Through grants for summer and year-round youth development programs and support for research about young people, we seek to help youth reach their full potential. Our youth development grantmaking supports programs and strategies that enhance and complement what youth experience in school. We also provide substantial funding for select youth intermediary organizations that provide education, training, best practices, and other support to direct service youth agencies and their staffs.
Summer Youth Program Fund offers grants that focus on providing safe and positive experiences for children and teens, ages 4 to 19, at little or no cost. In collaboration with 10 funders in Marion County (Indianapolis), grants are given to programs in overnight and daily care, as well as enhancement and youth employment. Grant recipients represent organizations ranging from churches and area community centers to theaters and parks, offering a variety of activities such as sports, overnight camping, arts, community service and tutoring. LEARN MORE
Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY) champions the positive development of youth, setting a high standard for improving and expanding the quality of youth opportunities in central Indiana. At the core of their approach are four strategic roles: advocate, resource, capacity builder and convener. Learn More
Indiana Youth Institute provides technical assistance and financial support to youth-serving organizations across Indiana. This support includes capacity-building programs, research and data to help Indiana’s youth workers and youth-serving organizations be more effective in promoting the healthy development of Indiana children. Learn More
EmployIndy offers a Youth Employment Services program supporting neighborhood-based efforts to provide access to postsecondary education, job-skills training, and private-sector employment opportunities for at-risk youth and young adults. LEARN MORE