Community Services
Community Services
1105 Elm St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
P. 513.246.3201
F. 513.961.3201
Hot Line. 513.362.2057
Director: Simon Bradley
Directions: Map


Life-Changing Opportunities.  CSY is a key member of Cincinnati Public Schools’ district-wide afterschool initiative via 120 partners at 32 CPS schools. Students enjoy 9 research-based program elements that contribute to over 50% of our students increasing their state reading and math test performance.  From foreign language clubs to STEM project teams, our students love to learn afterschool! We need more volunteers and partners to reach more CincyAfterSchool students and families.

Contact: Email Simon Bradley or call (513) 246-3201.



Unlimited Potential.  Through dance, drama, music, and visual arts, ArtWheels students build self-esteem, social and cultural competencies, planning and decision-making skills and more – wherever they are!



Be the Change. Government comes alive for teens from local high schools when students voice their opinions and share their ideas with city administrators, elected officials, and their peers. Youth engage in community action through service-learning.

Call (513) 961-3200 for more information.


Community Learning.  The Y strengthens connections between schools and neighborhoods by leveraging school facilities as the hub for community services and enhancements to the quality of life to create the conditions conducive for learning for people of all ages.  We serve as lead agency at Pleasant Hill Academy, Pleasant Ridge Montessori, and Riverview East Academy.

Call (513) 961-3200 for more information


Asset Development

Giving people the opportunities and resources to thrive. Asset Development is an important component of Community Services programming.



Youth In City Government
An educational program that prepares young people for responsible roles in the American democratic process by providing guidance, training, and experience in the theory and practice of determining public policy.

Contact: Simon Bradley at (513) 362-3201 for more information.




The YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs was started in 1968 as a follow-up to the outstanding state Youth in Government programs conducted by the YMCA throughout the US.  The success of the conference is directly attributed to the leadership of many YMCA Professionals and Laymen but primarily to the dedication of the Youth involved.  Last year, young people from thirty-three states and the District of Columbia participated in the Conference.

Contact: Simon Bradley at (513) 362-3201 for more information.


Go Global

Several of the Y’s Board of Directors actively serve on our International Committee.  Our goals include taking local and global action that supports the Y’s mission and vision.  Aimed at sustainable, meaningful change, we welcome volunteers in this service area.

Serving people in over 120 countries serving 45 million members, the YMCA invests deeply in global education, global networking, and world service.  From our tri-state area, YMCA staff and volunteers engage in service exchanges (Mexico City), international camp counselor placement (YMCA Camp Ernst), student exchanges and support (NKU, UC), and global YMCA events (Prague, Hong Kong).   We infuse global learning at 32 CincyAfterSchool & Y locations year-round and on Global Youth Service Day.  The YMCA partners with international (Asia Society, YMCA World Service), state (Ohio Department of Education), and local organizations (Sister Cities, World Affairs Council, Academy of World Languages) to broaden global awareness among children, youth, and families right here.

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Reach & Rise Mentoring Program


Reach & Rise is a one-to-one mentoring program serving youth, ages 6-18, in the Cincinnati area.

What is Reach & Rise Mentoring?

  • One-on-one mentoring meeting in the community, at a local YMCA , or at a school
  • Mentor matches are expected to meet once a week for at least one hour for 12 months
  • Mentoring happens after school, evenings, or weekends
  • Participate in at least two community service projects together
  • Jointly explore decision making processes and career options
  • Work together to develop plans and vision for youth’s future
  • Off-site meetings and transportation options are available

Who does Mentoring serve?

  • Youth, ages 6 – 18 years old

Who are our Mentors?

  • At least 23 years old
  • Willing to accept the challenges and rewards of mentoring a young person
  • Can commit to one hour per week for 12 months


How are Mentors, Youth, and Parents Supported?

  • The mentor training is a comprehensive 15 hour course completed over a four week period prior to the match
  • Parents/Guardians included in the mentoring process (e.g. youth application process, setting goals for the mentoring relationship, meeting the mentor, etc.)
  • Mentoring Coordinators help plan activities, and provide resources, games, and materials for mentors and youth
  • Mentoring Coordinator will provide ongoing support for the relationship
  • Monthly Mentor Support meetings (optional)
  • Complimentary YMCA membership for mentor and youth


For more information contact us at Click here to print a mentor application or a mentee application.


