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Horticultural Therapy – In collaboration with Master Gardeners from the Ohio State University Agricultural Extension Office, residents plant and maintain a vegetable garden and perennial flower bed.  Patience, consistency, respect for self and others, commitment, and an appreciation for beauty are lifelong attributes that blossom through the guidance of the Master Gardeners who serve as both teachers and mentors.  The goal of the program is to improve self-concepts and environmental attitudes.  (Seasonal)

BARK- Believing in At Risk Kids- Bark is a collaboration between the Columbus Chapter of Dog Scouts of America and COYC. Kym Jarvis CPDT-KA, a local professional dog trainer has been facilitating a variety of programs at our facility for the past nine years and was instrumental in bringing this innovative concept to our youth! Volunteers bring their “scouts” to COYC and residents interact with the canine and the owner. The goal of the program is to expose the residents to positive adult role models and increase their social skills. Volunteers represent a variety of professional careers including engineering, teaching, banking and graphic arts. Their “scouts” also represent a variety of tricks including agility and rolling over.

Community Service – Residents participate in a variety of community service projects including making lap blankets for homebound senior citizens, making fleece pillows for Children’s Services staff to distribute to suspected abuse victims, and sorting materials for the United Way School Supplies Drive.

Initiatives – This is an activities-based curriculum that reinforces concepts learned in CBT groups including self-esteem, conflict resolution, character building, and teamwork.

Mentoring – The Treatment Team selects residents for the mentoring program based on individual needs.

Spiritual Services – COYC provides non-denominational church services every Sunday.  We are also in partnership with Youth for Christ. Chaplain Koloff from the Franklin County based group is available to see our residents as needed. Participation is completely voluntary.