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After School Programs / Camps

Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP-Ohio)

A free week-long summer residency program for racially and ethnically underrepresented high school students interested in exploring careers in accounting and business.
The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business
2100 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-1017 or (614) 764-2727, ext. 2245
ohiocpa.com/quick-links/the-ohio-cpa-foundation/recruiting-students/acap
fisher.osu.edu/diversity-inclusion/acap

Actors’ Theatre of Columbus (ATC)

Offers theatre classes and summer camps for children and teens. They provide actors of all experience levels a place to grow and strengthen their acting and performing skills.
1000 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Performance Location: Schiller Park, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 444-6888
theactorstheatre.org

After School All-Stars (ASAS) Columbus

Provides free after school programs for elementary and middle-school aged youth, programs including academics, enrichment activities, and health and fitness. The ASAS Columbus program serves at several Columbus City School locations (specific schools are listed on their website as they change from time to time).
1743 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 257-1678
ASAS Columbus: columbusasas.org
ASAS Ohio: asasohio.org

American Camp Association (ACA)

Allows individuals to find camps that are accredited by the ACA. Families can search for a camp according to age, location, activities, special needs, cost and more.
(800) 428-2267
find.acacamps.org

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 duties privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship.
PO Box 2760, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
(740) 452-8245
buckeyegirlsstate.org

American Legion Buckeye Boys State

Boys State is for teens entering their senior year of high school who are in good academic standing and want to learn how government works, develop leadership skills and practice good citizenship. The program is offered every summer to more than 1200 boys across Ohio.
PO Box 8007, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 362-7478
ohiobuckeyeboysstate.com

AmeriCorps & ServeOhio

A work program for adults age 18 and older that helps pay for college in exchange for their service through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Members tutor kids, build homes, help with disaster recovery and more. The projects can be full-time or part-time over a 9 to 12 month period or during the summer in many locations throughout Ohio and the US. After serving, young adults are eligible for an education award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.

  • 30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 728-2916
  • CNCS State Office: 200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 493-2755

National Service Hotline: (800) 942-2677
AmeriCorps: americorps.gov
ServeOhio: serveohio.org

Archaeology, Can You Dig It?

Educate students about anthropology/archaeology and STEM through hands on activities and chemistry demonstrations. Organizations have to request and pay for outreach services. With the collaboration of host sites they offer a variety of activities that encompass an artifact show and tell, multiple dig pits to excavate, as well as faux animal pelts to learn from. Their Puzzle of Pots activity educates participants about the curation process.
PO Box 91058, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 530-9678
archaeologydigs.wixsite.com/acydi

Asian American Community Services (AACS)

Provides social services for Asian Americans and Asian immigrant families. The agency advocates for community sustainability through its core services:

  • Family Support Program (FSP) offers after-school and summer programming for K-8th grade youth (Healthy Asian Youth (HAY) Program), cultural-specific case management services for the Korean and Cambodian senior communities (Senior Options Program), and culturally-sensitive advocacy and wrap-around case management services for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, hate crimes, and other forms of violence (Victims of Crime Assistance).
  • 24/7 Interpretation and Translation (I/T) services to hospitals, social service agencies, police, courts, schools, and other public and private organizations.
  • Asian Health Initiative (AHI) offers a weekly free health clinic every Monday, by appointment only, at the OSU Rardin Family Practice.
  • Community Engagement services include English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Computer Literacy classes, Citizenship classes and more.

Office
4700 Reed Road, Suite B, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 220-4023

AHI Free Clinic – OSU Rardin Family Practice
2231 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 293-2700
aacsohio.org

BalletMet

Offers mini, full-day and half-day summer camps and year-round dance classes, children from ages 3-18 learn creative movement, ballet, jazz, modern, tap, Pilates and more. Scholarships are available and some classes are free. They also offer free pre-performance discussions and offer free tickets to individuals from under-served groups and those with special needs.

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

(614) 229-4860
balletmet.org

Be WISE Camp

A residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who are entering grades 7 or 8. The camp is located on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
106 College Park Drive, Gambier, Ohio 43022
bewisecamp.org

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 to find out how to enroll a child.

  • MENTOR Central Ohio / Main Office
    1855 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 839-2447 or (866) 892-2447 Toll-free
  • Delaware County Office
    39 West Winter Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-2447
  • Union County Office
    940 London Avenue, Marysville, Ohio 43040
    (937) 642-0472
    emarysville.com/bbbs
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Springfield
    625 Burt Street, Springfield, Ohio 45505
    (937) 390-9900
  • Camp Oty’Okwa
    Administration Office: 1385 King Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
    Camp Location: 24799 Purcell Road, South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152
    (740) 385-5279
    campotyokwa.org

bbbscentralohio.org

Blossom Scholastic

A week-long STEM-themed summer camp for girls ages 8-12. The camp is held on The Ohio State University’s campus, students are guided by an adult instructor through daily activities. Scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
blossomscholastic.org/columbus-camps

Bold Columbus Summer Leadership Camp

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus

Serves youth ages 6 through 18 from across the city. For a low cost, the nationally-acclaimed Club provides members with access to after-school and summer programming oriented around three pillars: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character & Leadership. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities and mentoring.

  • Administrative Offices
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    (614) 221-8830
  • J. Ashburn Jr. Clubhouse
    85 Clarendon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 221-8830, ext. 203
  • KIPP Clubhouse
    2750 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
  • Livingston Clubhouse
    825 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Milo-Grogan Clubhouse
    1012 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-4366
  • R.I.S.E. Clubhouse
    68 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 221-8830, ext. 239
  • South Side Clubhouse
    280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 468-9299
  • Newark Club
    96 Maholm Street, Newark, Ohio 43055

bgccentralohio.org

 

Bridgeway Academy

A full-day private school program from early-intervention/preschool through high school for children with developmental disabilities. They provide speech, music and occupational therapy, psychological services, social skills groups, summer camps and parent support groups. Bridgeway Academy utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). 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.
2500 Medary Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 262-7520
bridgewayohio.org

Broad Street Presbyterian Neighborhood Outreach Program

Offers multiple programs in Columbus individuals, youth and families in zip codes 43203, 43205, 43209, 43213, and 43215. Their Broad Street Food Pantry helps families in need to have healthy meals; COMPASS provides limited rent and utility assistance; their out-of-school and summer programs provide academic enrichment services for K-12 youth. In addition, Columbus Early Learning Centers offers early-childhood care for children (ages 6 weeks through 5 years of age; babies, toddlers, and pre-school).
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 221-6552
bspc.org/mission/community-outreach

Buckeye Vet Camp

A five-day summer residential camp that gives current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors an opportunity to learn more about veterinary school and the profession. Students will participate in mock classes, field trips, labs and community service activities. Scholarships are available for those that have financial need. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
vet.osu.edu/prospectivestudent/buckeye-vet-camp

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.
exchanges.state.gov/us
High School Study Abroad: exchanges.state.gov/highschool

Camp Akita

A faith-based co-ed, residential summer camp in Hocking County, Ohio for youth in grade 1-12. Kids explore nature and the outdoors and build community.