Volunteers are an important part of what makes the YMCA a great place to belong. We invite you to share your time, talents and energies with us as a YMCA volunteer especially in the following areas:



Did you know that youth engaged in mentoring relationships are 64% more confident in their school performance? Give an hour a week to a youth in your community. We are looking for caring adults to be mentors who are at least 23 years old, able to pass a background check, and can commit 1-3 hours a week for one year. Mentoring volunteer information can be found here.

Download the Mentoring Volunteer Application


YMCA Tutoring:

The YMCA provides tutoring services to nearly 20 Cincinnati Public Schools. Tutors are needed particularly in Math and Reading after school (between the hours of 2 to 6p.m.) We are looking for committed, caring adults, able to pass a background check. Tutors will be trained by an Extended Learning Specialist. For information about volunteering as a tutor please contact Simon Bradley.



CincyAfterSchool is committed to recruiting and retaining community volunteers who can contribute to the success of the Community Learning Center program and the positive development of youth. CincyAfterSchool supports an underlying goal of enhancing the daily ratio of adults to youth in order to provide more individualized assistance and attention. Volunteers can be recruited from neighborhoods in which sites are located and from the broader community. They may include parents and relatives, college students, business and corporate representatives, and partners involved with other community-based organizations. CincyAfterSchool values and strives to include volunteers who are diverse in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, income level, race, and other characteristics. For more information, contact Simon Bradley.


Community Services:

Community Services YMCA is looking for positive and caring volunteers with the desire to contribute their talents and creativity to supporting the thousands of youth enrolled in Community Services programs. We are looking for volunteers to help assist and prepare materials for events and programs. For Community Service office volunteer information, call (513) 961-3200.

CincyAfterSchool Contacts






LonZell R. Hill
Interim Regional Director, Reach and Rise Mentoring Program

LonZell R. Hill joins Community Services with 10 years experience in the YMCA, he is a valued colleague and devoted mentor for young people in the community. He also had an outstanding athletic career with the University of Washington and the New Orleans Saints.  However, his true ability and calling is his devotion and commitment to young people in the community which supersedes all of his accomplishments on the field.

LonZell has worked for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati since 2011.  During this time he has worked as a Mentoring Coordinator for the Community Services YMCA.  While working as a Mentoring Coordinator, LonZell has received several Program Excellence Awards, 2013: Global Center of Excellence Team (YMCA of Greater Cincinnati), 2012: Building Futures Mentoring Team (Cincinnati Association of Volunteer Administrators) Outstanding Volunteer Program nomination  and 2012: Building Futures Mentoring Team (YMCA of Greater Cincinnati) Outstanding Volunteer Program.

LonZell’s organizational skills have been on full display, creating several programs for the YMCA including a homeless feeding program. He is also one of the founding members of HYPE (Helping Youth Pursue Excellence) A Youth Sports Program in Seattle. His engagement of community and parental support are very encouraging.

LonZell’s experience is vital in securing the trust, support and commitment of not only the youth, but mentors, administrators and most importantly parents.  He is a true collaborator, communicator and community leader. 


Tim Nared
Mentoring Coordinator

Dedicated, focused on results and committed to lifting others to excellence - are all words that describe the professional and community volunteer ethic of Timothy Nared.  Timothy originates from Wilmington, OH.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling at Temple Baptist College.  Timothy lives by the motto: "I can; I will tackle the things in my life that cannot be done.”  Timothy is committed to truly making a difference in the lives of the young people in this community.

Timothy retired from a highly successful 20 year career as an Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper, where he was very instrumental in educating the economically and socially challenged communities about the Ohio State Highway Patrol and its career opportunities.  He served on the Founding Board and Advising Board of the Butler County YMCA Black Achievers.  He also served on the Advising Board for Aiken High School’s Vocational School, where he chaired the mentor/job shadowing committee.  While others shied away from the challenges of working with youth in the community, Timothy embraced and empowered them to believe in their talents and destiny to be successful through his former role as a College Administrator and Athletic Director at Temple Baptist College and most recently as the School and Community Linkage Director for Cincinnati Public Schools.  There are no failures with Timothy, only learning opportunities that provide a foundation for future success. The youth Timothy has worked with know they are inherently good, intelligent and future leaders of the community – and only through their actions can their futures be altered. Timothy is focused on results.