Community-based youth centers provide opportunities for young people to engage in after-school activities and enhance their personal growth and development. Programs emphasize the importance of abstaining from drugs and alcohol, violence, and delinquent behavior.
Programs include performing and creative arts, physical fitness, homework assistance, computer education, and skill-building to help prepare youth for future academic or vocational success.
Youth expressed their interest in accessing after-school activities in a 2002 statewide survey: Nearly half the 4,600 youth surveyed in the Ohio Statewide Kids Time Middle School Survey (2002), felt that teens "get into trouble" due to a lack of programs and activities offered in their community. Only 20% of the surveyed students participated in structured, supervised out-of-school activities. A majority of these youth also reported that, although there was a need for out-of-school activities, there were not enough activities available to them. Due to cost of recreational facilities, lack of transportation to these facilities, inconvenient operating hours, and/or unsafe facilities (in terms of both equipment and surrounding environment).
Directions for Youth & Families youth center activities are offered without cost to youth and families. For more information, call 614-294-2661.