After-school program having positive impact on Youngstown students

United Way offers its Success After 6 program at Youngstown Community and Taft Elementary schools

United Way's Success After 6 after-school program sharpens kids' academic skills.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – United Way partnered with the YMCA and two Youngstown schools for Success After 6, an after-school program that offers help so students can be more successful in the future.

It may seem like chaos around 4:00 at Youngstown Community School, but it’s all part of the process.

“The kids are here for three hours and…it’s broken up into the snack time, the academic time, the enrichment piece and the dinner,” Superintendent Rachael Smith said.

Even though the kids are done with their school day, the after-school program includes academic games to sharpen their skills and physical activity for enrichment.

“They’re not just sitting around bored, they’re not just left unattended. There’s something positive for them to do,” said Jasmine Hampton, whose son participates in the program.

Youngstown Community School was the first to have the Success After 6 program and when students are not in the building, they get to go on field trips to places like the ballet.

“Things that some of the kids wouldn’t be able to afford if they were to do it on their own, this program allows them to experience those things,” Hampton said.

Leaders who are involved say that just being in an after-school program can help kids learn better.

“This past year, we saw really great results from their reading and math scores,” said Roxann Sebest, with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.

Smith says they expect to see the state report card improve in areas these children are tested in.

It was United Way’s goal to provide the after-school help in a place parents know and trust – their neighborhood school.

“To make schools the safe haven, to bring more services, wraparound services, to the schools. The schools can’t do it all on their own,” Sebest said.

Currently, Success After 6 is only offered at Youngstown Community and Taft Elementary schools, but United Way says it could expand into more schools in the future.

You can donate by visiting United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s website.

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