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.

4th Annual Civic Engagement Forum: Ending the School to Prison Pipeline.

The 4th Annual Civic Engagement Forum gives voice to opportunity youth, ages 13-24, regarding policy solutions for ending the school to prison pipeline, youth justice and any other community issues effected by today’s youth. During the program, there will be opening youth speakers and a community civic discussion with local officials, community leaders, and educators.

This event is being planned, hosted and lead by Think Make Live Youth’s Columbus Community Action Team youth leaders. The goal is to share and learn with the community:

  • What is the school to prison pipeline?
  • What are system leaders, community advocates and educators doing to end the school to prison pipeline?
  • What resources are available within Central Ohio to support prevention for justice-involved youth?


Saturday November 2, 2019 at 2pm – 4.30pm.


Capital University  Harry C. Moores Student Union

745 Pleasant Ridge Ave. Bexley, Ohio 43209

Event Agenda:

  • Networking & FREE Refreshments
  • Opening Speakers
  • Panel Discussion
  • Peer Share Dialogue
  • Call to Action
  • Closing Remarks
  • Networking & FREE Refreshments
  • 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


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    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


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