Youngstown block party supports community programs initiative

The Taft Promise Neighborhood initiative is a plan to turn Taft Elementary School into a community hub

The Taft Promise Neighborhood initiative would turn the elementary building into a community hub.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A block party on Youngstown’s south side Saturday afternoon helped launch a new program for the neighborhood.

The Taft Promise Neighborhood initiative is a plan to turn Taft Elementary School into a community hub to help coordinate programs for the residents.

“We want to use the school to offer wrap-around services to students, their parents, neighbors,” said Rebecca Solean, a representative for the initiative. “Eventually we would like to move toward having a community center here on the south side. Probably on South Avenue to be able to coordinate some of the services.”

The initiative would include after-school programs, health screenings and housing repair services.

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