed to strengthen families on the South Side of Columbus. Services include GED classes, adult education and workforce development, early education child care, youth and family services, in collaboration with community partners (Boys & Girls Club, House of Hope, Southeast Healthcare Services, Godman Guild, St. Stephen’s Community Center, Alvis, Community Development for All People).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9280

Remember Us Urban Legends (RUUL)

Provides free trauma-informed, culturally-relevant after-school and summer programs to help teens in Columbus City Schools reach their full potential. Programs include job skill & training opportunities, one-on-one mentorship and leadership training, and teen nights. They also host events for parents and community members. Go online to apply.
(614) 342-0505‬

Reynolds Young Writers Workshop

A 8-day residential writing program for high school students (rising juniors and seniors) who love to write. The workshop is held at Denison University. Need-based financial assistance is available.
100 West College Street, Granville, Ohio 43023
(740) 587-6207

Riverview International Center (RIC)

Resource Center assisting with basic needs for New Americans. Services include ESL classes, employment services, computer literacy, citizenship assistance, homework and reading help, a monthly legal clinic, and summer programming for elementary and middle school children. Their office welcomes walk-ins for any questions about navigating life in America.
552 Riverview Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 427-3368

Ross Mathematics Program

An intensive six-week summer course for high school students to explore higher-level mathematics. Programs are held at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio and Rose-Hulman Institute in Indiana.  Students must apply to participate. Program fees are significant but financial aid is available. Go online for program details and contact information.

Rotary Youth Exchange

Program sponsored by Rotary Clubs for youth ages 15-19 to experience living as an international exchange student. Students attend local schools and live with host families while learning a new language, culture, and leadership skills. Rotary Club covers room and board costs and school fees. Application details vary depending on your local Rotary Club guidelines. Visit the website to find your local Rotary Club and contact them for more information.

Royal Oak Initiative (ROI) Chess Clubs

Organization using chess to help underserved youth develop critical thinking, stewardship, leadership, and have fun. They offer Chess Clubs, a 10-12 week Academy program, and workshops at various schools, libraries, and community organizations. Clubs receive supplies, training, and ongoing support from ROI to launch and maintain weekly chess clubs and leadership activities. Contact the ROI to find a club near you or start one at your organization. Their 4C Cooperative Chess Cultural Center on the East side of Columbus offers monthly memberships to access co-working space, event rentals, art, community open chess play, and more community events.
80 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 500-3406

Salvation Army

Serves: Single Adults & Families
Offers various faith-based services for Central Ohio families. Housing Services include finding housing, financial assistance, and case management. They also offer programs for youth after-school programming and tutoring, food assistance, emergency utility assistance, support for human trafficking survivors, and addiction recovery. Their thrift stores offer items at bargain prices to fund programs. You can find thrift store, church locations, and program details on their website.

  • Administrative Office
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-6811 or (800) 725-2769
  • Housing Service Locations
    Franklin County: 966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    Delaware & Union Counties: 3769 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    Morrow County: 644 West Marion Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
    Homeless Hotline: (614) 274-7000
  • Youth Learning Centers
    Linden: 3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    Hilltop: 2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 437-2159
  • Food Pantries: Call to schedule an appointment
    Franklin County: (614) 341-2282
    Delaware County: (740) 369-5301
    Union County: (740) 363-9487
    Senior Food Boxes: (614) 437-2134
  • Human Trafficking Services:
    24/7 Hotline: (888) 373-7888
    (614) 358-2614
  • Addiction Rehabilitation Center: Serves men struggling with addiction
    (614) 221-4269
  • Emergency Utility Assistance:
    Use the link to find a caseworker in your zip code for assistance.

Science Near Me STEM Resources

This project through the National Science Foundation provides a database of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs and opportunities near you. Search by name, location, or activity type to find after school programs, community events, citizen science projects, and more.

Senate Page Program

High school juniors ages 16-17 can apply to serve the United States Senate as a Page for a year. Pages live away from home and assist their State Senator in day to day operations, with room and board automatically deducted from the Pages’ salary. Pages maintain a rigorous schedule with schoolwork, working on the Senate floor, field trips, and recreation with other Pages. Not all State Senators can accept Pages and application requirements may vary between Senators. Go online to find your State Senator and apply.
Page Program Website:
Ohio Senate Page Program, Office of Rep. Sherrod Brown:

Seven Baskets Community Development Corporation

Faith-based, nonprofit organization that partners with Columbus City Schools to provide homework help, after-school programs, and summer day camps for elementary students at Leawood, Lindbergh, Scottwood, and Shady Lane. They also host a middle school group at their community house, and provide families with donated clothing and school supplies. Call for program details.
Community House: 1635 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227
Mailing Address: Seven Baskets Community Development PO Box 65, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 406-2548

