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BuckeyeREACH Fellowship

This fellowship is an extended and intense immersion program with an interview selection process. Volunteers who are called Fellows in this program will serve in the facility, either in Franklin County or Circleville. Each has a maximum acceptance of 20 students. Fellows will participate in curriculum development, gain leadership skills, participate in specialized professional development workshops and attend networking events specific to restorative justice, recidivism and education.                      

Buckeye R.E.A.C.H. creates an opportunity for members of the Ohio State community to build relationships with young people who are incarcerated in Ohio. Programming is discussion based, on a peer mentor model, with curriculum topics such as social movements, life skills development, literacy and higher education readiness.

Buckeye R.E.A.C.H., means Relationships and Education in Action through Community and Hope a partnership with The Ohio Department of Youth Services, specifically at their Circleville Facility and Franklin County Detention Center in downtown Columbus. The goal of the program is to prepare young citizens for reentry into their communities through the development of consistent and intentional holistic programming.

In previous years, first semester curriculum has included financial literacy:

Black history (Ancient Africa, Slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights Movement, Southern Strategy, War on Drugs, Mass Incarceration and more); the cycle of oppression and socialization; and analyzing and creating social movements.

During the 2017-18 academic year, we hope to address topics of toxic masculinity, “positive gangs” creation and continue our study and design of social movements and black history.

In addition to in-facility programming, we focus on out-of-facility development with the partnership of the Restorative Citizen Summit every October in collaboration with Columbus State and the formation of our reentry initiative called Buckeye R.E.A.C.H.: Columbus, which aims to continue to provide life skills development and support restored citizens. We hope to assist in lowering the recidivism rates for youth by building community within this program.

Buckeye R.E.A.C.H. is a year-long commitment, for undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate about developing meaningful relationships with facility residents.

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Location Address Distance driving from OSU Distance walking from OSU Distance taking the bus from OSU
Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility 640 Island Road Circleville, OH 43113 30.25 miles (39 minutes) 27.84 miles (550 minutes) n/a
Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility 399 S. Front St Columbus, OH 43215 5.32 miles (12 minutes) 3.44 miles (70 minutes) 3.55 miles (30 minutes)