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

SYF on the Road: At-Promise Students in Nashville, Tennessee

With 25 Simon Youth Academies in 13 states, Team SYF is known to hit the road occasionally.  A recent visit to Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills in Nashville, TN, reinforced how closely our academies tie current academic pursuits to future opportunities in the workforce, college and beyond.  In addition to the familiar sight of students hard at work in Math and English classes, part of the academy was buzzing with a different kind of activity .... 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

KDP Names Simon Youth Peabody Learning Academy Director Seith Bedard “Teacher of Honor”

Thirty students at a time: That’s how Mr. B. diligently works to educate at-risk youth in Peabody, Mass.  Class credit by class credit, he and his fellow teachers transform kids who likely would have been dropout statistics into high school graduates. With every new class that crosses the stage to shake his hand and proudly receive their diplomas, it’s easy to see Seith Bedard’s commitment to educating all students. And it’s easy to understand... Read More

Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarships Change Lives; Apply Today

The Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship application process is open! Now through January 11, 2014, students in communities that are home to Simon properties may apply.  Simon Youth Foundation has awarded more than $10 million in scholarships to students in 42 states, and the promise of more scholarship awards in 2014 is exciting for all Simon employees.  For high school seniors, completing an application is an investment of time that... 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


A Strong Support System Contributed by Brandon Pressley ‘13 Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills, Nashville, TN   I’ve been punching a timecard since I was old enough to work, and it wasn’t because I wanted a part time job to save up for something extra.  My family needed my help to get by.  I’ve always been a responsible employee, but when you’re in high school, timecards don’t always leave time to worry about your report card. At... Read More

SYF student testimonial: Mary Madden

This is SYF graduate Mary Madden’s story My name is Mary Madden. I am 19-years-old, and for my entire life it has been my mother, my two sisters and me – just the four of us. When I was in high school, crowded classrooms overwhelmed me, and situations with classmates often left me upset or angry. High school was not working out, and I thought I didn’t need to graduate anyway. In my family and community, it is about entering the workforce... Read More


Mall makeover features SYF Rolling Oaks Mall, a Simon Mall in San Antonio, Texas, and the home to our Simon Youth Judson Learning Academy, just completed a small-scale renovation project that is very close to our hearts here at Simon Youth Foundation. “We had a blank barricade that was being used to block the entrance to a vacant mall space, and it was an eyesore,” says mall manager Austin Martin. Martin got together with his mall team, and... Read More