Moving Ahead Program

Partner Type

Education, Children & Youth

Description and Mission

Columbia Housing Authority's Moving Ahead Program is a community-based youth program that is centered in and around the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center, which is located in the Downtown Family Site. The Moving Ahead Program is a community-based program designed to keep At Promise children and youth free of substance abuse and criminal involvement. It seeks to build resiliency in youths, strengthen families, and make neighborhoods safer for children and their families. The program employs a positive youth development framework and uses intensive case management to coordinate and provide services to counteract the various factors that make children vulnerable to substance abuse and delinquency.


Our program is a tutoring/mentoring program designed to service students in grades K-8 living in Columbia's housing authority and adjacent neighborhoods. We meet at Blind Boone Center Mondays through Fridays, from 3:00 to 6:30 pm. Provide students with health snacks, homework help, tutoring, mentoring, enrichments, decesion making opportunties and fostering independence.

Special emphasis and skills:

Tutoring, Reading Proficiency, Child Enrichment Activities, Math Proficiency, Cultural & Social Assimilation, Middle School Emphasis, Youth Emphasis

Contact Information:

301 N. Providence

Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 554-7046
Phone 2:(573) 554-7045
Fax:(573) 875-4306


How to Serve

I want to earn credit for service (through service-learning)

In order to earn credit while serving on this project, please contact the MU Office of Service Learning online by submitting this form or calling us at 573.882.0227.

I want to volunteer

If you want to volunteer with this agency, please contact them directly through the contact information listed above.