Directions for Youth & Families selected as the 2022 Honoree of The Columbus Foundation Award!

We are honored to be recognized for the important role our programs and services play in bringing stability and opportunity to youth, families, and neighborhoods. More details here.

Improving lives of individuals, families, and communities through counseling, education, and support.

Directions for Youth & Families impacts over 7,000 youth and their families each year through mental, emotional and behavioral health services. We are a resiliency-oriented, trauma-informed agency working and training with experts and educators. Through counseling, education and support programs we are proud of the impact we have in contributing to a healthy community – one individual, one family at a time.

How you can get involved

Annual Campaign – Your annual support of DFYF’s clinical counseling, education and after-school/summer programming is vital to our ability to offer these services in the community. When you donate to DFYF you make hope, healing and resiliency possible for central Ohio youth and their families.

Rooted in Change – We are excited to launch our community capital campaign for a new Crittenton Community Center. Those supporting this campaign will receive their name engraved on a leaf, paver or plaque related to the Social Justice Tree, an artistic installation that will serve as the focal point of the Crittenton Community Center lobby. Click here for more details.

Buy a Leaf or Paver

Groundbreaking Celebration of Crittenton Community Center was June 16. Click here for information.

State of the Child Event – May 10th we live-streamed from our Ohio Avenue Youth Center. There were music and dance performances from the kids, we shared information about our work in central Ohio, and celebrated the resilience of our community. Please enjoy the event here.


We provide 15 programs addressing a range of issues including school concerns, sexual abuse, delinquency, domestic violence, family conflict, substance abuse and mental health issues. Most programs are provided on an outreach basis, in youth’s homes, schools or other community settings. Learn more.


Our Positive Paths Parenting classes provide skills and education to strengthen the family unit. Ready, Set, Grow is an in-home kindergarten readiness program working directly with children and parent/guardian to enhance learning and assist parents with child development skills.

After School &
Summer Programs

Our after-school and summer programs provide homework help, computer labs, leadership development, recreation and creative arts programming. We operate two youth centers, Crittenton Community Center, on the east side in the Kimberly Parkway neighborhood, and Ohio Avenue Youth Center.