YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley has seen great results with its Success by 6 program that helps students get ready for kindergarten.
Now, the non-profit group wants to expand its impact to elementary school students. Starting in the fall, Youngstown Community School’s kindergarten through third grade students will benefit from the United Way’s new initiative called Success After 6.
The program encourages parents and families to be involved, which includes making sure kids aren’t tardy or miss school. Officials hope the pilot program will help improve reading skills and literacy scores for students.
After school, the YMCA of Youngstown will help with activities, and United Way will provide a warm meal and transportation for the 100 students selected to participate.
“This will be from the beginning of the school day until 6:00 at night, addressing children’s needs. Whether it be food, social/emotional or academic,” United Way President Bob Hannon said.
Valley Congressman Tim Ryan connected United Way with the Goldie Hawn Foundation’s Mind Up program to help students become more mindful.
“Give them some physical activity, allow them to think a little bit, get involved in the arts. And although it sounds simple, those are things missing in those kids’ lives,” said Ed Muransky, Youngstown Community School board president.
United Way hopes to expand next year into the Youngstown City Schools.