East Side Buckeye Initiatives

The mission of East Side Buckeye Initiatives (ESBI) is to bring together the Ohio State University and the Near East Side community. ESBI works in conjunction with the Office of Student Life, Office of Outreach & Engagement and Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT) to build site-specific programs that serve the needs of Near East residents while providing OSU students with valuable service experience. Ohio State students interested in learning more about ESBI should contact Dr. Patty Cunningham, cunningham.212@osu.edu.

There are six sites throughout the PACT geography on the Near East Side:

Champion Middle School

In partnership with their after school program, ESBI offers tutoring in reading and mathematics at Champion MS.

Columbus Urban League

The East Side Tutoring Program allows OSU students to tutor children and teens ranging from 1st – 10th grade with math and reading skills as well as build positive relationships with them.

Andrea Diggs is the supervisor of this program at CUL.

East High School

ESBI works with the student-athletes at East HS to empower them academically and socially. This is an after-school tutoring program.

Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA

ESBI currently has two programs established at the Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA.

East Side Buckeye Mentoring:

A team-based youth mentoring program dedicated to empowering the youth of the Ward YMCA’s Leader’s Club to succeed in school, maintain good health, and become leaders in their community through strong relationships with positive role models.

Ward YMCA Internship Program:

ESBI and the Ward YMCA offer internships in the following areas: coordination of events for YMCA members, collaboration with other community organizations, and organizing of youth sports. (Collaborations with SASSO and the College of Social Work forthcoming).

Isabelle Ridgway Care Center

ESBI offers opportunities for students to engage with the residents at Isabelle Ridgway Care Center. Students hold workshops from arts and crafts and music to memoir making and book clubs.

 Martin Luther King Library

ESBI offers weekly classes for children at the MLK library rotating between STEM, literacy, arts and crafts and games (that foster social and emotional intelligence). Volunteer facilitators and children will be able to choose which workshops to participate in. This site is a K-5 focus.

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