Tamra O. Wright joins Simon Youth Foundation as VP of Programs

INDIANAPOLIS – Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) today announced Tamra Wright, former Director of Turnaround Schools for the City of Indianapolis, has joined the Indianapolis-based national nonprofit as its new Vice President of Programs. “Each year, SYF awards more than $1 million in scholarships and our schools help more than 1,200 students earn high school diplomas,” SYF President and CEO Michael Durnil said. “Tamra is an experienced, tireless... Read More

Haley Glover, Stephen Kingsley, and Bill Salin join SYF Board of Directors

INDIANAPOLIS – Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) announced the appointment of three new members of the organization’s Board of Directors. The new members include Haley Glover, Steve Kingsley, and Bill Salin. Haley Glover – Haley is Strategy Director for Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing students’ access to and success in postsecondary education. Prior to joining Lumina’s staff, Haley held... Read More

Fifth Third Bank sponsors financial literacy curriculum in 22 Simon Youth Academies

INDIANAPOLIS – In a press conference featuring Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, the Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) announced today that Fifth Third Bank is sponsoring Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance in its 22 Simon Youth Academies across the country. Central Indiana has two Simon Youth Academies – Simon Youth Clark Pleasant Academy and Simon Youth Academy at Edinburgh Premium Outlets. Two more are expected to be added this... Read More

The Masquerade Announces Larry Bird as 2014 Honoree

Celebration of Hoosier Basketball Legend to Benefit Simon Youth Foundation and Pacers Foundation INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana basketball legend, NBA Hall of Famer and Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird will be the honoree at The Masquerade at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, October 25, 2014. From his early days at Springs Valley High School in French Lick, Ind. and Indiana State University to his renowned NBA... Read More

Simon Youth Foundation Elects Lena Barkley, Dr. Leslie Fatum, Jeff Kucer to Board of Directors

Herbert Simon, David Simon, the late Melvin Simon named Honorary Board Members INDIANAPOLIS (February 25, 2014) – Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), an education-focused nonprofit headquartered in Indianapolis, has elected three new members to its national board of directors, elevated an incumbent member to emeritus status, named Herbert Simon and David Simon  as honorary members and posthumously recognized Melvin Simon as an honorary member. New board... Read More

AmeriPark Holiday Valet Program Raises More Than $47,000 for At-Risk Youth

INDIANAPOLIS  (February 6, 2014) – Shoppers at Simon malls across the country who chose to valet park their vehicles this holiday season helped put the charitable efforts of AmeriPark, a full-service parking company, in overdrive.  For the fourth consecutive year, AmeriPark teamed with mall owner Simon Property Group and mall retailers to promote the service and send a healthy portion of the proceeds to Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), an Indianapolis-based... Read More

Heartfelt Thank You to an Anonymous Donor

At Northshore Mall in Peabody, MA, a quiet gentleman has visited Guest Services time and again to make generous contributions to Simon Youth Foundation.  Over time, his dollars turned into hundreds of dollars, and eventually the anonymous donor surpassed the $1,200 mark.  Attentive Simon employees took note, and although the humble patron wishes to remain anonymous, a student at Simon Youth Peabody Learning Academy at Northshore Mall couldn’t... Read More

Simon Youth Foundation Names New Communications Manager

INDIANAPOLIS, (January 16, 2014) – Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) today announced Jen Pittman will join the Indianapolis-based nonprofit as its new communications manager.  In this role, she will lead collaborative efforts to raise awareness of the Foundation and its education-focused mission in communities that are home to Simon Properties and Simon Youth Academies. “Education has been a powerful, defining force in my life, and I am thrilled to... Read More

Simon Youth Scholarship Kick Starts College Career for IU Freshman

Julian Batts has a keen interest in international studies with his sights set on a career helping businesses boost productivity.  It’s a worthy professional goal and one that this Indiana University freshman is on track to attain. As a Carmel, Ind. high school student, Julian received a 2013 Simon Youth Community Scholarship through the Fashion Mall at Keystone, and he credits much of his early success in college to opportunities made possible... Read More

Simon Youth Foundation Extends Community Scholarship Deadline to January 21, 2014

Due to harsh winter conditions felt throughout much of the country this week, Simon Youth Foundation will extend the Simon Youth Community Scholarship Deadline to January 21, 2014.  The extension should afford applicants extra time to pick up scholarship applications from Simon Guest Services Centers and to secure transcripts or other necessary documentation. The new deadline also will allow mail delivery to return to normal schedules.For the 14th... Read More