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Post-Graduation Planning

A Call to College

Works to assure that every Newark High School graduate has the opportunity to pursue higher education by providing one-on-one advisory services, high school course selection, SAT/ACT information, college selection & application help, college visits and more. They also offer programs for elementary and middle school students.
314 Granville Road, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 670-7424
acalltocollege.org

Bridges to Success For Young Adults Transitioning out of Foster Care

Provides guidance and supportive services to young adults who left foster care in Ohio at ages 18, 19 or 20 as they transition to adulthood. They offer services in housing, education, employment and help youth with getting health insurance, finding a doctor or improving physical or mental health in any way.

  • Central Region
    (614) 568-9428
    Counties:  Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Ross, Union, Vinton
  • Southeast Region
    (614) 869-3889
    Counties:  Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, Washington

jfs.ohio.gov/child-and-adult-protection-foster-and-adoption/services-for-families-and-children/bridges/overview

College Confidential

Helps students find the best education for their career goals through community discussion forums, articles written by experts, scholarship search engine and their school search tool.
collegeconfidential.com

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)

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

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) Upward Bound

Pre-college program for high school students to build resiliency and gain the tools needed to successfully apply to and complete a college program. The program includes individualized tutoring and content instruction, cultural and social activities, college tours, and participants can earn money for completing all elements of the program. Participants must be income-eligible 9th and 10th graders at East, Linden-McKinley, Mifflin, Northland, or Independence High School.
550 East Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 287-5353 or (614) 287-5340
cscc.edu/services/upwardbound

Community for New Direction (CND)

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

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

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

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Offers tuition-free programs for high school juniors and seniors in Franklin, Fairfield, and Pickaway counties with programs like automotive, cosmetology, graphic design, pre-nursing and more. Programs for adults include GED, ESOL, STNA, Welding, HVAC, and help finding a job. They offer a free summer camp for students grades 6-8 to explore career options. The Employability Prep program for students ages 16-21 with learning differences offers hands-on job experience and soft skills training.

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

eastlandfairfield.com

I Know I Can (IKIC)

Offers a range of services for students in Columbus City Schools to prepare them to enter and succeed in college, including providing help with financial aid and scholarships.
4200 East Regent Street, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 233-9510
iknowican.org

KnowHow2Go

Provides information for middle and high school students about how to prepare for and enter into college.
knowhow2go.acenet.edu

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)

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

My Future

Helps young adults plan their next steps in life by bringing together information about colleges, careers and military service opportunities. They do not offer career counseling, but acknowledges that self-assessment is key to developing career goals.
myfuture.com

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

Current high school students whose home school district is Columbus City Schools Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, South or Marion-Franklin High can access homework help, cultural field trips, college tours, test prep, and career exposure year-round. The summer  experience is a six-week program offering college preparation, internship 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 Department of Higher Education (OhioHigherEd)

Their website has information about two-year and four-year programs, credit transfer, ways to help finance college and more. They also offer Ohio callers information on preparation for college, admissions, student financial aid, scholarship information and general facts about enrollment at colleges and universities throughout Ohio; visit their Contact Us page for those contacts.

25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-6000
ohiohighered.org/students
ohiohighered.org/contact-us

Ohio Reach

Provides resources like scholarships, mentorship and community events to foster care alumni enrolled in higher education. Ohio Reach is administered by the Ohio Children’s Alliance in partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education and acts as a network of professionals, advocates, and students across the State of Ohio determined to support former foster youth on their higher education journey. Visit the website for contact information.
ohioreach.org

Ohio State University (OSU) Upward Bound

Free program for income-eligible Columbus City high school students. Accepted students can access year-round tutoring, test prep, career development services, and more. The Summer Institute is a 6-week program that includes coursework, career day, college visits, and the opportunity to take actual college courses at OSU for college credit.  First-generation and/or eligible 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who attend or live in the service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools are highly encouraged to apply.
(614) 292-1896
odi.osu.edu/upward-bound

Quest Bridge

A nonprofit organization that supports high-achieving, low-income students to achieve success in college through their programs that offer an academic mentoring program for juniors and full four-year scholarships to colleges.
445 Sherman Ave, Palo Alto, California 94306
(888) 275-2054 Toll-free
questbridge.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.
550 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
cscc.edu/academics/departments/science/futurescientists/stembridge.shtml

The Willie & Vivian Gaddis Foundation for K.I.D.S.

Non-profit empowering marginalized and at-risk youth to pursue educational and artistic opportunities. They offer college tour programs and scholarships. Their website has helpful information for students and families about scholarships, HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universities), college planning, and skilled trades programs.
PO Box 360832, Columbus, Ohio 43236
(614) 706-6909
gaddis4kids.org

Today’s Military

A resource for young adults, parents and educators who want to learn about about military service. The website provides interviews with active-duty service members, interactive tools to explore the range of military career opportunities and more. The resource is produced by the United States Department of Defense.
todaysmilitary.com

U.S. Department of Education College Affordability & Transparency Center

Provides information and tools to compare college tuition and fees, net price, and other characteristics to help students and parents/guardians make an informed decision about college.
collegecost.ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid & FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Provides free information on preparing for education beyond high school. Students can submit an online application for financial aid (FAFSA), get information about careers and find schools offering majors in those careers. They can also look for scholarships online. Click for a college preparation checklist, that explains how to prepare academically and financially for college with a ‘to do’ list for students and parents.
400 Maryland Avenue, Washington DC, 20202
(800) 433-3243 or (800) 730-8913 TTY
studentaid.gov
Additional Contact Information: studentaid.gov/help-center/contact

U.S. News & World Report – Colleges

Provides rankings of 1400 schools, search tools to help find schools that fit students’ needs and details on scholarships, loans and grants.
usnews.com/best-colleges

United States of America Service Academy Forums

Offers a place for prospective service academy members to ask questions about service academies (including Air Force Academy – USAFA, Coast Guard Academy – USCGA, Military Academy – USMA, Merchant Marine Academy – USMMA, Naval Academy – USNA, ROTC’s, and other publicly and privately-funded military colleges).
serviceacademyforums.com

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


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