Current Projects

Project Implementation

21st CCLC grant implementation: In collaboration with local school districts, the Center has obtained 21st Century Community Learning Center grants through the Ohio Department of Education. Programs are offered afterschool, as well as during the summer, in school districts in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties. Students are engaged in literacy and math activities by certified teachers that help them gain the skills to be successful in reading and math. Currently the Center is in collaboration with the following districts:

  • Brookfield Elementary School
  • Campbell Elementary School
  • East Liverpool School District: LaCroft & North Elementary Schools
  • Liberty School District: E. J. Blott Elementary School

Ohio Youth Entrepreneur Program: The Ohio Youth Entrepreneurship Program (OYEP) is YSU initiative to create innovative youth entrepreneurship programming for both in-school and enrichment activities. Targeted to middle and high school students, OYEP is collaborating with educators, successful entrepreneurs and organizations such as Junior Achievement and Youngstown Business Incubator to develop courses and activities that incite students’ interest in entrepreneurship.

Funded by the Ohio General Assembly, YSU will pilot OYEP in Youngstown and Warren City School Districts in 2017-2018 and assess the effectiveness of the programs.  The goal of OYEP is create a “toolbox” of engaging, effective and impactful programs that can be used by schools and informal learning organizations throughout Ohio that can help prepare students for life-long success.

In addition to learning the skills necessary to imagine, create and build a business, the importance of entrepreneurial thinking – necessary in any career – will be emphasized in OYEP. Students will be encouraged to explore their interests and passions as they prepare their post-secondary plans.  Entrepreneurship will be broadly defined, to appeal to students of diverse interests, from social entrepreneurship to arts, from engineering and manufacturing to services and retail.  Students will be challenged to express their creativity, engage in hands-on activities and use their critical thinking skills as they explore the dynamic aspects of entrepreneurship.


OYEP Advisory Committee Members


Program Evaluation

Program Development