The more we increase the active participation and partnership with young people, the better we serve them.
And the more comprehensively we work with them as service partners, the more we increase our public value to the entire community.–Carmen Martinez
The target population is high risk youth ages five to eighteen years of age and their families. Staff emphasizes developing age-appropriate social skills, enhancing academics, increasing positive peer interactions and nurturing family relationships through group work, individual and family support services and school visits.
Two sites provide after-school and summer programming to students held on-site at SSCH and Windsor STEM K-6 Academy. The program focuses on academic enhancement as well as prevention and developmental activities.
The Tutoring Program focuses on providing the resources and support that enable youth to achieve academic success. Tutoring is facilitated in small group settings with volunteers acting as tutors as well as positive role models for youth.
Learn to Succeed Employment Program
In collaboration with Columbus Urban League, youth ages 14-18 years were provided with work readiness skills, paid internships and case management services for six weeks during the summer months.
STEM LA (Linden Area)
In collaboration with Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation, Battelle and Linden McKinley STEM Academy (LMSA), LMSA students were provided with paid internships at local Linden businesses and agencies. Weekly mentoring sessions were provided to students by STEM professionals.
SEEK Camp (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids)
In collaboration with a number of partners (including Ohio STEM Learning Network & Battelle), SEEK Camp enrolled 300 Columbus City School youth ages 10-13 years for 8 weeks of summer programming. The camp focused on introducing youth to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles through hands-on, engaging activities.