Mahoning Valley

Our Work


Success After 6 provides wrap-around services to help break down barriers many of the students and their families face on a daily basis. Our United Way works in partnership with the school to help the students achieve success. We help the students realize their potential and encourages them to excel in the classroom. We bring community partners to the table to best serve the children and their families.

Our United Way launched this initiative after holding community conversations throughout the Mahoning Valley. We heard over and over that we need a safe haven for our children and more resources available to the families.

Our pilot program started at the Youngstown Community School for the 2015/2016 school year. We expanded Success After 6 to Taft Elementary School in the Youngstown City School District for the 2016/2017 school year. This year, 2018/2019 we will be in 6 districts and 14school sites – 9 in the Youngstown City School District including -Martin Luther King Elementary, McGuffey Elementary, Paul C. Bunn Elementary, Taft Elementary, Kirkmere Elementary, Volney Elementary, and Wilson Elementary, and Harding Elementary – as well as Girard Prospect Elementary in the Girard City Schools District, Liberty Blott Guy PK – 6 School, Campbell K-7 School, and Struthers Elementary School.

Success After 6 will serve thousands of students and their families at each school through various enrichment programs, tutoring, health screenings, food pantries, clothing drives, and our main piece – an after-school program with our Education Partners and Enrichment Partners: Mahoning County Educational Service Center, SMARTS – Students Motivated By the Arts, OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology, Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, Oak Hill Collaborative – Raspberry Pi, Chess is Life, and The Train Station.

Data from the 2018/2019 school year indicates that the students enrolled in the SA6 after-school program are closing the achievement gap.


  • "Success After 6 has been one of the most successful programs as far as increasing attendance, reducing discipline incidents, and improving student performance on both state and benchmark assessments.”

    John LaPlante, Chief Information Officer, Youngstown City School District.

  • I like Success After 6 because it has helped my daughter improve with her academics. Gabrielle's social skills have improved. She has achieved so much in class.

    Parent of Gabi

  • Being from the area we come from, some children don’t have the opportunity to be able to experience some things. This program exposes them to so much.

    Parent of Noah

  • Youngstown Community School

  • Youngstown City School District

  • Liberty Blott Guy PK-6 School

  • Campbell K-7 sCHOOL

  • Girard Prospect Elementary

  • Struthers Elementary School


  • The Train Station

  • OH WOW!

  • Jewish Community Center

  • Oak Hill Collaborative

  • Chess is Life

  • Chris and Ed Muransky - The Muransky Companies

  • Huntington Bank

  • Glolria Jones & Fireline Inc. in memory of Roger D. Jones

  • The DeBartolo Corporation - Denise and John York

  • The Andrews Foudation

  • AIM Transportation Solutions

  • Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation