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.
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
In addition to United Way
and El Centro, partners include Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio,
Lorain City School District, Lorain County Community College,
and the Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority.