YSU Nonprofit Leadership Students Consult with Canton Goodwill

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Ten students from Youngstown State University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership recently took part in a full-day consulting project at Goodwill Industries in Canton.

As a part of the session at the Ken Weber Community Campus, students met with key staff to brainstorm solutions to organizational challenges and made a presentation to Goodwill staff from Canton and Cleveland.

Among the challenges addressed were mission enhancement, employee engagement and recruiting more diverse candidates.

“We plan these immersive, one-day consulting projects for our students studying Nonprofit Leadership because it gives them the opportunity to work as consultants, and collaborate with each other to provide solutions to real world challenges at a large, established nonprofit organization outside the Mahoning Valley,” said Laura Dewberry, director of Center for Nonprofit Leadership in the YSU Williamson College of Business Administration, in a release.

The students participating were Brooke Lissy, Christiana Savo, Jacob Sebest, Sarah Podolan, Lois Martin-Uscianowski, Amanda Paynter, Jasmine Smyles, Nina Frattarolo, Layla Albather and Danielle Wright.

Previously, YSU students in the Center for Nonprofit Leadership have participated in programs at the Akron Zoo, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Carnegie Science Center, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Heinz History Center.

Pictured: YSU students participating in the consulting project were, from the left, back row, Jacob (Jack) Sebest, Brooke Lissy, Sarah Podolan, Lois Martin-Uscianowski and Amanda Paynter; and front row, Jasmine Smyles, Nina Frattaroli, Christiana Savo, Layla Albather and Danielle Wright.

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