An education advocacy group has received a $150,000 matching grant from Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation Inc. Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana will use the money to support a program which teaches parents how to better engage in their children's learning.

July 29, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana has received a $150,000 matching grant from Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc. to support grassroots organizing and parent leader empowerment. The matching grant was made in addition to an initial $100,000 grant from the foundation in 2013.

Among other initiatives, the grant will help Stand Indiana continue to expand the Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) program. Stand UP provides parents with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to engage in their child’s education, increase family involvement in schools and improve student learning.

“As a community, we have a collective responsibility to ensure parents have the necessary tools to successfully serve as their children’s first teachers and advocate for their education,” said Foundation President Robert Smith. “The Stand UP program gives parents those tools.”

“Thanks to the support of the Lilly Foundation, parents in some of IPS’ most at-risk schools will have the opportunity to learn how to work with principals and teachers to ensure the best possible learning environment for their kids,” said Stand Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller.

Stand for Children Leadership Center is a 501(c)(3) organization focused on providing parents with opportunities to increase their direct involvement in their children’s education and to show greater leadership within their neighborhood schools.

Source: Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana

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