YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A new group called The Colony has formed in Youngstown with a goal to make the city a better place to live.
The Colony put together t-shirts being seen around the city with the slogan “Youngstown The City.”
On Saturday morning, The Colony is holding what it is calling “You Own the City Clean Up.”
On Saturday morning, the group will meet at Friendship Baptist Church at the intersection of Lakewood and Hillman on the south side of Youngstown to try and create an effort to clean up the city.
“Today, we’ll be cleaning up the lower south side, but we wat to encourage everyone in the city to come outside and take advantage of the opportunity to clean up. We have R.U.B.Y. trailer (Revitalization and Urban Beautification of Youngstown) here, and there will be resources, bags, lawn mowers, weed whackers. And help beautify their particular sections of the city,” said Keland Logan, one of the organizers of the event.
Logan said The Colony felt it was their time to come together to help the efforts of various groups trying to take action in Youngstown.
“The Colony and Four Square Block Watch have been paying attention to the initiatives that have been going on around the city: YNDC, City Scape, the mayor’s office. Everybody has been coming together to beautify the city, and we feel that it is time that our community takes some responsibility for the way things look and just take action, and that’s how it all came together. We saw the need and the disparity, so here we are,” Logan said.
The Colony hopes the movement spreads.
“Yes, we are definitely aiming for an organic growth of this type of movement. We want everybody city-wide: Sharon line, north side, west side. We want everybody to take responsibility and hold each other accountable for the way that things look,” Logan said.
The actions taken can be simple.
“That’s it. That’s it. If everybody does their own part in their little section, then the You Own the City Clean Up will have achieved success,” Logan said.