“FLY Zone is an organization geared toward uplifting the youth,” said Rimmer. “FLY Zone hopes to uplift minds of the youth so that they can aspire to be productive citizens.”
The organization’s acronym stands for “Forever Lifting Youth” and Rimmer explained that the idea for creating an organization that influenced young people in a positive way came from a tragic event.
“The idea came to me one night while I was home,” said Rimmer, “and my wife and a family friend were discussing the death of a young man and what we could do to prevent these acts.”
Since the start of FLY Zone in July 2013, the organization has organized and participated in several events such as a “Taking the City Back” walk in order to raise awareness about youth violence, giving free haircuts to both the youth and nursing home residents, and a balloon release to symbolize the release of all negative behavior.
The organization has even helped raise money for young people to take the GED test and the driver’s license test.
Preventing violence among the youth is one of the ultimate goals of FLY Zone, which is why they have held several events, such as the Prayer in the Park Peace Treaty, where they symbolically promoted peace rather than violence.
“The Prayer in the Park Peace Treaty was held to bring awareness to the youth that violence is not the answer,” said Rimmer, “and the prayer was done to ask God to bless our city and change the mindset of the citizens.
“I read the FLY Zone peace treaty and the crowd agreed to the terms of it,” said Rimmer. “A few of the things in the treaty are that those involved in violent crimes or behavior would stop, report any crimes witnessed, seek counseling if needed, and become more active in the community, school, or church.”
FLY Zone also plans to participate in Cleveland’s Martin Luther King parade on Monday at 10 a.m.
According to Rimmer, membership for FLY Zone is open to anyone who would like to be involved with the local youth and make a difference.
“FLY Zone hopes to give the youth a sense of hope, self-respect, and respect for others,” said Rimmer.