Community for New Direction
"Changing Lives. Changing Communities"

About Us

CND is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids and their families build a bridge to a brighter tomorrow. Our innovative prevention and leadership programs empower youth to be the force for change in themselves, their families, their schools and their communities – – now and in the future. CND is building a bridge to a brighter tomorrow by empowering tomorrow’s leaders today.

CND believes in giving youth the best chance at a healthy and bright future by preparing our youth to be future leaders. As our children prepare for the future, CND helps them to understand the importance of being a role model who leads with integrity by making healthy choices to be safe and drug-free.  Community for New Direction helps youth to make a successful transition to adulthood by educating youth on decision making, refusal skills and decorum, as well as providing recreational activities that exclude the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Through innovative programs and positive relationships, CND empowers youth to achieve their potential.

Building a bridge to a brighter tomorrow.

Our primary purpose is to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as violence (ATOD-V) in youth served by our programs.

Vision Statement
CND envisions a day when our community is drug and violence free.

Values Statements

  • Empowerment: We believe our interventions can empower youth to overcome barriers and choose a path to reach their full potential.
  • Leadership: We believe that children can be leaders in their communities, now and in the future.
  • Character: We believe that building character in children and youth is the foundation of a healthy and productive life.


Improved Academic Performance
More Positive Attitude Towards School
CND Students That Plan to Finish School
Youth That Feel CND Helped Them A Lot
Parents Who Would Recommend CND

Our Services

Summer Day Camp

Annual College Tours

Addiction Counseling


What we do, we love

Why Us

Community for New Direction also gives skills in preparing our youth to be future leaders today. ...
Young Ambassadors for Peace
Young Ambassadors for Peace (YAP): This nine-week anti-bullying, violence prevention and leadership...
Intergenerational Mentorship
Mentoring connects a young person to personal growth, development, and social and economic opportuni...
Students Excelling in Education
Steps for Success/Students Excelling in Education (SEE): This 32 week after school peer group is pr...
Emergency Support Services
Emergency intervention services are available for CND families on a case-by-case basis. More...
Contact Us
CND has provided effective leadership development and prevention programming to high-risk youth and ...

Meet Our Team

Gregory Jefferson President/CEO
John Dawson Vice President/COO
William Gardner III CFO
Liz Martin

We are Associated with


Ian J., 12 years old, Summer Day Camp & After School Program Participant

CND gives me a place to go where your parents don't need to worry and it's also fun.

Sterling, 18 years old, attending BGSU Music Program

I never got made fun of for doing well in school until I moved here. This community needs CND programming. Going to FOCUS has been an opportunity to interact with people my own age with similar mindsets.

Me’Shahnna, 9 years old, Summer Day Camp participant

CND helped me learn good behavior, character, and choosing not to use drugs and alcohol.

D’Nae, 20 years old, student at Bluffton University attended CND’s FOCUS program

“CND helped me become who I am today and shaped me to be a leader and make decisions for my future.”

Buckeye HealthPlan

Our vision at Buckeye is transforming the health of the community, one person at a time.  CND and Buckeye are both focused on serving the underserved in the same communities and we’re proud to support the work they do to help children stay healthy and achieve their full potential.

Contact Us

  • 2323 West Fifth Avenue Suite 160, Columbus, Ohio (43204)
  • Phone: (614) 272-1464
  • Email: Liz Martin –
  • Website: