Think Make Live Youth provides empowering leadership, civic engagement, and community building programs to support the growth and success of opportunity youth.

Columbus Community Action Team

Columbus Community Action Team

A robust, informed, active local coalition of young leaders and youth-serving organizations that uplift their voices and mobilize locally to create community improvement projects of their own design.

Each monthly session will provide the space for youth to learn from a community leader or professional. As well as work on community projects and cultivate and build with one another.

10 Month community leadership program 

Monthly sessions (February – November)

Targeted age (15-24 years old)

Additional meetings for sub-committees

Benefits for Opportunity Youth:


Gain Community Service Hours

Internship Opportunities

Help Lead a National Youth-Led Movement

Potential Opportunities To Travel

Leadership Training

Access To Employment Opportunities

Civic Engagement Experience


Public Speaking Opportunities

Professional Experience

Serving as a role model in the community

Building a personal network and reputation

Compensation for Special Projects

Letters of Recommendation


Our Mission:

To provide an innovative comprehensive collaborative approach to help reduce the overall number of 20,000 opportunity youth (ages 16 -24 years old) within Central Ohio who are disconnected from employment and education services.

Our 2019 Goal:

Recruit and engage 100 Opportunity Youth

Our Focus Issues:

Mental Health

Financial Literacy

Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

Community and Civic Engagement


Annual Youth Summit

Our First Annual Youth Summit - 2016

The Annual Youth Summit is a time for opportunity youth in the community to come together for one full-day of empowering workshops, speakers, vendor resources, entertainment, food and more.


Get ready for our 2020 Youth Summit 


Details Coming Soon

Our Previous Annual Youth Summits

4th Annual Youth Summit – Saturday July 13, 2019 at Africentric Early College K12 from 10AM – 5PM

3rd Annual Youth Summit – Saturday August 25, 2018 at Milo Grogran Rec Center from 11AM – 4PM

2nd Annual Youth Summit – Saturday August 26, 2017 at Milo Grogran Rec Center from 1PM – 6PM

1st Annual Youth Summit – Saturday August 27, 2016 at Milo Grogran Rec Center from 1PM – 6PM


Annual Civic Engagement Forum

The Annual Civic Engagement Forum is an event to bring elected officials and candidates who are running for elected office to join in a civic engagement discussion with local community leaders and opportunity youth.


Our next Annual Civic Engagement Forum is on Saturday November 2, 2019 at 2pm – 4pm.


Capital University

Our Previous Annual Civic Engagement Forums 

3rd Annual Civic Engagement Forum – Saturday November 3, 2018 at The King Arts Complex from 2PM – 5PM

2nd Annual Civic Engagement Forum – Thursday November 2, 2017 at Driving Park Rec Center from 5PM – 8PM

1st Annual Civic Engagement Forum – Monday November 7, 2016 at The Ohio Union at The Ohio State University from 6PM – 8PM


Open Mic Events

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