City Announces More Than $20 Million in Summer Programming for Columbus Youth
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~ Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther has announced $20.1 million in city funding for summer programming for Columbus youth. The funds are primarily focused on violence prevention, jobs training and employment opportunities, and academic enrichment.

"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. The interdepartmental review committee comprised of representatives from both the administration and Columbus City Council evaluated the proposals and 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.

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In addition to this funding, an additional $11.2 million has already been approved for a number of city-sponsored summer programs such as Teen and Police Service (TAPS) Academy, ReRoute, summer internships and ongoing partnerships with several community organizations.

Council President Shannon Hardin commented on these investments saying "We are proud to invest in our community partners that are so vital to the success of our kids and teens...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 can be found at

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