12.17.19 – United Way of Greater Lorain County’s Board of Directors approved a three-year grant renewal for the 231 Go Community Collaborative, which is focused on supporting and empowering middle school students in South Lorain. United Way has committed up to $296,335 over the next three years.
231 Go is one of the 11 community collaboratives powered by United Way of Greater Lorain County and is led by El Centro de Servicios Sociales. The mission and vision of the community collaborative is to ensure that all fifth through eighth grade students that reside in South Lorain’s 231 Census Tract are connected to resources that help them make smart, healthy decisions that lead to personal and academic success.
Results from the collaborative’s first three years show close to a 66 percent reduction in discipline incidents for those attending programming and a stabilization of student school attendance, which is now approaching 88 percent.
“The renewal funding for the 231 Go Community Collaborative means that the seeds laid in the past couple of years will now begin to grow into fruition as the youth voice in South Lorain becomes amplified,” said 231 Go Project Director Monica Snipes.
231 Go adapts programming to meet needs identified by the youth themselves. The collaborative maintains a family-centered approach that engages families, especially non-English speakers.
Currently, a wide variety of partners provide integrated services across four locations, both after school and during school breaks. Locations include Southview Middle, Stevan Dohanos Elementary, El Centro, and the 231 Go Spot at 3036 Vine Avenue, which is a conveniently located within the neighborhood.
Aligned programming includes classes focused on creative cooking and STEM, dance and other physical activities, self-confidence and mental health resources, and homework help. About 48 percent of students residing in the census tract participate in programming, with about 250 youth on average attending weekly programs.
“I’m proud of the progress that our 231 Go Community Collaborative has made over the past three years and am excited to extend our commitment to supporting and empowering youth in South Lorain,” said United Way of Greater Lorain County president and CEO Ryan Aroney. “This is important work and its continued success is a credit to the families living in the neighborhood and a group of committed partners that are working together to ensure the success of the next generation.”
In addition to United Way and El Centro, partners include Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, Lorain City School District, Lorain County Community College, Lorain County Public Health, and the Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority.