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 individuals to achieve their potential.
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.
CND envisions a day when our community is drug and violence free.
- 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.
- Recovery: We believe that with focus and the right treatment, those facing addiction can experience a full life in recovery.
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
Community for New Direction serves youth and adults with a variety of educational, prevention and leadership programs that include in-school and after-school programs, summer day camp, and college tours. We also offer prevention and intervention services to the Franklin County community (since 1989). In an effort to meet the changing needs of our community, we have expanded our services to include adult substance abuse counseling services.
Community for New Direction provides academic support and leadership development training for childr...
CND helps older youth construct the framework to successfully bridge into adulthood. Our programs fo...
CND opens a pathway to hope and healing for the families we serve that are facing problems that get ...
Because the needs of adults with alcohol and other drug use disorders are on the rise in central Ohi...
What we do, we love
CND’s programming is crucial to the Columbus community because we provide high quality effective programs to some of the most underserved communities in central Ohio. Schools and government programs are overwhelmed by the needs of these students and their families. The need for high quality mental health and addiction services is also widely documented. At CND, students receive the academic support, cultural enrichment, personal attention, encouragement, nourishment, and help they need to get on a path to a richer, more fulfilling life. Our outpatient clients receive the culturally sensitive and effective treatments they need to find a pathway to hope and healing. Most importantly, all those we serve have the chance to break the grip of poverty on their lives and families, thereby improving our community.
CND is a great investment. Why? By ensuring that the most at-risk kids receive the most effective interventions for decreasing the stigma of their environment, CND is changing the community and building the leaders of tomorrow. For our adult clients, our outpatient treatment provides a safe haven where adults can find the support they need to make healthy choices that will strengthen their connections to a better life. Whether you choose CND as a service provider or a recipient of your philanthropic support, you can feel confident in your decision to partner with us. Here are just a few reasons why.
Serving Those Who Need it Most
CND is primarily focused on serving the needs of urban Black, Hisp...
Serving Where It’s Needed Most
CND prides itself on being responsive to community needs, serving
A Track Record of Success
CND’s students are often involved in our programming from kindergarten
A Trusted, Valued Community Partner
CND has established strong working relationships with schools...
Changing Lives...Changing Communities
Your contribution big or small helps CND to contin
CND has provided effective leadership development and prevention programming to high-risk youth and ...
Meet Our Team
Experts who work for us
Gregory Jefferson President/CEO
John Dawson Vice President/COO
What our clients say
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.”
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.