The Center for Leadership Development in Indianapolis has announced agreements with Christamore House, Mt. Carmel Church, and the PATH School to open satellite and in-school locations. The new locations will serve as an extension of the main CLD campus and will provide educational services and character development programming for Black youth in high-crime areas.
In 2019, CLD announced an $11.6 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. in Indianapolis to support expansion and day-to-day operations.
“We cannot overstate the impact of Lilly Endowment’s generosity,” said CLD President Dennis Bland. “Expanding CLD’s reach will move the organization from transforming individual lives to transforming entire communities, breaking cycles of poverty and serving as a model for other cities facing challenges in education, public safety and building a diverse workforce.”
Under the satellite and in-school agreements, the center says the locations are committed to offering CLD’s programming curricula and free educational support services to impact the lives of Black students and meet the needs of their respective community.
“The relationship between CLD and Christamore House could not have come at a better time for the youth of Haughville and the Near Westside,” said Chief Executive Officer La’ Toya Pitts. “Character development, enriching educational programs, and servant leadership are a few of the core principles that both Christamore House and CLD hope to instill in the youth that we will be serving at this satellite location. Our hope is that by bringing the program to the youth in this neighborhood, we will be able to make impactful change.”
The center says the satellite location at Christamore House will provide 30 male students, ranging in age from 12 to 17, with a six-week program focused on character and leadership training, personal branding and positive self-representation guidelines, and connectivity to outstanding male role-models and mentors.
The Mount Carmel Academic Program aims to provide the tools to empower their students for success. MCAP is focused on preparing young men for academic excellence to, in turn, transform not just their students, but the families and community on the Far Eastside of Indianapolis.
“We are excited about the partnership with CLD, knowing its long-standing history and the great impact it has had on the Indianapolis community for many generations,” said Mt. Carmel Church Chief of Staff Tanya Johnson. “Their development of young people into model citizens, as adults, is in line with our goals to prepare young men for academic excellence while developing character and instilling a sense of civic responsibility.”
The PATH School is focused on providing a purpose-driven, culturally responsive learning environment, supporting the social and emotional growth of youth in their community.
By opening the satellite locations, CLD says it is continuing its commitment to enriching the lives of Black youth.