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.
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
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).
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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
about summer programming is available at columbus.gov/schoolsout.
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]