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Ohio Health Policy Institute – Connections Between Racism and Health: Private Sector Organizations

To ensure that Ohio is a healthy and economically vibrant state, Ohioans must work collaboratively across the public and private sectors to address the complex barriers facing communities experiencing worse health outcomes. Ohioans of color, in particular, continue to face barriers to good health and well-being that are rooted in racism and centuries of unjust …

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Trumbull County Organization Looks to Support Neighborhood-led Projects with Grants

A new grant cycle is underway for The Raymond John Wean Foundation. The Trumbull County-based organization is working to support neighborhood groups in their efforts to keep communities moving forward in Youngstown and Warren through Neighborhood Success Grants. “Groups and neighborhood organizations are able to receive grants from $500 through $5,000 to address resident-led projects,” …

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Kent Trumbull to Offer Bachelor’s Program at Trumbull Correctional Institution

Starting this fall, Kent State University at Trumbull will offer those incarcerated at Trumbull Correctional Institution the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree. The campus has partnered with local foundations, LaunchNet Kent State and Sinclair Community College in Dayton to offer a baccalaureate in technical and applied studies. “We chose the BTAS with entrepreneurship training …

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SWAG Sisters seek to make a difference

A city woman once on her own troubled path will be using her experiences to turn around the lives of area women and young girls through a series of programs in the coming weeks. The Black & White Affair, Sundresses, Pearls and Hats Conference will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the BRITE …

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Wean Foundation Awards Nearly $50,000 in Neighborhood Success Grants

This year, the Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded $49,575 to 13 resident-led organizations through its Neighborhood Success Grants program. Since 2008, the Neighborhood Success Grants program has invested over $1.6 million in support of more than 525 resident-led projects in the Mahoning Valley, according to a press release. This year, the grant program was streamlined …

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Wean Foundation Grants Advance Racial Equity Outcomes

The Raymond John Wean Foundation announced its next round of grants Friday, reported progress toward racial equity outcomes and released its fall programming. “As demonstrated through our June community investment grants, we are committed to a strategic approach to rebuild,” said Jennifer Roller, foundation president. COVID-19 Response Grants became a singular focus in 2020, she …

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Foundation Seeks to Address Systemic Racism in Valley

Vincent Peterson, a longtime Trumbull County probation officer, pastor and former Youngstown State University football standout, has seen and experienced much in his 57 years. A graduate of the Raymond John Wean Racial Equity and Inclusion workshop, Peterson said the two-day program opened his eyes to the history of inequality in the Mahoning Valley and …

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Students Working as Nonprofit Leadership Interns This Summer

Ten Youngstown State University students are working at nonprofit organizations throughout the region this summer through the 2021 Nonprofit Leadership Summer Internship Program. The program, run by the Center for Nonprofit Leadership in YSU’s Williamson College of Business Administration and funded through an $86,000 grant from the Raymond John Wean Foundation, provides…

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