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

15-10-10: The Combination for a Successful 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, Simon Youth Foundation celebrates a year of record-breaking successes –achievements that became possible because of support from our terrific partners.   15-10-10 was our mantra, our motto, our focus. This year at SYF, we celebrated our 15th Anniversary, graduated our 10,000th student and awarded our 10 millionth dollar in scholarships. We unleashed the “power of orange.” And we never once forgot the sole purpose... Read More

Students Do More than Shop at Simon Malls; They Graduate

Simon Malls are bustling with activity this holiday season, but among the familiar sights of gift bags and decorations, shoppers at several malls across the nation may see an unfamiliar holiday scene – high school graduation ceremonies.  This December, 225 at-risk high school students will receive their high school diplomas as they graduate from seven of 23 Simon Youth Academies located primarily in Simon Malls. Graduation day is an incredible,... Read More

The Gift of Inspiration

Some say actions speak louder than words. At the Simon Youth Foundation Northeast Bowling for Education event, a record breaking amount was raised for SYF. More than $275,000 was raised with more donations still coming in to benefit the efforts to provide educational opportunities for at-risk youth. There is a story behind the story here. The efforts to make this event special were spearheaded by Deborah Weber, Mall Manager at Walt Whitman Shops in... Read More

History Lesson Moves Students

Philosopher and Novelist George Santayana once said, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Though sometimes difficult, it is important to learn about historical events that transformed the landscape of the world. World War II and the Holocaust are not pleasant topics with a powerful but not happy ending. Students at Simon Youth Dr. Paul L. Kelley Volunteer Academy at Knoxville Center in Knoxville, Tennessee were tasked... Read More

Simon Regional Conferences Welcome SYF

The 2013 Simon Property Group Regional Meetings kicked off with the New England Region on Wednesday, April 3rd and Simon Youth Foundation will be present at all SPG Regional Meetings to update the field based mall teams on the support they have provided to SYF. SYF President and CEO Dr. Michael Durnil will be on hand to thank the mall leaders for the important roles Simon employees play in SYF. SYF’s theme for the presentation “YOU are the... Read More

Ameripark’s Holiday Valet Program Nets SYF $43K

It takes $1,000 to get a Simon Youth Academy student to graduation. At a reception at Shula’s Steakhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. on Thursday, March 28, Chip Patterson, the CEO of AmeriPark, one of the country’s leading parking management companies, presented a check big enough to give 43 more students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma. AmeriPark raised the $43,207 donation through its 2012 Holiday Valet Program at Simon® malls... Read More

Two New SYF Advocates

Simon Youth Foundation works to ignite hope in at-risk youth across the country. In order to spread this message, it requires academy faculty and students, Simon Property Group employees and mall teams, and supporters to help champion the cause. Strong advocates help create awareness that is immeasurable. SYF has two new allies in the Indianapolis, Indiana area – sports radio personalities Jake Query and Derek Schultz. Query & Schultz host... Read More

Della Lefevers celebrates 10th anniversary with SYF

Dedicated, thoughtful, caring, energetic and humble – these are just a few of the words co-workers, colleagues and friends use to describe Della Lefevers. Simon Youth Foundation is proud to recognize Della as she enters her 10th year on staff. Her impact on the success of SYF is immeasurable, but one thing is for sure – the education programs team would not be complete without her daily efforts to make a difference. “Della comes in each... Read More

From Obstacle to Reward

Four individuals, each with different circumstances, came to the Simon Youth Pacers Academy at Washington Square for the purpose of graduating high school. While doing their studies they were offered an opportunity to participate in an internship with CVS Caremark called the Pathways to Logistics in Indianapolis, Indiana. This unique partnership gives deserving students an opportunity to get real work experience so they can get on track towards a... Read More