Indiana Connected By 25 was awarded a $50,000 grant by the Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation. Indiana Connected By 25 is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit supporting youth who age out of the foster care system without permanent families.
The Glick Fund’s gift will support Indiana Connected By 25’s efforts to improve education outcomes for foster youth in K-12 schools. Additionally, the Glick Fund has provided $25,000 to match individual donations to Indiana Connected By 25.
Sadly, only 43 percent of Indiana foster children earn a high school diploma or GED by age 19*. However, Indiana Connected By 25 recently advocated for successful legislation to require the State of Indiana to track and report education outcomes for foster children alongside other vulnerable student populations and develop a plan to close the achievement gap for students in foster care.
“The Glick Fund’s support will help communities analyze and make meaningful use of this important data, while raising public awareness around the need for additional educational supports for foster children,” says Indiana Connected By 25 CEO Brent Kent. “We are grateful for the Glick Fund and Central Indiana Community Foundation’s support of Indiana foster children.”
*Source: National Youth in Transition Database. Retrieved from: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/nytd_data_diploma_ged.pdf
Indiana Connected By 25, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that provides financial, educational and social support to assist foster care youth at a most critical time – when they are about to or have already transitioned out of the foster care system, most often with no family or economic support. Every year in Indiana, about 500 youth age out of the foster care system and into our communities. Statistically they fare dramatically worse than 18-year-olds with parental support. More information about Indiana Connected By 25 can be found at www.fostersuccess.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConnectedBy25 and Twitter @ConnectedBy25.
About the Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF)
The Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) was established by Eugene and Marilyn Glick in 1998 to support a variety of philanthropic organizations and programs in central Indiana, particularly those benefiting the arts, cultural and civic causes, education, self-sufficiency and basic needs. The Glick Fund at CICF also supports initiatives aimed at elevating the quality of life in central Indiana, including through its $18 million gift to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an asset connecting core neighborhoods of Indianapolis and driving urban economic development. The Glick Fund at CICF is a part of Glick Philanthropies, a family of charitable initiatives, programs and organizations focused on building community and creating opportunity.