(September 8, 2016, Warren, Ohio) – The Raymond John Wean Foundation approved grants totaling $110,000 at its September meeting to Mahoning Valley organizations committed to its strategic priorities of economic opportunity and educational opportunity, including early childhood (0 – 5).

The Turning Foundation was awarded $60,000 over two years to expand its Innovative Teacher Mini Grant program. Offered for the past six years, the program focuses on supporting classroom teachers in four counties (Ashtabula, Columbiana, Trumbull and Mahoning) and targets innovative and creative classroom practices that support 21st Century classrooms bringing real world learning directly to students.

“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 – fostering leadership development and promoting innovation and collaboration – all elements essential to achieving maximum student impact and success,” said Jennifer Roller, president of The Raymond John Wean Foundation.

The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition received an award of $50,000. “We are grateful for support from The Raymond John Wean Foundation for the ongoing implementation of WorkAdvance in the Mahoning Valley,” said Rebecca Kusner, director of strategic planning and policy, New Growth Group. “This support will assure 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.”

The Raymond John Wean Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for its next round of Community Investment Grants to empower residents creating a healthy, vibrant, equitable and economically stable Mahoning Valley. LOI Submission deadline is December 1, 2016.

September 2016 Grant Awards
Turning Foundation
Innovative Teacher Mini Grant: $60,000 over two years

Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition
Manufacturing Readiness–supporting the spread of WorkAdvance: $50,000