The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced grants totaling $12.2 million to help thirty-nine Indiana school corporations and charter schools strengthen their counseling programs for students.
Awarded through the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students initiative, which was launched by the endowment last year, grants ranging between $99,368 and $1.39 million will support new approaches that more effectively address the academic, college, career, and social and emotional counseling needs of students. The strategies include collaborating with mental healthcare providers; engaging local businesses in helping prepare students for a range of employment opportunities, including mentoring and internship programs and industry information sessions and site visits; implementing a comprehensive model developed by the American School Counselor Association; utilizing digital tools and integrating college and career exploration and preparation into curricula; providing professional development to teachers, counselors, and administrators so they can identify and address students' social and emotional needs; and partnering with colleges and universities to offer college counseling, financial aid assistance, campus visits, and related programs.
In six counties — Delaware, Wayne, Kosciusko, Morgan, Monroe, and Whitley — the endowment awarded grants in support of collaborative efforts by seventeen school corporations and charter schools working in four groups.
"The response to this initiative from school corporations and charter schools across Indiana reflects an increased awareness of the crucial need to strengthen and expand school counseling programs," said Sara B. Cobb, the Lilly Endowment's vice president for education. "We are impressed with how school leaders have engaged a wide variety of community partners to assess the academic, college, career, and social and emotional needs of their students, and respond to them."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Lilly Endowment website.