Shadowbox Live

Local theatre company offering performance art performances and educational programs. Studio 8 Arts Program offers high school students the opportunity to gain professional experience and mentorship in performance arts and production arts. Applicants must audition and the experience ends with full-length performances.
503 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 416-7625

Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Simon Kenton Council is the Boy Scout chapter for 18 counties in central and southern Ohio. Their flagship scouting programs offer personal development, outdoor skills, and community service for boys and girls from grades K-12. They also offer specialized programs for ages 14-20, camps for adult scouts, and a summer STEM day camp. Scholarships are available for most programs. Go online for program and registration details.
807 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 436-7200
Simon Kenton Council:
Boy Scouts of America National:

Simply Living in Worthington

Offers a directory of locally-owned and sustainable businesses and a variety of courses on environmental sustainability, nonviolent communication, healthy living, personal finance, and civic engagement. They host regular free and low-cost community events including yoga, bird-watching, mindfulness, and Empathy Calls weekly support group. They also offer opportunities for internship or volunteering.
‪659 High Street, Worthington, OH 43085
(614) 447-0296‬‬

Somali Community Association of Ohio (SCAO)

Non-profit founded by Somali immigrants serving elders, working adults, teens, and children at no charge, with special support and attention for recent immigrants. Services include ESL classes, employment assistance, youth afterschool programs, legal assistance, financial assistance, housing referrals, case management, and more. Call their office for personal assistance and current program offerings.
3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 262-4068

South Side Thrive

A network of partners in the South Side of Columbus working to holistically improve quality of life for residents. Their website has helpful information and resources for finding healthcare and insurance, healthy eating, resilience, mental and physical wellness, and managing chronic conditions. Use their Resource Map to locate resources like food, childcare, healthcare, legal help, and more in the South Side. Go online to contact the organization.

St. Stephen’s Community House

Faith-based community center serving the Linden-area community. Programs include rental and utility assistance, childcare for children 6 weeks to 5 years at Christ Child Early Learning Center, afterschool and summer programs, Kinship Aftercare, Family to Family empowerment program for families with open cases with FCCS, senior food and transportation, and more. They are also a Mid-Ohio Market site, providing a food pantry with Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Find program details online.
1500 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 294-6347

Stowe Mission of Central Ohio

A faith-based, non-profit organization that provides various services including a food pantry (appointment required), free hot lunches, dental clinic, and vision clinic. Their after school program includes academic, spiritual, and emotional support for K-6 students. Transportation is provided from five local schools, but kids from any school district are welcome. They also offer scholarships for graduating seniors at South High School to pursue college or vocational training. The Stowe Pregnancy Resource Center offers free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, and consultation.
888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 445-8400

Stowe Pregnancy Resource Center:
(614) 620-7286

Stratford Ecological Center

This non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve offers workshops and classes for children, farm tours, and family programs. Programs include Farm School, which qualifies as an Alternative Learning Experience credit in Ohio. They offer a variety of summer camps for youth and families which include learning the rhythms of nature and a farm, fun activities, and leadership opportunities for high schoolers. Their internships for adults provide opportunities in sustainable agriculture, non-profit administration, family programming, and more.
3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-2548

Summer Academy for Mathematics & Science (SAMS)

A 6-week immersive, residential program for students from communities underrepresented in STEM to receive STEM education and mentorship at Carnegie Mellon University. Students must be a junior in high school to apply. Selected students participate in the program for free, including housing and dining. Visit the website for full eligibility and application details.
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
(412) 268-5914

Summer Institute for Future Nurses

A free, three-day program for high school students to explore nursing careers through hands-on activities, tours, and engagement with faculty, staff and students. The program is open to incoming high school students grades 9-12 who meet eligibility requirements.
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
1577 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Summer Law & Trial Institute

Free 2-week program for high school students from Southeast Ohio to develop core critical legal skills, gain experience interacting with legal professionals, and learn about transitioning to college. Selected students have daily interactions with lawyers, judges, and Ohio University (OU) faculty, and develop knowledge and skills that will prepare them for collegiate study. The program is free of charge. Go online for full program details and application instructions.
1 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701
(740) 593-0835

Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS)

SLIYS (pronounced “SLICE”) is a one- or two-week online summer program for high school students grades 9-12 organized by the Department of Linguistics at The Ohio State University. Participants explore linguistic sciences and learn from native-language speakers. There is tuition for the program but financial aid is available, and a student’s inability to pay should not prohibit them from attending the program. Go online to apply.
1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-3109