  • First Community Church, North Campus
    3777 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221
  • Camp Location
    29746 Logan-Hornsmill Road, Logan, Ohio 43138

(614) 488-0681, ext. 101
campakita.org/summer

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 engineering, including automotive, simulation and manufacturing. They will have the opportunity to hear from CAR researchers, complete hands-on projects and take field trips.
930 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
car.osu.edu/about/outreach

Camp Corral

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

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.
PO Box 3501, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 908-3386
campkesem.org/ohio-state

Camp Lionheart

This summer program is a free, week-long, overnight grief camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. It’s full of activities such as swimming, hiking, games and crafts, while having structured grief group counseling sessions with trained, licensed professionals. The camp takes place at Camp Oty’okwa in Hocking Hills, operating under Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Ohio.
Administration Office: 1385 King Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 506-7959
camplionheart.org

Camp RAW (Rising Appalachian Warriors)

Offers various day camps and overnight backpacking trips for youth ages 6-17 years old. Campers learn outdoor survival skills, engage in physical activities, music and art; as well as explore topics in sustainable/natural living and “Earth skills”. Full and partial tuition scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
Mailing Address: 9432 OH 682, Athens, Ohio 45701
Camp Address: 13262 Liars Corner Road, Millfield, Ohio 45761 (Solid Ground Farm)
risingappalachia.org/raw-camp

Camp Wyandot

Offers overnight camps and day camps in Hocking Hills and Galena, Ohio for youth entering grades 1-12.
1890 Northwest Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 481-8227
campwyandot.org

Capriccio Columbus

Capriccio Youth Choir (CYC) provides year-round programming for youth grades 2-12. Kids develop singing skills, knowledge of music theory, and improve vocal technique through high-quality music education. Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available. Visit the website for contact information.
PO Box 1225, Worthington, Ohio 43085
capricciocolumbus.org/choir/cyc

Center for Architecture and Design Camp Architecture

A summer camp for central Ohio youth ages 8-18, that introduces them to the world of architecture and design through hands-on activities, field trips, walking tours, presentations by professionals and imaginative games. Need-based scholarships are available.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-1973
columbuscfad.org/camp-architecture

Center for Courageous Kids (CCK)

Offers summer camps and family retreat weekends for seriously ill children. Medical care is provided by volunteer physicians and nurses coordinated by a full-time medical director. They provide camps for kids with asthma, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, blood disorders, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell, spina bifida and more.
1501 Burnley Road, Scottsville, Kentucky 42164
(270) 618-2900
Camper Admission’s office: (270) 618-2912
courageouskids.org

Central Community House

A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Services include:

  • Early Education Child Care Center: Offers education-focused child care program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with a focus on preparation for success in Kindergarten and beyond.
  • Community Services: Helps with basic/emergency needs assistance and referrals, community organizing and advocacy, family/household support programs, a community computer lab, community dinners/block parties, and opportunities for neighborhood involvement.
  • Youth and Family Services: Offers personal development and family strengthening programs, afterschool and summer programs.

1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3157
cchouse.org

Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA)

Offers diabetes education services and programs, including diabetes camps and events for youth provided by a team of dietitians, nurses and social workers. Their camps provide a fun summer camp experience and helps kids with diabetes learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes. Day camps are available for youth ages 3 to 12, and their residential camp program, Camp Hamwi is for youth 7 to 17. They also offer leadership opportunities for youth ages 17 and 18. Scholarships are available for any family who qualifies.
1100 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 884-4400
lifecarealliance.org/programs/coda

Central Ohio Leadership Academy (COLA)

A six-day leadership development experience for rising high school juniors and seniors in central Ohio. The free program is offered annually during the summer. All eligible students are encouraged to apply. Visit the website for contact information.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
coleadershipacademy.org

Central Ohio Public Libraries

Visit your local library to get access to free books, music, movies and documentaries. Most libraries will also have group reading times for children, homework help, fun events for people of all ages and more.

Here is a map of all Ohio public libraries from Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)oplin.org/fal

Franklin County

Delaware County

Fairfield County

Hocking County

Licking County

Madison County

Morrow County

Perry County

Pickaway County

Union County

Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC)

A faith-based organization that offers free programs for youth. Some programs include:

  • 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.
    40 Chicago Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
    (614) 410-1898
  • HireLevel Promotions
    Trains and employs teens in embroidery, screen printing and direct-to-garment printing.

    1256 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
    (614) 467-4242
  • HireLevel Auto
    Teaches teens how to perform automobile maintenance and repairs. Donated cars are repaired under the supervision of a certified mechanic.
    2915 Winchester Pike, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 237-7300
  • Point Break
    Facilitates anti-bullying seminars for area high schools. This evidence-based program is highly effective in helping teens develop compassion for each other.
    (614) 582-5377
  • Juvenile Justice Ministries
    Offer spiritual counseling sessions and small interactive chapel services for incarcerated youth at multiple juvenile detention centers.

(614) 848-4870
coyfc.org

Classroom Antics

Offers weekly summer, half-day STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camps in multiple locations around Central Ohio for kids 7-14 years old.
10143 Royalton Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133
(800) 595-3776
classroomantics.com/columbus-ohio

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

  • The CRC Family Services & Choice Food Pantry help is provided in many areas including food, housing, health care and transportation; as well as clothing, and helps with employment.
  • 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 relative caregivers of children who cannot be cared for by their parents. The program helps children avoid placement in a non-related foster home when parents are absent.

Office: 3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539
Family Services & Choice Food Pantry: 14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-8118
clintonvillecrc.org

Columbus Academy Summer Experience

Offers week-long summer day camp programs in academics, arts and sciences, and athletics for youth grades pre-K through 12.  They also have a “Family” division that includes programs for parents/caregivers and their children ages birth and up. Participants do not have to be Columbus Academy students.
4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 509-2267
columbusacademy.org/summer

Columbus Astro Soccer Club

A soccer program for youth ages 3 to 15 years old. The program offers opportunities year-round for children to join a soccer club, get private lessons and one-on-one training, as well as opportunities to participate in group sessions. Children learn the game of soccer, establish passion for the game and improve their technical ability. There is a minimal cost. Visit the website for contact information.
Field Address: 2845 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232 (Nafzger Park)
columbusastro.com

Columbus Children’s Choir

Offers vocal instruction and music education year-round to young singers ages 5-18 in Central Ohio. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
Broad Street Presbyterian Church
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 220-5555
columbuschildrenschoir.org

Columbus Children’s Theatre (CCT)

Offers theatre classes, workshops, summer camps and private lessons for kids and teens. Private lesson subjects include: Acting, Voice, Dance, Flute and Piano. Financial assistance is available for their classes and camps.
CCT Studios & Administrative Offices: 177 East Naghten Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-6672
columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)

Offers Creative Summer Workshops, which are a series of workshops for youth in grades 1 through 12, offering quality art instruction taught by arts professionals. They also offer Saturday Morning Art Classes, which provide art and design education to children in grades 1 through 12, and a Pre-College Art program. Merit-based and need-based scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
ccad.edu/take-class/youth-classes-workshops

Columbus Dream Center

A faith-based organization that serves low-income, homeless, and under-served individuals and families. They provide free, routine outpatient health and wellness services through the Mt. Carmel Mobile Medical Coach, hot meals and pre-packed lunches for kids, after school programs, holiday help, and back-to-school supply giveaways. They also have shower and laundry times throughout the week and other supportive services for homeless people. Visit the website for contact information.
38 West Greenwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
columbusdreamcenter.org
facebook.com/cbusdreamcenter

Columbus Literacy Council (CLC)

Offers free adult education programs, basic literacy classes (including financial, workplace and technology literacy) for families, citizenship classes and GED test preparation. They also provide career coaching and entrepreneurship skill building, life and wellness coaching, ASL (American Sign Language) classes, Spanish classes and more. For youth they offer tutoring and homework help, summer camps for children ages 7-13 years old, internships, and an employment program (called A.M.P.) that provides job skills and work experience to youth and young adults between the ages of 14-24 in Franklin County.

