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These Cincinnati youth education programs will help your child plan their future. 


Children can begin to learn life skills as early as elementary school. Even though this happens inside the classroom and at home, it’s always nice to have it reinforced. These Cincinnati youth education programs will help your child gain responsibility, community service, social awareness, financial and educational knowledge and more, just in time for their college career.

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Cincinnati youth education programsActing Classes and Workshops
Playhouse in the Park
Ages: 3 – 14
Boys and Girls

These acting classes are designed to build confidence, strengthen communication skills and develop a sense of ensemble and community. There is a registration fee of $25. Tuition starts at $95. Register online today.


Youth Auxiliary Clubs
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. ~ Pi Sigma Zeta Chapter
Ages: 4 – 18

Girls Only

The Pearlette and Amicette clubs are composed of young girls who are matriculating in elementary and junior high schools. The Archonette club is composed of young ladies who are matriculating in high school. These youth groups will help young women grow culturally, socially, and educationally.  The clubs also foster the ideals of service, scholarship, sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood. Projects will vary per their interests and the needs of the community. In addition to providing service to others and the community, they can engage in social activities that provide enjoyment, while creating a sisterly bond amongst each other. For more information or to join, email pisigmazeta@yahoo.com.

P.E.P Plus
The Gaskins Foundation
Ages: 6 – 18

Boys and Girls

The P.E.P. (Present. Engage. Prepare.) It is a wide range of programs for the youth and their parents to increase opportunities in math, science, and technology while providing a hands-on, fun environment specifically designed to encourage youth to enroll and participate in advanced math and science classes. All programs include mathematics tutoring and support. The goal is for each student to perform at least one grade level above their recommendation. Apply online today.


Dr. Betty Shabazz Academy
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ~ Cincinnati Queen City Alumnae Chapter
Ages: 11 – 14
Girls Only

The Dr. Betty Shabazz Academy is a monthly after-school program centered on activities for young women ages 11 to 14, and focuses on emotional development, physiological transitioning, and exposure to global ideas and learning opportunities. The curriculum is designed to develop young women into effective and optimistic problems solvers with confidence about their future, and positive attitudes towards themselves and others. For more information or to join, email info@cqcadst.org.


Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ~ Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter
Ages: 11 – 14

Girls Only

The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy provides an opportunity for young ladies to become exposed to scholarship in math, science, and technology. The Academy is aimed to augment their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning, and their sisterhood, by cultivating interpersonal relationships amongst their peers. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century. Apply online today.

Girls STEAM Academy
Queen City (OH) Chapter of The Links Incorporated 
Ages: 11 – 14

Girls Only

This program is created a program for girls and parents that foster a love for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) curriculum and careers.  Girls that are in 6th and 7th grade may apply for the program. Upon acceptance, the girls remain in the program throughout their 12th grade year of high school. Girls STEAM Academy provides fun, exciting and educational enrichment workshops and activities that were designed to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math interest, provide authentic experiences which stimulate and increase STEAM proficiency, and create strong teen leaders who can effectively work with others. For more information or to join, email contact@queencitylinksinc.org.

Youth Docent Program
Cincinnati (OH) Chapter of The Links Incorporated
Ages: 14 – 16

Boys and Girls

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center teamed up for a Youth Docent program for 9th and 10th graders. This program gives tri-state area teenagers a unique opportunity to learn about the Underground Railroad and the history and present-day slavery and freedom, and to share that knowledge with the public. Through classes and service, participants engage with the Freedom Center’s values of cooperation, courage, perseverance, and freedom, scholars, ambassadors, leaders and stewards. Apply online today.

ASCEND
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Ages: 14 – 18

Boys and Girls

ASCEND℠, focuses on high school students and puts emphasis on providing valuable academic, life, career and character-building skills.  ASCEND℠ stands for Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communications, Engagement, Networking and Development Skills. ASCEND℠. Their goal is to impact the lives of students residing in communities north of greater Cincinnati.  The program is designed to motivate, engage and assist male and female high school students in reaching their maximum potential and will meet monthly. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA during the program.  For more information or to join, email akappoascend@gmail.com.


