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Business & Law Programs

Columbus Recreation & Parks City Leaders Program

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

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 world language instruction in small groups, cultural lessons taught in English, and activities on global issues and what it means to be a global citizen. Scholarships are available. Find registration and contact details online.
The Ohio State University, 1775 College Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
u.osu.edu/globalcamp

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) for Ohio

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

Law & Leadership Institute (LLI)

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

Leaders Emerging & Developing (LEAD)

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

Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board

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

Ohio Business Week (OBW)

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

Philosophy and Critical Thinking (PACT) Summer Camp

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

Remember Us Urban Legends (RUUL)

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

Senate Page Program

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

Summer Law & Trial Institute

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

Teen Corps

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

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

Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)

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


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