The University District neighborhood east of The Ohio State University's Columbus campus is in a depressed central city area: 70 percent of children in this neighborhood live in households headed by a single mother; the median income of families is $17,425; and the elementary and middle schools in this area have lower-than-average proficiency test scores.
For years the University District has been served by various campus outreach programs, but there was no sustained effort for the area. In 2000, a donor provided a house for community outreach for the College of Education and Human Ecology to be used as a home base to establish a more permanent presence in the neighborhood. The "Human Ecology House" began ongoing programs to address the capacities and interests of nearby residents. In addition, the establishment in 2002 of an OSU Learning Center, with a state-of-the-art computer lab, at the nearby Godman Guild, established even stronger roots in the neighborhood.
By 2006, University District programming reached far into the community. Programs include:
For information on starting a such a program in your community, contact:Susan Colbert
Created: 2008-04-11, Updated: 2008-04-11