Working together to create an equitable and economically stable Mahoning Valley

Join us in building a Mahoning Valley we can all proudly call home. At the Wean Foundation, we seek to partner with residents stepping up to lead, leaders learning to serve and all of us working to build a just and sustainable future.

From grants to workshops to events in Wean Park, we invite you to get involved. Every day, we see the power of resident-led action to improve lives — and our community. Together, we can all learn to realize a shared vision of an equitable Mahoning Valley a reality.

Most Recent Programs

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Upcoming Courses, Programs & Events

Resident Engagement Grant Prerequisite Workshop

Twice a year, the Wean Foundation offers a grant opportunity for those leading resident engagement efforts in Warren and Youngstown. Though we consider the residents doing the work the experts, we curate programs with content experts who share valuable information and provide hands-on support in areas critical for small nonprofits. Experts from Gradient and JSK Solutions will lead conversations on how attendees can refine their narrative and budget.

Upcoming Sessions:

April 10 & 11, 2024 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

April 20, 2024 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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2024 Race Equity and Inclusion Workshop

(Two-day, virtual & in person options available)

Join us for this dynamic two-day workshop designed to develop the capacity of participants to better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms. Participants move away from a focus on personal bigotry and bias, to understand a historical, cultural and structural analysis of racism.

Since 2017, more than 800 residents of the Mahoning Valley have participated in one of the Wean Foundation-sponsored REI workshops. The sessions are coordinated by ThirdSpace Action Lab, a Cleveland-based racial equity consultancy, and administered by the Racial Equity Institute of Greensboro, N.C.

NOTE: Please ensure you can attend for the entirety of the two-day training before registering.

Session Dates:

June 12 & 13 (In Person) – 9:00AM – 5:00PM

August 7 & 8 (In Person) – 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Click here to be connected with Wean staff to express your interest in attending a session and receive an access code to register.

If you already have your Wean access code, click below to be connected to Thirdspace Action Lab to complete registration.

Resident Council

Composed of area residents, the Resident Council represents the rich diversity that makes the Mahoning Valley a vibrant community. Resident Council members, by way of their proximity to neighborhood challenges and opportunities, use their time and expertise to inform the Foundation, helping to develop and implement resident-led projects and support the Foundation’s resident engagement efforts.

Wean Park Events

All Year

There is no better way to experience all that the Wean Park Complex, including the Great Lawn, Huntington Bank Community Alley & The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre has to offer unless you stay in the know of Youngstown’s newest events and entertainment facilities! 

Logistics and Parking

Due to a 2-hour parking limit imposed for parking around Courthouse Square and to allow for adequate patronage to the downtown businesses, we encourage you to utilize the City of Warren’s Franklin Street Parking Deck, located directly behind the Foundation facility.

Knowledge Library Resources

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Funding the development and implementation of viable solutions led by organizations whose leadership reflects the racial demographics of the communities in which they work.

Capacity Building

Supporting the strong leadership, strategy and impact of Black and Hispanic/Latinx-led organizations.

Convening and Partnerships

Defining challenges, formulating solutions and taking collective action, with Black and Hispanic/Latinx-led organizations who have a stake in the decisions being made.