Helps kids learn critical thinking through the game of chess, by supporting chess clubs, hosting friendly tournaments, facilitating chess-based leadership training, and curating unique chess-themed workshops and experiences. Clubs receive supplies, training and ongoing support from ROI to launch and maintain weekly site-based chess clubs and leadership activities at their local school, library, faith-based organization, or community center.
A mentoring program for youth attending Independence, Walnut Ridge, Whitehall Yearling High Schools and teens who have had contact with the Juvenile Court system. They also offer homework help, life skills training, and workforce development programming.
4117 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43227
The website has information on a wide range of health topics, including safety, fitness, school issues, dating, substance abuse; emotional wellness, including helping children handle stress, psychiatric medications, grief. It also provides information about healthy living, family life, immunizations, developmental stages and more.
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
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
Click below to read their resource guide “Love Doesn’t Have to Hurt” for teens about dating abuse.
A one-to-one mentoring program that matches children of incarcerated parents with volunteers from the community. Visit the website or call to find out how to enroll a child.
1855 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
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.
Provides mentorship opportunities for girls and young women through lectures, trainings, and activities to build her self-confidence, develop relationships, resolve conflict; make wise decisions, work in teams, and develop practical life skills.
Beatty Recreational Center
247 North Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Provides a list of HIV, STD and Hepatitis testing sites, as well as places to receive vaccines nationwide. People can search online for the closest testing sites by entering their zip code.
Addresses all aspects of family violence including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. They offer community training and a continuum of research-based prevention, intervention and treatment programs for individuals (like counseling and medical services for foster children) who have experienced family violence.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Offers diabetes education services and programs for youth, including diabetes camps and events led 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.
1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
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.
37 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides mentoring and education services to pregnant and teen moms in Franklin County. Some of the classes they offer include: shaken baby prevention presentation, pregnancy and child birth education. They also provide childcare, study help and have a mini boutique, stocked with infant and toddler clothing, diapers, blankets, bedding, small equipment and other necessities needed to care for little ones.
Whitehall Church of the Nazarene
Physical Address: 739 South Yearling Road, Columbus, Ohio 43213
Mailing Address: PO Box 30241, Columbus, Ohio 43230
Mentoring program between college single parent students and Columbus area high school teen girls and young women who are parenting or pregnant. They offer one-on-one mentoring and online group mentoring. They accept applications into the fall for the school year. This program is provided through The Ohio State University ACCESS Collaborative Program.
84 North Seventeenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Provides pregnancy care, pregnancy testing, gynecological exams, birth control, STD treatment and well-women’s health care. They offer a sliding scale fee for those without insurance, and many insurances are accepted. Services are provided by appointment only, except for pregnancy testing which is on a walk-in basis.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers free anonymous HIV/AIDS testing. They also test and treat other STDs for a small fee, accepting some insurances (including government insurances) and never turning anyone away who cannot pay.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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
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
Program provides personalized medical care and social support services to teens and young adults, ages 17 or older, with chronic conditions transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare. The members of the transition team are transition primary care doctors board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine, specialist doctors, transition coordinators, nurses, social workers and pharmacists. Visit the website for information on how a doctor can make a referral to their clinic.
Center for Autism Services and Transition (CAST): wexnermedical.osu.edu/primary-care/adult-autism-center
Young Adult Diabetes Transition Program: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/young-adult-diabetes-transition-program
Columbus Ohio Adult Congenital Heart Disease (COACH) Program: nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/adolescent-and-adult-congenital-heart-disease-achd-program
Offers programming for youth ages 11-18 focused on leadership training, mentorship and empowerment. The sessions are comprised of fun, interactive, educational and community service activities; and the activities are a 10-month commitment. They also offer college scholarships. Visit the website for contact information.
Provides free interview and work-ready clothing, mentoring and career center resources (like professional development, computers with Microsoft software, printers and more) for Central Ohio women ages 16 and up. A referral is required to receive services.
1204 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Connects students with caring, trained adults to create hope for the future. They provide mentoring and personal development programs for teens. They also strengthen families in the community by providing a support network of resources and meaningful experiences. Most of their programs and services are free, though some events have an admission fee. Their programs take place in schools, libraries and other venues for Franklin County youth and families.
Offers free anonymous HIV/AIDS testing and free testing for other STDs (syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia), behavior health, dentistry, legal services; medical, pharmacy, and HIV/STI prevention programs and services for LGBT community. They have various clinics around Ohio.
1105 Schrock Road, Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio 43229
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
Aims to prevent suicide and bring hope and support to those affected by suicide. On their website, they list prevention, intervention, crisis, and post-intervention suicide resources. They provide local and online training related to suicide prevention, and go over how to request a speaker to talk about suicide prevention and intervention. Visit the website for contact information.
