Ohio Hispanic Coalition

After School Program

Picture2The Ohio Hispanic Coalition After School Program was founded in 2002 to ensure that Limited English Proficient (LEP) Hispanic/Latino children were receiving education assistance in Spanish.  At the time, Ohio had received a large number of immigrant children coming from Latin American countries and schools were encouraging students to speak exclusively in English.  The students began losing their connection with their home country and native culture, a situation that OHCO sought to prevent with the After School Program.

The Program takes place Monday to Friday in the afternoons, throughout the school year and enrolls students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. While attending the program the students receive homework help and participate in enrichment activities related to the arts, science, math, and technology.  Each student at the program receives a healthy dinner and participates in nutrition education.  The students read and write in both Spanish and English on a daily basis and engage in physical activities like playing soccer and doing yoga and zumba. The program includes four field trips throughout the school year and celebrates both the Hispanic/Latino and American holidays through interactive, family-oriented festivities. The After School Program currently operates at two sites (Westside and Whitehall) and serve approximately 75 students each year.

Enrollment for the After School Program takes place in August each year.  If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling children in the program please call (614) 840-9934.

Summer Enrichment Camp

Picture3The Ohio Hispanic Coalition also offers the Summer Enrichment Camp, an 8-week day camp that focuses on providing a safe, fun, and educational environment for the Hispanic/Latino children.  The students participating in the camp participate in sports, arts, and music activities, in addition to daily reading and math lessons.  Outside agencies, such as the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Children’s Hunger Alliance, visit the program and provide activities about bullying prevention and nutrition. Participants receive daily nutritious snacks and lunches and go on weekly field trips to locations such as the pool, the movies, and the Olentangy Caverns. The program operates in Whitehall and the Westside and serves approximately 120 students, ages 6 to 13, annually.

Enrollment for the Summer Enrichment Camp takes place in May each year.  If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling children in the program please call (614) 840-9934.

ESL/Citizenship Classes

OHCO offers classes to help people pursuing citizenship prepare for the citizenship exam.

Understanding Basic English is one of the general requirements for the naturalization process overseen by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) program. Our basic English classes in conjunction with our US citizenship classes will help the student develop the essential skills to demonstrate their ability to read, write, speak, and understand basic English as well as to have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).

These classes are led by John Ramos.