Franklin County is investing over $7.4 million to support enriching activities for K-12 students this summer, from free day camps for elementary and middle school students to paid work experience (Ready 2 Earn) and credit recovery programs (Summer JAM) for high schoolers.
In general, families must meet Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) income guidelines to qualify. Read more below and get connected with providers to see about available slots.
Summer Day Camps (Children Ages 5-13)
Franklin County-funded summer camps are safe and fun, with dozens of different sites all across Central Ohio.
Ready 2 Earn (Students Ages 14-18)
Youth attending summer camps will receive academic instruction and support; engage in social-emotional learning; gain hands on experience in Science, Technology, the Arts, Engineering and Mathematics (STEAM) projects; learn skills in leadership development and much more.
Camps operate Monday - Friday for approximately 6 hours a day and all programs must meet the COVID-19 Health and Prevention Guidance established by the State of Ohio and Franklin County Public Health.
Ready 2 Earn
Summer JAM (Current High School Juniors & Seniors)
providers offers a combination of project-based learning and traditional work opportunities for 14- to 18-year-olds over summer. Youth will have the chance to gain exposure to in-demand career fields ranging from coding, cybersecurity and robotics to health care and early childhood education. Ready 2 Earn
partners will also offer a broad array of work placements, from the Huntington Bank to the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, to Top Golf or the Columbus Museum of Art.
All participating students – regardless of whether they are in the project-based learning track or more traditional work placement track – will receive training covering essential workplace behaviors such as professionalism, teamwork and critical thinking, along with resume writing tips and interview etiquette. Participants will receive a $1000 stipend with the chance to earn an additional $300 in incentives for hitting program-specific targets. Learn more...
Contact Ready 2 Earn Partners
Students should'nt have to choose between getting back on track toward graduation or earning money over the summer. Thanks to a new partnership between Franklin County Job and Family Services, the City of Columbus and the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio, they don't have to!
Summer Jobs and More (Summer JAM)
is a new credit recovery initiative for current high school juniors or seniors who are not on track to obtain enough credits to stay on course to graduate or earn their diploma. This 6-week program blends summer school with specialized college and career coaching that aligns with Ohio Department of Education graduation requirements.
Students will have access to career advocates to help develop individualized success plans for life after high school. Plus, they'll earn $200 a week
just for participating and have the chance to earn even more by completing education and career readiness goals.