Collaborative Awards $2.9 Million for Marion County Summer Youth Programs

The Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF), a funding collaborative of 10 local and national partners, announced grants totaling $2,928,182 will be awarded to 169 not-for-profit organizations serving youth in Marion County. The grants will fund 210 summertime programs, activities and experiences for individuals ages 4-24.

SYPF supports activities and programs such as career pathways, athletics, performing arts, youth employment, nutrition and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education. More than 93,000 youth were served in 2018. A few of the programs funded in 2019 include:

  • Edna Martin Christian Center – ($34,500) Leadership & Legacy Summer Youth Program
  • Indiana Black Expo, Inc. – ($27,650) Opportunity Zone Career Exploration Program
  • LifeSmart Youth – ($17,000) Health Education and Relationship Training (HEART)
  • Pathway Resource Center – ($67,000) Training Youth for Success (TYFS)
  • Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis – ($15,000) Strings and Jazzy Things Music Camp
  • The Recovery High School at Fairbanks Inc. – ($15,000) Summer of Hope Program

A full list of SYPF awards is below.

To enhance the SYPF experience, Lilly Endowment awarded additional grants, including $150,000 to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana for the provision of summer weekend meals for youth participating in more than 40  SYPF funded programs. Lilly Endowment also provided a $255,000 grant to the Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY) to maintain the SYPF website, provide adult and youth staff training, support organizations with program enhancements, and to present end-of-summer educational awards to young people for exemplary service. Additionally, a total of 41 organizations that are receiving SYPF grants this year are also receiving modest capital grants totaling $800,000 to improve their facilities, provide transportation to youth or otherwise enhance their summer programs.

Parents and youth can visit to connect with the youth-serving organizations, program enhancements and training opportunities that received funding from SYPF.

The funding partners for 2019 include: Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Inc.; Christel DeHaan Family Foundation; City of Indianapolis DMD; Indiana University Health; Kroger Central Division; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust; The Clowes Fund Inc.; The Indianapolis Foundation; and The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund.

Founded in 1995 by The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, and Lilly Endowment, the Summer Youth Program Fund was the first funding collaborative dedicated to summer youth programs in the United States. Since 1995, the collaborative has contributed more than $50 million in general operating and capital support to Marion County organizations that provide summertime programs that enrich the lives of young people and strengthen Indianapolis neighborhoods.

