Youth & Family Services
Call for information or to sign up for any programs: 614-252-3157.

Join Central Community House Youth and Family Services programs to strengthen your family! At our community center, rather than address one problem or provide “band-aids” to challenges, we nurture ongoing relationships and exist to holistically impact children, their families and the neighborhood. Healthy children can only exist within strong families; families can only succeed when surrounded by safe, supportive neighborhoods. We have a variety of programs to keep children safe and help them grow up successfully.

Afterschool Program – Community’s Promise
The sounds of young people actively engaged in recreational and learning experiences can be heard daily in our afterschool program, Community’s Promise. This program is uniquely designed for youth in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade (ages 6-13). Free snacks/meals are provided and transportation may be available within 43205 and from select neighborhood schools. Each day, our youth can be found working with Youth Leaders or volunteers to enhance their academic success. Special art and culture projects are led by staff and mentors from the community. Activities are routinely scheduled such as skating, bowling, swimming, movies, trips to museums and parks and other fun. Enrollment is required.

Summer Challenge
The Summer Challenge program is for children engaged in Community’s Promise throughout the school year so that they may continue learning and growing over the summer months (if spots are available, children not already enrolled in Afterschool may also be able to enroll). We provide nutritious meals and a snack each day. Children will enjoy special field trips, art projects, learning experiences and more. Advance enrollment required.

Teen Program
The Teen Program is for youth in Grades 8 through 12 and operates during scheduled sessions throughout the year. The make-up and focus of the Teen Program sessions vary, as well as the days and times available. Once a week we hold an open Teen Night with food, games, computer time and fun with friends (call for current offerings). This program provides opportunities for social interaction through various activities and field trips, as well as leadership development, involvement in educational activities and group discussions on issues relevant to their lives. Teens who show maturity and interest may be helped with placement in internships, employment and higher education opportunities.

Transit Arts
The Transit Arts program, operated and based within Central Community House, brings the power of culture, creativity and artistic expression to teens/young adults throughout the settlement houses in Columbus. Free workshops are scheduled throughout the year where professional community artists and mentors lead group sessions teaching and practicing arts including dance, music, painting/drawing, crafts, poetry/spoken word, writing, digital creation/DJ skills and much more!

Teens and young adults often perform or show visual works at public venues and community events throughout Columbus. Those who show particular skill and interest may be helped to find internships, apprenticeships or other employment and education in their chosen artistic field. Transit Arts also works in partnership with Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and Columbus Federation of Settlements to bring “Art in the House”  for younger children enrolled in settlement house afterschool programs. Visit the Transit Arts website for scheduled workshops and events!

Family Strengthening
Specialized programs exist at Central Community House for families facing challenges in their household stability. Families may participate in activities such as Holiday Help, Back to School Bash, health/wellness classes and other opportunities scheduled throughout the year. We also accept referrals to Family-to-Family, a program in partnership with Franklin County Children’s Services that strives to resolve issues requiring the involvement of Children’s Services. Call for more information about upcoming opportunities.

Youth programs are provided in part by: