CND 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.
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 200 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 West Mound Elementary School 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 City of Columbus, Ohio, Department of Education. 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 provide the mentorship. Guidance counselors, teachers, and staff recommend the students.
Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Tour (HBCU)
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. One case manager and four intervention specialists staff this program. Success is measured by how many youth are linked with employment and education.
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 substance use disorders are on the rise in central Ohio, CND offers outpatient treatment to better serve the community. Treatment services offered to adults include assessment, intensive outpatient program, medication assisted treatment (MAT), mental health medication management, individual counseling, group counseling, AOD Education group, Crisis Intervention, Case Management, and recovery housing. Clients include the parents of CND students, court-mandated clients, walk-ins at our local offices, and referrals from the community.