(December 7, 2017, Warren, Ohio) – At its December board meeting, The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded grants totaling $2.12 million to four grantees for ongoing work in Mahoning Valley neighborhoods. The work represented by the grantees directly aligns with the Foundation’s strategic priorities of community revitalization, economic opportunity and educational opportunity.

Awards to strategic partners, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP), will support the organizations’ critical role in community revitalization and their work to collectively build community capacity. Both organizations have been recognized locally and statewide for their efforts, effectively leveraging relationships with neighborhood groups, local governments and national community development partners for significant local impact.

“From partnering on issues important to residents to lifting the resident voice in various capacities, our strategic partnership with YNDC and TNP has shifted siloed work into a collaborative effort in support of community revitalization in the Valley,” said Jennifer Roller, president of the Wean Foundation.

Other grants from the Foundation’s responsive portfolio include:

Policy Matters Ohio 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, Beeghly College of Education 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.