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LEARN Receives Lilly Endowment Strengthening Youth Programs Grant

LEARN Resource Center has received a grant of $182,413 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help the organization strength and expand its summer and summer meal programs.


The program is being funded through Lilly Endowment’s initiative, Strengthening Youth Programs in Indiana. The aim of the competitive initiative is to help youth-serving organizations working throughout Indiana improve their abilities to promote the academic, physical and social well-being of young people, ages five through 18.


LEARN Resource Center will expand its summer program starting in 2024. To better serve elementary children in the Monroeville area, we will purchase two vans for transporting youth and expand our free summer meals offerings. In addition, we will strengthen our marketing and fundraising efforts. 


“This is such a blessing as a small, grassroots organization to receive this funding to grow our organization’s programs and services,” shared Sharon Wilson, Executive Director.


LEARN Resource Center is one of 187 organizations receiving grants through Strengthening Youth Programs in Indiana.


“Indiana’s youth-serving organizations are crucial to the healthy development of children and youth across the state,’ said Ted Maple, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for education. “The challenges these organizations have faced in meeting the needs of young people in recent years have made their work increasingly difficult. Lilly Endowment is pleased to support their efforts to strengthen programs and serve more youth more effectively.”


Lilly Endowment launched Strengthening Youth Programs in Indiana Initiative in 2022 with an invitational round of grants to nine national youth-serving organizations to help them expand and enhance the work of their Indiana affiliates or chapters.


About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is a private foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. Although the Endowment funds programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion, it maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

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