Hilltop Teen Club & Free Teen Store

Monday-Friday from 3:00-6:00pm on days when Columbus City Schools are in session

Located at 514 Columbian Ave., Columbus, OH 43223 (between Mound and Sullivant next to Hauntz Park)

Hilltop Teen Club (HTC) is a drop-in center where youth, between 6-12th grade, can participate in programming anytime during the operating hours of the center. The mission of HTC is focused on providing a safe, kind, and free place for youth to engage in productive, creative, and enjoyable activities. All kids are welcome!

This teen drop-in program is non-sectarian and open to all Westside middle and high school age youth of all faiths, races, ethnic backgrounds, gender, sexual orientation.  There are no direct fees charged to participate.
Hours of Operation

HTC is open Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm at 514 Columbian Ave. Columbus City School schedule is followed regarding closure. A free meal & snack is offered everyday.

Programming & activities include:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Free Store available on request
  • Cooking class
  • Sports and recreation activities
  • Music/Dance club
  • Board game review club


Upcoming Field Trips and Activities

Coming Soon


How to Join

To participate in the Hilltop Teen Club parents will need to fill out a registration form that can be found below. Please return this form to the HTC by dropping off at 514 Columbian Ave during HTC hours of operation or by emailing to info@hilltopshalomzone.org


What’s the HTC’s impact?

Recently the HTC did an exercise with the kids where they wrote themselves a letter to be delivered in 6 months time. One girl named the HTC staff and interns as some of the people that were important to her. She shared that she really enjoys participating in the programming that we offer and she considered us her friends. We value the relationships built here at HTC and foster positive youth development by engaging the kids in fun learning activities. We are appreciative of the opportunity to create a strong rapport with the youth that we serve and make a positive impact in their lives. To read more check out the Hilltop Teen Club Newsletters.

HTC is a partnership of the Hilltop Shalom Zone and the Hilltop YMCA.  Initial seed funding was provided by Franklin County Children Services.

HillTopiC Teen Store

The purpose of the Teen Free Store is to provide free useful clothing and personal items to youth and young adults in the Westside so that they can seek employment and attend school with professionalism and dignity.

Free Teen Store is open seasonally and by appointment. Check our facebook page for updates. Contact Chip to make an appointment or with questions at 614-747-4750.

Location: 514 Columbian Avenue

Who can shop? Any young person from the Westside can shop at the Teen Free Store.  Contact the coordinator, Chip Germany or call 614-747-4750 for further information.
What items are needed? 
  • Professional or school-appropriate, up-to-date clothing of all kinds for young men and women ages 14-21
  • Shoes
  • New socks and underclothing
  • Ties, dress shirts, and dress pants for young men
  • Professional handbags for young women
  • All cash donations will be used to purchase personal hygiene items and other low-stock items or to provide bus passes to young people without transportation to job interviews.  (All gifts may be made out to “The Zone” c/o Todd Lane, 1665 Harrisburg Pike, Columbus Ohio 43223, with “Teen Free Store” in the memo line).
To drop off donations: Please email htc@hilltopshalomzone.org or call 614-747-4750 to schedule a drop off, or simply stop by any Monday – Friday from 3:00 -6:00 pm at 514 Columbian Avenue. 

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