Franklin Park Conservatory Teen Corps

Teen Corps is a high-impact, community-supported summer program for eligible teens designed to teach life and work skills through hands-on experiences in urban farming.

While working in a community garden to grow produce, and then selling it through their own stand at the Conservatory’s Farmers’ Market, teens learn about horticulture, the environment, health and nutrition, entrepreneurship, communication and self-reliance.

Interested in participating in Teen Corps? Applications for the Summer 2019 Teen Corps program are now open.

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Community Forum for Proposed Changes to East High School

The community-led Facilities Task Force will share information and listen to feedback on a series of important recommendations on schools and administrative buildings for closing or adjustment, including changes in attendance boundaries, enrollment, feeder patterns, or grade configurations. This is an opportunity for residents of the District to weigh in on the proposed changes.

This event is in regard to proposed changes to East High School:
Facilities Task Force Community Forum - Oct. 4
East High School, 1500 E. Broad St.
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

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Bridging the Gap Program Making a Difference

February 15 was the launch for Bridging the Gap: Meeting Where You Are, a five-month mentoring and interactive project between 7th and 8th graders at Champion Middle School and senior residents of Poindexter Village and the Near East Side community. The title Bridging the Gap represents the intent to redevelop stronger relationship between youth and seniors.  

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Columbus Early Learning Centers Joins Fight Against Infant Mortality

Columbus Early Learning Centers (CELC), a high-quality early childhood education provider in the PACT geography, joined the fight against infant mortality last year. With funds from the City of Columbus’ CelebrateOne Initiative, CELC began the CelebrateOne intervention on the Near East Side, now known as the Cause for Joy program. Cause for Joy is an infant mortality prevention mentorship program centered around the experiences of the mother before and after giving birth.

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Woodland Park Residents Launch Little Free Pantry

The Little Free Pantry is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to anyone who is in need and is stocked 100% by neighbors in the same way.  Partnerships have been built and donations received from East High School Student Council, St Philip Lutheran Church, PACT, Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association and neighbors from Eastgate, Franklin Park, King-Lincoln/Bronzeville, Olde Towne East and Woodland Park.

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Ohio History Connection Voted to Designate Poindexter Village as its 59th Historic Site

After years of political discussion, community meetings, visits and letters to elected officials, private upset, and public reconciliation, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), Ohio History Connection, City of Columbus, and James Preston Poindexter Foundation (JPPF) came to an agreement: the last 2 remaining historic Poindexter Village buildings would be saved to be developed as an African American museum and cultural center!

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Maroon Arts Group Creative Repurposing Drives Innovative Arts Programming

What once stood as a vacant lot on the corner of Mt. Vernon & 17th in the King Lincoln District is now home to one of the most innovative endeavors in Central Ohio. With support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the City of Columbus’ Parcels to Places program, MAG & Willowbeez SoulVeg have placed three shipping containers on this lot to re-purpose for community use.

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PACT Open Houses for 2018

We appreciate all who join us for our monthly open houses – they are a hit! We encourage you to stop by the PACT offices, 211 Taylor Ave., during one of our open houses to connect. We would love to hear what is on your mind and we will provide you with updates.  Join us for the following First Quarter 2018 open houses:

  • Friday, January 26; 8-10 am

  • Thursday, February 22; 4-6 pm

  • Saturday, March 17; 9-11 am

  • Friday, March 23; 11 am-1 pm

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Near East Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy Graduates Class of 17

On November 14, over 100 guests gathered at Broad Street Presbyterian Church to celebrate the graduation of the inaugural class of the Near East Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy. The graduating class consisted of 17 participants who live, work, and/or worship on the Near East Side, and completed the six-month, 40-hour program. The Near East Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy equips aspiring neighborhood leaders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to become transformative agents of change in their respective communities.

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PACT Welcomes Two New Team Members: Tuhru and David.

David Foust comes to PACT from Ohio CDC Association where he served as program director. His primary responsibilities included managing the Ohio Microbusiness Development Grant Program, Ohio Microbusiness Recoverable Grant Fund, and leading an industry-wide marketing and branding initiative for the community development industry in Ohio. Tuhru Derden most recently worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a project coordinator for community relations. During his tenure at the hospital, he helped to manage a number of housing initiatives.

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David's Corner - Fall 2017

Listening.  Learning.  Building relationships.  These areas of focus have guided my efforts during my nine months serving as the executive director of PACT. It’s my commitment that these three principles will continue to guide my efforts now and into the future. To do so requires constant engagement and accessibility and we are finding ways to continue to engage the community.

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