Wean makes three awards

Tribune Chronicle

WARREN — The Raymond John Wean Foundation board on Friday awarded grants totaling $103,000 including one for a women’s entrepreneurship program at the Youngstown Business Incubator.

Jennifer Roller, foundation president, said in a news release those funded this quarter demonstrated “a keen ability to leverage local, regional and state dollars.” Roller said the grants will allow one of the most vulnerable in the area to be equipped with “the skills, tolls and resources necessary to make positive, lasting change.”

The YBI entrepreneurship for women creates economic opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged women through education, training, mentoring and networking opportunities, the release said. The entrepreneurship also gives women guidance and support in starting and developing or growing their own businesses in the area.

Other grants funded by the Wean Foundation:

l The National Inventors Hall of Fame for its invention project for middle school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students in Mahoning County. Through this program, the release said, Chaney High School students will attend a week of training that blends STEM classes with business and entrepreneurial skills. The students will be challenged to create inventions while considering the business, economic and marketing aspects of product development, the release said.

l Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), a senior financial empowerment initiative, provides services and evidence-based programming to increase the financial stability of the state’s aging population. The program will provide financial education and counseling and other assessments to ensure the financial security for senior citizens, the release said.

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