About Us

SPEAK Project Ohio (SPO) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 servicing Franklin County, whose mission is to promote holistic wellness to children and families through innovative programming that focus on positive youth development and crisis support services.

As an organization dedicated to self-empowerment, the acronym SPEAK (Silence Prevents Education And Knowledge) is at the core of what we do. We pride ourselves on being a champion for the advancement of marginalized populations and breaking the cycle of silence through advocating for stronger families, developing future leaders and inspiring our community!


SPEAK Project Ohio has three primary objectives:

  1. Encourage academic success, leadership, social and emotional wellness, and college and career readiness for youth.

  2. Break multi-generational cycles of abuse and neglect

  3. Advocate for the stabilization of homes by supporting youth and families to achieve financial, educational, and mental wellness.

Core Values

1.    Integrity

2.   Commitment

3.   Excellence

4.   Service

5.   Empathy

6.   Respect

Guiding Principles

  1. Provide a nurturing atmosphere where children and families are physically and emotionally safe and secure

  2. Pursue relentless advocacy for individuals in need

  3. Foster diversity and inclusion of people and ideas

  4. Embrace reflective thinking, creative problem-solving and innovation

  5. Prioritize internal and external collaboration

  6. Implement fiscally responsible business practices


Message from CEO

"I consider it an honor to be apart of the movement for stabilization, unification and the advancement of youth and families in Franklin County. Every child deserves the opportunity to learn, grow and develop in an atmosphere that is safe and secure as well as receive the resources that give them a fair shot at holistic wellness. Every adult deserves a second chance to "get it right" without fear of judgement. As we continue to build partnerships with other like minded agencies in this great community, we are reminded that EVERYONE has needed support at some point in their lives. SPEAK Project Ohio only exists to give youth and adults the support they need to become their very best"

— Joselyn Parker MS.Ed, Founder/Chief Executive Officer


Our Partners


providence house, Inc

Providence House is Ohio’s first and one of the nation's longest operating crisis nurseries among the 70+ in operation in the US and Canada today. PH offers free, voluntary (non-custodial) emergency shelter to children newborn through twelve years old residing in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, actively living in crisis situations which place them at risk of abuse or neglect.


columbus early learning centers

Columbus Early Learning Center has been committed to providing family services and child care services to Franklin County since 1887. CELC currently operates four high-quality childcare centers where they prioritize responsive caregiving and healthy relationships that encourage positive child development in school and life.


Columbus city schools

Columbus City Schools, established in 1845, is Ohio’s largest school district, serving the needs of more than 51,000 students in 109 schools. The mission of CCS is that each student is highly educated, prepared for leadership and service, and empowered for success as a citizen in a global community.


ohio media school

Ohio Media School provides their students with real-world experiences, and hands-on technical training through externship opportunities in the field of radio and TV broadcasting. As one of the best broadcasting school in America, the Media School offers six program options at eight campuses across the country.