Rep. Ryan Announces OhioCorps Program Is Up And Running
Higher Education Institutions now providing mentoring programming for low-income, at-risk students
April 18, 2019
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COLUMBUS - State Representative Scott Ryan (R-Granville Township) today applauded the announcement that the Ohio Department of Higher Education has awarded OhioCorps pilot project grant funding to five Ohio institutions of higher learning. Reps Ryan and Reineke (R-Tiffin) introduced this legislation aimed at assisting Ohio’s at-risk middle and high school students during the last general assembly.

Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Ohio University, Shawnee State University, and Youngstown State University have each received shares of the $2.5 million allocated to fund service learning opportunities for their students to mentor at-risk youth in their region. Locally specific proposals from each institution were created with the intent to address the devastation in family relationships resulting from the opioid crisis.

“I am thrilled that this concept has reached the point of implementation and am a strong believer that the relationships created through OhioCorps can make a measurable difference for our at-risk youth for many years to come,” said Representative Ryan. “Public money has enabled OhioCorps to get off the ground, but we are actively soliciting private/corporate support to sustain and expand these valuable mentoring relationships.”

OhioCorps provides funding to the state’s public universities and community colleges to develop and facilitate the program, which focuses on preparation for college and career planning, tutoring in reading, writing and mathematics and opioid and drug education. Additionally, it provides a stipend to enrolled college students to mentor at-risk youth, as well as offers scholarship opportunities for the at-risk youth who complete the program per the requirements specified in the bill.

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