Black and Latino Achievers Program
YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
Ages: 14 – 18
Boys and Girls

Black and Latino Achievers Program is a college readiness and career exploration program, which provides teens with the essential tools to pursue higher education and to identify different career opportunities. Through the school year, career oriented adults help us engage teens in hands-on learning emphasizing college readiness, career exploration and leadership development. There are workshops, college tours, Toastmasters and more. Each year hundreds of area students are changing the direction of their life, growing spiritually and intellectually. Apply online today


Delta G.E.M.S.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ~ Queen City Alumnae Chapter
Ages: 14 – 18

Girls Only

The Delta G.E.M.S. (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) program is a four-year program designed to promote the educational and personal development of young ladies during their freshman through senior years in high school.  During this year-round program, young ladies are exposed to African-American female mentors and role models and attend monthly workshops/activities which may include career choices, interview skills, resume writing, financial matters and more. Young ladies that complete the four-year program are eligible to receive a scholarship to be used at a college of their choice. For more information or to join, email info@cqcadst.org.


Delta GEMS
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ~ Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter
Ages: 14 – 18
Girls Only

The Delta GEMS is an expansion and continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy. The Delta GEMS goals are: to instill the need to excel academically; to provide tools to enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success; to assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures in high school and beyond; and to create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities. The Delta GEMS framework is designed to provide specific skills that develop a CAN DO attitude through interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and growth. For more information or to join, email info@cqcadst.org.

High School Computer Camp
Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA)
Ages: 14 – 18

Boys and Girls

This camp is a 14-week program that focuses on proficiency in computer operation, website development, smart phone applications, robotic applications, and 3D printing. There is a registration fee of $65. This is also a gateway into IT competitions and showcases. Apply online today.  


Beautillion Militaire
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ~ Queen City Alumnae Chapter
Ages: 16 -18
Boys Only

The Beautillion Militaire is a unique and exceptional program that promotes the educational and personal development of African-American, high school junior and senior males.  In addition to the many developmental workshops, participants compete for scholarships and awards.  During this five month program, the young men are exposed to monthly workshops/activities which may include career/life choices, interviewing skills, resume writing, community activities and more. For more information or to join, email info@cqcadst.org


Debutante Cotillion
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ~ Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter
Ages: 16 – 18

Girls Only

This comprehensive program runs for approximately five months. The program’s mission is to enhance the personal, professional, and civic development of young girls through workshops, events and rehearsals while cultivating scholarship, achievement, self-confidence, grace, and good citizenship. The Debutante Cotillion Program is made up of four key components scholarship, service, mentoring and development. It is required that applicants be outstanding young ladies in their community, be a current junior or senior high school student and maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. To apply, request application by emailing caccotillion@gmail.com.


Sigma Beta Club
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Boys Only

The Sigma Beta Clubs’ four major principles of focus are on Culture, Athletics, Social and Educational needs. The Sigma Beta Club offers a unique opportunity to develop values, leadership skills and social/cultural awareness in our youth during their developmental years. Sigma Beta Club programs are geared to meet the needs of its members, but at the same time provide them with a well-rounded outlook that is needed to cope with today’s society. Phi Beta Sigma is confident that investing in our youth today will produce the effective leaders of tomorrow. For more information or to join, visit Sigma Beta Club.


Leaders of Tomorrow
National Black MBA Association

Boys and Girls

Planning and executing community service projects is one of the primary ways Leaders of Tomorrow put what they are learning into action, by solving challenges right where they live today. Through the Global Community Service Project, students nationally decide to tackle a country-wide problem, and then design and implement a plan to address it locally. In this way, the Leaders work locally and still have a collective national impact. Past global community service projects have helped prepare elementary school children for success in later grades and provided toiletries and other necessities for the homeless. For more information or to join, email info@cincyblackmba.org.

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Cincinnati youth education programs
Remember, once a child joins, it is not only an agreement between the child and the organization, but also the parent and the organization. If there are any other Cincinnati youth education programs we missed, please let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.




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Marissa Staples, Writer

The Voice of Black Cincinnati

 

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