INVESTING IN JOB SKILLS INSTEAD OF JUVENILE DETENTION (Winter 2018). Philanthropy can play a major role in encouraging breakthrough social change, but breakthroughs often require a bit of risk.Read More
CLEAR SKIES FOR TEENWORKS (Fall 2018). TeenWorks is a primary summer youth employment program in Indianapolis that deploys the ABC approach -- A Job, Better Job, Career -- to integrate its programs into the economic and workforce development goals for Indiana employers. While TeenWorks is a current Clowes Fund grantee, the organization was first supported by the Fund through its Summer Youth Program Fund allocation to Youth Working for Indy. This collaborative funding effort introduced the Fund to TeenWorks' model of serving low income youth and opened the door for a direct grant. Current funding is being used to entice employers to become Corporate Worksite Partners and to provide TeenWorks youth with career-focused employment, skills development training and career exploration in high-demand, high-wage career sectors, and to ensure the capacity of TeenWorks staff to assess the personality, skills and career interests of participants. TeenWorks anticipates that after three years of philanthropic and government support, Corporate Worksite Partners will be fully integrated into the program and paying for 100% of hosted students' wages.
Clowes Fund staff visited two local TeenWorks worksites in July 2018: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis; and a home revitalization worksite in the Mapleton Fall Creek Neighborhood. Youth at the Children's Museum worked on various projects to beautify the grounds, while those at the revitalization removed old and damaged walls in preparation for remodeling. Staff observed camaraderie and support between the youth work teams and their supervisors. Youth spoke of how the team-building and conflict resolution skills learned over their summer experience will help them in their future employment.
These youth have the opportunity to develop lifelong personal and career success through the TeenWorks program. One such success story is of a youth who was assigned to work at Indy Urban Acres, a multi-disciplinary inner-city farm, as a TeenWorks employee. This youth went on to be hired by Indy Urban Acres as a farm hand and now owns his own farm in South Carolina.
In the image, youth employees prepare house for remodeling in Indianapolis' Mapleton Fall Creek Neighborhood.
PARTNERS LIGHTING THE PATH (Summer 2017). Collaborative efforts provide many benefits to participating members, including opportunities to raise awareness and to encourage unified community effort.Read More
FOSTERING A LEGACY OF IMPACT (Winter 2016). In Indianapolis, The Clowes Fund’s support for the arts is limited to two legacy grants that honor our founding donors. One is the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, which exhibits the Clowes Collection of art, and the other is the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) on the merits of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO) program.Read More
INSPIRING EXAMPLES OF PERSEVERANCE (Summer 2016). The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) hosted the 2016 Postsecondary Counseling Institute (PCI) in June. A session titled “Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize: Equipping First-Generation Students for Success after High School,” featured a panel of Indiana first-gen students who found pathways to success, despite the odds.Read More
KEEPING SCORE WITH BOI (Fall 2015). A multi-year Clowes Fund grant is helping Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) meet the increasing demand for Spanish language business coaching and education services through its Immigrant and Refugee Entrepreneurship Program.Read More
WORKING TOWARDS CHANGE (Fall 2014). Located in southwest Indianapolis, the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center works together with neighbors, volunteers, community partners and donors to help individuals and families of all age ranges build new skills and prepare for the future.Read More