Wean Foundation awards $2.1 million to four Valley organizations


The Raymond John Wean Foundation has awarded grants totaling $2.12 million to four organizations for ongoing work in Mahoning Valley neighborhoods, in line with the foundation’s priorities of community revitalization, economic opportunity and educational opportunity.

Two of the awards, to Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, will support the organizations’ role in community revitalization and their work to collectively build community capacity.

Policy Matters Ohio was selected for its Making Ohio Policy Work for Mahoning Valley Families work which, in conjunction with Eastern Ohio Education Partnership, will conduct research in education policy and advocate for high-quality, accessible childcare for Valley families. Additionally, YNDC and TNP will work together with Policy Matters on research and policy assistance focused on organizing and predatory land contracts.

Youngstown State University’s Beeghly College of Education was selected to establish the Ohio Youth Entrepreneurship Program’s Tech-E initiative. Tech-E seeks to serve as a connector of K-12 educators to entrepreneurship and STEM-related resources, training and support.

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