- Point Break Point Break creates an atmosphere of honest communication in which students and faculty work together. Participants move through a variety of high-energy games, small group discussions, encouraging teaching segments and poignant moments of personal reflection, all of which call for honest introspection. Through this process, students who have been silent in the past find an opportunity to share and trust their peers.
- Poetry Out Loud Poetry Out Loud (POL) encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.
- Urban Dance & Wellness (Grades 7-12) Breakout of tradition with Urban Dance & Wellness! This new 12-week program created for youth in junior high and high school is designed to build confidence, manage stress and expand cognitive skills through hip hop and wellness practices.
- Electrical and Computer Engineering Hands-On Projects for Elementary, Middle, and High-School Students Hands-on projects that can be completed by students inexpensively and in a reasonable amount of time. One example that students can complete in a little over an hour is an LED circuit that lights up their initials. The students consider engineering tradeoffs such as high brightness versus battery life, and this circuit is very easy to debug, making it a satisfying experience.
- Classroom Year-Long Partnership Experiences Conservation Classroom is a unique opportunity for classrooms to engage in meaningful learning experiences throughout the school year. This partnership includes an introduction visit in the classroom and three follow-up field trips to the center and park during the remainder of the school year.
- Single Day Field Trip Experiences Teachers, bring your students to the Grange Insurance Audubon Center for a unique field trip in the heart of the city. Our two-hour educational programs meet STEAM and state standards while acting as an extension of your classroom providing hands-on experiences through explorations and investigations in the Grange Insurance Audubon Center and surrounding Scioto-Audubon Metro Park habitats.
- Columbus Tutoring Initiative (CTI) The Columbus Tutoring Initiative (CTI) is a joint venture between Mission Columbus and Central Ohio Youth for Christ to provide in-school tutoring for elementary-age students whose reading skills fall below their grade level.
- Creative Writing 101 We have several teachers with different activities focusing on enhancing writing skills. From character development to adding suspense to using sensory details, the teachers pull out all types of unusual prompts and exercises that will have students using their imaginations, thinking outside the box, and secretly stretching their skills.
- Thurber in the Schools A four-session workshop that encourages students to write on topic, develop narratives from the beginning to the end, and write with sensory detail and dialogue, all in keeping with the Common Core Standards. Not to mention, it brings Thurber’s work to life for those who love to look for the funny side of things.
- Ghost Story Workshops A two-hour activity in which the students create funny and spooky stories based on the wild characters they create together as a class. The young writers will learn about character traits both physical and emotional, description, setting, and of course, a little bit of humor and suspense. The characters are created as a group, but when they write their own version of the story, anything goes! This program is aimed at 4th-6th-grade students.