Simon Youth Foundation Earns 4-Star Charity Status

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Simon Youth Clark Pleasant Academy is one of three academies in Indiana. Simon Youth Clark Pleasant Academy is one of three academies in Indiana.

Indianapolis-based Simon Youth Foundation has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. It is the highest rating the independent charity evaluator offers and it is SYF's first time earning the distinction.

Charity Navigator says charities are rated based on two broad areas of performance: financial health and accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher says a 4-star rating demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. Only one in four organizations earns a 4-star rating.

"This rating demonstrates to our donors that we are using our funding wisely to help at-risk students turn more tassels," SYF CEO Michael Durnil said. "We value each of our supporters and hope this rating solidifies their confidence in us."

Simon Youth Foundation works with public school districts nationwide to open dropout recovery academies, primarily inside shopping malls. The organization has 25 Simon Youth Academies in 12 states and has a 90 percent graduation rate.

SYF has three academies in Indiana. They include the Simon Youth Academy at Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis, Simon Youth Clark Pleasant Academy in Whiteland and Simon Youth Academy at Edinburgh Premium Outlets.

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