YBI to get $20,000 Wean grant for Women in Entrepreneurship

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The Raymond John Wean Foundation has announced nearly $1.5 million in grant awards to organizations working in the Mahoning Valley, including a $20,000 award to the Youngstown Business Incubator for development of its Women in Entrepreneurship Program.

“Building on YBI’s tradition of promoting and cultivating entrepreneurship in the [Mahoning] Valley, we believe that this program will bolster women’s potential to achieve their business goals by providing them with personal and professional networking opportunities and accessible, affordable knowledge and skills,” said Jennifer Roller, president of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, in a news release.

“We look forward to hearing about women-owned breakout success stories,” she said.

The foundation also awarded $150,000 to Policy Matters Ohio, an organization dedicated to creation of “a fair economy, sustainable communities and pathways out of poverty.” The organization has a two-year Pathways Out of Poverty program in the Valley that advocates for stronger state and federal earned-income tax credits, and financial aid and college access for low-income students, among other initiatives.

Nearly $1.1 million collectively will go to Youngstown Development Corp., Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative.

Other grant awards include $195,000 to the YWCA of Warren that will enable Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s Trumbull County Health Center to relocate to the Warren YWCA, and $32,000 to the YWCA of Youngstown for a three-year project to provide supportive services for Valley early-childhood professionals.

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