Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

Kids Thrive and Learn Valuable Skills at CMHA Summer Camps

School is just around the corner and that means another year of CMHA summer camps has drawn to a close. CMHA’s Resident Initiatives office brought together five community partners to provide high quality youth development programming to nine CMHA owned properties over the summer.


Research shows that youth who don’t have access to summer enrichment programs are more susceptible to summer learning loss, which puts them at an academic disadvantage during the school year. CMHA believes strongly in these programs and hopes to expand its reach to even more youth next year.


CMHA and our partners offered summer camps to residents on-site at Rosewind, Sawyer Manor & Trevitt Heights, Post Oak Station, Thornwood Commons, The Meadows, Indian Meadows, Glenview Estates, Ohio Townhouses, and Legacy Pointe.


Our partners included: The Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Abuse Outreach Program of Franklin County (UMADAOP), St. Vincent Family Center, Community for New Directions, the YMCA, and the Ohio State University’s College of Social Work’s LiFEsports program.


This was the first year that OSU brought its LiFEsports program off campus. Over the summer, LiFEsports was held at the Beatty Rec Center on the Near East Side. Many of our Legacy Pointe residents attended the camp. This transformational camp experience focused on team building, leadership, and accountability while using sports as a vehicle. 


Many of the participating youth made new friends in their communities. Parents also had the opportunity to meet neighboring parents at parent/kid camp days. During these days, parents joined their children to see what the youth were up to while attending camp.


All camps are free to participating youth, with breakfast and lunch provided daily. Funding and support for these programs comes from the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation, the ADAMH Boards, CMHA’s Choice Neighborhood grant, the Lindy Infante Foundation, The Ohio State University College of Social Work and Athletic Department, and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and many other partners.


Enjoy the school year, kids. We’ll see you all next summer!

*Photo by Doral Chenoweth