In 2009, the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley started Success By 6. It's a pre-kindergarten readiness program geared toward children who need a boost before they officially start school. The students go through a four week summer program that prepares them for their academic careers but also focuses on their social/ emotional development. Success By 6 is offered in 18 school districts across the Mahoning Valley. More than 2,000 students went through the program since 2009.