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Free & Low-Cost Programs

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. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business
2100 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
ohiocpa.com/quick-links/the-ohio-cpa-foundation/recruiting-students/acap
fisher.osu.edu/diversity-inclusion/acap

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

Asian American Community Services (AACS)

Provides social services for Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Central Ohio. The agency advocates for community sustainability through its core services:

  • Family Support Program (FSP) provides services to crime victims. They help their clients navigate emergency assistance, transportation and referrals to partner agencies. In addition, they also provide support to senior citizens through our Senior Outreach Program and youth programming, Healthy Asian Youth (HAY).
  • 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.
  • Community Engagement services include English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and computer literacy classes.

Office: 4700 Reed Road, Suite B, Columbus, Ohio 43220
AHI Free Clinic – OSU Rardin Family Practice: 2231 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 220-4023
aacsohio.org

Beyond the Classroom

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
u.osu.edu/mathoutreach/btc
facebook.com/ExploreMathOSU

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

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

Broad Street Presbyterian Neighborhood Ministries

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.
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 221-6552
bspc.org/ministries

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 Bold 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
campbold.org

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/camp-car

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

Central Community House

A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. They offer soft skills training, employment assistance, financial education training and emergency housing programs to help access rent or mortgage assistance, food nutrition programs, utility services, health care, parenting workshops and more. Additionally they offer afterschool programs, summer programs, and child care for ages six-weeks through five-years-old.
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3157
cchouse.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, job and business help, and 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

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

  • The CRC Family Services & Choice Food Pantry help is provided in many areas including food, clothing, household items and other support items.
  • The Youth Services – Kids Club is an afterschool and summer program for youth in grades K-5 at various locations.
  • The Kinship Care Program supports 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 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 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/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=69636

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 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

Community for New Direction (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

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/education/data-science-women-summer-camp

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

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 programming’s 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

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

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

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

Is a settlement house located in Franklinton on the near west side of Columbus, Ohio. They provide emergency financial assistance (e.g., rent, utilities, prescriptions, and other critical needs), offers access to a mobile medical unit access from The Breathing Association, and case management services. 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. They also provide educational services such as preschool, after-school, summer day camp and team sport programming.
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, and summer programs).
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

Homeless Families Foundation (HFF)

Serves: Families
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

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

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

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.
835 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.
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 236-6305
lawandleadership.org

Lead the Way Learning Academy

Provides youth development programs and activities for Franklin County youth in grades K-12. Their After School Learning Zone and Summer Learning Zone provides homework help, academic enrichment, field trips, fitness, free meals and other fun and exciting enrichment activities. Services are free to TANF eligible families. In collaboration with the Achieve More & Prosper (A.M.P.) Program, the Career Zone provides employment resources and opportunities to in-school youth, ages 16-18 experiencing barriers to academic and career success. Visit the website for site locations.
(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) 407-6049
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

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

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

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

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 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) 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) 292-1896
odi.osu.edu/upward-bound

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

PATHS² (Professions Aligned Toward Health Sciences & Human Services) Academy

A three-day summer camp for rising 10th-12th grade students to explore healthcare careers, including, but not limited to: nursing, athletic training, physical therapy, pharmacy, communication science disorders and nutrition. There is no cost to attend.
(614) 793-5634
ohio.edu/chsp/dublin-center/summer-camp

 

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

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, House of Hope, Southeast Healthcare Services, Godman Guild, St. Stephen’s Community Center, Alvis, Community Development for All People and South Side Roots Café).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9280
reebavenuecenter.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/club-search

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, Christmas assistance and food meal boxes; housing and rent assistance, utility assistance, help trafficking survivors 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 or (800) 725-2769
  • 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

easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southwest-ohio/central-ohio/home
Link to Family Thrift Store list: easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southwest-ohio/central-ohio/thrift-stores

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, 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

Seven Baskets Community Development Corporation

Is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides homework help, after-school programs, and summer day camps for elementary and middle school students. They also host community events and community meals.
Community House: 1635 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227
Mailing Address: PO Box 65, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 406-2548
seven-baskets.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.
(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

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 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

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 Red Zone

Program: The Red Zone is a CARF-accredited behavioral health agency, that offers comprehensive and multidisciplinary substance-abuse and behavioral health services. Substance use disorder services include: outpatient services, relapse prevention, case management and more. Their behavioral health services include: grief counseling, trauma intervention, stress management, school-based social work, case management and more. They also host a summer day camp for youth ages 5-15 years old.
Eligibility: serves youth and adults
Cost: contact the organization for cost information
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
Columbus Office: 895 Parsons Avenue, Unit B, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(614) 705-1919
theredzoneoh.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/learn-create/education-programs

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) 940-5435
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

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
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 infants and children with special needs (ECRN+), loanable adaptive equipment, and more. In their YMCA Stable Families coordinated service program, families with children (from Pre-K to 12th grade) who live in Franklin County have access to a service coordinator who can help in increasing household income, obtaining/maintaining safe and stable housing, and increasing the academic achievement of school-aged children. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for additional information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
YMCA Stable Families: (614) 636-3208
ymcacolumbus.org
YMCA Stable Families: ymcacolumbus.org/stable-form
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

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


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