Two organizations receive $60,000 and $50,000, respectively


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The Raymond John Wean Foundation approved grants totaling $110,000 to Mahoning Valley organizations at its September meeting.

The grants are awarded to agencies committed to Wean’s strategic priorities of economic opportunity and educational opportunity, including for children from birth to 5 years old.

The Turning Foundation was awarded $60,000 over two years to expand its Innovative Teacher Mini Grant program.

Offered the past six years, the program focuses on supporting classroom teachers in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Trumbull and Mahoning counties and targets innovative and creative classroom practices that support 21st-century classrooms.

“We get to witness dreams and visionary ideas come to life by giving teachers the opportunity to explore and share ‘outside-the-box’ classroom designs,” stated John Wilson, director of the Turning Foundation.

“Combining the Innovative Teacher Mini Grants and Neighborhood SUCCESS School Grants is about combining better practices and fostering leadership development and promoting innovation and collaboration, all elements essential to achieving maximum student impact and success,” said Jennifer Roller, foundation president.

The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition received $50,000 for the ongoing implementation of WorkAdvance in the Mahoning Valley.

“This support will assure that individuals receive a comprehensive set of services enabling their placement and advancement in an in-demand career and that businesses access talent they need through a collaboration with the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition and Compass Family & Community Services,” said Rebecca Kusner, director of strategic planning and policy for the New Growth Group.

The Raymond John Wean Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for its next round of Community Investment Grants. The submission deadline is Dec. 1.

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