City Announces More Than $20 Million in Youth Summer Programming

Published on May 16, 2023

The swimming pool at Driving Park Community Center

Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther today announced $20.1 million in city funding for summer programming for Columbus youth. Programs receiving financial support are primarily focused on violence prevention, jobs training and employment opportunities, and academic enrichment, all of which are designed to provide safe, constructive venues for youth to learn, grow and develop during the summer months.

“The pandemic is finally behind us, but its fallout continues to impact society – particularly our young people, who were disproportionately affected,” said Mayor Ginther. “We have a special obligation to continue making restorative investments in their health and well-being to ensure they have the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to succeed, both now and in the future.”

Of the $20.1 million in funding, $8.9 million is being awarded to more than 90 community organizations that submitted funding requests as part of an open, competitive application process held in April. Funding proposals were then evaluated by an interdepartmental review committee comprised of representatives from both the administration and Columbus City Council, which ultimately devised the recommended allocations announced today. 

Ordinances authorizing the $8.9 million in city funding will be considered by Columbus City Council at the May 22 meeting.

These investments will join an additional $11.2 million that has already been approved for a number of city-sponsored summer programs, including the Teen and Police Service (TAPS) Academy, ReRoute, summer internships and ongoing partnerships with several community organizations. 

“We are proud to invest in our community partners that are so vital to the success of our kids and teens,” said Council President Shannon Hardin. “This funding will give Columbus kids a wide range of opportunities to learn, grow, and work in their neighborhoods.”

A list of organizations receiving funds, along with contact information, is available at


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