Youth Programming/Recreation

American Lung Association
Camp Superkids a summer camp for children 7-14 years of age with moderate to severe asthma. Camp is held in June.

8990 West Dodge Road, Suite 226
Omaha, NE 68114

Big Pals~Little Pals of Greater Columbus
A mentoring organization that recruits adult volunteers & matches them with boys & girls in an effort to provide the kids with an adult friend, role model & mentor.  Little pals need to be between ages of 6 & 16 to start program.

2200 28th Avenue (1C Sanctuary)
Columbus, NE 68601





Boy Scouts of America
Provide a value-based educational program to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship & to develop personal fitness.

PO Box 1741
Columbus, NE 68602

Building Blocks
Building Blocks recruits, licenses & supports foster homes in Northern & Central Nebraska. Aim to make Foster Parents successful by providing them training & support as they care for youth in our area

118 N 5th Street 
O'Neill, NE 68763

Camp Luther of Nebraska
"His Kids" (Spring, Summer and Fall retreats for individuals 12 and older who have special needs)
Youth Camp (Late May through Early August, kids entering grades 1-9)
Family Camps (Summer and Fall Weekends, families can enjoy camp together with other families)
Day Camp (May through Early August, non-overnight option for kids entering 1-6 grade)

1048 Road 4
Schuyler, NE 68661

CASA Connection
To train & support adult volunteers to represent the best interests of child victims of abuse & neglect in the courts. Support & insure child victims find safe permanent homes.

2610 14th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
402-563-4944 / 1-877-650-2015

Central Plains Center for Services
PALS Program
 prepares state ward adolescents for adult living by developing their skills & addressing personal values. Work with community & care providers to assist the youth in becoming self-sufficient adults & productive members of society.

4521 Leavenworth, Suite 2
Omaha, NE 68106

Columbus After School Programs
Provide enrichment activities to youth in a safe, caring, interesting & structured environment that serves the best interest of each child & his/her family. Also provides developmentally appropriate activities as well as homework assistance & recreational activities geared toward positive youth development.

2715 13th Street 
Columbus, NE 68601

Columbus Area Sports & Activities Council
Help promote athletic & civic activities in the Columbus area. Promote additional events for the community while better utilizing current facilities & to keep the local activities schedule filled year-round.

2424 14th Street, PO Box 1677
Columbus, NE 68601
402-562-4234 / 402-942-3652

Columbus Area United Way
Imagination Library is a book gifting program that gifts free books to children from birth to age five.

3214 25th Street
Columbus, NE 68601






Columbus Family YMCA
To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy, spirit, mind & body for all. Health & Recreation programs & services.

3912 38th Street
Columbus, NE 68601





East Central District Health Department
The East Central District Health Department (ECDHD) is a state-approved district health department that provides public health services to its four-county service area of Boone, Colfax, Nance and Platte counties in Nebraska. Programs include: Community Health Hubs (breast and colon Cancer screening); Early Development Network (early intervention services for families with children birth to age three with developmental delays and/or health care needs): Emergency Preparedness; Food Safety; Lead and Mold safety; Radon and Water testing; Immunizations (Adult, children and travel vaccines); Substance Abuse Prevention (alcohol, tobacco and drugs); West Nile; WIC (Women, Infants, and Children).

4321 41st Avenue
Columbus NE 68601

Easter Seals Nebraska
Camp Easter Seals - Respite Services & Summer Camp provide family members time and temporary relief while providing care for a loved one that has a disability and also provide positive outdoor recreation through camp for people with disabilities ages 6 on up.

12565 West Center Road, Suite 100 
Omaha, NE 68114

Educational Service Unit #7
Provides leadership & services to support the improvement of teaching & learning to schools.

2657 44th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601


Guardians of the Children (GOC)
Our mission is to recognize & react to child abuse & educate the public to do the same; to serve as advocates to provide strength & stability to families in crisis; and be an answer to the prayer of an abused child or teen for courage, support & protection.


Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
Dedicated solely to girls, where in an accepting & nurturing environment, girls build character & skills for success in the real world. Girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, strong values, social conscience & conviction about their own potential & self-worth. For girls ages 5 - 17 years of age.

1570 33rd Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601
402-564-8822 / 1-800-695-6690

Nebraska ChildFind/Nebraska Department of Education
Provides information to parents, school personnel & providers of related services for children & young adults with disabilities ages birth - 21.

301 Centennial Mall South 
Lincoln, NE 68509

Nebraska Department of Labor - Columbus Career Center
Match job openings with qualified applicants. Assist job seekers with job seeking skills such as completing applications, resume & cover letters, interviewing techniques. Provide counseling in career exploration & career choice. Provide training opportunities for individuals ages 14-24 to obtain employment.

3100 23rd Street (US 30 Center Mall)
Columbus, NE 68601

Nebraska Extension - Platte County
Provide education to the public based on university research on a multitude of subject areas, especially for the future of agriculture, families, youth & communities.

2715 13th Street 
Columbus, NE 68601

Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center
Provide a multidisciplinary approach to assist with abuse investigations in a safe child-friendly environment.

1500 Koenigstein Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701

Northeast Nebraska Juvenile Services, Inc
Short-term non-secure placement program for juveniles involved in status offenses, abuse &/or neglect, uncontrollable & minor law offenses. Short-term secure placement program for juveniles involved in criminal matters.

1313 1/2 N. Main; PO Box 50
Madison, NE 68748

Platte Valley Diversion Program
Provides an alternative rehabilitation & education program for eligible juvenile offenders in order to give youth the opportunity to become successful & productive citizens.

1465 27th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601


Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
To restore, preserve & protect all rights aboriginally held by our people & their descendants, promote general welfare of our members. Provide Education, Domestic Violence Advocacy, Indian Child Welfare Act, Individual & Family Crisis Case Management, Youth Services, Housing Authority, Medical Health Services & Behavioral Health Services.

1800 Syracuse Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701


Summer Lunch Program
Program of the USDA offered by Columbus Public Schools during the summer months. The meal is FREE to all children ages 1-18. Adults accompanying a child may eat for $3.75. All meals meet USDA nutrition standards.

2508 27th Street
Columbus, NE 68601




TeamMates Mentoring Program
Provide positive role models to students in need of an additional caring adult in their lives. This school-based mentoring program matches adult volunteers from the community one-to-one with students in grades 5-12.

3220 25th Street 
Columbus, NE 68601
200 W 10th Street
Schuyler, NE 68661

Time 4 Change (T4C)
Anti-Gang Coalition aims to unite youth, families & community  partners in the prevention & intervention of youth involved in gang activity.

1465 27th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601


Youth & Families of Christ
Strive to bring about a positive heart-change, physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially & spiritually in every kid in every circumstance, ages 11-19. Programs include: G.A.P.S; OSS (Out of School Suspension); Teen Moms, Young Dads, High School Club, Middle School Club, Juvenile Services; Teen Parents & Stress & Anger Management.

2809 13th Street,
Columbus, NE 68601