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Additional $1.2 Million Awarded to "Prevention Matters" Grantees to Support Programs and Sustainability Planning Efforts 
 
National Prevention Week, observed May 9-15, provided an opportunity to celebrate the important work of preventing substance use disorder and addressing mental health conditions. 

The Fairbanks Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded an additional $1.2 million in Prevention Matters grants for Marion County K-12 schools already participating in the initiative. These funds are intended to minimize the impacts of COVID-19 by supporting schools for one additional year as they develop plans to sustain their prevention programs once the grant funds have been fully expended. 

Prevention Matters was launched by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation in 2018 to help Marion County schools identify, implement and sustain proven substance use prevention programs. These programs equip students with skills that not only help them avoid drugs and alcohol, but also help boost academic achievement, attendance, classroom behavior and social and emotional well-being. Visit this link for a complete list of participating schools. 


COMMUNITY DATA SNAPSHOT: HEALTH SPOTLIGHT 

Highlighting Key Statistics in Youth Substance Use

Substance misuse presents significant challenges to Hoosiers' health, education and well-being. In this month's issue of our newsletter, we spotlight youth substance use data from the Health section of our Community Data Snapshot.

  • In 2020, 13.5% of white Indiana high school seniors reported participating in binge drinking, compared to 9.0% of Black students and 13.4% of Hispanic students.
  • In 2020, 16.7% of female high school seniors in Indiana reported smoking marijuana, compared to 18.0% of males.

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


GRANTEE AND PARTNER SPOTLIGHTS
Modern Apprenticeship Program Announces First Cohort 

On May 15, 26 Central Indiana high school sophomores signed the Modern Apprenticeship certificate of acceptance to work as apprentices for 16 local employer partners, piloting the first-ever cohort of Central Indiana’s Modern Apprenticeship Program.

In 2019, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation awarded a $3 million, two-year grant to Ascend Indiana to partner with EmployIndy to launch the Marion County program as well as a statewide community of practice. Congratulations to Ascend and EmployIndy for successfully launching the program, and best wishes to the first cohort of apprentices.

Marian University and Ivy Tech Community College Partner to Recruit, Prepare a More Diverse Teacher Pipeline

The Fred S. Klipsch Educators College at Marian University and Ivy Tech Community College announced a new dual-admission, dual-enrollment program aimed at recruiting and preparing more teachers with diverse backgrounds. 

Learn more about the initiative in the video below from Inside Indiana.

Indiana eLearning Lab Provides Support to Teachers and Families

The Indiana eLearning Lab is a dynamic, virtual hub for teachers, school administrators and families across the state, full of easily accessible resources to assist with eLearning.  

The Indiana eLearning Lab will continue to offer free virtual workshops and support to Indiana teachers throughout the summer. Thanks to support from the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation and the 2022 CFP Host Committee, Indiana educators who register for the Lab and attend a workshop are automatically entered into a drawing for the chance to win a $200 DonorsChoose.org gift card. 

IN THE NEWS
State Should Invest in Emotional Needs of Students
Claire Fiddian-Green in IBJ Forefront

Indiana has received a large influx of federal funding and an unexpected additional $2 billion in state revenue. Two critical needs this new money could address are 1) ensuring all K-12 schools are effectively and sustainably addressing the social-emotional well-being of students, and, 2) supporting the mental health of children and teens.

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