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The Africentric Personal Development Shop (APDS) news and events page highlights upcoming events, important news updates, APDS outreach and the communal activities we sponsor and support.

APDS hones its services to meet community needs

While the Africentric Personal Development Shop may not be well known by the Greater Columbus community, CEO Jerry Saunders Sr. says it has the most important factor down — street credibility. Since 1988, the Near East Side nonprofit has quietly helped take care of the community. The behavioral health care center specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and education classes to prevent, treat and eliminate substance abuse and domestic violence. Recently, APDS focused on its top three programs — substance abuse outpatient treatment, domestic violence intervention education for male batterers and youth prevention services through a summer day camp. By paring back its broader approach, the nonprofit hopes to make a bigger impact, Saunders says. “My passion is to help people help themselves,” he says, adding that APDS has found that it is important to treat the entire family, so he’d like to add family therapy programs in the future. Read Article in the publication SMART BUSINESS »»»


  • Nine (9) Week Summer Program
  • Academic Common Core Based Curriculum
  • Fine Arts Enrichment Program
  • Student Health and Fitness Focused
  • Cultural Awareness Activities
  • Leadership and Character Building Activities
  • Alcohol and Drug Prevention Education
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APDS 9-week SMART 2.0 Summer Day Camp for youth 6 to 12 yrs. old, registration is scheduled to start April 13th. In the event of a “stay at home” order still being in place, our summer camp registration will be modified. Instead of facilitating a long waiting line to sign children up for camp, we are “leaning” towards scheduling appointments for parents/guardians to register their children electronically and/or in person maintaining the recommended physical and social distance. 

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All applications must be submitted to APDS 1409 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43205.  We will not accept payments or applications prior to April 13th. All families 275% and below the FPL (Federal Poverty Level) the cost is $250.00. All families above the 275% the cost will be $375. Proof of household size and income must be provided.

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For more information, contact us at: APDS (614)253-4448, or in person at 1409 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43205.