Former winner of National Library of the Year, CML is an amazing resource in the community. With 23 locations throughout Franklin County, they provide a lot more than just books, including a lot of free online resources, school help, specialized programs, community events and a lot more.
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides social services for Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Central Ohio. The agency advocates for community sustainability through its core services:
Office: 4700 Reed Road, Suite B, Columbus, Ohio 43220
AHI Free Clinic – OSU Rardin Family Practice: 2231 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Provides case management services, health and wellness services, education programs (like ESOL, tutoring and summer camps), language and culture programs, and sport clubs for Bhutanese people living in Columbus, Ohio.
1925 East Dublin Granville Road, Suite 210, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Visit your local library to get access to free books, music, movies and documentaries. Some of the libraries listed will also have group reading times for children, homework help, job and business help, and fun events for people of all ages and more. Contact your local library to confirm what services they are currently offering.
Offers free GED prep and ESOL classes for adults, and basic skills literacy classes for adults, as well as vocational training programs for adults at different sites throughout Franklin County.
2323 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
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.
Tutors adults 18 years and older in reading, writing, math, and computers, as well as GED preparation and learning English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students are not charged for tutorial services, but those who are financially able are asked to purchase basic texts and materials.
1111 East Stewart Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 444-7330, ext. 1
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.
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
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
Provides free small group ESL classes at the University Baptist Church for women interested in improving their English. Child care is provided while the mothers attend classes.
50 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
A social service agency that supports the Muslim community in Central Ohio by offering assistance, referrals and support according to Islamic principles. The help with basic needs (like shelter, utilities and food), resettlement support and paperwork assistance (like applying for benefits, insurances or completing immigration documents). They also offer offer mediation and conflict resolution services, ESL classes, Janazah (Muslim funeral) services; and they hold a school supply drive, toy drive and provide food boxes.
4900 Reed Road, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43220
This site has resources for students whose primary or home language is other than English who need special language assistance in order to effectively participate in school instructional programs. Lau Resource Center for English Learners ensures that students in Ohio with limited English proficiency receive the same education opportunities as their English-speaking peers.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Lau Resource Center: education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/English-Learners/English-Learner-Programs/Instructional-Resources-for-Teachers-of-Diverse-Le
Offers several free services to the Latino community including homework help, after school programs, summer camps, 24/7 translation and interpretation services, ESL and citizenship classes for adults, a tobacco cessation program, free car seat checks, and a support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Represents and advises key policy makers in regards to Hispanic issues, and connects Latino organizations throughout Ohio. On their website is a list of state-wide resources for Latinos, including a list of interpreters, attorneys, health and social service resources, church listings, directory of English as a Second Language (ESL) services and more.
77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Community Resources: ochla.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/ochla/latino-community
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, job skills training, computer literacy assistance, citizenship assistance, legal clinic help, homework help, summer programing and more.
552 Riverview Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Provides a variety of supportive services for Somali youth and adults.
3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
Junior and senior students can take classes toward graduation that include academic knowledge and technical skills. They also offer GED, ESL and other adult education programs. Visit the website for more information on career technical education for high school students.
South-Western Career Academy
4750 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Tolles is a career and technical school that serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Hilliard, London, Madison-Plains, and Jefferson Local school districts. Tolles offers free adult and continuing education opportunities in ASPIRE, ESOL, GED, RAMTEC, industrial training and public safety.
7877 U.S. Highway 42 South, Plain City, Ohio 43064
High School: (614) 873-4666, ext. 4208
Adult Education: (614) 873-4666, ext. 4248
Provides refugee resettlement services to newly-arrived refugees from many countries. Services include ESL classes and tutoring, financial help, educational classes, interpreting and help with employment.
Columbus Office: 1415 East Dublin-Granville Road, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Offers a variety of services including early childhood center, after-school and summer programs, sports and exercise programs, free health clinic, free legal clinic, food pantry, and immigration counseling services (DACA). Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), programs for homeschoolers, men’s and women’s support and recovery groups, marriage and parenting programs, financial counseling, career development services, dance, art, and music classes.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081