  • 92 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • 1394 Courtright Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227
  • 5825 Chantry Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232

(614) 224-0501
clcworks.org

Columbus Medical Association (CMA) Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

Provides an opportunity for students in grades 8-12 to learn about philanthropy and to participate in all aspects of Health and Wellness related grant-making. The YAC meets to review and give input on incoming grant requests from local nonprofit organizations looking to create youth health related programming for the community. There is no cost to be a YAC Member. YAC members receive free dinner at meetings and volunteer credits for participating.
1390 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 240-7420
columbusmedicalassociation.org/youthadvisorycouncil/yac

Columbus Museum of Art (CMA)

Offers half-day and full day summer camps, workshops for homeschoolers, free and pay-what-you-want admission days and offers free studio space for children and teens to experiment, play, and explore with imaginative ideas and unexpected materials. General admission is free on Sunday.
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6801
columbusmuseum.org
Teen Open Studio: columbusmuseum.org/calendar-and-events/?search=teen+open+studio
Homeschool Workshops: columbusmuseum.org/homeschool-workshops-registration

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. Enrollment is available throughout the year. All classes and choir rehearsals are held on Saturdays.
Bethel International United Methodist Church
1220 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Mailing Address: PO Box 344, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 309-2546
cmaacademy.org

Columbus Parent Summer Camp Guide

Columbus Parent publishes a directory of summer camps in the Columbus area every year. Go online to see their most recent list of summer camps.
columbusparent.com/directories/summer-camp

Columbus Recreation & Parks APPS (Applications for Purpose, Pride & Success)

A free violence reduction program offered to youth ages 14 to 21, living in zip codes 43207, 43203, 43223, and 43211 evening activities. The recreation centers located in these zip codes are open until 10 pm to engage youth in the arts and in educational and recreational activities. Gang and violence mediation and intervention are also provided.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-8430
columbus.gov/recreationandparks/programs/Find-a-Program

Columbus Recreation & Parks Capital Kids Program

Offers academic programs and a safe place to learn and play after school and during the summer for a very low cost. Children can get homework help, tutoring and a nutritious snack and/or hot meal. They also offer anger management, substance abuse, violence prevention and recreation and enrichment activity (like field trips, drama and art) programs are offered.

  • Administration Office
    1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 645-3330
  • Beatty Community Center
    247 North Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 645-3635
  • Freddersen Community Center
    3911 Dresden Street, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 645-3636
  • Marion Franklin Community Center
    2801 Lockbourne Road, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 645-5456
  • Sullivant Garden Community Center
    755 Renick Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 645-8171

columbus.gov/capitalkids

Columbus Recreation & Parks City Leaders Program

Offers a year-long program for youth entering the 6th-8th grade, who are residents of the City of Columbus. Participants have the opportunity to gain real life skills by working on projects and attending events that will guide them towards becoming positive leaders in their communities. Applicants will need the recommendation of an administrator or teacher to be considered.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-3330
columbus.gov/recreationandparks/programs/City-Leaders-Program

Columbus Recreation & Parks School’s Out Program

Allows youth to take part in a variety of activities all day, throughout the week, at Columbus community centers. It is designed to meet the needs of working parents.
columbus.gov/SchoolsOut

Columbus School for Girls (CSG) Summer Programs

Provides a co-ed summer experience for children from pre-K through grade 12. High school credit courses are offered for students in grades 9-12. Participants do not have to be CSG students.
65 South Drexel Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 252-0781, ext. 435
columbusschoolforgirls.org/school-life/summer-programs

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) Upward Bound

Provides high school students the skills and motivation needed to complete an education at a college of their choice. The Upward Bound program at Columbus State Community College is available to income eligible students attending Mifflin, East, West, Linden-McKinley or Maron-Franklin High School. Upward Bound has a 100% college placement rate.
55 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5875
cscc.edu/services/upwardbound

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower African Americans and marginalized groups through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services. Visit the website to learn more about the different programs that fall under these six categories:

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

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium & The Wilds

Offers animal and nature programs and camps for youth ages 18 months to adults. Programs range from homeschool, summer and holiday camps, to volunteer opportunities, internships and opportunities to earn high school credit. Scholarships are available.

Community for New Direction (CND)

CND is a non-profit agency that provides services for adults and youth in three areas: prevention, intervention, and treatment. Their 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.

  • Administrative Office
    2323 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 160, Columbus, Ohio 43204
  • 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 Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services
    1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

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

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.

Congressional Internship Program

Offers a hands-on educational work experience in the legislature. Examples of work assignments include attending meetings, sorting mail, assisting with constituent work, filing paperwork, updating databases, research on behalf of staff, answering phones, and drafting press releases. Visit the website for the internship form.
471 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 220-0003
beatty.house.gov/services/internships

Consortium on Children’s Asthma Camps

Coordinates the activities of asthma camps nationwide, provides camper information and a database on asthma camps.
asthmacamps.org

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Offers interactive experiences, exhibitions and more. COSI features live shows, special events, family programs, single day and summer camps, and career exploration, workshops for homeschoolers. They offer a special Family Access Membership that is available for families who get WIC, Ohio Directions (EBT) or Ohio Medicaid.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2674
cosi.org

Cultural Arts Center (CAC) Crane Scholarship

Provides graduating high school seniors an opportunity to create art at the Columbus Recreation & Parks Department’s Cultural Arts Center (CAC). This opportunity comes at no (or very little) cost to the participant. No artistic history is required to participate. Artists who participate in this program may be eligible to have their work displayed in a future Cultural Arts Center exhibition. For eligibility and guidelines, please review the appropriate application on their website.
139 West Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7047
culturalartscenteronline.org/classes-workshops/art-classes

Data Science for Women Summer Camp

A free week-long summer camp that introduces young women in grades 8-10 to the data science and analytics field. Students will gain hands-on experience on scientific methods and processes for extracting new knowledge from data, using animation software, giving presentations. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University, Translational Data Analytics Institute
1760 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
tdai.osu.edu/summer-camp

Dawes Arboretum

Offers summer day camps, homeschool programs and preschool programs for youth ages 3-14. They have nearly 2,000 acres of plant collections, gardens, hiking trails and natural areas for people to explore. Scholarships are available.
7770 Jacksontown Road Southeast, Newark, Ohio 43056
(740) 323-2355 or (800) 443-2937 Toll-free
dawesarb.org

Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women

A free, two-week summer digital animation program for young women in 7th and 8th grade. The mentors are Ohio State graduate students and faculty engage the young women graphics and animation, integrating problem-solving skills, collaborative learning and presentation.
Advanced Computing Center for the Arts & Design
1813 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-2406
asc.ohio-state.edu/accad/womenandtech

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF)

Program: Offers youth and their families mental, emotional and behavioral health programs and 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: ages (from 6 weeks old up to 21 years old) vary per program
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income); most programs are free
Referral: 
individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else for the counseling programs; for psychiatric services they need to be referred through a Directions for Youth counselor

  • DFYF Main Office
    1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-2661
  • DFYF East Office
    3616 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 251-0103
  • Ohio Avenue Youth Center
    657 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 258-8043
  • Crittenton Center
    3840 Kimberly Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 694-0203

Intake: (614) 294-2661
dfyf.org

Discovery Riders

We provide equine assisted activities, summer camps and therapies (including Therapeutic Riding, Horsemanship and Equine Assisted Learning) to individuals with special needs, ages 4 years old and up. Horses provide a special format for children to connect and socialize with the animal and each other.
(937) 935-6545
1797 State Route 47, East Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
discoveryriders.org

Drama Kids of North Columbus

Offers drama programs, classes and summer and holiday camps open to kids ages 3 to 18. They primarily serves the Olentangy Local School District, Dublin School District and Delaware Schools.
659 High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(740) 201-1070
dramakids.com/north-columbus-oh

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Offers tuition-free programs for high school juniors and seniors at more than 15 school districts in central Ohio, including job training, career programs, college prep classes, GED classes, ESL training and help finding a job. They also offer free summer camps for students in grades 6 to 8 explore career options.

