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Stories of Growth and Change: Introducing "Vitality Magazine"
The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is pleased to introduce Vitality Magazine, a new section of our website featuring videos and short stories that capture the impact and perspective of our grantees and other community partners. You can watch our grantees discuss their work to prepare children for kindergarten, provide school leaders with access to a national leadership training program, and grow the supply of health professionals trained in both behavioral health and substance use disorder.
Vitality Magazine also includes short stories featuring our grantees' experiences in teaching during the pandemic, social and emotional learning (SEL), modern youth apprenticeships and Marion County's safe syringe access and support program.

Visit Vitality Magazine to hear from individuals working across our focus areas to help Indianapolis grow and flourish.

Highlighting Key Statistics in Early Childhood Education

In April, we celebrated both the Week of the Young Child and National Kindergarten Day. High quality early childhood education provides a crucial foundation for children, enabling them to develop important skills for success in school and beyond.

In this month's issue of our newsletter, we spotlight some early childhood education (ECE) data from the Education section of our Community Data Snapshot.

  • In 2020, 3,517 four-year-olds were enrolled in the state's On My Way Pre-K programs. Of those children, 1,077 were enrolled in Marion County's programs.
  • In 2019, 29,575 individuals worked in early care and education programs serving children aged 0-5 across the state. 6,204 early care and education workers were employed in Marion County.

Learn more in the Education section of the Community Data Snapshot. 

WFYI Expands Education Reporting

With a $1.5 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, WFYI announced plans to continue operating its award-winning health and news collaboration, Side Effects Public Media, and expand its education reporting. The new education initiative will allow for daily news coverage, in-depth reporting and community outreach.


Conexus Indiana Provides Marion County Residents with Paid Training and Employment Opportunities with Local Manufacturing Companies

To meet employer demand and prepare Hoosiers for promising careers, Conexus Indiana launched Catapult, an advanced manufacturing program that provides adults and graduating high school students with broadly applicable manufacturing skills through education and on-the-job training. With the help of a $350,000 grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Catapult is expanding to Marion County. Statewide, Catapult Indiana graduates have an 85% job placement rate, with opportunity for advancement to high-wage positions. Read more about Catapult's expansion.

Banding Together to Fight Common Challenges Brings Hope
Claire Fiddian-Green in IBJ Forefront

COVID-19 continues to profoundly impact our world, from deaths to increasing rates of poor mental health and substance use disorder. And yet, within this bleak landscape, stories of people banding together to confront common challenges provide us with inspiration and hope. Indiana has been a prime example of what's possible when we unite around a shared goal.

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