21st CCLC Program Shares – June 2020

Kudos to all of our programs during this time. As we practice social distancing and learn new ways to connect with our teams and our students, we hope that these activities shared by the Center of Hope Family Services, Inc. and Columbus State Community College help to fuel your creativity and passion to continue to support their youth and families via the 21st CCLC grant program. Please read below for more information about the work and accomplishments of the following programs through June 2020:

Center of Hope Family Services, Inc. (Elevate) at MLK Elementary, Old West End Academy, and Robinson Elementary and Columbus State Community College (ESL Afterschool Communities) at North Linden, Stiles and Prairie Norton Elementary schools

Columbus State Community College’s ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsC) (Central Region)

ESLAsC is unique in that most sites are located within the communities where participating students reside, eliminating transportation challenges. This also allows for more parent, family and community interaction and engagement. During Ohio’s ordered school-building closure for COVID-19, ESLAsC continues to serve immigrant and refugee students and their families remotely.


Play the above video to watch staff providing remote services for ESLAsC  students.

Center of Hope Family Services, Inc.’s Elevate (Northwest Region)

COVID-19 forced schools to shut down until further notice, parents are learning and relearning elementary math to teach their children from home, and field trips, graduations and all after school activities have been canceled. Children’s lives as they knew it changed forever the moment COVID-19 took over the globe. The Center of Hope Family Services wants to offer a glimpse of hope amidst the sadness so they have decided to take their ELEVATE Program into the homes of each student they serve in Lucas County.

This August, whether children return to the traditional classroom, learn from home, or do both, the Center of Hope Family Services is prepared. ELEVATE staff have been working with national experts to make sure students have access to every advantage so they can learn under the most optimal conditions.

Students enrolled in Martin Luther King Academy for Boys, Old West End Academy, Robinson Elementary, and Ella P. Stewart Academy for Girls will enjoy free virtual classes this summer. Students will enjoy Music Mondays with Dr. P and theater and drama classes on Celebrate ME Tuesdays. The young participants will tap into their inner peace and relax on Wellness Wednesdays, show their dance moves and groove on Thursdays, and end the week in the kitchen cooking and crafting with Mrs. Willetta Perryman.

The Center secured talented experts from around the Midwest for weekly classes benefitting children in their community. One of the instructors is Dr. RAS Mikey Courtney, an acclaimed dance professional who has collaborated with artists and companies worldwide, including Pilobolus, Raven-Symoné, and the Marley family, to name a few.

The Center of Hope ELEVATE Program provides literacy, youth development, and coding programs to help students perform better on standardized tests, avoid delinquency, and become marketable to enter the workforce upon high school graduation.

Please take a moment to watch the video linked below, which describes the ELEVATE Skills Institute in more detail.


ServeOhio is launching an exciting new statewide volunteer engagement platform: Get Connected. Currently, no statewide infrastructure exists to send volunteers to the local level to respond to immediate needs in their community, and the need for a system like this became more apparent over the past several months during the pandemic.

Get Connected will allow organizations to post volunteer opportunities to recruit volunteers in their local area, which then feeds directly into the statewide system. Volunteers can then access the opportunities that best match their skills and interests.

We need your help!

ServeOhio invites you to share your volunteer opportunities on the Get Connected platform. Our goal is to highlight local volunteer opportunities in all 88 counties across Ohio and to send volunteers to local organizations because we know this is where relationships are built and maintained.

Many Ohio counties are served directly by a volunteer center, so we encourage organizations and volunteers to check here first to see if there is a volunteer center near you. If there’s not a volunteer center in your community, we invite you to post your opportunities directly on Get Connected.

We encourage you to register for one of our technical assistance webinars to learn more about navigating Get Connected:

June 16 11:30 – 12:30 PM
Dial-in Number: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 545-098-605

June 25 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Dial-in Number: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 812-896-613

Register here.


We encourage you during this time to share with other programs your innovations and successes amidst Ohio’s ordered school-building closure for COVID-19.

If you would like to be featured on this blog, please email a brief description and any attachments/links to Tabitha Palmer, our 21st CCLC Data Coordinator, at tabitha.palmer@education.ohio.gov by the 9th of each month.

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