Summer Scholars Program

A two-week early college experience for high-achieving, rising high school juniors and seniors at Miami University. Students will join an engaged community of learners and participate in challenging, immersive academic modules and attend workshops on topics such as the college admission process and financial aid. Need-based financial scholarships are available for students to attend this program. Fees and scholarships do not include transportation to the Miami University campus. Summer Scholars alumnus receive priority consideration for admission to Miami University’s undergraduate programs.
301 South Campus Avenue, Oxford, Ohio 45056
(513) 529-2531

Suzuki Music Columbus

A nonprofit organization that offers year-round violin, viola and cello programs for students as young as 3 years old. The Suzuki method applies principals of language learning to music and parent participation to encourage character development and musical mastery. Fees are reduced in the summer months. Find program details online.

  • Main Branch: Redeemer Lutheran Church
    1555 South James Road, Columbus, Ohio 43209
  • North Branch: Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church
    7521 South Old State Road, Lewis Center, Ohio 43085

(614) 216-1343

Tech Corps

Non-profit providing high-quality computer science and IT learning experience for students K-12 at multiple locations across the country. Students explore math, science, and technology through hands-on activities at their Techie Camps, Clubs, and Workshops. They also provide workshops and opportunities for professionals. Their website also has free activities and lesson plans for students or teachers to print and complete at home.
6600 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 583-9211

Teen Corps

A 8-week summer internship for 15-18 year old teens in the Columbus City School District to gain hands-on experience in urban farming. Participants receive a stipend for working in the Franklin Park Conservatory Community Garden, and sell the produce they grow at the Conservatory’s Farmer’s Market. Students learn about horticulture, the environment, entrepreneurship, and communication. Students must apply online and be selected to participate. Transportation is not provided.
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
1777 East Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8034

The Art of Music

Uses movement, music, and art to bring kids together and provide an enriching experience. They offer year-round 6-week sessions, small groups, and summer camp for ages 1-21, as well as adult groups. Each session is a blend of music and visual art experiences that actively involve children of all abilities. Find program details and sign up online.
129 Orangewick Drive North, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
(937) 645-7641

The Brian Muha Foundation & The Run The Race Center

A faith-based organization offering youth development programs for inner-city youth in Columbus, Ohio. Youth of all ages can get homework help, sports, arts, and recreation at their Day School and Run the Race Center. The Run the Race Farm provides a unique environment for youth to learn about science, farm life, and enjoy the outdoors. Contact the organization for registration information.
(614) 276-2171

The College of Wooster’s B-WISER Science Camp for Girls

A week-long residential camp for 7th and 8th grade girls interested in STEM in Ohio. Students take a full daily curriculum with classes in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, robotics, and other advanced topics. Students experience cooperative learning, develop self-confidence, and hear from professional women in science about their journeys. Students use campus science labs and stay in Wooster’s college dorms. Inability to pay should not be a barrier to attending camp, the program offers subsidized camp rates and financial aid scholarships.
308 East University Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691
(330) 263-2105

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

Center located in Newark, Ohio with interactive STEM learning labs, planetarium, art gallery, and history exhibits. Admission rates are low and they offer many discounts for veterans, teachers, SNAP recipients, and more. They offer free programming for families and adults year-round, including a STEMfest for high schoolers during spring break. Summer Camps are available for ages 3-12 and financial assistance is available for camp fees. They also provide teacher professional development across east central Ohio. Go online for program details and to plan your visit.
55 South First Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-9277

The Young Writers Workshop

Offers a supportive literary community for young writers, based at Kenyon College. They offer summer residential workshops, and online workshops in summer and winter. Workshops are for high-school students ages 16-18 who are eager to become better writers and insightful thinkers. Financial aid is available.
102 West Wiggin Street, Gambier, Ohio 43022
(740) 427-5208

Think Make Live Youth

Empowers youth in Columbus through equity and justice, bridge building, empowerment, belonging and fun. Programs include Guns DOWN group for ages 13-24 to heal from trauma and prevent violence, Unleashing Potential for ages 18-24 navigating the criminal justice system, and Summer Workforce for ages 14-24 to gain paid work and community service opportunities. Call for details.
(614) 323-9297

Thurber House

Nonprofit literary arts center in Columbus offering community events, creative writing workshops and classes, publishing opportunities, and more. Youth programs include Summer Writing Camp for grades 2-9, Young Docents for grades 5-6, Young Writers’ Studio for high schoolers, and Flip the Page Teen Literary Journal. Scholarships are available for students needing financial assistance.
Thurber Center Program Space: 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Thurber House Historic Museum: 77 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 464-1032

