Ohio Treasurer Honors Library with Compass Award

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County was honored to receive a June Compass Award from Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague. The news release from the Treasurer’s Office is below.
From the office of Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague

TREASURER SPRAGUE ANNOUNCES JUNE COMPASS AWARD HONOREES

COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague has announced Compass Award honorees for the month of June. The monthly recognition program commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.

“Building a foundation of strong financial literacy skills early in life is a great way to ensure success and security down the road,” said Treasurer Sprague. “By teaching these skills to our young people, we’re providing them with the tools needed to make smart financial decisions during adulthood. Across the Buckeye State, people and organizations are developing new and innovative approaches to financial education. The Compass Awards recognize and support those important efforts.”

Compass Award honorees for June include:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio Life Skills Camp at Camp Oty’okwa (Hocking County) 

Every summer, teenagers and young adults gather at Camp Oty’okwa for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio’s Life Skills Camp. In a fun, interactive, and social environment, the camp teaches young people a range of valuable skills that will help them as they enter adulthood. These topics include academic skills and educational opportunities, career and employment preparation, budgeting and personal finance, maintaining a home, and the importance of goal setting.

Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (Hamilton and Montgomery Counties) 

Through deep partnerships with community-based organizations, the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio offers a range of programming to provide youth with access to career-related opportunities and education on other topics related to personal finance and entrepreneurship. Through the “Financial and Youth Empowerment” programs, the Urban League uses evidence-based practices to teach young people the key personal finance skills that they will rely on throughout their life. These efforts are at the heart of their mission to “transform generations by promoting personal empowerment and economic self-sufficiency.”

The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County

In addition to being an informational hub for area residents, the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County offers programs such as the Mahoning Valley College Access Program to guide young people through financial and career education. The library’s career services connect people to area employers and jobs, as well as help them build valuable workplace skills and prepare for the hiring process. Patrons can also receive one-on-one guidance from a specially credentialed librarian who is an expert on career development and employment.

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Robert Sprague became Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State on January 14, 2019, bringing to the office his extensive experience working on financial matters in both the public and private sectors. Under Treasurer Sprague’s direction, the office manages the state’s $29 billion investment and $11 billion debt portfolios, collects and deposits all state revenues, and oversees custodial assets.