Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded nearly $400,000 to the Indiana FFA Foundation. The grant will fund the launch of the foundation’s Learn-Lead-Succeed project, which aims to improve leadership and employable skills among young people in central Indiana.
The Indiana FFA Leadership Center will use the grant to serve approximately 4,000 middle and high school students from underserved communities in Johnson, Marion and surrounding counties. The three-year plan includes the development of the Leadership Center Challenge Course, which includes a natural outdoor learning environment.
"Indiana FFA has a strong history of creating leaders and impacting communities," said Lisa Chaudion, executive director of the Indiana FFA Foundation. "With the funding from Lilly Endowment, we will be able to launch the Learn-Lead-Succeed project and provide experiential learning programs that will equip Indiana youth, both FFA and non-FFA, with the skills to continue their education and seek meaningful careers."
The foundation says the project will give young people the skills to "help the people of their city, and state, build a better life."