The ETSS Youth Program is our largest and ever-growing set of programs focused on academic skill attainment, cultural enrichment, wellness and parental engagement for youth ages 5-24 years. ETSS applies trauma-informed care principles within these programs to approach each 

student with their experiences in mind and ensure that they have a positive interaction with our programs. We have programming available throughout the year at 9 sites around Franklin County. Continue reading below to learn more about each program.


Youth Programming includes:

​- After School Program

- Youth Summer Enrichment Camp

- Summer Youth Employment Program

- Out of School Youth Employment Program

 Read the report from the 2017 Summer Youth Program by clicking on this photo!

Year Round Out of school Youth Employment Program

-East: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

530 McNaughten Rd. Columbus, OH 43213
When: T, Th, F  3:30pm - 7:00pm
Level: Elementary, Middle and High School


-West I: Eakin Elementary School
3774 Eakin Rd. Columbus, OH. 43228
When:  T, W,  Th  3:30pm- 6:30pm.
Level: Elementary School


-West II: Wedgewood Middle School

3800 Briggs Rd. Columbus, OH 43228
When:  M, W, F  2:30pm-5:00pm

Level: Middle School and High School


-West III: Emerald Glen Apartments
930 Regentshire Dr. Columbus, OH. 43228
When: T, W, TH  3:30pm-7:00pm.
Level: Elementary and Middle school​

After-School Program 

-North I: 

Zomi Church

55918 Sharon Woods Blvd.  Columbus, OH 43229


-North II:

Columbus Global Academy

4077 Karl Rd.  Columbus, OH 43224


-Northeast:

Cassady Alternative Elementary School

2500 N Cassidy Ave.  Columbus, OH 43219 

What is it: The Achieve More & Prosper (A.M.P.) out of school youth employment Program provides assistance for young adults to overcome barriers and work towards full time employment. Participants are provided services to support their individual goals, which may include help to  obtain a high school diploma,  job placement, work experience, and other supportive services such as childcare and transportation. 

      Support services include: GED classes, Occupational skills training, Paid and Unpaid work experiences, Comprehensive guidance and counseling,  financial literacy education and many more

Who is eligible: Immigrant/Refugee and other low income youth, age 16-24 years

       Eligiblity details: Unenrolled from school, low income, TANF recipients, pregnant and/or parenting, homeless, in foster care or aged out, deficient in basic literacy skills, English language learners, subject to juvenile or adult justice system or living with a disability
When: Year round services, rolling admission

Where: Program begins at ETSS Main Office but work and assistance will occur elsewhere throughout Franklin County

Get started:Click hereto register for the program and a case manager will contact you. 


For more information please contact:      Syruk Bechir    614-252-5362 x280   syruk.bechir@ethiotss.org

                                                                 Yohana Hagos  614-252-5362 x279   yohana.hagos@ethiotss.org

                                                                 Hari Uprety​​       614-252-5362 x281   hari.uprety@ethiotss.org

What is it: The ETSS Youth Summer Enrichment Camp is an 8-week, fun and educational day camp for youth ages 5-13 years old. Youth take part in educational activities to prevent summer learning loss, work on  social/emotional learning,  and engage in cultural enrichment activities. Youth also get extensive time for crafts, nutrition and fitness education and physical activity. Each Friday all sites get to go on a field trip to places like COSI, the movies or even the Ohio Statehouse. At the end of each summer all sites come together for a day of workshops, cultural performances and a soccer tournament at the annual Youth Summit.
Free breakfast and lunch are provided through Children's Hunger Alliance and Columbus Recreation and Park.  

Who is eligible: Immigrant/Refugee and other low income family youth, KG graduate – 8th grade (age 5 to 13 years.)
When: Every year, 8 weeks, June through August, Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Where: Our 6 locations are conveniently located throughout Franklin County

Summer Youth Employment Program

-North I: Zomi Church
5918 Sharon Woods Blvd. Columbus, OH. 43229
When: T, Th, F  3:30pm- 6:30pm
Level: Elementary and Middle 


-North II: ​Columbus Global Academy
4077 Karl Rd. Columbus, OH. 43224
When: M,W,F  3:30pm- 6:30pm.
Level: Elementary, Middle and High School 

 

-Northeast: The Heritage Apartments 

2444 Gateway Rd. Columbus, OH. 43219
When: T,W, Th 3:30pm-6:30 pm.

Level: Elementary and Middle School

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-Hilliard: St. James Lutheran Church
5660 Trabue Rd. Columbus, OH. 43026
When: M, Th, F  4:00pm-7:30 pm

Level: Elementary and Middle School


-East: 

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

588 McNaughton Rd. Columbus, OH 43213


-West I:

Wedgewood Middle School 

3800 Briggs Rd.  Columbus, OH 43228


-West II:

Emerald Glen Apartments

930 Regentshire Dr.  Columbus, OH 43228

What is it: This program is a paid internship opportunity for immigrant, refugee and low income youth during the summer months. Youth are placed at a job site based on their interest and work at that site for a couple hours a day during the week. The program is a way for youth to get early work experience and work force development training through workshops and training.

Who is eligible: Immigrant/Refugee and other low income family youth, age 14-24 years
When:8-10 weeks,  June through August. Monday- Friday.  We ask that you commit roughly 4 hours daily.
Where: Internship placements are throughout Franklin County, based on youth interest 

​  Applications to enroll in Summer Youth Employment are pending. Please check back regularly for updates.   

Youth Summer Enrichment Camp

What is it: Youth in the ETSS After School Program meet 2-3 days a week for a few hours to get homework help, learn about their own and other participants' language, music and cultural traditions and learn information on health and wellness. Students also get time for exercise and creativity as well as free snacks/meals provided through Children's Hunger Alliance. After School sites also form Parent Advisory Committee to help parents stay informed and engaged in their child's education. Additionally, each site has a Bilingual Assistant to ensure that students and parents can be fully engaged. 

Who is eligible: Immigrant, refugee and other low income families, K-12 (ages 5- 18)

When: Every year, August-June (school year), days and times depend on site (see below)
Where: Our 10 locations are conveniently located throughout Franklin County  


Click here to read our After School Newsletter. 

Youth Programs