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Melanie Crabill
Director of Media Relations
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Kevin Kilbane
Director of Communications
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Media Advisory
News Date: May 06, 2021

Mayor Ginther Announces Launch of Summer Programming for Columbus Youth

Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther today joined community partners to announce several programs and resources for central Ohio youth to keep them safe, healthy, active and engaged during the summer. From violence prevention to sports, employment and skills training, all programs are designed to provide constructive outlets for safe and healthy activities while supporting children and families as they plan for the end of the school year.

“We are excited to be making these unprecedented investments in our City’s youth to help them gain back some of what they have lost throughout this challenging year,” said Mayor Ginther. “Today’s announcement represents the beginning of what will be a series of long-term restorative actions that promote a sense of safety, normalcy and belonging for our young people and everyone who calls Columbus home.”

As part of several ongoing initiatives to curb violent crime in Columbus – particularly incidents involving youth as victims and assailants – the City is committed to equipping at-risk youth with the skills and strategies needed to de-escalate violent situations and lay the foundation for a successful future, such as through the Applications for Purpose, Pride and Success (APPS) program, which is administered by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD).

Mayor Ginther also discussed the following:

  • Summer Camps: Children may register to attend CRPD day camps featuring a variety of subjects and interests, including arts, fitness, sports, science/STEM, outdoor exploration and adaptive recreation. Local community centers will also host other activities and programs for children of all ages. The summer session runs June 1-Aug. 20.
  • Late Night Basketball: In partnership with the Columbus Divisions of Police and Fire, CRPD will again offer this free program for children and young adults ages 12-30 at participating community centers June 7-July 30.
  • Go, Lunch!: This CRPD-led program provides free, nutritionally balanced meals to anyone between the ages of 1-18. Meals are also available for those between the ages of 18-21 who have been determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and involved in an independent education program. Dates and times vary.
  • CRPD is waiving admission fees for entry to City pools. Due to COVID-19-related capacity limits, residents will be required to register in advance to ensure a spot.
  • CRPD is hiring more than 200 seasonal staff members.
  • Earth Service Corps: The City’s Department of Public Service and the YMCA of Central Ohio are teaming up to employ 400 16-24 year olds to clean up litter in Columbus neighborhoods. Participants will receive soft skills training and a daily lunch.
  • Peer Education Program expansion: A collaboration between CelebrateOne and Planned Parenthood’s Ohio Center for Sex Education, this evidence-based prevention curriculum will expand to enroll 50 additional participants between the ages of 14-18 to become Peer Educators and disseminate sexual health information to help prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce sexually transmitted infections and address unique health issues and disparities. Peer Educators are paid stipends for their service.
  • Summer Youth Workforce and Career Development Program: Facilitated by the Ohio Center for Sex Education and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, CelebrateOne will recruit 50 youth ages 14-19 to enroll in an eight-week paid summer fellowship in which participants learn life and work skills alongside experienced health care professionals and become positive health messengers in their neighborhoods and communities. 

The Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio is also helping to connect young people with jobs – and employers who are interested in hiring young people this summer. 

The City of Columbus Department of Neighborhoods and the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio are partnering with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County Job Center to host the annual My Brother’s Keepers Youth and Community Job Fair from May 13-14. This virtual hiring event is open to the entire community, with a special focus on full- and part-time summer employment opportunities for youth age 15 and older.

"The pandemic has been a challenge for our youth to navigate a disrupted education and workforce system," said Lisa Patt-McDaniel, CEO of the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio. "Summer youth employment experiences can lead to positive long-term outcomes to get back on track academically, explore careers and gain new skills through internships, full-time and part-time employment. We want youth in Columbus to know that we support them in their success."

The City also plans to utilize federal funds from the American Rescue Plan to further support local nonprofits seeking to establish or grow violence prevention, education and employment programming. Details will be released as funding becomes available. 

Additional information about summer programming is available at The City will continue to update this site as new programs are announced, including those sponsored or led by community partners and nonprofits. For organizations interested in promoting programs and services on the School’s Out webpage, please email Kerry Francis at [email protected]