GCS One of Indiana Schools Awarded the Lilly Counseling Grant

From the Lilly press release:

Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved grants to 52 Indiana public school corporations and five Indiana charter schools to help them implement promising strategies to strengthen school counseling programs for their students.
The grants – ranging from $68,312 to $2.87 million – are part of the Endowment’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students (Counseling Initiative). Launched in September 2016, the five-year initiative is designed to encourage the state’s public school corporations and charter schools to aspire to and eventually develop best practice comprehensive counseling models that effectively address the academic, college, career, and social and emotional counseling needs of their students. Schools in 30 of Indiana’s 92 counties will benefit from the grants. The schools serve some 250,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12. Grant amounts were based on the student enrollment of the school corporation or charter school.
The school corporations and charter schools will use the grants to launch a variety of efforts that include, among other strategies:
• Collaborating with mental health care providers to address their students’ social and emotional challenges;
• Pursuing novel ways to engage local businesses in preparing students for a range of employment opportunities, including developing mentoring and internship programs and planning industry information sessions and site visits to local companies;
• Implementing a comprehensive counseling model developed by the American School Counselor Association;
• Making better use of digital tools and adding and integrating curricula for college and career exploration and preparation;
• Providing professional development to teachers, counselors and administrators so they can identify and address the social and emotional needs of students to improve overall student well being;
• Partnering with colleges and universities to offer college counseling, financial aid assistance, campus visits and related programs.

In January 2017, the Endowment made planning grants to 284 school corporations and charter schools across Indiana to help them assess the counseling needs of their students, study best practice counseling programs in Indiana and around the country, and develop implementation grant proposals for funding to help them address their students’ counseling needs more effectively. In May 2017, 254 school corporations and charter schools submitted implementation grant proposals totaling nearly $90 million. A large majority of the proposals noted that schools are overwhelmed by the social and emotional challenges their students face, which they indicated have worsened in recent years because of the opioid addiction crisis affecting Indiana communities. They report that too often counselors don’t have the time they need for academic and college and career advising because they must address their students’ urgent social and emotional challenges.
Some School Districts Working Together: In five Indiana counties, school corporations submitted collaborative proposals. The Endowment was impressed with their interest in working together to leverage resources and community partnerships and is awarding implementation grants to 22 school corporations working in the five groups. They are:
• Elkhart County Collaborative Program with seven school corporations: Baugo Community Schools, Concord Community Schools, Elkhart Community Schools, Fairfield Community Schools, Goshen Community Schools, Middlebury Community Schools and WaNee Community Schools
• Grant County Collaborative Program
• Montgomery County Collaborative program
• Scott County Collaborative Program
• White County Collaborative Program

The following is from a list of all implementation grants approved in the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students:

Elkhart County
Baugo Community Schools
Concord Community Schools
Elkhart Community Schools
Fairfield Community Schools
Goshen Community Schools
Middlebury Community Schools
Wa-Nee Community Schools

About Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family — J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli –through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.