  • District Office
    4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    (614) 836-4530
  • Eastland Career Center
    4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    High School: (614) 836-5725
    Adult Workforce Development: (614) 836-4541
  • Fairfield Career Center
    3985 Coonpath Road Northwest, Carroll, Ohio 43112
    High School / Adult Workforce Development: (614) 837-9443 or (740) 756-9243

eastlandfairfield.com
Summer Camp: eastlandfairfield.com/SummerCamp.aspx

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, mentoring, English language classes, after school tutoring for children, case management for victims of domestic violence and much more. They provide these youth, adult and family care programmings at various sites throughout Central Ohio. Visit the website for a list of all the program sites.
Main Office: 1060 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 252-5362
ethiotss.org
Locations: ethiotss.org/location

Explorations in Neuroscience Summer Camp

A one-week camp that is designed for high school students who have an interest in learning more about the brain and spinal cord. Students will 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
370 West Ninth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
wexnermedical.osu.edu/neurological-institute/departments-and-centers/departments/department-of-neuroscience/outreach-and-events/explorations-in-neuroscience-summer-camp

Femergy

A non-profit organization that provides life-skills training, career exploration, college readiness, wellness management and direct mentorship opportunities for girls and women through workshops, programs and camps.
PO Box 307217, Columbus, Ohio 43230
(614) 653-8454
femergy.org

Flying Horse Farms

Provides a free camp experience for children with serious medical illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, sickle cell disease, asthma and arthritis. 24-hour care is provided by specialized doctors and nurses, and the camp is free. Campers step outside of their sickness to experience activities such as canoeing, swimming, high rope experience and more.
5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
(419) 751-7077
flyinghorsefarms.org

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offer year-round hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month. A reduced-rate family membership is available for eligible families (including military families).
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
fpconservatory.org

Fugees Academy Columbus

Provides refugee youth ages 11 and up education, year-round soccer programming, after-school tutoring, academic enrichment summer camp, leadership training and other resources and support to empower them to succeed in academics, soccer, and to positively impact their wider communities. Tuition is free and they offer free lunch.
1933 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(678) 358-0547
fugeesfamily.org

Geosciences Bridge Program

Offers a 6-week paid internship for high school students planning to pursue a career in geoscience (earth science). The program includes lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, 2 courses for college credit (math and freshman seminar), housing, meals and travel to and from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
30665 Student Services Center, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853
(410) 651-7747
umes.edu/cscgeosciences

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council (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 to 17. They also offer overnight and day camps for both members and non-members. Visit the website for contact information.
gsoh.org
Girl Scouts (National): girlscouts.org

Girls Exploring Math

A summer program for young women in middle school and high school to experience mathematics through engaging activities in a nontraditional environment. Participants will build confidence in their math and programming abilities and develop a deeper understanding of a variety of topics, including mathematical and algorithmic reasoning and problem solving skills.
The Ohio State University, Department of Mathematics
231 West Eighteenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
facebook.com/ExploreMathOSU
math.osu.edu/beyond-the-classroom-girls-exploring-math

Girls on the Run (GOTR) Central Ohio

A ten-week program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade in which they develop a life-long appreciation for health and fitness. Trained coaches lead small teams through activities, running games and lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. The program ends with the girls doing a community service project and completing a 5K event. They also offer a summer camp for girls in 3rd-5th grade.
1145-L Chesapeake Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 681-4687
girlsontheruncentralohio.org

Girls Who Code

Offers free coding clubs from beginner to advanced, during the year and summer programs for girls in grades 6 through 12. They take place in schools, libraries and community centers. Visit the website for locations.
girlswhocode.com

Gladden Community House

  • Youth Services & Preschool – Provide educational services such as preschool, after-school, summer day camp and team sport programming.
  • Gladden Food Pantry – Provides emergency food assistance to households living within the service area (zip codes 43222, 43223, and 43215). Other services available at the pantry: home delivery to people with disabilities, and diapers are available. Contact for hours of operation.
  • Community Service Department – They provide emergency financial assistance (e.g. rent, utilities, prescriptions, and other critical needs), access to The Breathing Association mobile medical unit and help stabilize and support Franklin County families at risk of becoming homeless. They also offer case management services.

183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 227-1600
gladdenhouse.org

Global Citizen Summer Camp

A week-long summer camp that introduces middle school students (grades 6-8) to multiple world languages and global citizenship. Participants receive a couple hours of world language instruction in small groups, followed by a cultural lesson taught in English, and activities on global issues and what it mean to be a global citizen. Scholarships are available.
The Ohio State University
1775 College Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
u.osu.edu/globalcamp

Godman Guild

Offer free adult education classes (like GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer lab), community engagement programs, and youth programming (like after school homework help, mentoring, summer programs, internships and career exploration).
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207 (Only adult education and workforce development services)
(614) 294-5476
godmanguild.org

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Offers educational nature programs for preschool to school-aged children. They host bird walks, bird counts, preschool story time and summer camp programs.
505 West Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 545-5482
grange.audubon.org

Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone

A faith-based, non-profit organization based in Columbus’ Hilltop community. Some of their programs include a teen club, open basketball gym, low cost summer camp, free legal clinic and more. Visit the website or call for program locations.
(614) 398-1230
hilltopshalomzone.org

Hixon Dance

Offers dance and creative movement classes for youth ages 3 and up and adults. Visit the website to find descriptions and locations of classes.
PO Box 82630, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(380) 222-4196
hixondance.com

Homeless Families Foundation (HFF)

Serves children and their families living in poverty, helping them to get housing and resources, while providing educational after-school/summer programming and support for kids grades K-8. They also host Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) a program for three and four-year-old children, not enrolled in Pre-K, who will soon enter Kindergarten.
33 North Grubb Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 461-9247
Homeless & Emergency Shelter: (614) 274-7000
homelessfamiliesfoundation.org

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) for Ohio

Provide high school sophomore to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.  In addition, students participate in hands-on leadership activities and meet state leaders in such areas as business, government, education, media and the non-profit sector. The student must be selected by their school.
hobyohio.org
hobyohiosouth.org

Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute

A week-long summer program that provides space for high school students in the Central Ohio area to explore the intersection of the humanities and cognitive sciences. Scholarships are available and will be determined by need and merit. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University Department of Psychology
1835 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
u.osu.edu/fowler.40

I Am My Brother’s Keeper (IAMBK)

Offer fun, healthy safe experiences during the school year and throughout the summer, building academic, career, artistic, and physical strengths for boys of color ages 9-15 years old whose families earn 200% of poverty or less.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300
cul.org/initiatives/i-am-my-brothers-keeper-iambk

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

A three-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry. I-DOC provides hands-on activities in optics, ocular anatomy, clinical optometry. Students have opportunities to talk with alumni, faculty, staff and students. Financial assistance is available.
338 West Tenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 247-6426
u.osu.edu/idoc

iD Tech

Offers summer STEM camps (coding, game development, robotics, design and more) for youth ages 7-17. The week-long programs are held at Ohio State University and 150+ locations nationwide. This program costs a significant amount of money but scholarships may be available.
(888) 709-8324
idtech.com/locations/ohio-summer-camps/ohio-state-university