A leadership program for high school students ages 14-18 to provide leadership and improve services for youth in Franklin County. FCYC members will be empowered to be ambassadors to represent the concerns and be the voice of youth in Franklin County, meet with key officials to advocate for community change and represent FCYC at conferences and special events.
360 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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)
Works with youth who have special needs and their families along with their health care providers to provide support while transitioning into adulthood. They offer guidance as many of the youth are seeking out health care or learning to manage their own health care independently.
High school student-athletes participate in a one-year “coaching” program to develop skills in perseverance, professionalism, positivity and more. The program consists of a college scholarship, the assignment of a Handshake Coach, and several meetings throughout the calendar year to help prepare student-athletes for their future. The students submit applications in the middle of their junior year. Visit the website for contact information.
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. Visit the website for more information.
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
A mentoring program created to provide young men of all nationalities with practical lessons and positive examples of how to navigate life. Through personal interactions with program mentors and real-world examples, they teach young men from grades 6th-12th not only how to go through life, but how to live meaningful lives fueled by purpose and propelled by passion. Visit the website for addition contact information.
LASER mentors serve as academic role models, as well as bridge builders, between Latinos in high school and Ohio State, Otterbein and Ohio Wesleyan University students. Mentees will meet 1-2 hours per week with their mentors. Meeting locations varies. Visit the website for contact information.
odi.osu.edu/laser-digital-hubMeeting Locations: odi.osu.edu/laser-hub-information
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
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
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
Provides free, confidential telephone and email counseling, information and local resources. Telephone volunteers are in their teens and early twenties and speak with teens about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, STDs and other issues.
National Youth Talkline: (800) 246-7743
Offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. They also provide support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers through the same free and confidential services via phone, text, and live chat.
(866) 331-9474 or (866) 331-8453 TTY
Text “loveis” to 22522 to chat with a peer advocate 24/7
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, finance, employment, education, life coaching, hair and beauty salon services, as well as host a summer day camp, offer homework help and mentoring for at-risk youth ages 7-17.
Call 911 if you are in immediate danger of hurting yourself or someone else.
Offers free online discussion groups and blogs just for teens and young adults who want to feel stronger and more in control of their lives. Teens can learn about making friends, living independently, mental health conditions and more.
3803 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203
Helpline: (800) 950-6264
Offers access to a 24/7 confidential hotline for teens in crisis. Some teens call from the streets urgently seeking immediate help, and others call for advice about issues such as bullying, abuse, drugs, suicide, relationships and human trafficking.
Hotline: (800) 786-2929 Toll-free
Text to 66008
Provides free, confidential advice 24 hours a day and is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
Call or text 988 or (800) 273-8255 Toll-free, for deaf or hard of hearing; visit the website for online chat
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (for Professionals): sprc.org
Program: offers an array of therapeutic and family foster care services, kinship care, parent education, community-based and home-based behavioral/mental health services, group living care; independent and transitional living services, case management, adoption; substance abuse treatment, services for sexually reactive children and youth and for youth involved in the juvenile justice system
Eligibility: ages 5 to 21
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income)
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else
1801 Watermark Drive, Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 692-7226 Toll-free
Provides health care for teens ages 11 to 21, including primary care and consultative services for gynecologic/reproductive health, chronic unexplained symptoms, eating disorders, drug testing, a medical opiate addiction program, STD & HIV screening, ADHD, behavior and general teen health issues at several locations throughout Columbus.
380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Suite 3A, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Birth control program for teens and young women up to 25 years of age. BC4Teens has the full spectrum of birth control methods available, including pills, the contraceptive implant and intrauterine devices (IUDs). Preventive services, like birth control, are available for most patients at no cost and they accept most insurances, including Medicaid. A parent or guardian must be present during a minor’s first visit.
Adolescent Medicine Clinic – Livingston Ambulatory Center
380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers medical, psychiatry and counseling services and year-round programming for children and teens, including help with substance abuse, anger issues, behavior problems, ADHD, exposure to violence, depression, anxiety and self-harm behaviors for children up to age 21, at several locations throughout Columbus.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Provides free confidential walk-in HIV and syphilis testing for teens ages 13 to 24 and adults. No appointment is necessary, and counselors are available on-site to answer questions and help teens.
380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 722-6060, option 5
A program that provides services for differences/disorders of sex development (DSD), complex urological conditions and gender concerns.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
The website provides information to help prepare for teens transitioning to adult health care.
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.
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;
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
Provides information about suicide prevention coalitions in Ohio, prevention and provides a database of educational resources. Their mission is to provide resources, raise awareness, eliminate stigma, and increase help-seeking behavior for all Ohioans. They also have a list of county hotlines.
