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Teen Mentoring & Leadership Programs

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 programmings 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/locations.html

All THAT (Teens Hopeful About Tomorrow)

A mentoring program for youth from ages 14-19, attending Independence, Walnut Ridge, Whitehall Yearling High Schools and teens at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center. They also offer homework help, life skills training, and workforce development programs.
4117 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43227
(614) 745-0007
all-that.org

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. In Franklin County, they offer a Hispanic Mentoring Program for Spanish-speaking youth and families. 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

Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Program

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
(614) 839-2447 or (866) 892-2447 Toll-free
bbbscentralohio.org/programs

Central Community House

A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Services include:

  • Early Education Child Care Center: Education-focused child care program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with a focus on preparation for success in Kindergarten and beyond.
  • Community Services: Basic/emergency needs assistance and referrals, community organizing and advocacy, family/household support programs, a community computer lab, community dinners/block parties, and opportunities for neighborhood involvement.
  • Youth and Family Services: Personal development and family strengthening programs, afterschool programs, summer youth enrichment programs, including summer employment; and other youth, teen, and family activities, including tutoring, mentoring, and fun activities including Transit Arts.

1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3157
cchouse.org

Central Ohio Leadership Academy (COLA)

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.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 542-4102
coleadershipacademy.org

Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC)

A faith-based organization that offers free programs for youth. Some programs include:

  • City Life
    Offers free group meetings, mentoring relationships, free childcare and other support for teen moms, job and life skills training and financial literacy for teens.
    40 Chicago Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
    (614) 410-1898
  • HireLevel Promotions
    Trains and employs teens in embroidery, screen printing and direct-to-garment printing.

    1256 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
    (614) 467-4242
  • HireLevel Auto
    Teaches teens how to perform automobile maintenance and repairs. Donated cars are repaired under the supervision of a certified mechanic.
    2915 Winchester Pike, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 237-7300
  • Point Break
    Facilitates anti-bullying seminars for area high schools. This evidence-based program is highly effective in helping teens develop compassion for each other.
    (614) 582-5377
  • Juvenile Justice Ministries
    Offer spiritual counseling sessions and small interactive chapel services for incarcerated youth at multiple juvenile detention centers.

5000 Arlington Centre Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 848-4870
coyfc.org

CHLOE (Community, Health, Life Skills, Opportunities & Education)

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
(614) 477-1426
chloeinc.org

College & High School Aspiring Mothers Partnership for Success Program (CHAMPS)

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.
Mailing Address: 154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Physical Address: 84 North Seventeenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 247-7092
odi.osu.edu/champs

Columbus Recreation & Parks City Leaders Program

Offers a year-long program for City of Columbus middle-school youth ages 10-15. 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. Participants will need to be recommended by their principal, assistant principal or teacher in order 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)

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

Dress for Success Columbus

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 15 and up. A referral is required to receive services.
1204 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 291-5420
dfscmh.org

D’Light House Family Center

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.
(614) 376-8337
dlighthousefamilycenter.org

Expanding Visions

Offers career development service to teenagers preparing for success in the workforce, adults looking to further their careers and middle school students developing leadership skills that will propel them to successful careers. They also offer life coaching to help graduates along their career paths. Visit the website for contact information.
PO Box 245, Brice, Ohio 43109
expandingvisions.net

Femergy

A non-profit organization that provides life-skills training, career exploration, college readiness, wellness management and direct mentorship opportunities for girls and women through workshops, programs and camps.
PO Box 307217, Columbus, Ohio 43230
(614) 653-8454
femergy.org

Franklin County Youth Council (FCYC)

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
(614) 679-3239 or (614) 227-2745
liveunitedcentralohio.org/franklin-county-youth-council

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

Gertrude Wood Community Foundation (GWCF)

Offers mentoring programs for youth ages 10-18, annual school supply giveaways, provide free fresh produce and food items; financial literacy classes, and community-based services and affordable housing for youth and families living in the Driving Park Area and surrounding communities.
975 Bulen Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 252-7456
gwoodfoundation.com

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, summer programs, internships and career exploration).
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207 (Only adult education and workforce development)
(614) 294-5476
godmanguild.org

Handshake America

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.
(614) 841-0199
handshakeamerica.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

I C Stars Columbus

A 16 week intensive IT (Information Technology) paid internship. This workforce development organization develop young adults to excel in technology careers and effect change as community leaders. They teach digital skills and develop leaders.
1275 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 340-1841
icstars-columbus.org

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.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 233-9510
iknowican.org

Image Character Etiquette (ICE)

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.
PO Box 16805, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(614) 859-0423
icementors.org

LASER (Latinx Space for Enrichment Research) Mentoring Program

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-mentoring-program

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.
1700 Lake Shore Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 485-3514
lawandleadership.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

Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board

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.
ohioattorneygeneral.gov/State-and-Local-Government/Schools/Teen-Ambassador-Board

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
extension.osu.edu
Franklin County Office: franklin.osu.edu/home
Locate an Extension Office: extension.osu.edu/lao

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 Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)

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.
150 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 438-1394 or (800) 282-4536, ext. 1394 or (614) 362-5606 VP
ohioylf.com
ood.ohio.gov/Transition-br-Students/Youth-Leadership-Forum

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

Rise Sister Rise Network

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
(614) 231-3543
risesisterrise.net

Ruling Out Experiences (ROX)

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
(614) 488-8080
rulingourexperiences.com

Salvation Army

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, job help, Christmas assistance; free meals and produce giveaways, furniture assistance, housing and rent assistance, utility assistance 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
  • Chapel at Worthington Woods Worship and Service Center
    760 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 846-1884
  • Citadel Worship and Service Center
    3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 262-9611
  • Delaware Worship and Service Center
    340 Lake Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-5301
  • East Main Worship and Service Center
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-6811
  • Hilltop Worship and Service Center
    2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 274-7600

co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio
Link to Family Thrift Store list: co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/family-stores-in-central-ohio

See Kids Dream

Offers free service learning programs to schools with students ages 8 to 14 years old and through family programs for youth ages 5 to 14 years old. Their programs provide positive outcomes for students in areas of critical thinking, research and observation skills, civic engagement, leadership and teamwork.
16 Orchard Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 429-3244
seekidsdream.org

Seeds of Caring

Inspires kids in the community to engage in service, social action, and community-building in their everyday lives through monthly service projects, small focus groups and other activities.
seedsofcaring.org

Unlocking Futures

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, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 385-0771
unlockingfamilyfutures.org

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, Campbell Hall 135
1787 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 247-4004
urbangems.ehe.osu.edu

YMCA of Central Ohio

Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. 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, programming for children with special needs and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org
YMCA Locations & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations

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-0

YWCA

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