Who We Are
A national 501(c)(3) public charity headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Simon Youth Foundation, or SYF, ignites hope through educational opportunities for students who are at risk of dropping out of high school.
In partnership with local public school districts, SYF supports 23 Simon Youth Academies in 13 states and has maintained a 90% graduation rate at those Academies since inception. Primarily located in Simon malls, Simon Youth Academies offer flexible schedules and small class sizes that make learning accessible to students who struggle to connect with material in a traditional classroom or school because of homelessness, bullying, serious illness, parenthood, supporting their families, or facing other challenging personal circumstances.
The Simon Youth Scholarships program pays out millions in one-time and renewable scholarships to high school students in every community that is home to a Simon mall each year. Targeting first-generation college students and those with demonstrated financial need, the Simon Youth Scholarships program furthers the SYF commitment to extending educational opportunities to all students who want to learn, no matter their personal circumstances.
Igniting hope since 1998, SYF has reached remarkable milestones in our 15th year including graduating our 10,000th student and awarding over $10 million in scholarships.