Empower Youth to Reach their Highest Potential

Co-founder, Janine Lovelace has over 20-year of youth development experience. She is recognized by family, friends and colleagues as a youth advocate.  She has received training in child development, coaching, crisis intervention, and foster parenting.  Ms. Lovelace has worked in the youth supportive living field in Franklin and Jefferson County, Ohio, and Cobb and Fulton County Georgia. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Communications, a graduate degree in Business and Administration, and two years of Nonprofit Management and Leader

Co-founder, Cheryl Hython is an United Stated Army Veteran. She has more than 20-years of youth development experience. Ms. Hython is recognized for her coach abilities in youth basketball as well as academics. She has worked in the supportive living youth services field as a supervisor, case manager, and tutoring children who were online learners. She also has work experience in youth corrections. Cheryl Hython has formal youth services training through Franklin and Jefferson County Ohio, and Cobb and Fulton County Georgia. Ms. Hython has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Computer Science.ship studies

OYD's Mission

Ohio Youth Development's mission is to empower youth to thrive as children and adults by providing youth with program opportunities that teach effective problem-solving and healthy-lifestyle skill-sets in a safe and supportive community youth service environment. 

OYD's History

In 2013, Ohio Youth Development (formally Ohio Valley Youth Development) facilitated Summer Youth Program collaborating with Urban Mission in Steubenville and North 6th Street Church for its "An Apple a Day program". In 2015, Ohio Youth Development (OYD) facilitated Healthy Cooking for Kids held at Schiller Recreation Center. 


Ohio Youth Development board of directors are cognizant that we have not had the community impact that we desire. Our funding deficiencies required founders to spend from their personal finances. Today we are fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with First Communities Property Management and other community agencies and businesses.

OYD's Diversity & Inclusion

We provide youth development skills to children from diverse backgrounds. Our staff/volunteers and external stakeholders must mirror our unique service needs. We believe diversity drives the creativity we seek from our youth participants. We seek to support an environment of diverse leadership. We are charged to keep the focus on all children deserving the opportunity to thrive and that it takes diverse staff/volunteers to provide those skill-building opportunities. 

OYD's Vision

Our vision is that all youth are valued by our society and provided every opportunity to reach his or her highest potential.

 ©2020 by Ohio Youth Development.  Email:  ohioyouthdevelopment@gmail.com - Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Youth Development is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization #46-2328847. All donations are fully tax-deductible.