Students ‘Pay It Forward’ with award to Inspiring Minds

Youngstown State University students have awarded $2,000 to Inspiring Minds of Warren as part of the Pay It Forward: Strengthening Communities through Student-Led Philanthropy Initiative.

Under the program, students in the Nonprofit Community Service course in the YSU Williamson College of Business Administration gain hands-on experience in philanthropy by awarding money to a local nonprofit organization.

The class received and reviewed 17 proposals for funding and chose Inspiring Minds’ “On My Own” summer program, which will teach high school students the life skills needed to adapt to the college life and/or living on their own.

Pay It Forward helps students learn how to be engaged citizens and to understand the important role philanthropy plays in the health of local communities.

This is the third consecutive spring that YSU students participated in the initiative. In total, students have awarded more than $29,000 to regional nonprofit organizations and performed more than 3,000 hours of community service. Students enrolled in Pay It Forward courses are each required to perform 15 hours of community service.

The initiative is made possible through Ohio Campus Compact, in partnership with Kentucky Campus Compact and Michigan Campus Compact. Funding is made possible through the Corporation for National and Community Service (Learn and Serve America Higher Education) and Ohio Campus Compact.

The YSU Center for Nonprofit Leadership offers a certificate/designation and a minor in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, which can be combined with any major on campus.

For more information on the Pay It Forward or the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, contact Laura McCaskey at 330-941-1870 or