Community for New Direction Youth Services!
Community for New Direction provides academic support and leadership development training for children throughout their school career, even during summer vacation and as they make their way to college and the job force. Many of the students we serve are part of our services from kindergarten to graduation. CND prides itself on being responsive to community needs, serving the inner city, and collaborating with schools in economically distressed neighborhoods in order to achieve its purposes.
CND builds a strong foundation for success for elementary and middle school youth. Our programs help students improve their grades, set goals for academic success, and display appropriate behaviors in school.
Community for New Direction also gives skills in preparing our youth to be future leaders today. As our children prepare for the future understand their roles as leaders among those that are younger and their peers.
Elementary and Middle School Youth:
Young Ambassadors for Peace (YAP)
This nine-week anti-bullying, violence prevention and leadership development curriculum is designed for elementary through high school youth in a small group format during the school day. The program is provided to schools (currently Columbus City and Reynoldsburg school districts) that request the program and reaches over 500 students. CND’s unique curriculum is updated yearly.
Summer Day Camp
This 6 week Summer Day Camp focuses on educational, cultural and recreational activities for over 160 youth ages 5 to 14. Students receive educational enrichment through use of the local libraries and physical recreation through partnerships with Columbus Recreation and Parks. The program is operated at Hilltop Church of God but students are bussed in from CND’s three office locations. Children receive two meals per day for this program.
Building on this strong foundation, CND helps older youth construct the framework to successfully bridge into adulthood. CND’s programs for older youth focus on leadership development, job readiness, secondary education and employment opportunities.
High School Youth:
Future Opportunities Created for Urban Students (FOCUS)
Every Friday night for 32 weeks each year, you’ll find 30 high school students from around Columbus at CND’s East Office, completing an evidence-based curriculum called Winning Futures. The curriculum prepares the students for the job force and higher education, and even comes with a paycheck for those who attend: students receive a $50 stipend every two weeks through funding from the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks. In addition, key leaders and business professionals present winning career options through the FOCUS Speakers Bureau each month and the students participate in a local college tour.
For over ten years, thanks to funding from the State of Ohio OMHAS, 250 Reynoldsburg Middle School, Reynoldsburg High School and East High School students receive individualized mentoring and complete the FOCUS curriculum. CND staff and retired volunteers provide the mentorship. Guidance counselors, teachers, and staff recommend the students.
Annual Historically Black College and University Tour
35 students ages 14-18 in CND’s programs have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
attend a one-week tour of 5-7 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The tour is designed to educate youth about the process for college enrollment. The cost for each student to attend is $400 and the goal is for students to raise part of the funding themselves. While on the trip, students take part in additional educational and cultural opportunities located near the colleges and universities.
CND is proud to partner with the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks to provide this violence intervention program for youth and young adults ages 14-24. Program staff spend time in gang controlled areas, building relationships and engaging in outreach with active gang members with the goal of reducing violence and seeking out those that want to do something different with their lives. For those that want to make a change, staff members conduct assessments and link youth with appropriate services. Two case managers and four intervention specialists staff this program. Success is measured by how many youth are linked with employment and education.
Emergency intervention services are available for CND families on a case-by-case basis. The staff members who work closely with students report family needs to administrators who determine the best course of action. CND has provided clothing, utility bill payments, schools supplies, holiday gifts, and even funeral expenses.
Parenting Program Service Coordination
Because of CND’s relationship with the Franklin County ADAMH board, CND is contracted to coordinate and fund local faith-based parenting services provided through Communities In Schools and Family Missionary Baptist Church.
Because the needs of adults with alcohol and other drug use disorders are on the rise in central Ohio, CND now offers outpatient treatment programs to better serve the community. Treatment services offered to adults include assessment, intensive outpatient program, individual counseling, group counseling, AOD Education group, Crisis Intervention, Case Management and Urinalysis. Clients include the parents of CND students, courtmandated clients, walk-ins at our local offices, and referrals from the community.