Jazz Arts Group

Offers a tuition-free youth jazz program, focusing on listening, learning and performing jazz. They also provide band and vocal classes, workshops, summer programs and group performances. Auditions for Columbus Youth Jazz is held in the spring each year.
Office: 400 South Fifth Street, Suite 103, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Jazz Academy: 734 East Long Street, 4th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 294-5200
jazzartsgroup.org

Jefferson Academy of Music

A nonprofit organization that offers affordable music education. They offer private lessons and group classes in a variety of instruments (like violin, viola, cello, bass, piano and guitar) and musical disciplines (like voice, stage management). Scholarships are available for students with financial need.
630 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 268-0750
jefferson-academy.org

Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus

Provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts opportunities. They also offer teen programs, summer and spring break camps for kids with and without special needs, after school programs, preschool and daycare, special events and more.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-2731
columbusjcc.org

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

A public service internship program that allows high school students in the fall term of their senior year to gain first-hand experience within organizations in the public service sector. Applications open during the fall/autumn time.
1810 College Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-8696
glenn.osu.edu/programs/hsip

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio

Offers school and summer programs for grades K to 12 that teach money management and business skills. Programs are offered throughout central Ohio, partnering with schools and teachers. College scholarship opportunities and internships are available to students who have participated in Junior Achievement programs.
68 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 704-3707
juniorachievement.org/web/ja-centraloh
Summer Camp: juniorachievement.org/web/ja-centraloh/ja-biztown-summer-camp

KidsCamps.com

An online summer camp directory that connects people with camps in the U.S. and worldwide. Camps are organized by category, including sports, academic, adventure, religious, arts and special needs.
kidscamps.com

Kindermusik with Emily

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. These classes have a fee and are offered year-round.
Dublin: 28 North High Street, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Marysville: 1004 Columbus Avenue, Marysville, Ohio 43040
(330) 685-5209
learnsingandgrow.com

King Arts Complex

Offers a 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.
867 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 645-5464
kingartscomplex.com

Law & Leadership Institute (LLI)

Works with high school students from under-served communities to educate them about and prepare them for careers in the legal profession. They provide year-round, four-year academic and professional programming to participants. The program is free to all participants, and students are provided bus passes and lunch.
1700 Lake Shore Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 485-3503
lawandleadership.org

Lead the Way Learning Academy

Provides youth development programs and activities for Franklin County youth ages 5-13. After School Learning Zone and Summer Learning Zone offer homework help, academic enrichment, field trips, fitness, free meals and other fun and exciting enrichment activities. Services are free to TANF eligible families. Visit the website for summer and after school site locations.
Headquarters: 6600 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 842-4993
leadthewaylearningacademy.org

Leaders Emerging & Developing (LEAD)

A STEM education and financial literacy organization serving 3rd–12th grade students. Their programs include: STEM clubs, workshops, leadership training, summer camps and mentoring. Their E-STEM Chapter gives youth an opportunity to be exposed to STEM and business concepts. Some services are free. Scholarships are available.
PO Box 361061, Columbus, Ohio 43236
(614) 398-8988
leademerging.org

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)

A national, non-profit organization that helps develop academic and leadership skills in public high school students who come from low-income households or will be first-generation college students. LEDA Scholars are recruited as juniors in high school and spend the following summer at the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute. The 7-week summer program is free and includes leadership study, writing instruction, standardized test preparation and college guidance.
315 West Thirty-ninth Street, New York, New York 10018
(646) 787-0628
ledascholars.org

Little Lambs Children’s Center

Provides a faith-based summer camp in Gahanna for Kindergarten through 6th graders in Franklin County. Tuition varies per group, and is based on full-time verses part-time.
425 South Hamilton Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 471-9269
llccgahanna.org/summer-camp-program

Lower Lights Ministries (LLM)

A faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. They offer transitional housing for previously incarcerated women, low-income families and individuals, and females with substance use disorders. They also provide free meals, tutoring and youth programs, finance, employment, education, life coaching, hair and beauty salon services. Visit the website for more information on the programs they offer.
1066 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223

  • (614) 228-3855
  • Recovery Program: (614) 947 0497
  • Lower Lights Salon: (614) 928 3398

lowerlights.org
lowerlightssalon.com

Marburn Academy

Provides schooling for students in grades 1-12 with learning difficulties, such as ADHD and dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. They also offer free parent seminars, free early reading screenings, assessment, private tutoring and summer school. Financial aid and tuition loan programs are available.
9555 Johnstown Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 433-0822
marburnacademy.org

Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted & Talented

This residential summer camp at the campus of Otterbein University offers rising high school juniors and seniors the chance to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through a set of seminars, hands-on workshops, and field trips. Need-based financial assistance is available.
1 South Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 823-1570
otterbein.edu/events-conferences/summercamps/essex

McConnell Arts Center of Worthington

Offers summer visual and performing arts camps for children and teens. They also offer arts classes throughout the year.
777 Evening Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 431-0329
mcconnellarts.org

MD Camp

An intensive, three-week summer day camp for high school-aged youth interested in pursuing careers in the health professions, including biomedical research. Scholarships are available based on need and academic merit. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
370 West Ninth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
medicine.osu.edu/diversity/initiatives/md-camp

Medical Academy

A free 4-day summer camp that gives high school-aged youth a chance to explore careers in healthcare. During the camp, high school students will engage in hands-on interactive and experiential learning activities and get a chance to work directly with medical and physician assistant students, doctors, and other health professionals.
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dublin
6775 Bobcat Way, Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 793-5556
ohio.edu/medicine/about/campuses/dublin/reach.cfm

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

A free six-week residential academic enrichment program for rising high school seniors who have a strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. Students’ housing, meals and activity costs covered and they only have to pay for transportation to and from MIT. Visit the website for contact information.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
oeop.mit.edu/programs/mites

Mosaic

Serves high school juniors and seniors from public schools in Franklin County. Students of the humanities program pursue in-depth research projects, engage with the local arts community and earn high school credit. Founded by the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio. Visit the website for additional contact information.
(614) 202-8634
escco.org/MosaicHumanities-BasedEducationExperience.aspx

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Athletic Training Workshop

A workshop designed for high school students interested in emergency medicine, nursing, athletic training, physical therapy or other allied health and medical professions. Participants will also have the option of becoming certified in CPR.

