YSU students Pay it Forward

Youngstown State University students in the Student Nonprofit Leadership Organization program gained hands-on experience in philanthropy this spring through the Pay It Forward: Strengthening Communities through Student-Led Philanthropy Initiative.

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, students in the Nonprofit Community Service class will award $3,000 to a regional nonprofit organization in the atrium of the Williamson College of Business Administration at YSU. Students held various activities throughout the year to raise the donated funds.

The students focused funding decisions on programs/projects related to: animal welfare, community revitalization and youth education. They reviewed more than 17 proposals with requests totaling more than $40,000, while narrowing it down to four organizations to interview.

The Pay It Forward Program helps students learn how to be engaged citizens and to understand the important role philanthropy plays in the health of our local communities – while meeting course specific goals. The initiative addresses critical economic needs in the Mahoning Valley through student-led fundraising and volunteerism.