summer youth program fund grants for 2019
100 Black Men Indianapolis Summer Academy $36,000
Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc. Summer Youth Vocational Leadership Equine Program $4,500
American Diabetes Association, Indiana Camp John Warvel $15,000
Art With a Heart Inc. Focus on Form $25,500
ArtMix Urban Artisans $20,000
Asante Children’s Theatre, Inc. Prep4Life $7,500
AYS, Inc. Camp AYS Summer of Friendship $11,000
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site Future Presidents of America and Advanced American Seminar $4,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Indiana Adult-to-Youth Mentoring Program $7,750
Big Car Media Building, Baking, and Broadcasting with Big Car $3,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Finish Line Club Summer Program $18,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Keenan-Stahl Club Summer Program $16,500
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis LeGore Club Summer Program $13,700
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Lilly Club Summer Program $15,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Warren Township at Liberty Park Club Summer Program $7,500
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis West Side at Jonathan Jennings Club Summer Program $5,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Wheeler-Dowe Club Summer Program $14,500
Brave Camps Inc. Brave Initiatives Summer Programs $7,000
Brightwood Community Center SPARKS Summer Enrichment Camp $18,000
Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People Camp Healing Tree $10,000
Brookside Community Development Corporation Summer Play Program Expansion $10,000
Burmese American Community Institute Career Pathways and Professional Development $31,000
Burmese American Community Institute Upward College Summer Program $13,000
Butler University Jordan College of the Arts Butler Community Arts School summer youth programs $7,000
Camp To Belong Indiana Inc. Camp To Belong Indiana $7,000
Camptown, Inc. Summer Explorations $29,000
Catholic Charities Indianapolis Holy Family Shelter Summer Youth Program $11,750
Catholic Charities Indianapolis Neighborhood Youth Outreach $11,500
Catholic Youth Organization, Camp Rancho Framasa CYO Camp Summer Inclusion Program $18,000
Center for Interfaith Cooperation Intercultural Summer Youth Camp $8,950
Children’s Bureau, Inc. Residential Summer Enrichment Program $17,000
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Inc. StarPoint Program $10,000
Christamore House, Inc. Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Summer Camp $14,500
Christel House Academy, Inc. CHASE (Christel House Academy Summer Enrichment) $5,000
Claude McNeal’s Musical Training Program, Inc. Performing Arts Camp $9,500
Coburn Place Safe Haven II School’s Out Summer Camp $9,000
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE) Summer Teen Employment Camp $71,000
Community Health Network Foundation Community Healing Hearts- Youth Bereavement Program: Camp Erin $5,000
Community Life Line Christian Church Blossom Program $6,000
Concord Center Association Inc. Old School for a New Age $39,500
D.R.E.A.M. Alive, Inc. Bridge Internship Program $30,950
Damar Services, Inc. Summer Camp $10,000
Dance Kaleidoscope Summer Residency $2,500
Dayspring Center Camp Discovery 2019 $12,000
Diabetic Youth Foundation of Indiana Camp Until A Cure $15,000
DirectEmployers Foundation STEM YES! (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Youth Enhancement Summer!) $16,000
Dyslexia Institute of Indiana Camp Delafield $9,000
Early Learning Indiana Summer Water Safety Program $2,500
Earth Charter Indiana A Youth Power Indiana Summer $11,500
East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center, Inc. Summer Days for Youth $31,000
Edna Martin Christian Center Leadership & Legacy Summer Youth Program $34,500
Englewood Christian Church DayStar Summer School Ager Program $8,000
Englishton Park Presbyterian Ministries, Inc. Academic Remediation and Training Center $6,000
Entrepreneurial Ventures in Education, Inc. Inspiring Scholars $46,000
Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center at Crooked Creek The FLIP Youth Employment $5,000
Felege Hiywot Center Inc. Developing youth STEAM Educators through summer farm camp $58,300
Fight For Life Foundation, Inc. Seal the Deal $5,500
Financial Empowerment Through Education Inc. The HUB Experience $4,000
Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis / Classical Music Indy, Inc Music Unites Summer Youth Program $2,000
First Samuel Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. Summer Enrichment Camp $10,000
Flanner House of Indianapolis Inc. Summer Enrichment Camp $42,000
Footlite Musicals, Inc. Summer Youth Program $3,000
Freetown Village, Inc. Summer Camp $24,000
Freewheelin Community Bikes Earn a Bike and Advanced Mechanic Program $11,000
Freewheelin Community Bikes Summer Youth Employment $5,780
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Inc. Girl Scout Day Camp $7,500
Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis Strong, Smart, & Bold Summer Camp $22,000
Girls Rock Indianapolis Inc. Girls Rock Tech $5,000
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Summer Nutrition Club $6,168
