(March 8, 2018, Warren, Ohio) – At its March Board of Directors meeting, The Raymond John Wean Foundation
awarded grants totaling $178,000. The work represented by the five grantees represents the Foundation’s strategic
priorities of community revitalization, access to educational opportunities and the creation of economic opportunity
in the Mahoning Valley.Grants from the Foundation’s responsive portfolio were made to:
Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) for its Senior Financial Empowerment Initiative, which
provides services and evidence-based programming to increase the financial stability of Ohio’s aging population. The
initiative provides financial assessment, financial education and homeowner mortgage counseling to strengthen
senior citizens’ ability to age in place with financial security.
We Are Warren, an initiative that seeks to bolster existing youth programming and better utilize community
resources to ensure that Warren’s youth live safe, healthy, productive lives. Funding will go to Inspiring Minds for
Warren City School students’ participation in its six-week summer enrichment program and the implementation of a
workforce development program focused on young adults who have graduated high school and are enrolled in
college or pursuing a career.
Eastern Ohio Education Partnership (EOEP) will receive funding for continued
professional development for youth services program providers and educators.
International Partners in Mission for its Pilot Immersion Experience Program (IEP) that will send 20 students from
Warren and Youngstown City School Districts and Youngstown State University to El Salvador. Building on 14 years
of experience, this opportunity seeks to give students the opportunity to travel beyond their immediate geographic
area for immersive, transformational learning experiences focused on social justice initiatives.
Invent Now, a collaboration of Invention Project and the Ohio Youth Entrepreneurship Program (OYEP) provides
STEM and entrepreneurial skills programming for 50 middle school students in Warren and Youngstown City School Districts. Participants are challenged to create new and innovative designs as well as consider the business and marketing aspects of product development.
Youngstown CityScape for Sidewalk Squad, an expansion of Beautification 2018: Beyond Streetscape, which builds on the organization’s 20 years of beautification in downtown Youngstown. Sidewalk Squad will be an ambassador program designed to offer employment opportunities for young people as visible, on-the-street squad members who will provide general information and maintain the cleanliness and visual appeal of the city center.