11 YSU Students to Spend Summer with Nonprofits

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Eleven students from Youngstown State University will spend the summer working at area nonprofit organizations as part of the biennial Nonprofit Leadership Summer Honors Internship.

The program is supported by a $65,000 grant from the Raymond John Wean Foundation, Warren. All students have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

“This program aims to provide meaningful, career-related experience which in turn fosters and develops leadership skills to serve in the public and nonprofit employment sectors,” said Laura Dewberry, director of the YSU Center for Nonprofit Leadership, in a statement. “This program also benefits the selected host organizations by building capacity as the students work on projects that help increase the impact made in the organizations’ community work.”

Students were hired by the nonprofits to work as paid interns. Each organization will also host a professional development seminar for all interns.

Participating organizations and the students hired are:

• City Club of the Mahoning Valley – Christiana Savo, studying communications and nonprofit leadership, membership and marketing intern.

• Help Network of Northeast Ohio – Laura Drake, pre-law, marketing intern.

• Junior Achievement of the Mahoning Valley – Jacob Guy, business administration, program intern.

• Mahoning County Land Bank – Jasmine Bailey, political science, community revitalization intern.

• Oh Wow! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology – Katherine Landry, music performance voice and nonprofit leadership, program intern.

• Trumbull County Commissioner – Shaekila Allan, political science, grants management intern.

• Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership – Isaac Carrino, history, land bank housing intern.

• Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, Amanda Paynter, human resource management and nonprofit leadership, operations administration intern.

• Youngstown Area Jewish Federation – Jason McQuown, accounting and finance, accounting intern.

• Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. – Albert Chizmar, political science and general psychology, neighborhood revitalization intern.

All organization selected have missions and program that align with at least one oif the Wean Foundation’s strategic priorities: community revitalization, economic opportunity, education opportunity and public sector leadership.

Held every other year, the Nonprofit Leadership Summer Honors Internship program was launched in the summer of 2011.

Pictured: Participating in the Nonprofit Leadership Summer Honors Institute are (front row) Jason McQuown, Amanda Paynter, Jasmine Bailey, Laura Drake (second row), Jacob Guy, Katherine Landry, Christiana Savo, Shakeila Allen and Isaac Carrino. Not pictured is Albert Chizmar.

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