Spring is here, and for Central this means we have started to work in our community garden. We are also starting to plan for Summer Camp and are looking forward to the outdoor activities the warm weather will bring.

On April 4th we hosted a successful Village Maker Awards. Guests were inspired by our keynote speaker, Council Member Priscilla Tyson; brought to tears from laughing as Robert Post accepted his award in his usual fun, comedic style; and moved by all of the awardees and attendees as we celebrated community. The highlight of the evening was the moment when we honored five Lifetime Members over the age of 90 who have given and meant so much to Central, culminating in a standing ovation.

The following photos include some moments from the evening (though missing one valued honoree, Lela Boykin, who was unable to attend). Thank you to all of our sponsors and to our “village” that celebrated with us, as without you we could not do what we do.









Board Chair, Anneka Drafton, welcomes guests.
Katerina Harris, artist of award print Rise Above, with Columbus City Council Member Priscilla Tyson.









Robert Post juggles for guests.
Robert Dunn receives award on behalf of Bailey Cavalieri Law from Executive Director, Tamar Forrest.






Serena Harris accepts her award from Barbara Madry of PNC and Tamar Forrest.
Lifetime Members celebrate at their table.
*Photos courtesy of CannVybe Photography

Just five days after the Village Maker Awards, on April 9th we co-hosted another great event with Rise Sister Rise and the Columbus Foundation. The “I am the Voice” Panel and Reception honored a book that includes girls’ reflections from inside the justice system in the form of art and poetry, and consisted of a panel of local leaders to consider how we might do more locally. Some messages to/about the girls we must support, included:

“You are not defined by your failure. Failure is part of life. Let’s focus on what you learned and your resiliency.” — Rebecca Epstein, Executive Director of Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

“It’s not what’s wrong with you, it’s what happened to you.” — Chip Spinning, Executive Director, FCCS

“Young girls enter the system because of survival.” — Kysten Palmore, Franklin County Re-entry Coordinator






Fran Frazier of Rise Sister Rise with Panelists — Rebecca Epstein, Executive Director of the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty & Inequality; Rebecca Burney, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Rights4Girls; Judge Elizabeth Gill, Lead Juvenile Judge, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas; and Chip Spinning, Executive Director of Franklin County Children Services.
Central Girls with Katerina Harris of Transit Arts.






Eric Brown, former Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court and Columbus City Schools Board Member with Rebecca Burney, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Rights4Girls.
Jackie Calderone, Director of Transit Arts with Gabrielle Travis.



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