Community and Youth Collaborative Institute (CAYCI)

The Ohio State University

Community and Youth Collaborative Institute

We work towards our vision by engaging in primary research & resource development; program administration; and consultation & evaluation.

Through these efforts, we impact many of the key settings in which youth development occurs, including families, schools, youth sport & other out-of-school time programs, and communities. As part of the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University, we also help to foster the growth of students and professionals interested in youth development, school social work, and research.

Mission & Vision


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Youth drop out each day in the US


Youth are living in poverty


Youth have a persistent, severe emotional disturbance


Current Initiatives

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Canyons Community Schools

The CAYCI team continues to partner with Canyons School District (CSD) in Salt Lake City to provide technical and evaluative support related to the Co...

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Community Collaboration Model

The Ohio Community Collaboration Model for School Improvement (OCCMSI) is a school improvement planning process that helps schools identify and addre...

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Early College Academy

Early College Academy (ECA) is an open enrollment, credit recovery charter school in downtown Columbus that serves students ages 16-22.

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Dublin Schools Pilot Program

Dublin City Schools (DCS) sits northwest of the city of Columbus and serves around 17,000 students across 23 buildings. The district is one of Ohio’...

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Mental Health-Education Integration Consortium (MHEDIC)

The Mental Health-Education Integration Consortium (MHEDIC) aims to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and professional workforce preparation for...

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One Linden School Initiative (OLSI)

Through its Strong Neighborhoods partnerships, United Way of Central Ohio is engaging in a Community Schools Collective Impact effort in the Linden ne...