Office of Student Life

Social Change

Buckeye R.E.A.C.H. Circleville

This is an extended immersion program with an application and interview selection process. Fellows in this program will serve as mentors in a juvenile detention facility at Circleville JCF. Students will gain leadership skills, participate in educational and professional development sessions, attend networking events, and complete a capstone project. The fellowship is a year-long commitment, for Ohio State students of any level who are passionate about developing meaningful relationships with facility residents.

Buckeye R.E.A.C.H., which stands for Relationships and Education in Action through Community and Hope, creates an opportunity for members of the Ohio State community to build relationships with young people who are incarcerated in Ohio. Programming is a discussion-based peer mentor model, with curriculum topics such as social movements, community organizing, life skills, wellness, and literacy. The goal of the program is to prepare young citizens for meaningful reentry through the development of consistent and intentional holistic programming.

In addition to in-facility programming, we focus on out-of-facility development, including the development of a reentry initiative which aims to provide community for youth who have been involved in the justice system. We work with the Juvenile Justice Coalition, the Noble County Cares Coalition, the Restored Citizen Summit every October in collaboration with Columbus State, and faculty, advocates, and juvenile justice experts across the state.


Contact or one of our Social Change Ambassadors for more information.


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)