  • Otterbein University
    1 South Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
  • Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
    584 County Line Road West, Westerville, Ohio 43082

(614) 355-6090
nationwidechildrens.org/athletic-training-workshop

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Futures Matter Program

An 8-week paid summer research experience on the campus of Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. High school sophomores and juniors will be placed with a researcher for a hands-on science experience, while being exposed to various careers in biomedical research. Visit the website for contact information.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
nationwidechildrens.org/research/training-opportunities/futures-matter-program

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 science students. The top students from this program are given the opportunity to participate in an internship and mentorship at Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/mechanisms-of-human-health-and-disease

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.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/young-scientist-series

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS)

Current high school students who attend or whose home Columbus City School is South or Marion-Franklin High, are able to have homework help, cultural field trips, college tours, test prep, career exposure, a six-week college-going experience with work-study opportunities and more. This program is free for eligible students. Visit the website for more information and how to apply.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
nationwidechildrens.org/upwardbound

Noor Islamic Cultural Center (NICC)

Hosts activities and provides support to the Muslim community and the community at large. Some services include financial help, food baskets, youth programs and a free health clinic.
5001 Wilcox Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 527-7777
noorohio.org

Ohio Afterschool Network

Contains comprehensive information for providers and professionals about after school care.
Willis Education Center
74 West William Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(833) 626-6446
ohioafterschoolnetwork.org/resources/find-an-afterschool-or-summer-learning-program

Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board

High school juniors and seniors living in Ohio will serve a one-year term and meet twice in Columbus during their time on the Board. Members will advise their office on issues relating to teens and work with their peers to develop solutions to those issues. Students will be placed into small groups, advised by an Assistant Attorney General. Applications generally open in the late Spring months. Visit the website for contact information.
ohioattorneygeneral.gov/State-and-Local-Government/Schools/Teen-Ambassador-Board

Ohio Business Week (OBW)

Provides a week-long summer program that gives high school students from around the state a hands-on experience with business. The program is held on a college campus. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
3763 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 488-6327
ohiobusinessweek.org

Ohio Craft Museum

Offers art and craft education classes, workshops, summer camps and more for children, teens and families throughout the year.
1665 West Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 486-4402
ohiocraft.org

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Offers several free services to the Latino community including: homework help, educational after school programs and summer camps; 24/7 translation and interpretation services for multiple languages, ESL and citizenship classes for adults; tobacco free program, free car seat checks, and support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Main Office: 1535 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
  • 3556 Sullivant Avenue, Suite 107, Columbus, Ohio 43204
  • 220 West Johnstown Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

(614) 459-6566
ohiohispaniccoalition.org

Ohio History Connection

Across the state, the Ohio History Connection oversees 58 historic sites and museums located in 40 counties. At the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village they offer spring and summer camp programs and one-time events for kids ages 6-14 years old.
Ohio History Center
800 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 297-2300 or (800) 686-6124
ohiohistory.org
Museum & Historic Site Locator: ohiohistory.org/visit/museum-historic-site-locator

Ohio Military Kids (OMK)

Offers one-time events, summer camps and scholarships to support the youth of military families. Visit the website for contact information.
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
OMK Contacts: ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/operation-military-kids/about-omk/contact-omk
ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/ohio-military-kids

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

Works with families and children, farmers and business owners, community leaders and elected officials to build better lives, better businesses and better communities in Ohio. Many programs fall into four categories, including;

2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181
Franklin County Office: franklin.osu.edu/home
extension.osu.edu

Ohio State University (OSU) LiFEsports

A free youth development program dedicated to serving economically disadvantaged children in the Columbus community. Their programs include a sports summer camp for youth ages 9 to 15, a youth leadership academy that prepares youth ages 15-18 for college and future careers, and community-based sports clinics throughout the year. Transportation is free to all campers via buses.
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43210
(614) 688-3875
osulifesports.org

Ohio State University (OSU) Recreational Sports

Offers several community sports and recreation programs and summer camps for youth year round. They also offer adapted recreational sports (ARS) programs to serve children with disabilities year round.
337 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-8787
recsports.osu.edu/programs/community-programs

Ohio State University (OSU) Upward Bound

Provides high school students with year-round tutoring services, test preparation, college/cultural tours and personal/career development activities and workshops. They encourage first-generation and/or low income college bound 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who attend or live in the service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools to apply for admission.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-2344
odi.osu.edu/upward-bound

Ohio State University (OSU) Youth Summer Music Programs

Offers overnight and day summer programs for middle school and high school musicians and singers. OSU also offers one-day workshops for various musical instruments. Visit the website for specific location and contact information for each music program.
1866 College Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
music.osu.edu/outreach/ysmp

Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) Summer Institute (SI)

A 2-week summer residential program that gives high school students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year hands-on learning. Working in small teams, the students use supercomputers for science, engineering and computer science projects. Partial scholarships are available.
1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 292-9248
osc.edu/education/si

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, news writing, photojournalism, sports, advertising, podcasting and more. Scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
20 East Union Street, Athens, Ohio 45701
ohio.edu/scripps-college/journalism/special-programs/hsjws

Ohio Wesleyan University Junior League (OWjL) Camp

A residential summer camp program for gifted and talented students in grades 6-8. Campers select four courses from an academic program that includes mathematics, logic, computing, science, humanities and creative development. Cultural, recreational and social activities round out the experience. Scholarships are available.
(740) 368-3939
61 South Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
owu.edu/about/offices-services/owjl-camp

Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC)

Offers summer, fall and winter day camps from ages 3 to 12 years old. Children explore wildlife, create nature crafts, go on hikes, help with animal care and more. High school and college students can volunteer for school credit, fulfill community service requirements or learn more about animal-related professions.
Ohio Wildlife Center: 6131 Cook Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital: 2661 Billingsley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 734-9453
ohiowildlifecenter.org

Operation Military Kids (OMK)

Supports military kids through activities and programming specifically targeted to youth of the guard and reserve. Programs include camps for youth and teens, family workshops and free days at the zoo. Most programs are free or for a very nominal price. Programs are open to all Ohio military members.
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-3758
ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/ohio-military-kids

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

A 8-week paid, summer internship program for high school students interested in exploring welding engineering. Interns are expect to work up to 24 hours per week; the position is flexible and can accommodate for other obligations. Students are not expected to have advanced knowledge of material science. Visit the website for contact information.
1248 Arthur E. Adams Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221
ma2jic.osu.edu/resources/osu-summer-internship-program

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
otterbein.edu/events-conferences/summercamps/music-camp

PAST Foundation

Offers summer and after school programs and one-time events that focus on design thinking, problem solving, collaboration, exploration and development in science, technology, engineering, math and business. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.
1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 340-1208
pastfoundation.org

Patternz Summer Camp

Offers 7 one-week camps for children ages 6-13 designed to spark creativity and a passion for the arts through experience with multiple art forms, including dance, theater, music and visual arts.
Lincoln Theatre
769 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 719-6746
lincolntheatrecolumbus.com/patternz

Philosophy and Critical Thinking (PACT) Summer Camp

A week-long summer learning program for high school students, organized and led by the Department of Philosophy at The Ohio State University (OSU). It’s designed to introduce students to philosophy through learning experiences that are rigorous, engaging and fun. Need-based financial aid is available. Visit the website for contact information.
230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, Ohio 43210
philosophy.osu.edu/pact

Pills, Potions, & Poisons

A week-long summer program that provides high school students, who have an interest in the medical sciences, with an overview of pharmacology and its relationship to health, disease and society. The cost includes supplies, meals, snacks, field trip expenses and a T-shirt.
Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
500 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
pharmacy.osu.edu/pills-potions-and-poisons

Preservation Parks of Delaware County

Offers several camp options throughout the year from week-long summer day camps to one-off events, providing experiences that connect children and nature.
2656 Hogback Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074
(740) 524-8600
preservationparks.com

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

An intensive, ten-day summer seminar for high school students from low-income backgrounds who have at least a 3.5 GPA and an interest in journalism. The cost is free, including travel costs to and from Princeton. Applicants must meet eligibility criteria. Check website for more details.
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544
psjp.princeton.edu

Proyecto Mariposas

Provides a safe, supportive learning environment for Latina girls ages 2-17 and their mothers/grandmothers/aunts/guardians. Their programs focus on self-esteem, culture, development and health. Their week long day camp is for girls ages 11-17. Visit the website for contact information and more.
proyectomariposas.org

Reeb Avenue Center

Provides a variety of programs designed to strengthen families on the south side area of Columbus. Their 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, Lutheran Social Services, Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, Godman Guild, St. Stephens, Alvis, Amethyst, OSU Extension, Community Development for All People and South Side Roots Café).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9280
reebavenuecenter.org

