MyPath Awarded Grant to Advance Career and Skills Development in Youth

WARREN, Ohio — MyPath Mahoning Valley, an organization dedicated to preparing local youth for college and career readiness, was recently honored as a finalist in the Big Ideas, Bright Cities Challenge, securing a $3,500 grant. This national competition draws participants from various organizations that champion careers and skills development across the country.

Competing against numerous submissions from 24 states, MyPath was one of the 14 finalists selected. The awarded grant will facilitate MyPath’s involvement in the Skills Friendly Cities Network for the year 2024. This network consists of nonprofits that collaborate to enhance best practices and engage with business and municipal leaders who are committed to nurturing the skills development of young individuals.

While MyPath achieved recognition and a substantial grant, the Southern California College Attainment Network, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit with similar objectives, clinched the challenge’s $100,000 top award.

Gerri Jenkins, the executive director of MyPath, commented on the significance of the acknowledgment.

“Our selection as a finalist in this large, national field validates the work we do to help our client students define and prepare for their first destination after high school graduation, whether to college, post-high-school training or directly to the workforce in positions that initially provide self-sustaining and eventually family-sustaining wages and benefits,” Jenkins said.

The Global Business Coalition for Education, headquartered in New York, organizes the annual challenge. This coalition of employers, including corporate sponsors including Dell Technologies and Deloitte, is dedicated to advancing workforce development and education, according to a release.

Founded in 2001, MyPath Mahoning Valley equips high school and middle school students with the necessary resources to investigate opportunities in higher education, career and technical training, job placements, and military service. Currently serving the regions of Youngstown, Warren, and Campbell, more information about MyPath can be found at

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