Programs & Projects

Peaslee Neighborhood Center is a community-based anchor in the city center that has provided and continues to provide enrichment and educational opportunities for countless children and youth.  We see the lasting impact of our work as parents who were Peaslee kids bring their children back to our Center to learn, grow, create and be active citizens in their community.

Current Community Program Offerings

  • Piano Program: offers private lessons at greatly reduced cost to low-income families, music enrichment and performance opportunities; ages 6 and up, follows CPS semester schedule, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. Contact Rebecca Smithorn for more information.
  • Agents of Change:  This program is designed to introduce youth ages 11 – 15 to varied types of creative expression and encourage their involvement in a positive action for their community. Program is Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 pm during the school year and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 10 am-2 pm June through July. Contact Jenn Arens for more information.
  • Peaslee Kids Summer Camp: This summer camp program for ages 6-10 years olds offers holistic educational experience, including art and music enrichment, local field trips, one-on-one mentoring, community engagement activities, recreation and more. Runs Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:00am-4:00pm June through July.
  • Writing Collaborative:  In partnership with NKU’s English department, this program celebrates the power of community voice in showcases of creative writing and expression emerging from the Over-the-Rhine community. This program gives students and adults an opportunity to share their voice, be affirmed and grow in their writing. Contact Jenn Arens for more information.
  • Girls' Writing Circles: Our circles offer young girls the opportunity to express themselves, find and develop their voices, read poetry, and write creatively; they then share their work, and verbally affirm each other’s writing. For more information or if you are interested in bringing this activity with Peaslee’s Community Education program to a school near you, please contact Joele Newman.
  • Women's Writing Circle: This women's writing group meets on Tuesdays in one-hour sessions. They meet for five weeks, four times a year–in spring, summer, fall and winter. Contact Bonnie Neumeier for more information.
  • Urban Teaching Cohort: We partner with Miami University’s Urban Teaching Cohort to connect pre-service teachers with community mentors who provide insight and guidance on the transition into teaching in urban schools. Contact Jenn Arens for more information.
  • Urban Plunges: This  unique experience combines education, community service and reflection into a full day of learning for participants. Ideal for a field trip, we place high school students at service placements throughout the neighborhood and facilitate learning and reflection components tailored to the needs of each group ages 14-18 (7th-12th grade). Contact Jenn Arens for more information.