IndyStar's Our Children Committee has awarded Season for Sharing grants totaling $100,000 to support nine Central Indiana organizations serving youth and families in need.
The shared mission of Our Children and Season for Sharing is to harness the power of local journalism to change the lives of young Hoosiers. The funds are donated by IndyStar readers and are separate from IndyStar's budget.
Readers, along with a generous $25,000 contribution from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, raised around $82,000 this year. IndyStar's Our Children committee, which organizes the campaign, also made a donation from its reserves, increasing the total awarded to $100,000.
Several members of the newsroom worked with the Our Children committee to evaluate applications and determine grant winners and award amounts. Grant recipients were notified last week.
These organizations and projects were selected as 2022 Season for Sharing grantees:
A Kid Again's Adventures program provides families with children experiencing life-threatening illnesses access to family-friendly experiences like zoos, theme parks, museums and sporting events with the goal of enhancing their mental and emotional well-being. This $5,000 grant will support efforts to expand enrollment among families from low-income or diverse backgrounds.
Brightlane Learning provides academic support to K-12 students affected by homelessness and housing instability, and in recent years has expanded its reach to 31 school and shelter sites. This $10,000 grant will provide general operating support as they continue individualized tutoring sessions and provide education-based case management to families.
Camp to Belong Indiana's mission is to connect siblings separated in the state's child welfare system by providing a free, weeklong summer camp. Activities including hosting a birthday party for siblings who have missed the chance to celebrate together, designing a pillow to gift to siblings to take to their foster placements and building scrapbooks using pictures and family portraits taken throughout the week. This $10,000 grant will provide general operating support for the 2023 camp.
El Sistema Indianapolis provides free after-school music education to students at Indianapolis Public School 87. This $15,000 grant will support general operations as it pilots an expansion to four additional schools in the district, as well as pay for a part-time program director and stipends for instructors.
Freewheelin' Community Bikes Inc. provides education, used bicycles and tools, parts and other materials to at-risk youth with the goal of making bicycling accessible and affordable and empowering youth through mentorship. This $15,000 grant will support multiple components of its Changing Tires, Changing Lives program, which includes a summer camp, mechanical training, employment readiness training and the Earn-A-Bike learning and skill-building experience.
Outreach Inc. works with youth and young adults ages 14 to 24 and provides advocacy and mentoring as well as essential services and basic needs such as meals, showers, laundry facilities, computers and mail service. This $15,000 grant will support basic needs assistance for these youth.
Safe Families for Children - Central Indiana is part of a national organization that connects vulnerable children and families with host homes, where volunteers provide support as they navigate challenges such as poverty or unexpected life crises. The ultimate goal is to stabilize families, prevent unintended neglect and interrupt a cycle that could result in the child's entry into the foster care system. This $15,000 grant will go toward paying staff who will organize hosting arrangements for an estimated 100 children and family coaching for 85 parents over the next year.
Teachers' Treasures connects teachers of students in need with donated items for their classrooms, providing over $6 million in donated supplies to more than 4,000 educators annually. This $1,000 grant will support the Global Community Library, which provides participating teachers with books of various reading levels in multiple languages including Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Vietnamese, French and Ukrainian, as well as books featuring multicultural characters and storylines.
Youth Global Perspectives seeks to provide young people with immersive cultural experiences with a focus on academic instruction and cultural reconciliation, working primarily with Black youth from low-income backgrounds. Amid the pandemic, its usual travel program shifted from in-person to virtual reality. This $14,000 grant will support salaries for instructors and general programming support.
Contact Newsroom Development Director Holly Hays at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @hollyvhays.
This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: IndyStar Season for Sharing 2022: 9 nonprofits receive $100K in grants