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Investing in youth within our community is one of our agency’s focus. Check out our youth programs.

S.O.A.R.hire! Summer 2015 Internship

The S.O.A.R.hire! Summer Employment Initiative is a public-private partnership between the City of Columbus, Franklin County, COWIC/OMJ-CFC, local employers and community based organizations. The program places youth and young adults ages 18-24 in paid internships for 6-8 weeks. All participants complete required work readiness and financial literacy training before starting their work experience. Start your application here.

Contact us at 614-338-8733 for more information.

Out-of-School Youth Program

T.O.U.C.H. offers workforce development and educational services to out-of-school youth ages 17-21.

  • Case management to help youth with personal needs and to help them navigate the program itself
  • One-on-one tutoring and study skills services to improve literacy/numeracy, assist youth with homework, and prepare them for high school diplomas or GED exams.
  • High school diplomas (through a partnership with Focus Learning Academy) using computers at T.O.U.C.H.
  • Comprehensive work readiness training, including (but not limited to) workplace etiquette, interview skills, etc.
  • Training toward industry-recognized credentials and help obtaining certifications
  • Career exploration assistance
  • Placement in internships with T.O.U.C.H.’s employer partners
  • Mentoring from T.O.U.C.H. staff and adult volunteers
  • Computer/office technology literacy training
  • Leadership development training
  • Access to all T.O.U.C.H. supportive services, e.g. the T.O.U.C.H. clothing bank, counseling, and referrals for housing assistance

In-School Youth Program

T.O.U.C.H.’s in-school youth program provides education support and career preparation for high school juniors and seniors. Services include:

  • Case management to help youth with personal needs and to help them navigate the program itself
  • One-on-one tutoring and study skills coaching to help students successfully complete high school
  • Career planning, job training, and college counseling
  • Comprehensive work readiness training, including (but not limited to) workplace etiquette, interview skills, etc.
  • Paid work experience with T.O.U.C.H’s employer partners
  • Access to all T.O.U.C.H. supportive services, e.g. the T.O.U.C.H. clothing bank and referrals for housing assistance