The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced grants totaling $26.4 million to help fifty-two Indiana public school corporations and five charter schools strengthen their student counseling programs.
Awarded through the endowment's five-year Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students, grants ranging between $68,312 and $2.87 million will support a variety of strategies, including collaborations with mental healthcare providers to address students' social and emotional challenges; engaging local businesses in preparing students for a range of employment opportunities; implementing a comprehensive counseling model developed by the American School Counselor Association; making better use of digital tools and adding and integrating curricula for college and career exploration and preparation; providing professional development to teachers, counselors, and administrators; and partnering with colleges and universities to offer college counseling, financial aid assistance, campus visits, and related programs.
"The response from school corporations and charter schools far exceeded the endowment's expectations," said Lilly Endowment vice president for education Sara B. Cobb. "We believe that this response demonstrates a growing awareness that enhanced and expanded counseling programs are urgently needed to address the academic, college, career, and social and emotional counseling needs of Indiana's K-12 students. We were most pleased to see how the schools engaged a wide variety of community stakeholders in assessing their students' counseling needs and developing strategies to address them."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Lilly Endowment website.