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Short Stop Youth Center

The Short Stop Youth Center is a community-based prevention program that creates opportunity for young people ages 8-18 to enhance their personal growth and development. Youths learn the importance of abstinence from drugs and tobacco, violence, and delinquent behavior.



Short Stop prevention and education group discussion programs focus on leadership development, anger management, conflict resolution, decision-making, problem-solving skills, personal goal setting, and consequences of self-destructive behaviors.

Youth activities include:

African Dance and Drum
instruction in modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop and creative movement, with public performances throughout the year
Homework help
in language arts and math, access to computers for research and writing papers, and assistance with school assignments
Production Team
Students create artwork, including decorative soul bowls, and original paintings, all of which are available for purchase by the public. Students must maintain good academic grades. Students receive a stipend for their work. Short Stop art for sale
Theatre and Stage Program
instruction in acting, directing, stage management, lighting, and sound control, various performances throughout the year, which are open to the public
Visual Arts
opportunity for youth to express themselves in a wide range of art media, from drawing and painting to print making
Music Program
instruction and coaching in instrumental music, percussion, and song writing, with public performances throughout the year.
Vocal Music
coaching in individual and group voices, with an emphasis on reading music, with public performances throughout the year
Healthy Leaders 
leadership development to help youth address their communities' problems; nutrition and physical fitness activities. Funded in part by City of Columbus.
Recreational Activities 
games, including pool, ping pong, basketball, and much more!

For more information on Short Stop activities, call the Center at (614) 299-5541.




       Short Stop Youth Center

       1066 North High St.

       Columbus, OH 43201

       (614) 299-5541


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