Trades of Faith

Offers skilled trades programs to empower youth in Columbus, Ohio. The Project Genesis Program is a paid, 4-week summer internship for youth ages 14-18. Youth are matched with a worksite based on their area of interest and location, and gain hands-on experience working alongside industry professionals. The Gen II Gen is a 12-week program for youth ages 18-24 to receive job training, worksite experience, and a certification of completion to use for job placement. All programs are free for participants, and include a shirt, water bottle, and all tools needed for the worksite. Go online for program details and to register.
(614) 623-0561

Transit Arts

An open studio for youth ages 12 to 21. They offer mentoring opportunities, opportunities to perform and exhibit artwork throughout Columbus, and free workshops in performing, visual, writing, or media arts. Visit the website for additional contact information.

  • Transit Arts Studio: 294 Wilson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 732-0198
  • Central Community House: 1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 252-3157

TriVillage Mentor League (TVML)

Non-profit offering school-based mentoring to youth in grades K-3 at Stevenson Elementary in Grandview Heights and Greensview Elementary in Upper Arlington. The weekly program is run by their Mentoring Coordinator and volunteer teenage mentors. TVML awards two college scholarships each year to volunteer mentors who are graduating seniors from Grandview and Upper Arlington.
3600 Tremont Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 255-7942

Turkish American Society of Ohio (TASO)

Non-profit serving the Turkish-American community and bridging different cultures in Central Ohio. Programs include Youth Afterschool Enrichment Program for grades 6-11, Weekend School for grades K-5, Turkish language classes, Islamic studies, virtual tutoring, and a Leadership Program for young adults.
2885 West Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235

two.fifty.four Youth Center

Community teen center in Gahanna serving students grades 3-12. Students from Gahanna and surrounding communities are invited to build relationships, play games, craft, snack, get homework help, and hang out in a safe and inclusive environment for free. They also offer special events and trips, family nights, a space for community organizations to meet, and opportunities to volunteer.
254 Agler Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 414-2326

U Will Dance

Offers Flamenco Dance, Castanets, Technique and Choreography, Latin Dance and more. They offer year-round classes for ages 8 and older. The Fiesta Fusion Kids Camp is a half-day summer program blending Spanish language, dance, and catwalk training for ages 8-12. Go online for program details and fees.
133 North Chillicothe Street,  Plain City, Ohio, 43064
(614) 327-6441


United States Senate Youth Program

A week-long experience for two high school juniors or seniors from each state to see national government in action and meet and hear from senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense, directors of other federal agencies and more in Washington, DC. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship. In Ohio, the United States Senate Youth Program makes its student selections from among participants who attend Buckeye Boys State, Buckeye Girls State or the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program.
(614) 387-3200

Upward Bound Central Ohio

Upward Bound is a free program for income-eligible high school students to prepare for college applications and academics. Students can access year-round homework help and tutoring, cultural field trips, college tours, test prep and career guidance. The Summer program is a free, 6-week experience offering college prep, internship opportunities and more. Students receive money for full participation. Those typically underrepresented in postsecondary education (first generation, homeless, disabled, foster youth, or other barriers) are strongly encouraged to apply. Many colleges and universities across the state host Summer Upward Bound. Below are the organizations based in Columbus, Ohio. Requirements may vary between programs.

  • Columbus State Community College: For 9th and 10th graders at East, Linden-McKinley, Mifflin, Northland, or Independence High School. Participants are eligible for a free course at CSCC for college credit.
    550 East Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215
    (614) 287-5340 or (614) 285-5082
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital: For high school students who attend or whose home district Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, Marion-Franklin, or South High School. Participants may receive transportation assistance and internship opportunities with Nationwide Children’s Hospital departments.
    700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 722-2000
  • The Ohio State University: For 9th-11th graders who attend or live in the service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools. Eligible graduating seniors can take free courses at OSU for 6 hours of college credit.
    (614) 292-2344 or (614) 292-1896
    154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Urban Arts Space

Ohio State University art gallery offering experimental exhibitions and increasing community access to art. They offer many engaging exhibitions, community events, and youth programming. The Summer Art Camps for youth are free for families. Contact the organization for details.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
(614) 292-8861

Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) of Franklin County

Offers substance abuse treatment, prevention, and recovery support programs for communities of color in Central Ohio using culturally specific, evidence-based strategies. They offer anger management, domestic violence prevention and parenting classes for adults. Youth programming includes in-school, after-school, and summer camp. They also offer training opportunities for professionals and events for the community. Call or email the organization to register for a program.
700 Bryden Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 227-9694 or (614) 403-3136

