Our city is full of movers and shakers – people who are intrinsically motivated to make change, and not just in Columbus, but around the state, the nation and the world. As travel reconvenes this summer and we welcome people back to our beautiful city, we want to shine a special spotlight on a few local groups who have been making the world a better place to get back into after the pandemic.

Girl poses in front of Black Lives Matter mural

Think Make Live Youth

A youth development organization, Think Make Live Youth offers programs – both in-person and hybrid since summer 2020 – focused on community service, career readiness, employment and education opportunities. The organization also hosts an annual Social Justice Awards program to celebrate justice and equity initiatives all throughout the city.

Columbus CARE Coalition

Founded by a group of social workers, this group provides local, regional and national resources to people after a trauma like a shooting or other types of violence. During the pandemic, the group organized distribution of more than 150 gun lockboxes to help prevent accidental shootings.

Remember Us Urban Scouts

Remember Us Urban Scouts is a youth bicycle club that leaves positivity in its tracks. Its entrepreneurship program introduces the city’s youth to different career paths in an effort to build generational wealth. In the last year, 45 youths have graduated from the program and earned $60,000 in wages and stipends.

End the Violence

This national program based out of Columbus provides resources and intervention for at-risk youth. Through the program, which is now partially funded by the city, city leaders meet with youth right where they are – in Columbus’ neighborhoods.

Columbus LOVE Mural lit at nightPhoto by @jason_mowry_photos

These new groups complement and help to further social justice efforts in our city, alongside established city organizations like the YMCA, the YWCA, Columbus Urban League and more. However, this list is not comprehensive. Do you know of, support or participate in another Columbus group making change? Email us.