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File #: 1585-2023    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/19/2023 In control: Neighborhoods and Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Affairs
On agenda: 5/22/2023 Final action: 5/24/2023
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods to enter into grant agreements with the following not-for-profit agencies in support of summer youth employment and programs: Always With Us Charities, Central Community House, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Community Development of Caring Foundation, Community Refugee & Immigration Services, Godman Guild Association, Heart of JOB Foundation, Highland Youth Garden, ICE Mentors Inc., Kingdom First, New Birth Christian Ministries, Ohio Black Dance Organization, Ours Brothers Keepers, The Somali Community Association of Ohio, Think Make Live Youth, YMCA of Central Ohio, YWCA Columbus and to authorize the transfer within the general fund; to authorize an expenditure within the general fund; and to declare an emergency. ($1,747,761.00)
Attachments: 1. 1585-2023 SYE GF Attachment.pdf

This ordinance authorizes and directs the City Auditor to transfer and appropriate $1,747,761.00 from the Department of Finance and Management General Fund 1000 to the Department of Neighborhoods General Fund 1000 and authorizes the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods to enter into a service agreement with various not-for-profit agencies, for the purposes of providing summer youth employment and programming.

The services included in these agreements cannot be provided by existing city employees because these services are beyond the City’s current responsibility and capacity to provide.
The Department of Neighborhoods houses youth engagement initiatives including The Commission on Black Girls (COBG) and My Brother’s Keeper (MBK). Both programs focus on services and support for Black youth, respectively COBG focuses on Black girls and MBK centers is efforts on Boys and Young Men of Color. Additionally, this legislation is important to provide funding for summer programming and internships; because both initiatives prioritize education and employment experiences that not only support youth economically, but also provide safe environments that may deter youth from engaging in behaviors that could negatively impact their futures.
About COBG & MBK
On July 16, 2018, Columbus City Council adopted resolution number 0208X-2018 to create The Commission on Black Girls (The Commission or COBG). The creation of COBG was led by former Councilmember Priscilla R. Tyson. The impetus for creating The Commission was the disparities that Black women experience in several areas including but not limited to: homelessness, eviction, infant mortality, maternal mortality, and the wage gap. To change this trajectory, the intent was to start at earlier stages of development and focus on girls. Charged with studying the quality of life of Black girls in Columbus, The Commission released a report in July 2020 with 18 recommendation areas that are inten...

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