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
reynolds.denison.edu

Riverview International Center (RIC)

This resource center was created to assist with some of the basic needs of both new and established immigrants and refugees in the Riverview Drive neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. They offer general advocacy (like help with navigating mail, bills, appointments and federal benefit applications), English classes, employment services, computer literacy assistance, citizenship assistance, legal clinic help, homework help, summer programing and more.
552 Riverview Drive, Apartment B, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 427-3368
riverviewinternationalcenter.org

Ross Mathematics Program

An intensive six-week summer course for high school students interested in mathematics and eager to explore more advanced ideas. Ross participants spend most of each day working on challenging sets of problems dealing with abstract mathematical concepts. Admission decisions are based on several criteria. Financial aid is available.
The Ohio State University
231 West Eighteenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(844) 262-8409
rossprogram.org

Rotary Youth Exchange

Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens through an exchange program for youth ages 15-19, sponsored by your local Rotary club. Visit the website to find your local Rotary club.
rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
my.rotary.org/en/search/club-finder

Salvation Army

Serves: Single Adults & Families
Offers various services for Central Ohio families throughout the year. Their services include: an in-residence rehabilitation program, after school learning centers for youth to get tutoring and homework help, job help, Christmas assistance; free meals and produce giveaways, furniture assistance, housing and rent assistance, utility assistance and veteran support services. Visit the website for their Family Thrift Store locations in Central Ohio and for more information on each program.

  • Administrative Office
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 221-6561
  • Chapel at Worthington Woods Worship & Service Center
    760 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 846-1884
  • Citadel Worship & Service Center
    3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 262-9611
  • Delaware Worship & Community Center
    340 Lake Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-5301
  • East Main Worship & Service Center
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-6811
  • Hilltop Worship & Service Center
    2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 274-7600

co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio
Link to Family Thrift Store list: co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/family-stores-in-central-ohio

Senate Page Program

High school students ages 16 or 17 years old have the opportunity to be “pages” and see the inner workings of the Senate up close. Their responsibilities range from delivering correspondence to Senators to helping prepare the floor for the legislative workday. There are four sessions of the Senate Page Program. During the school year, pages attend classes at the Senate Page School in the morning before work. Pages live in dorms during their session. The cost of rent and food is automatically deducted from the page’s salary (of $25,605).
200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-2083 or (888) 896-6446
brown.senate.gov/services/students/pages

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries

Offers free youth and adult programming and connects families facing suburban poverty in Hilliard to resources. Programs include a summer lunch program for children, ESL classes, a legal clinic, a monthly job readiness clinic, winter coat store and more.
Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) at Mill Run
3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 586-7939
son-ministries.org

Shadowbox Live

A local theatre company that offers various performance art programs for teens ages 15 and up. Scholarships available for their summer program and they are given based on merit and financial need. Students can also offset half of tuition costs by completing a work-study at their theatre.
503 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 416-7625
shadowboxlive.org

Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America

This program serves 17 counties in central Ohio. It builds on the strong traditions of youth and community service, including cub scouts for boys ages 7 to 10, boy scouts for boys ages 11 to 18 and venturing for boys. They offer summer camps and other programs during the year at various camp locations in Ohio. Visit the website for specific camp locations and prices.
807 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 436-7200
skcscouts.org
Boy Scouts of America (National): scouting.org

Somali Community Association of Ohio (SCAO)

Provides a variety of supportive services for Somali youth and adults.

  • Immigration and citizenship programs and community advocacy
  • Housing availability and affordability guidance
  • English Second Language (ESL) classes
  • Employment assistance and job training
  • Youth development and summer programs
  • Interpretation and translation services
  • Case management

3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 262-4068
somaliohio.org

Sound Aloud

A faith-based non-profit organization that offers creative arts classes, holistic health and free mentoring and outreach programs. They also offer intern and apprenticeship opportunities to students. Their classes serve students from ages 5 to adults, to the homeschooling community and organizations. Their programs and classes have a minimal fee, which teach fine arts, dance, theater, choir, band, wellness, music lessons and more.

  • 89 West Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • 7350 Sawmill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235

(614) 593-6061
soundaloud.org

St. Stephen’s Community House

Provides childcare for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old, family services, senior services, and youth programming for youth ages 5 to 18 years of age. They also have a Choice Food Pantry, urban farm, Christmas gift programs, rent assistance and other neighborhood services.
1500 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 294-6347
saintstephensch.org

STEM Summer Bridge Program

This program is an annual no-cost STEM program that prepares high school students to earn their Associate of Science degree at Columbus State Community College (CSCC). Visit the website for contact information.
600 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
cscc.edu/academics/departments/science/futurescientists/stembridge.shtml

STEM-U

Offers year round math and coding classes, STEM workshops, tutoring in math and all day and half-day summer camp classes.
7227 North High Street, Suite 90, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 407-4666
stem-u.com

Stowe Mission of Central Ohio

A faith-based, non-profit organization that provide various services including, a community kitchen, tutoring, adult literacy and GED prep classes; school supply giveaway, Christmas toy giveaway, food pantry, pregnancy support; vision, dental, eye clinic, and healthcare with the Mount Carmel Mobile Medical Coach, and family events.
Physical Address: 888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6341, Columbus, Ohio 43206

Stratford Ecological Center

This non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve offers workshops and classes for children, farm tours, summer camps and family programs. They also offer leadership opportunities for youth through their junior camp counselor program and internship program.
3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-2548
stratfordecologicalcenter.org

Summer Academy for Mathematics & Science (SAMS)

Provides rising high school seniors with a strong interest in computers, engineering and science with the opportunity to gain skills needed to pursue careers in STEM fields. The Summer Academy includes seminars and hands-on projects, designed and taught by Carnegie Mellon faculty, teachers and graduate students. Students admitted will not be charged tuition, housing or dining fees. Visit the website for contact information.
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
cmu.edu/pre-college/academic-programs/sams.html

Summer Institute for Future Nurses

A three-day, interactive program for eligible high school students to explore nursing careers through hands-on activities, tours, panels and engagement with current faculty, staff and students. Full-cost scholarships are available based on financial need. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
1585 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
https://nursing.osu.edu/offices-and-initiatives/office-diversity-equity-and-inclusion/summer-institute-future-nurses

Summer Law & Trial Institute

A free 12-day program that aims to increase understanding of the law and its possibilities among Ohio high school students. Students participating will have daily interactions with lawyers, judges, and Ohio University (OU) faculty, and develop knowledge and skills that will prepare them for collegiate study.
1 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701
(740) 593-0835
ohio.edu/cas/law-center/about/summer-institute

Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS)

SLIYS (pronounced “SLICE”) is a week-long summer program for high school and pre-college students with an interest in foreign languages. Participants will explore how language works and gain insight into the ways in which individual languages are similar to and different from each other. They offer a commuter and residential option. Need-based financial aid is available.
The Ohio State University Department of Linguistics
1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-3109
linguistics.osu.edu/sliys

Summer Scholars Program

A two-week early college experience for 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.
301 South Campus Avenue, Oxford, Ohio 45056
(513) 529-2531
miamioh.edu/admission/high-school/summer-scholars

Suzuki Music Columbus

A nonprofit organization that offers year-round violin, viola and cello programs for students as young as 3 years old.

