The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation received a $25,000 grant on Friday to help teach residents how to revitalize the city.
“We all believe that there is a great sense of urgency,” said YNDC Executive Director Presley Gillespie said. “And we want to stop the out migration of our population, the disinvestment of our neighborhoods.”
Home Savings Charitable Foundation gave YNDC the grant. They plan to use the money to expand their Canfield Road location to include a workshop to teach residents important skills.
“One of the primary goals of Home Savings is community development activities,” said Richard Shafer, of Home Savings Charitable Foundation. “And we have never partnered with any other organization more strongly and saw more benefits than with YNDC. So yes it is a critical part of our community investment.”
The hope is by educating Youngstown residents, it will give them the motivation to better the quality of life and attract more people to the city. Even though YNDC has had success early on, they said there is still work to be done.
“All of these things collectively will have an impact overall and in the long term and we believe we are just getting started,” Gillespie said. “But there is still work to be done.”