Vineyard Community Center

Offers a variety of services including early childhood center, after-school and summer programs, sports and exercise programs, free health clinic, free legal clinic, food pantry, and immigration counseling services (DACA). Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), programs for homeschoolers, men’s and women’s support and recovery groups, marriage and parenting programs, financial counseling, mental health counseling, career development services, dance, art, and music classes.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5238

We Amplify Voices (WAV)

Provides healing, creative workshops for school-aged youth, teens and adults in recovery, women in prison, and survivors of human trafficking in Central Ohio. Their workshops bring people together with artists to turn their experiences and emotions into visual or musical art to share with the community.  Their youth program, We The Change, is offered at 6 middle schools as an after-school and summer program. They also host free art workshops for all ages at their West Side Studio every other week. Go online to register for workshops, volunteer as an artist, or to stream their music.
1327 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 525-0369

Wellington School Summer Program

Independent school for Pre-K through 12th grade. They offer after school programs and their Summer Program is open to all families. The Summer Program offers half-day or full-day experiences, with after-care options. Camp offerings include creative and performing arts, athletics, STEM, and more. Participants do not have to be Wellington School students. Fees vary by camp and are due at time of registration.
3650 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 457-7883

Wexner Center for the Arts

Contemporary arts center at Ohio State University offering a variety of community programs. Programs for youth include school tours, year-round workshops, and WexLabs studio workshop and mentoring program for teens ages 13-18. Call for details.
1871 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-3535


Day workshops through Columbus Metropolitan Library for teens to gain hands-on experience with music programming, audio recording, videography, video editing, digital art, and more. Teens can participate in-person at select locations, or virtually on Discord. Find locations and times online.
(614) 645-2275

Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)

Provides year-long entrepreneurship programs for students in grades 6-12. Students learn to generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to real investors, and launch their very own companies. Students can participate in their local chapter for the chance to compete for cash prizes and scholarship funds at the annual Saunders Scholar competition. Ohio has two chapters.

Young Scholars Program (YSP)

Pre-collegiate and collegiate student success program at The Ohio State University (OSU) for academically-talented, first-generation students in Ohio with high financial need. Student scholars receive college advising, academic coaching, mentoring, college planning tools, and more. They also have the opportunity to engage on-campus for day visits and overnight summer stays. Participants who successfully complete all program requirements receive a financial package at OSU. Applications are generally available in winter and due in spring. Go online for details.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43210
(614) 292-4884

Young Writers Workshop (YWW)

A week-long writing summer program for rising juniors and seniors of Columbus City Schools, charter schools in the city of Columbus, or an Ohio public school. Students attend daily workshops and courses, interact with visiting writers, and hone their skills in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction writing. The program is free and admission is based solely on a statement of intent and writing sample (not grades).
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-7816

Younglife (Faith-Based Mentoring Programs)

Offers faith-based mentoring for youth ages 14-21 to experience fellowship and mentorship at various middle schools, high schools, and colleges in Central Ohio. They offer several groups for youth with special needs. The YoungLives program serves teen moms who are pregnant or parenting through mentorship, community, and a life with Christ. Go online for additional contact information and to get registered.
1200 Chambers Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 547-3167
YoungLives: (614) 329-3994

Youth Engaged 4 Change (YE4C)

Website for youth to find resources, opportunities, and inspiring stories that empower them to make a difference in their lives and in the world around them. The website has a searchable directory with opportunities across the country for internships, scholarships, professional development, and volunteering. The Topics section of the website has helpful toolkits, blog posts written by teens, and important information on topics like mental health, relationships, disabilities, foster care, finances, and more.

YWCA Columbus

Serves: Women and families (referring to emergency shelter access)
Provides affordable housing and supportive services for families and women who may be recovering from addiction and mental illnesses. The YWCA Family Center provides emergency shelter, meals, childcare, and employment help for families without homes. The Women’s Residency program is a permanent housing program that provides long-term housing and supportive services for women. YWCA Kids Place offers after-school programming for families in Gahanna, Westerville, and United Schools Network districts. The organization also offers leadership training and advocacy opportunities for adolescents and adults.

  • Center for Women: 65 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 224-9121
  • YWCA Family Center: 900 Harvey Court, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 253-3910

Zion Astro Soccer Club

A philanthropic soccer program for youth ages 6-13 years old. Children learn the game of soccer, establish passion for the game and improve their technical ability. They have sister locations in Columbus, Ohio and in Liberia and players participate in cultural exchange through virtual meetings. They also offer a summer camp. Fees are minimal, call if you need assistance.
2845 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 699-0229

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