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

(614) 216-1343
suzukimusiccolumbus.org

Tantrum Theater

Offers year-round theater, drama, and film production camps for youth. Visit the website for addition contact information.
Administrative Office at Ohio University
19 South College Street, Athens, Ohio 45701
(614) 793-5700
ohio.edu/fine-arts/tantrum-theater

Tech Corps

Offers week-long summer technology experiences to elementary and middle school students. Scholarships are available. They also have Techie Clubs, which introduce elementary students to technology and typically meet weekly throughout the school year.
6600 Busch Boulevard, Suite 210, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 583-9211
techcorps.org

Teen Corps

A summer internship for 15-18 year old teens designed to teach life and work skills through hands-on experiences in urban farming. During the 8 week program, they learn about horticulture, the environment, cooking, health and nutrition, customer service, budgets and money matters, entrepreneurship, teamwork and communication. Participants receive 20 hours per week paid work experience. They begin recruiting Columbus City teens in early spring.
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
1777 East Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8034
fpconservatory.org/education-programs/outreach-programs/teen-corps

The Brian Muha Foundation & The Run The Race Center

A faith-based organization that offers a free space for young people of all ages where they can do their homework, get tutoring, play sports, create art, music, dance and more. They also serve a cooked meals and can take food home from their food pantry. Contact them for more information.
880 South Wayne Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 276-2171
brianmuhafoundation.org

The Connectory STEM Resources

Provides a list of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs and opportunities throughout the country.
theconnectory.org

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

Explore the museum’s interactive STEM learning labs and planetarium, art gallery, and local history. They offer summer camps for youth and fun programming for people of all ages year-round. There is a minimal fee per admission. The Works also provides teacher professional development across east central Ohio.
55 South First Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-9277
attheworks.org

The Young Writers Workshop

A two-week residential workshop for high-school students (ages 16-18) who are eager to develop their creative and critical abilities with language—to become better, more productive writers and more insightful thinkers. The program is located at Kenyon College. They offer need-based financial aid.
102 West Wiggin Street, Gambier, Ohio 43022
(740) 427-5391
kenyonreview.org/workshops/young-writers

Thurber House

Offers several creative writing workshops and classes, summer camps, publishing opportunities and more for children ages 7 to 18. Scholarships are available.
Thurber Center: 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Thurber House: 77 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 464-1032
thurberhouse.org

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.

  • 1251 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Central Community House
    1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205

(614) 252-3157, ext. 128
transitarts.com

TriVillage Mentor League

The weekly school-based mentoring program pairs Upper Arlington, Marble Cliff and Grandview Heights teen mentors with children enrolled in the after school programs in the Upper Arlington and Grandview Heights school districts. They award at least two college scholarships each year to volunteer teen mentors and also offer several summer camp opportunities.
3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
(614) 255-7942
tvml.org

Turfgrass Science Summer Camp

A free week-long summer program that provides a fun outdoor learning environment for rising 6-8 graders. Students learn about the different sports playing surfaces and how STEM is used in turfgrass science from Ohio State University faculty and staff.
2710 North Star Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221
hcs.osu.edu/programs/turfgrass-science-summer-camp

two.fifty.four Youth Center

This community center in Gahanna is a place for school-aged youth to build relationships, play games, get homework help, or just hang out, in a safe and inclusive environment. They also offer workshops, game nights, special events and family nights.
254 Agler Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 414-2326
gaap4gahanna.org

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
ussenateyouth.org
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships/US-Senate-Youth-Program

Urban Arts Space

Offers free educational and art-making opportunities throughout the year for youth, including a free arts summer camp.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
(614) 292-8861
uas.osu.edu/programming

Urban GEMS (Gardening Entrepreneurs Motivating Sustainability)

Through this program, middle and high school age students can participate in after school and summer youth internships to gain skills growing vegetables in sustainable aeroponic towers. In the free youth development program, they gain leadership and entrepreneurial skills while preparing weekly cooking demonstrations and having fun.
The Ohio State University
1787 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 247-4004
urbangems.ehe.osu.edu

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

Offers after-school, in-school and summer youth programs, adult education, family needs assistance, reentry programs, counseling services, drug treatment, crisis intervention and more. Visit the website for a detailed description of their services.
2720 Airport Drive, Suite 110, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 227-9694
umadaopfc.com

Vineyard Community Center

Offers a variety of services and programs some include an early childhood center, after-school and summer programs, sports and exercise programs, a free health clinic and free legal clinic, as well as 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, career development services, dance, art, and music classes, and much more.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5500
vineyardcommunitycenter.org

Wellington School Summer Program

Offers week-long summer day camp programs from creative arts and outdoor adventures, to athletic skill-building and academics for grades pre-K to 12. Participants do not have to be Wellington School students.
3650 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 324-8882
wellington.org/summer

Wexner Center for the Arts

Offers art classes, opportunities to earn high school credit (Art & Ecology course), workshops and other free programs for teens throughout the year. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University
1871 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
wexarts.org/education/teens

YMCA of Central Ohio

Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps, juvenile justice, housing, programming for children with special needs and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org
YMCA Locations & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations

YouMedia

Provides free open studio space and one day workshops for teens, at select Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, to give them hands-on experience with music programming, audio recording, videography, video editing, digital art and more. Visit the “Events” page or contact for program times.

  • Barnett
    3434 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43227
  • Driving Park Branch
    1422 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Main Library
    96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Whitehall Branch
    4371 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213

(614) 645-2275
columbuslibrary.org

Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!)

Provides an experience-based, year-long entrepreneurship program for students in grades 6-12. Students learn to generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies.

  • YEA! Otterbein University The Point
    1 South Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 915-6636
  • Union County Economic Development Partnership
    833 North Maple Street, Marysville, Ohio 43040
    (614) 989-2429
  • Ohio Christian University
    1477 Lancaster Pike, Circleville, Ohio 43113
    (614) 989-2429

yeausa.org

Young Scholars Program (YSP)

Provides opportunities for academically talented first generation students in Ohio with demonstrated financial need. Student scholars receive pre-college preparation through college advising, academic coaching and mentoring, college planning tools and resources and more.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43210
Program Administration: (614) 292-4884
Columbus Program: (614) 688-4240
odi.osu.edu/young-scholars-program

Young Women’s Summer Institute (YWSI)

A week-long summer program for 6th and 7th grade girls in Ohio. It is designed to promote computer, math, science and engineering skills, as well as provide hands-on experiences. Partial scholarships are available.
Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC)
1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 292-9248
osc.edu/education/ywsi

Young Writers Workshop (YWW)

A week-long writing summer program for high school students in Columbus City Schools, charter schools in the City of Columbus, South-Western City Schools, and Reynoldsburg City Schools. Students will attend daily workshops and courses, have sessions with visiting writers in various fields and more. Visit the website for contact information.
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
english.osu.edu/grad/mfa/young-writers-workshopApplication: english.osu.edu/yww/app

Youth Engaged 4 Change (YE4C)

Provides youth-focused resources and opportunities that inspire and empower young people to make a difference in their lives and in the world around them. Youth can find volunteering, internship, job / leadership opportunities, and answers on topics like mental health, relationships, education and more.
engage.youth.gov

YWCA Columbus

Serves: Families (referring to emergency shelter access)
Provide affordable housing and supportive services for women recovering from drug-related, alcohol-related, and mental illnesses. The YWCA Family Center provides emergency shelter and critical services including, family assistance, family advocacy, childcare, employment and resource center to help central Ohio families find housing. The YWCA Kids Place offers affordable childcare during the school year and summer programs for families in Gahanna and Westerville school districts. They also provide leadership training for high school girls and adult women.

  • 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

ywcacolumbus.org