United Way of Greater Lorain County

YES Zone

YES Zone LogoThe YES (Youth Empowerment Services) Zone is a Community Collaborative made up of nine partners who are working to support middle school students living in south Elyria with wrap-around services both inside and outside of the school environment.  This collaborative aspires to have a community where reading and math achievement gaps based on race and household income are eliminated, more youth are eating healthy and engaging in the proper amount of physical activity, less adolescents are engaging in risky behavior such as smoking, drinking and violence, and there is an increased connection between schools and parents.

The YES Zone is made up of a 30-block geographic radius that sits within Elyria's 5th Ward and includes the neighborhoods surrounding Franklin School.

Specific strategies include: targeted literacy programming at Elyria Public Library system locations, in-school health curriculum with protective factors and risk avoidance integrated into coursework, fresh fruits and vegetables being included into expanded summer food programming, and pairing mentors with YES Zone children year-round.

YES Zone is made possible by the following partners:

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Lorain County
  • Catholic Charities
  • Elyria City Health District
  • Elyria City Schools
  • Elyria Parks and Recreation
  • Elyria Public Library
  • Lorain County Urban League
  • The LCADA Way
  • United Way of Greater Lorain County


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