get ready

It’s never too early to start thinking about college. I Know I Can is here to help you and your family the whole way, even in the earliest years.

middle school

Did you know that there are key indicators that occur in middle school which determine a students likelihood to enroll in college? I Know I Can and a team of dedicated AmeriCorps College Guides offer a variety of resources to prepare you for high school and college.

  • Classroom presentations
  • Evening workshops
  • Online College planning tools

Naviance is an online college planning tool for 7th – 12th graders that helps students discover career interests and post-secondary goals. The student’s Naviance record stays with them until high school graduation. IKIC staff members, AmeriCorps Guides, and school counselors visit student classrooms to instruct the students on how to use the platform and present important college and career information.


A series of workshops for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and families. Blueprint:College Middle School focuses getting families and students involved in the college planning process early, and provides information from IKIC staff, CCS district personnel and college/university admission staff and faculty.

Interested? Check our calendar for an upcoming workshop.

college planning checklists

elementary school

By becoming active at a young age, children will start building up experiences that prepare them for applying to and attending college.

I Know I Can offers a children’s book to help you get started and links to help you get your student more involved in your school and community.

elementary program links

After-School All-Stars Columbus

Provides after-school programs to keep children safe and enhance their educations

Action for Children

Source for child care and early learning services

Boys & Girls Club

Recreational and educational programs for Columbus youth aged 6-18

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Mentoring program that matches caring adults and volunteers with children facing adversity

Capital Kids – Department of Parks and Recreation

After school program for children to partake in outdoor activities and hands-on learning experiences

Columbus Children’s Theatre

Provides opportunities for children to become educated and involved in the theatre

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Year round programs with up-close animal encounters and a unique learning experience.


Offers several education enhancement opportunities centered on science and technology exploration

Columbus Children’s Choir

Offers youth a chance to learn more about music and their opportunities in it

Directions for Youth & Families

Free activity centers for youth and families

Kicks for Kids

Free soccer program to provide health and wellness opportunities for boys and girls aged 4-18

Support your child and I Know I Can
by purchasing our children’s book.

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