Columbus: City Announces Nearly $21 Million in Summer Programming
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~ Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Council President Shannon G. Hardin have announced a significant investment of $20.8 million in city funding for summer programming aimed at supporting the youth of Columbus.

According to Mayor Ginther, the past few years have been challenging for children, with the pandemic and societal changes impacting their lives. He emphasized the importance of providing structure, stability, and new skills to help them envision themselves in the city's future. This investment aims to create a brighter tomorrow for teenagers and children across Columbus while promoting inclusive growth.

Out of the total funding, $8.6 million has been allocated to 90 community organizations that submitted proposals during an open and competitive application process held from February 21 to March 20. An interdepartmental review committee, consisting of representatives from both the administration and Columbus City Council, evaluated these proposals and recommended the allocations.

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The programs receiving financial support will focus on promoting academic achievement, career readiness skills, and non-violent conflict resolution among youth. These initiatives aim to empower young people to learn, grow, and develop not just during the summer months but also beyond. The ordinances authorizing this funding will be presented to Columbus City Council at their meeting on April 29.

Council President Hardin highlighted that a safer community and a stronger workforce begin with keeping young people on track during the summer months. He expressed his enthusiasm for this year's funded programs that offer opportunities for children in every neighborhood to learn, grow, and build community through activities such as athletics, STEM exposure, job training, enrichment camps, and more.

This investment will complement an additional $12.2 million already approved for various city-sponsored summer programs such as police and fire cadet classes, job readiness programs by Columbus Recreation and Parks APPS, summer camps, youth sports activities, and partnerships with several community organizations.

A complete list of organizations receiving funding along with their contact information is available on the city's website. This investment is a testament to the city's commitment to supporting its youth and ensuring their growth and development.

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