Economic Development

A crucial part of neighborhood revitalization is the opportunity to obtain stable employment at a livable wage. Our goal is to reduce unemployment and poverty in our community by creating pathways to employment at Nationwide Children’s and other area employers. HNHF's focus on economic development hones in on the importance of wealth building and looks at the barriers our neighbors face to achieve it.

Work readiness training, career development, experiential learning, free tax preparation, credit education and financial coaching are all components of the economic development program. More than 1,130 residents of HNHF are employed at Nationwide Children's.

Featured Programs

The Residences at Career Gateway

The Residences at Career Gateway on the South Side provides 58-units of affordable apartments and townhomes, along with on-site career development training. Classes offered on-site train neighborhood residents for specific local job openings and teach skills necessary for success in any position.

Career Gateway

Boost - Free Work Readiness Training & Coaching 

Want to work at Nationwide Children's Hospital, but need help to get your foot in the door? We can help boost your career!

Nationwide Children’s offers FREE work readiness training and coaching for the community, designed to help you get a job and grow your career. Classes are offered monthly, successfully preparing you for full-time employment with starting wage at $18/hour.

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Youth & Young Adult Employment Program – Paid Summer Work Experiences for Students  

Nationwide Children’s hosts youth and young adults (ages 16 to 24) for paid summer work learning experiences! Students will have the opportunity to learn, build their skills and gain valuable work experience within a health care setting.

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Free Tax Assistance Clinic

As a member of United Way of Central Ohio’s tax collaborative, Nationwide Children’s started free tax clinics at five central Ohio locations. This program, offered during tax season, is free for qualifying families. Learn more about free tax filing assistance.

High School Career Academy  

This program is for high school students who are enrolled in the Columbus City and Reynoldsburg school districts. This six-month program introduces students to various health care professional tracks through paid shadowing experiences, with the opportunity to obtain industry-recognized credentials.

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Transitional Job Model

In partnership with Columbus Works, this program provides job coaching and job-readiness preparation skills to help promote success in the workplace. Employees receive real-time feedback on successes and on how to respond to challenges. Those who successfully complete the program are likely to be offered a permanent job with Nationwide Children’s.

My Bridge 2 Success

My Bridge 2 Success is a free mentoring program for adults designed to help promote economic stability. A coach works with the participant to set goals and help in achieving those goals. Sample goals could include earning a degree, changing jobs or sustaining savings.

HNHF was selected as a member of the second cohort of the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community to expand the My Bridge 2 Success program in the Linden area.

Job Fairs and Workshops

Nationwide Children’s hosts job fairs to connect residents to employment opportunities. Workshops are also held on professional development topics such as communication, job interviewing and resume assistance.