Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Run a Collection Drive


Coordinate a drive among friends, family or classmates to collect and donate items needed for our center. That’s why your gift of the items listed in out wishlist or funds to purchase them is so appreciated.  Fulfilling an item on our wishlist frees up funds for youth programs or provides our youth with something they might not have otherwise had. 

Who can help: Anyone!

Organize a Fundraiser


Fundraisers can include any type of activity the group chooses to help raise money to donate to Kaleidoscope Youth Center. Examples are organize a run or walk, a bake sale, a car wash, a pet fashion show, etc.

Who can help: Anyone!

Contact Kaleidoscope Youth Center under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects!

What is your organization’s mission statement?


Kaleidoscope Youth Center aims to work in partnership with young people in Central Ohio to create safe and empowering environments for LGBTQ youth through advocacy, education and support.

What population do you serve? 


Kaleidoscope Youth Center provides direct services to youth, training and education to youth service providers, and important information relating to sexual orientation and gender identity issues to the community at large.

What region or area do you provide services in?


Kaleidoscope Youth Center is a service agency serving the Central Ohio area.

How and when did the organization get started? 


The first meeting of what was to become Kaleidoscope Youth Center occurred on February 10, 1994, at the Short Stop Teen Drop-In Center. 

For the first year of its existence, Kaleidoscope operated as a referral service, providing youth and their families access to supportive professionals. It soon became clear that the primary need of the youth was a place to meet and socialize with other youth, to increase their feelings of connectivity to other young people, and reduce their sense of isolation in the greater central Ohio community. 



How many employees do you have? 


We have 17 employees.

How do your programs or services help the community?


As a youth service agency serving the Central Ohio area, Kaleidoscope Youth Center has become a well-respected community-based organization providing direct services to youth, training and education to youth service providers, and important information relating to sexual orientation and gender identity issues to the community at large.

From peer-to-peer programs to HIV prevention and education and after-school programs; Kaleidoscope assists LGBTQ youth in the transition to healthy, productive adults and provides them with the necessary tools to become leaders in the greater community.

Program Descriptions 


2015 Garden Party: This is a garden party featuring the various donors that have contributed to the Kaleidoscope Youth Center. This event is held in Berwick, Columbus, Ohio.

The Kaleidoscope Youth Center: The Center is located at 1904 North High Street.  It provides a space for LGTBQ youth.  At the Center we offer a technology space, lounging areas, a kitchen, and we also offer educational programs, support groups and fun activities from the Center.



Help us stock our kitchen: 

  • Frozen microwavable entrees
  • Pizza (sponsor a Pizza & Movie night!)
  • Apples, oranges and other fruit
  • Individually packaged snack foods (chips, pretzels)
  • Snack-sized yogurt and gelatin
  • Individual juice boxes, sports drinks, or other beverages
  • Disposable plates, bowls, cups & cutlery
  • Gift cards to grocery stores

Help us work efficiently: 

  • Copy Paper
  • Printer Paper
  • Printer supplies
  • Postage
  • Storage bins
  • Gift cards to Staples, OfficeMax, etc.

Help us keep the Center clean and sanitary: 

  • Cleaning spray (Lysol, Mr. Clean, 409)
  • Cleaning cloths (Clorox, Lysol)
  • Paper towels 
  • Toilet paper
  • Liquid pump hand soap 
  • Anti-bacterial gel

Help our youth with their basic needs:

  • Socks
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Tooth brushes & toothpaste
  • Lotion
  • Chapstick
  • Feminine hygiene products

Help our youth have a GREAT time:

  • DVDs (G, PG, or PG-13 ratings)
  • Wii or PS3 games (T for Teen or E for Everyone) and controllers
  • Music studio equipment
  • Sewing tools (fabric scissors, thread, iron, ironing board, dress form)
  • Fabric by the yard
  • Tickets/passes to fun places around town
  • Gift cards to reward youth leadership and success

Name: Kristen Godfrey

Title: Center Program Coordinator

Organization: Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Email: kristen@kycohio.org

Work: (614) 294-5437

1904 N High St
Columbus, OH 43201

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