In 1999, a concerned group of Richfield Spring's parents founded the non-profit Zone Youth Center to address challenges facing the children of the community. Their goal was and still is to establish a positive environment where the youth of Richfield Springs can thrive. "The Zone" moved from rental facility to rental facility until it was decided to work toward a permanent home for the organization.
With much planning by the many dedicated volunteers and the generous help of the community, we were able to construct a building on the corner of Walnut and Ann Street. We moved into our new facility during the summer of 2009. The Zone Youth now have a permanent home.
Time brought not only growth; but, change....in regard to the expansion of our programs. In addition to the teen Zone Program, the Center offers P.L.A.Y. (Positive Lifestyle Activities for Youth) - a certified after school program, and Family Night for All, as well as sponsoring many community activities that would engage the youth and their families.
It seems that our new facility is becoming a part of the community where the youth, their families, and the "community family" can come together to promote the growth of our youth by drawing them into responsible participation in our community.
Board Members (2017)
Fred Eckler, President
Angella Lynch, Vice President
Justina Kane, Secretary
Ross Jones, Treasurer