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

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.

5th Annual Civic Engagement Forum: 3 Day Virtual Symposium

You’re invited to Think Make Live Youth’s 5th Annual Civic Engagement Forum hosted as a 3-Day Virtual Symposium on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 7PM – 8:30PM.

You can choose to attend one or more of the following webinars:

Oct 20, 2020 07:00 PM
Oct 21, 2020 07:00 PM
Oct 22, 2020 07:00 PM
Our Theme is To Empower!
To Educate! To Elevate!
To empower our participants to engage and embrace positive social justice and healing through the arts.

To educate our participants on the importance of voting and who will be running for office on 2020 Election Day.

To elevate our participants knowledge and resources on how to effectively advocate for system and policy change.

Our Previous Annual Civic Engagement Forums 

4thAnnual Civic Engagement Forum – Saturday November 2, 2019 at The King Arts Complex from 2PM – 4.30PM

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

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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


Open Mic Events

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