Ohio Dominican Offers Free Summer Youth Program

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 Open to students entering grades 6th, 7th, 8th

Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University’s Village to Child (VTC) program which provides tutoring for middle school students residing in the 43219 zip code area is hosting a free program this summer for area youth entering the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

“This year’s program activities integrate science, technology, engineering and math, and activities will show students how our lives impact the planet around us,” said Village to Child Director Reina Sims, M.S. “Students will discover and share ways in which we all can live a greener life that benefits our community and the world.”

Registrations will only be accepted by phone, by calling Reina Sims at (614) 251-4528. Non-VTC students must complete a registration form. Transportation to and from the program must be provided by parents/family members. Food and drinks will be provided at these events. The program schedule includes:

  • June 21 – June 25 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
    Eco-Farms   Students will spend the week onsite at Shepherd’s Corner in Blacklick, Ohio studying green buildings, recycling, water studies, bee keeping, honey production and more. Healthy snacks and drinks provided. 
  • June 28 – July 2 (Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
    Everyday Science   During this week, students will study forensic science, the art of designing fragrances, and a math and science day at Kings Island. 
  • July 5 – July 9 (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
    Animal Tracks   Students will visit all the Columbus Zoo’s regions and have an in-depth opportunity to learn about our natural world. Kids will participate in a variety of fun activities and lessons designed to promote awareness of our environment. Some of the activities the campers will enjoy include arts and crafts, songs, games, hands-on animal experiences and group play.

This year’s program is made possible with funding from The United Way of Central Ohio and The Sisters of Dominican Peace Shalom Fund.

About Village to Child
ODU "adopted" its neighborhood - the 43219 zip code - to make a difference in the lives of young people and their families through mentoring and tutoring opportunities. These programs provide unique opportunities for ODU students to get involved in the community.

Village to Child is a year-round program designed to raise the academic achievement of middle and high school students who live in the neighborhoods surrounding the college campus. During the summer, Village to Child invites students to the campus to participate in programs focused on science, reading, math, the arts, and technology. During the school year, students come to ODU one to three days per week to receive tutoring, mentoring, and cultural enrichment. College students are recruited in the fall to serve as mentors and tutors.