YC's The Jumpoff
2 April 2005, LONG STREET CLUBS
You've gotta hand it to the Columbus Youth
Commission. April 2nd was another one of
those once-in-a-lifetime positive experiences
for teens that the YC has been so skillful at
creating. From their four Youth Summits,
a step competition, oratorical contests and
countless other co-sponsored events, it is becoming clearer following each one that Columbus' next civic leaders are solidifying their positions in our city's history.
The Jumpoff lasted from 6:00-10:00pm at Long Street Entertainment in Downtown Columbus, a generous space provided by Chris Corso, owner of Columbus' premiere night clubs. Yet tonight, he set aside the drinks and age requirements to allow over 600 teenagers to enjoy a spectacular evening - a perfect send-off to the many central Ohio students concluding their Spring Breaks.
There were multiple rooms, each with a number of local high school - age performers vying for a $500 prize in 3 categories: Battle of the Bands, Top 40 Singer/Rap Showcase, and the Step/Dance Competition. Confirmed winners so far are: Battle of the Bands - Fourwind Falls; Top 40 Showcase - L&B Positive Rappers. (Dance competiton winners will be announced soon). The YC thanks all those who participated in the competitons.
In addition, celebrity emcees were on hand for the competitions, including Sean Anthony (Power 107 radio), Chris Davis (97.9 WNCI radio), and Duarte Geraldino (NBC-4 television). Popular Columbus DJ Dru was spinning contemporary hits in a high school-only dance.
Tickets were $10 presale at multiple high schools, from performers and Youth Commissioners, and at Easton Town Center. Many teens bought their tickets for $12 at the door.
Included in their admission was not simply hours of quality local entertainment, but also opportunities to participate in raffles and receive door prizes. Other freebies, including Youth Commission t-shirts, were distributed as well.
Overall, the Jumpoff will go down in Spring Break history as a much-desired improvement in Ohio's teenage nightlife. The YC thanks everyone who attended for making one of the most successful and fun fundraisers in the group's history. (Jumpoff archives)