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Profiles: Community Development

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Indiana Youth Institute

Indiana Youth Institute


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The Indiana Youth Institute provides capacity-building programs and resources for the state’s youth workers and nonprofit youth-serving organizations, including schools, across all 92 counties in Indiana. The institute is also an outspoken advocate for healthy youth development throughout the State.  

Metro Baptist Center

Metro Baptist Center

Serving the poor of downtown Indianapolis in the same location, at the same time since 1987, Metro Baptist Center has “standardized the process of helping a person”. Though an extremely small organization, Metro’s Baptist affiliation and long-term partnership with local churches and church organizations have enabled it to consistently serve for 29 years through its partners’; volunteers, program facilitation, and donations.  

Hamilton County Youth Association

Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program operates under the authority of the juvenile court judge to step in early with at-risk students and connect them with local services tailored to their needs. Though a government-affiliated program, the big obstacle, however, is its complete lack of government funding. Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program’s solution is six volunteer boards (each with its own 501c3 designation) associated with geographical areas of Hamilton County that

Project Leadership

Project Leadership

In 2007, Project Leadership received a startling statistic about the number of Grant County students taking advantage of Indiana’s 21st-Century Scholars Program: 16%. Although a fantastic opportunity, the state-wide program needed a county-based, local approach to getting students enrolled. Project Leadership utilized partnerships and prioritized getting kids signed up, while also designing curriculum and mentorship opportunities for students to stay focused and academically successful.  

Hope Southern Indiana

Hope Southern Indiana

Founded in 1964, Hope Southern Indiana, “HSI”,  provides an insightful perspective when it comes to community development.  Rather than seeing other local nonprofits as competitors for funding, HSI sees them as fellow collaborators working towards a better community. They understand that if their mission is to enhance their community, and these other organizations are working to enhance their community, then helping other nonprofits furthers their mission.  To that end, HSI