1225 Dublin Road, Suite 50, Columbus, Ohio 43204
This free 5-day leadership training program is for 11th and 12th grade high school students with disabilities. Participants will learn about choosing a career, the history of disability as a culture, available resources and assistive technology. They will be empowered to reach goals in education, employment and their community.
400 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 438-1394 or (614) 362-5606 VP
The WOW mobile unit offers women’s health care, for females ages 13 and older, regardless of an ability to pay. Their mobile unit is staffed with a multidisciplinary team of OB/GYN physicians. They provide prenatal, postpartum, and women’s health services, including: ultrasounds, nutrition counseling with a dietitian, access to a social worker to help find additional services and resources, access to birth control, and STI checks. They also offer transportation if needed.
393 East Town Street, Suite 226, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides the full range of gynecologic care for teens and young women. Screening for sexually transmitted infections, preventive services, and all birth control options are available for same day start. They accept most insurances, including Medicaid. Interpreting services are available as well.
All locations can be scheduled by calling (614) 722-2250
Provides low-cost sexual health care, including birth control, emergency contraception, HIV/STD testing, care for LGBTQ teens, reproductive health care, pregnancy testing, abortion care / advice and more. They accept patients with and without insurance.
Provide a wide range of services to teens and adults at many locations in Central Ohio. Services include pregnancy testing, obstetric / gynecology care, contraception, well woman exams, and treatment of pelvic pain; low cost dental care, including fillings, exams, cleanings and extractions. They also provide vision, behavioral and pediatric services. Uninsured patients may pay for services based on a sliding scale. They accept most health insurances as well, including Medicaid. Interpreting services are available upon request. Call to schedule an appointment.
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
Helps African American girls ages 11-18 who have been exposed to trauma or stress in their lives. They help girls think critically, learn how to communicate through barriers and reach academic success. The services are offered through conferences, girl summits, think tanks, community forums and resiliency-based activities.
P.O. Box 09110, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Offers school and community programming for girls on team building, healthy communication, dealing with girl drama/bullying, healthy relationships, navigating social media, body image, support systems, safety and violence prevention, stress and coping, academic and career development and leadership. Call or visit the website to find a ROX program.
1335 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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.
Link to Family Thrift Store list: easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southwest-ohio/central-ohio/thrift-stores
Offers teen and tween dating violence information and guidance for the professional or parent of middle-school age children. Real life love lessons, literature and webinars are shared as well as insight on proven strategies and ways to execute those strategies leading to healthy decisions teens and tweens can make to have healthy dating friendships and relationships.
Answered by a team of highly trained volunteers, this line is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hotline volunteers listen, assess suicide risk, and give support to callers in crisis. They also provide information and assistance to relatives, friends, co-workers and others who are concerned about an individual expressing suicidal thoughts or behaviors. They also offer a depression support group and a support group for survivors of a loved one’s suicide.
1301 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Suicide Prevention Hotline:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Crisis Text Line:
‘HOME’ to 741741
Support Group Information:
Offers clinical services for adult and transition-age-youth patients with autism. Available services include: primary care with physicians, medical assistants, a nurse and a social worker who have experience working with youth and adults with autism, clinical pharmacy consultation for medication questions and medication monitoring, and in-office lab and procedural care.
OSU Wexner Medical Center’s Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
3691 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Trans Lifeline is a hotline offering direct emotional support to trans people in crisis. It is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. The operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. This hotline is for both for people in crisis and people needing someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not that person is trans.
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
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.
Provides group mentoring, leadership programming and prison transportation for youth ages 5-17 whose parent is incarcerated. The group mentoring engages them in fun activities and provides them with a safe environment to discuss various topics. And their Generational Leadership program provides youth with tools to help develop their communication skill sets to help foster healthy relationships. All services are free, except the prison transportation. The minimal fee varies depending on the prison location.
464 East Main Street, Suite E, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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
Provide resources, services and workshops the promote a culture that prevents drug and alcohol abuse, while supporting individuals and families affected by substance abuse. They also have a youth council. Visit the website for contact information.
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: 1907 Leonard Ave, Columbus, OH 43219
YMCA Stable Families: (614) 636-3208
YMCA Stable Families: ymcacolumbus.org/stable-form
YMCA Locations & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations
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
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 and leadership opportunities, and answers on topics like mental health, relationships, education and more.
A community-based drug prevention and youth leadership program for middle school and high school students. The goal of its many projects is harnessing the powerful influence of peer pressure, making it a positive force that encourages youth to live free of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Call for meeting schedules and more information.
Office: 1420 Fields Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
Mailing: 547 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
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.