About Youth Hope Cincinnati

The HOPE of the OTR kids is simple: believe in ourselves and have HOPE that we can make it. The discipline and affirmation from Youth Hope is a beacon of light that causes many of them to lean forward.

The HOPE of our organization is: empower youth to believe in themselves and their future through meaningful programming, consistent affirmation, and many opportunities to grow.

The HOPE of our families is: Help create lasting partnerships with families and parents.

The HOPE of our community partners: Collaborate where necessary to inspire positive community impacts.

The HOPE of our volunteers: Meaningfully touch the communities, families and youth we serve.

The HOPE of our youth: Be confident, gain leadership, increase life skills, succeed in school, and be a positive role model in this community.

Mission Statement: The mission of Youth Hope is to provide low-income families and youth ages 7-18 years old with social, educational and recreational activities that (1) enhance personal talents (2) teach life skills (3) empower youth to make positive choices for themselves and their families, and (4) positively impact their future.

Youth Hope Cincinnati Inc. (YH) is a 501(c)(3) organization started in 2010, run entirely by volunteers with no central office. We work directly with youth and families in the Over the Rhine and West End neighborhoods every day. Our programming spans from youth employment at Findlay Market, free summer camps at Ziegler Park, partnership with Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) for Saturday Hoops, and the construction and operation of a full-care youth home near Rothenberg school. Our families and youth struggle each day with transportation, emergencies, educational inequity, financial struggles and housing. Our hardworking team consists of many dedicated individuals who selflessly devote their time to empowering youth. Some members of staff grew up in Over the Rhine and the West End, still living and working there. The need to serve is paramount each and every day.

Current Projects

Bags Kids

The Bags Kids project at Findlay Market started in late October 2016. Our youth ages 10-14 years old gain leadership skills, public speaking, employment opportunities and so much more through this project! With the help of students in the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art and Planning program (DAAP), our youth employees now offer Findlay Market shoppers bags through public wooden kiosks. Shoppers are encouraged to provide a donation to Youth Hope for their bag which benefits the youth’s employee fund and other YH programming. Adult volunteers work with youth throughout the shift times which provides leadership growth, enhances youth’s public speaking skills, and helps increase their self- respect and confidence.

When you are shopping at Findlay Market from now until September 30th make sure to stop by one of our kiosks!

Time: Saturdays 10:00am – 2:30pm & Sundays 10:30am – 12:30pm

We have now officially ended our 2017 season, stay tuned for when we will open in the spring!

Interested in being an Adult Volunteer or have kids who could serve in this project? Click the button below to sign up!

Bags Kids

Saturday Hoops

In partnership with Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) and Saturday Hoops, this program offers youth the opportunity to engage with meaningful programming on Saturdays from January to June. YH plays a crucial role in transporting youth, recruiting volunteers, operational needs and partnering with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission. Saturday Hoops on average attracts 80 – 100 youth every Saturday. Activities at Saturday Hoops include: basketball, work out exercises, youth reading room, yoga, jump rope and art.

For more information about Saturday Hoops check out their direct link on CYC’s Website.

2018 Saturday Hoops is coming soon! 

Volunteer Dry Run: Saturday January 6th

Official 1st Day for kids: Saturday January 13th (9:00am – 1:00pm)

Interested in volunteering? Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/yPYkXkRINnoZJi653

Have kids interested in coming this season? Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/0SjBnELllqjNTtH02


Interested in being a Volunteer at this project? Register at the link above.

Ziegler Park

Youth Hope Summer Camp at Ziegler Park started in the summer of 2017, when the new park just opened in downtown Cincinnati. Located in the heart of downtown, Ziegler Park creates an engaging atmosphere for our youth and includes: playground facility, basketball courts and a full-size swimming pool featuring a diving board, rock climbing wall and lap lanes. In partnership with Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) and 3CDC, Youth Hope created the first annual FREE summer camp for youth ages 7-15 years old. Campers participated daily in basketball, work out exercises, swimming, chess instruction and art + music. Every camper was provided the opportunity to learn from their Youth Mentors, who were current or recent high school graduates from Cincinnati Public Schools.

The Youth Hope Summer Camp at Ziegler Park operated Tuesday through Thursday late June to mid-August. Campers were provided free breakfast and lunch, along with camp activities.

2018 Youth Mentor Applications are now live!

If you are a current sophomore, junior, senior or graduate looking for summer employment learn more about this opportunity at: 2018 Youth Mentor Flyer

Apply at: https://goo.gl/forms/dTMUuY3samS4qEb32

Due: Friday, March 2nd by 5:00pm

2018 Youth Mentor Supervisor Applications are live!

If you are a college student or adult professional looking for summer employment learn more about the Youth Mentor Supervisor position at: 2018 YM Supervisor Job Application

Due: Resumes are reviewed on a daily basis of submission. Email resume ASAP to youthhopecincinnati@gmail.com


Interested in being a Volunteer at this project? Click the button below to sign up.

Ziegler Park

Marcus Thompson watched his father suffer a heart attack and die while playing basketball with him as a kid. He said a lot of men stepped up in that absence. “Very much appreciated. Without them and their influence, my story could totally different,” Thompson said. “I consider it an honor to do for these kids what a lot of people did for me.”


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