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Ohio Avenue Youth Center

Providing after-school & summer programs for youth ages 8-17

657 South Ohio Avenue
Columbus, OH  43205
(614) 258-8043
School year hours: 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Summer Program hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Ohio Avenue Youth Center provides a safe, positive environment where young people are encouraged to think creatively, try new experiences, develop tools for self-expression, and give back to their community through the arts or service projects. In a high risk neighborhood with few opportunities, Ohio Avenue Youth Center offers a safe and trusting environment where positive relationships are built.

• Ohio Avenue Youth Center focuses on increasing self-esteem and positive values, and providing alternatives to substance abuse, violence, and other delinquent behavior.
• We specifically utilize activities to help strengthen interpersonal skills, leadership, and personal responsibility.
• We offer activities in the form of expressive and performance arts, recreation/fitness and group education activities that focus on tapping into the creative abilities and interests of the youth.
• During the school year the center is open Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. providing structured activities during a time of day when the risk for youth’s involvement in delinquent behavior is highest.
• All after-school programming includes the following prevention services:
- Healthy Leaders Groups
- Substance Abuse Prevention
- Life Skills Education Groups
- Creative Arts - music, dance, visual
- Recreation/Fitness
- Homework Help
- Computer Skills
• The building has a full-size gymnasium, a large multi-purpose room, significant space on the lower level for sports and fitness equipment, and a computer lab that youth use for homework help. 
• Youth help prepare and cook a meal that is served each evening. This is part of our nutrition education program that focuses on nutritious food and healthy cooking
• The Center is open to both current DFYF clients receiving counseling or other services, and neighborhood youth who register with their parents’ approval. 
• Center activities are provided free of charge to youth, removing any financial barriers for families. 


Healthy Leaders: Our leadership program includes discussion groups that address the following issues:
• qualities of a good leader
• anger management 
• conflict resolution
• decision-making and problem-solving skills
• consequences of substance use and delinquent behaviors
• personal goal-setting, and much more
Additionally, Healthy Leader participants complete Community Service Projects four times a year

Computer Lab:  Homework help is provided daily to all the youth who need assistance.  Additionally Computer Education classes assist youth with basic computer knowledge and navigating all aspects of the computer. 

Music:  All aspects of music education and development to play a variety of instruments, read music and participate in a wide range of community performances throughout the year.

Visual Art: Ceramics, jewelry making, print making, painting, drawing, mixed media and fiber art are all taught and developed with all youth that participate in the program.

Dance:  Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop and other specialty dances are taught to both boys and girls that have an interest in dance.  They also perform in a variety of community events throughout the year.

Recreation/FitnessMany different types of recreation are offered in our full size gym. We also have fitness and exercise room with weight and aerobic equipment; all aspects of fitness are available to all the youth.

Life SkillsOur life skills group teaches participant’s critical life and social skills as a means of promoting health and well-being in youth.

The City of Columbus, United Way, ADAMH, and Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services provide the funding for the Center’s various programs, and all youth who come to the Ohio Avenue Youth Center are encouraged to participate in as many of the ongoing prevention, arts, homework help, and recreational activities as they wish.

Ohio Avenue Youth Center Brochure


For more information, call the OAYC school supervisor at 614-258-8043

Community-based after-school and summer programming provide opportunities for young people ages 8-17 to enhance their personal growth and development.



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