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2018 Collaborative Spirit Awardee

For 11 years, the Intercollegiate YMCA has partnered with the Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA), Laurelwood Apartments and UIndy, providing high-quality, developmentally-appropriate and values-based programming to nearly half of the 500 youth (ages 6-17) who live in the Laurelwood neighborhood. Ms. Sandra Bailey, Laurelwood Resident Council President, worked with the YMCA to develop and offer programming; as a result, the Intercollegiate YMCA partnered with IHA and Laurelwood leadership to provide a free after-school and summer camp program to the youth at Laurelwood. The Intercollegiate YMCA also engages students from nearby University of Indianapolis.

Operating since 2009, the partnership received several awards and investment in 2017 and early 2018 to support and grow the program, including the renewal of a federal grant to support service positions, and an AmeriCorps grant award that allows for more mentors and tutors. Additionally, 2017-2018 year saw some of the highest educational improvements to date for this program with 80% of students increasing their Math and/or English/Language Arts grades throughout the year. In addition to helping youth increase their grades and academic achievement, college students have engaged with youth, public safety has improved, and families have become more engaged in their community.

Previous Award Winners

To see a listing of previous Collaborative Spirit Awardees, including seven NUSA awardees in 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, please click here.