Social Change serves in eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, five libraries, three recreation centers, two juvenile detention centers, one food pantry and one nursing home. We program Monday-Sunday for 10 weeks out of each semester. Our afterschool programs are rooted in a partnership with the Columbus City School District. There is an immediate need for assistance in mentorship, literacy and wellness.
The Columbus City School District has more than 50,000 students enrolled with 60% identifying as African American and 77% of the overall student body eligible for free or reduced meals. The four year graduation rate is 73.7%, 13% lower than the state’s overall rate.
With our collaboration, we hope to empower students and improve these statistics through our weekly sustained investment in the community and school. We focus on literacy, leadership development, coping skills through emotional intelligence, STEM education, social movements and arts and music engagement. We couple these programs with nutritional components to assist with access to healthy foods for increased concentration, positive behavior and overall success.
We have 14 programs and 30+ sites. Programs are the overarching entity for the information that is distributed while sites serve as the physical locations in which we implement our programs around Central Ohio.