City Leaders Program
Visits Hale Hall

students participant  in City Leaders Program

For the approximately 25 participants in the 2014/2015 Mayor Mike’s City Leaders Program, a visit to The Ohio State University in August provided them with the chance to learn more about Ohio State – 175 majors, over 12,000 classes and a Bakery Club – and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), including the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, and ODI’s merit- and need-based scholarships, mentoring programs and study abroad.

Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color, the visit was the result of one of the numerous community partnerships that recommended City Leaders visit ODI. Another connection was discovered when Ce Ce Harris, the City Leaders Program Coordinator, mentioned that she was a Young Scholars Program alumna.

The City Leaders Program, offered through the City of Columbus, works to develop the city leaders of tomorrow through hands-on learning, mentoring by current city leaders, and field trips. The greatest goal is to “display how great the City of Columbus is and impart a sense of pride so these children remain in the City of Columbus by attending college here, or away, then maintaining their residence in Columbus to be the next wave of city leadership.” Students must have a 3.0 GPA, be residents of Columbus, and submit an essay application to be considered.