Youth Success

You have access to a comprehensive set of programs that help teens and young adults realize their dreams and overcome barriers to a successful future.

By focusing on the “preschool through professional roadmap,” families can access a series of programs that support children as they grow. Programs engage children and young adults in activities that support their academic, social-emotional and professional development, and help them take a more positive path if they get off course.

Programs are integrated with other department offerings and focus on four key areas:

  • Career Pathways: The APPS Job Readiness Program provides practical, foundational work experience, training and career pathways with the City and local businesses.
  • Neighborhood Violence Intervention: The ReRoute and VOICE programs seek to interrupt negative behaviors and stop the cycle of violence through comprehensive support including system navigation, service linkage, crisis intervention, life planning and incentives. VOICE is a partnership with Columbus Public Health and OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.
  • Community Outreach: Bringing services into communities builds connections and removes barriers. Outreach includes free mobile produce markets, door-to door engagement and Cap City Festivals.
  • Access to Recreation: Center Without Walls (CWOW) provides access to youth programs in neighborhoods without an easily accessible community center. Activities include competitive and strategy games, sports, arts and crafts, science, field trips, special guests and more.