Good News Mission, Inc. Summer Youth Program $5,000
Great Commission Church of God Summer Empowerment Camp $20,000
Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church Summer Youth Academy $3,600
Groundwork Indy, Inc. Green Team and GroundCorp Summer Program $45,000
Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, Inc. Summer Camp $41,000
Harrison Center for the Arts Summer Academe $15,900
Hawthorne Social Service Association, Inc. Summer Day Camp $44,000
Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County ACTION Health Center “Man Up” Conference $4,000
Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County Future Promises Summer Support $7,500
Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County Girls on the Run Summer Season $3,000
Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County Summer Servings Internships $5,000
Health and Science Innovations IDEAA Summer Program $6,000
Health and Science Innovations Young Innovators Quest $12,000
Hear Indiana Listening and Spoken Language Camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children $9,500
Hemophilia of Indiana Inc. Camp Brave Eagle $5,000
Hispanic/Latino Minority Health Coalition Greater of Indianapolis Your Life. Your Story. Latino Youth Summit $5,000
Hoosier Burn Camp Inc. Summer Camp $4,500
Horizons at St. Richard’s Academic & Enrichment Program $62,000
Iibada Dancer’s Inc. The Art Of Movement: From The Studio To The Stage $10,000
IN Deaf Camp Foundation Inc. Deaf Children’s Camp $6,000
Indiana Amateur Baseball Association (Play Ball Indiana) Indy RBI Transition Camp $8,000
Indiana Black Expo, Inc. Opportunity Zone Career Exploration Program $27,650
Indiana Golf Foundation, Inc. The First Tee of Indiana $5,000
Indiana Latino Institute Summer Internship Program $15,000
Indiana Performing Arts Centre Inc. STARS – Success through Arts, Relationships, and Support $10,000
Indiana State Library Foundation INvestigate + Explore $2,050
Indiana State Museum Foundation, Inc. Summer Camps $8,000
Indiana University Foundation “Camp Yes And” Indianapolis $8,000
Indiana University Foundation Girls STEM Institute $5,500
Indiana University Foundation Herron School of Art + Design – Youth Programs $8,500
Indiana University Foundation Literacy With iPads $24,000
Indiana Writers Center Building a Rainbow $12,000
Indianapolis Art Center Summer Art Education $15,500
Indianapolis Ballet Inc. Ballet Summer Camps $3,500
Indianapolis Children’s Choir Summer Music Education Programming $7,000
Indianapolis Freedom School Partnership Inc. Freedom Schools Program $8,500
Indianapolis Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. (Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis) Summer Enrichment Program $3,000
Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center Youth Community Building Institute $4,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Camp Gather $12,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Everyone Swims $14,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Indy Urban Acres Summer Programming $12,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Indy Youth Achievers $8,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Lifeguard Training Program $10,500
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Summer Food Service Program $8,000
Indianapolis Soap Box Derby Association, Inc. Inner City Youth Racing League Program $8,500
Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation Summer Reading Program $71,000
Jackson Center for Conductive Education Summer Camp $4,000
Jameson Inc. Overnight Summer Camp $33,200
Julian Center Inc. Teen Enrichment Program Employees (TEPE) $21,243
Julian Center Inc. Youth Enrichment Program (YEP) Camp $4,000
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. Youth Tree Team $12,000
Kids Dance Outreach, Inc. Kids Dance Outreach Summer Session $12,250
La Plaza, Inc. Leadership Institute for Latino Youth $11,500
La Plaza, Inc. Summer Discovery $26,500
Latino/a Youth Collective of Indiana Inc. The Athena Academy for Media Arts, Science & Technology. $23,500
Lawrence Community Gardens, Inc. Next Generation Farmers Summer Youth Program $5,000
Lawrence Summer Kids Camp Summer/Winter Kids Camp $5,500
Lawrence Summer Kids Camp Lawrence Youth Corps $7,000
LifeSmart Youth HEART (Health Education And Relationship Training) $17,000
Like a Lion Inc. Summer Camp $5,000
Lillian Davis Foundation Summer Enrichment Program, B.A.N.K. Building to Acquire New Knowledge $7,500
Little Red Door Cancer Agency Camp Little Red Door $8,500
Lutheran Child & Family Services of Indiana Lutherwood Summer Program $17,000
LYN House Inc. Express Yourself camps $3,300
Marian University Marian University STEM Summer Camps $8,500
Marian University Summer Learning Institute $42,000
Marion County Commission on Youth Youth Working for Indy (YWFI) $144,657
Martin Luther King Multi-Service Center Indianapolis Inc. Dream Team $30,000
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center Summer Day Camp: Outer Space $39,000
Metropolitan School District of Pike Township Camp Discovery $7,500
Mission Indy Inc. Summer Internship Program $3,000
Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Camp Lead Changes $2,500
Muscular Dystrophy Association MDA Summer Camp $7,750
Music for All, Inc. Summer Symposium: IPS and Marion County Initiative $10,000
National Association of Black Accountants Greater Indianapolis Chapter Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) $6,000
National Junior Tennis League of Indianapolis, Inc. Summer Youth Tennis Program $10,000
New Beginnings New Beginnings Zoom Zoom $7,500
Nine 13 Inc. Kids Riding Bikes & Kids Riding Bikes – exploreIndy $8,500
Northside New Era Community Outreach Corporation SON Shiner’s Character Summer Camp $10,000
Oasis Christian CDC M.U.S.T.A.R.D Seed Professional $9,500
Outdoor Youth Exploration Academy Summer Program $8,500
Paramount Schools of Excellence STEAM – Success Through Education Agriculture and Mentoring $7,500
Partnerships for Lawrence, Inc. (Arts for Lawrence) Summer Art Camp $12,500
Patachou Foundation, Inc. Nutrition and Farm to Table Education with Real Meals $2,000
Pathway to the Future Learning Center, Inc. (Pathway Resource Center) Training Youth for Success (TYFS) $67,000
Peace Learning Center Peacebuilders Camp $24,750
Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis Strings & Jazzy Things Music Camp $15,000
Phoenix Theatre, Inc. Actor Training Program $3,000
ProAct Community Partnerships, Inc. Youth Empowerment Camp | Serve and Learn $2,500
Project Transformation Indiana Summer Program $5,000
Purdue University Purdue Extension-Marion County’s Summer Camp Enhancement Program $5,000
Purdue University Teens as Teachers $6,500
Saint Florian Center, Inc. Firefighters Youth Employment $20,000
Saint Florian Center, Inc. Leadership Development Summer Camp $36,000
School on Wheels Corp. It’s a WRAP! (Writing, Reading, Art, and Performance) $9,000
Second Helpings, Inc. Supplemental Meals for Summer Youth Programs $10,000
Share-LT Student Summer Enrichment Camp $6,000
Shepherd Community, Inc. Summer EXCEL $23,000
Shepherd Community, Inc. YLIFe $11,000
SHEroes Inc. Power Camp! Strong Bodies. Powerful Minds. $3,884
Southeast Community Services Summer STEAM $15,000
Speedway Baptist Church Summer Heroes Program $8,555
Starfish Inc. Summer Game Plan for Growth $13,500
STEM Connection Summer Programming $18,500
Stop the Violence Indianapolis, Inc. The “TALKS – Identifying The Mirror In ME” $10,000
Storytelling Arts of Indiana Summer Storytelling Activities $4,500
Straight Up Ministries Inc. Summer Programs $4,000
Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Greater Indianapolis, Inc. SYO 2019 $5,500
T.R.U.S.T. Corp./Indianapolis Housing Agency PRIDE Summer Program $25,000
TeenWorks Summer and Career Readiness Program $24,000
The American Foundation for Preventive Medicine Forever-Fit Summer Camp $19,000
The John H. Boner Community Center Excellence, Discovery and Growth through Education (EDGE) $21,500
The John H. Boner Community Center Preparing, Achieving and Caring for Tomorrow (PACT) $28,750
The Oaks Academy Camp Oaks $7,000
The Recovery High School at Fairbanks Inc. Summer of Hope $15,000
The Salvation Army Hidden Falls Camp $5,000
The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Summer Adventures Day Camp $2,500
The Sanctuary Outreach, Inc. Reach Out Summer Enhancement Camp $7,500
Trinity House Academy Inc. Summer Academy $6,500
United Northeast Community Development Corporation Youth Grow Indy $4,000
Vida Nueva UMC Descubriendo Indy $10,000
Wayne Township Education Foundation Science Summer Safari $5,000
Westminster Neighborhood Services, Inc. Youth Services Summer Program $20,000
Winning Experiences Inc. A Winning Experience $8,500
Young Actors Theatre Young Actors Theatre Summer Programs $11,000
Young Audiences of Indiana, Inc. (Arts for Learning) ArtForce $7,500
Young Audiences of Indiana, Inc. (Arts for Learning) Inspiring Scholars $29,500
Young Life Summer Camp $3,000
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Indianapolis Baxter YMCA Day Camp $2,500
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Indianapolis Benjamin Harrison YMCA Day Camp $2,500
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Indianapolis Early Learners Summer Kinder Academy $2,000
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Indianapolis Flat Rock River YMCA Camp $9,500
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Indianapolis Irsay Family YMCA Day Camp $1,500
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Indianapolis Jordan YMCA Day Camp $2,000
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Indianapolis Jordan YMCA Day Camp at Eagle Creek $2,500
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Indianapolis Laurelwood YMCA Summer Camp $6,300
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Indianapolis Ransburg YMCA Summer Day Camp $2,500
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Indianapolis Turning Points/From Day 1 Summer Institute $6,000
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Indianapolis Summer Camp in Pike Township $2,500
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Indianapolis Summer Day Camp in Wayne Township $2,500
Zion Hill M. B. Church, Inc. Summer Enrichment Program $24,995
TOTAL: $2,928,182


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