Wean Foundation to hold open house

WARREN – The Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership Program of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, will hold its second of two open houses from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Western Reserve Room at the foundation’s headquarters, 147 W. Market St., in downtown Warren.

Entitled, “Getting to Know You Warren,” the event is designed to allow the organization’s staff, 2014 Emerging Leaders and Resident Council members, and partners to meet with residents in an informal setting to share opportunities available through the program.

“Through the Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership Program we are looking to transform the Valley’s current leadership paradigm,” said Jennifer Roller, Wean Foundation president. “Informed participation on the part of residents in the decision-making processes that affect their community is one of our objectives.”

“Neighborhood SUCCESS 1.0: Engaging Residents” will award grants of $500 to $5,000 to develop and implement resident-led projects within the foundation’s issue priorities: early childhood, educational opportunity, economic opportunity, community revitalization, and public and private sector leadership. Resident Council guides the program and makes final funding decisions.

The 12-week program, “Neighborhood SUCCES 2.0: Emerging Leaders,” will help individuals build fundamental leadership skills with a focus on Asset Based Community Development and an understanding of the dynamics of race, class, power, gender and age. A minimum of 25 Warren and Youngstown residents will be selected for the program.

Those interested in attending can call 330-394-5600. More information about the foundation can be found at www.rjweanfdn.org.