YSU's Young Entrepreneurs Program To Receive $500k State Investment
Valley lawmakers say program will give students tools to pursue dreams

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) today applauded the passage of House Bill 391, financial literacy legislation that included an allocation of $500,000 to Youngstown State University’s Young Entrepreneurs Program. 

“It has been a pleasure to work with our Mahoning Valley delegation to secure the $16 million in capital appropriations for our community and now an additional $500,000 for YSU’s Young Entrepreneurs Program,” said Lepore-Hagan. “This program will help give young adults who wish to build their own small business the tools and resources to pursue their dreams.” 

The YSU Young Entrepreneurs Program, in collaboration with the Youngstown and Warren City Schools, teaches urban middle and high school students about entrepreneurship. As part of the program students learn the fundamentals of starting and running a small business, how to develop a business plan, and the overall importance of setting goals, hard work and perseverance. 

“I am very pleased to see the State continuing to make major investments in Youngstown State University and our community as a whole,” said Schiavoni. “This appropriation will further expand a successful program that teaches our middle school students the fundamentals of starting and operating a small business.” 

The program also seeks to encourage young entrepreneurs, particularly students of color and those who are economically disadvantaged, to pursue education beyond the high school level by fostering personal relationships between the students and YSU’s business school community. 

The bill now goes to the governor for his signature.  

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