Youth Development

Jeanie Foundation Inc

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • www.academyofgreaterworks.org

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Mission Statement

The Jeanie Foundation mission is to serve the community, strengthen families, and help disadvantaged children and youth develop assets to excel in school, career and life choices.

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ruling year

2003

Principal Officer

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Rev. Jeffrey Berry

Keywords

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academic, youth, children, education, faith-based, scholarship, mentoring, tutoring, entrepreneurship, character

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EIN

33-0999165

Also Known As

Jeanie Educational Foundation (JEF)

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Academy of Greater Works improves student academic achievement, character and leadership ability, youth business skills; Scholarships for in-state, out-of-state, and abroad post-secondary study to students in need through the Jeanie Scholarship Fund; and Consultation for other comunity and faith-based organizations to assist with their program, staff and resource development needs. Academy of Greater Works, our primary initiative, is an outcomes-based program providing year-round academic support, character education and business skills for high-risk middle school students. The Academy started in Louisville, Kentucky and is now established as a separate organization in Indianapolis, Indiana for primary operations. The Jeanie Foundation is the Academy's fiscal agent until its own 501(c)(3) status is approved.

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Principal Officer

Rev. Jeffrey Berry

BIO

Jeffrey LaMont Berry: If someone were to write my story, it would start like this: "The youngest of five children, raised by a divorced and single mother in the projects of Louisville, Kentucky, Jeffrey Berry has gone through some hard times. When he was a junior in high school his mother died. His sisters and brothers took over the bills and the apartment and kept the family together so that he could finish high school and go to college." An account such as this would begin to tell my story, once a shy, poor black kid with low self-esteem growing up near one of the worst street corners in the city. But now, with the help of his family, the church, and teachers, Jeffrey is now a college graduate, world traveler, and once a dinner guest of the Vice President of the United States of America. This should not come as a surprise, after all, he did invite the President and Governor to his high school graduation! Jeffrey says, "My life has servant leader written all over it, and that's what I've tried to provide for the past 16 years of my professional career." Jeffrey recalls daydreaming in the Centre College library that he would someday start a school or be superintendent. He went on to complete Master in Education coursework in educational management at the University of Dublin at Trinity College in the Republic of Ireland and the Master of Divinity degree in urban and youth ministry at Louisville Seminary. He did not know at the time that his work in different sectors--ministry, teaching, nonprofit, business, and political science--would inspire, anger and finally compel him to start the work of founding an independent school for underserved students. "I seek to arm students with a solid academic education, entrepreneurial skills, and strong moral character so they are prepared to succeed in college and their chosen career paths," says Jeffrey. Beliefs such as these helped formulate the motto Education ~ Vocation ~ Inspiration of the year-round afterschool academy he started to help failing students at a public middle school in his my hometown. In 2000, Jeffrey founded The Jeanie Foundation, Inc., (named in memory of his mother Martha "Jeanie" Berry) with a mission to serve the community, strengthen families, and help disadvantaged children and youth develop assets to excel in school, career and life choices. Not knowing it would become the worst of economic times to try to build a not-for-profit organization, he resigned his district school teaching position, "convinced there was a more excellent way to educate our children and youth." Jeffrey volunteered as the Founder, Executive Director, and President of the foundation, while also serving as the grant writer, Director, and lead teacher of its youth education program. Admittedly, that was too many hats for one man to wear, but he was on a mission to make sure students and families were better served. After moving to Indianapolis and marrying his supportive companion Rana, Jeffrey brought the work of the foundation and Academy of Greater Works with him. Now, he continues to pursue the goal of providing a privileged education for underprivileged youth. Toward this goal, Jeffrey was selected and trained in 2004 as Indianapolis' first and only national Fellow with Building Excellent Schools. He put on hold his PhD studies in Educational Leadership to complete the Fellowship, which equips him to become a more competent school leader with solid credentials, training, and vision looking at proven models of inner-city school success around the country. Jeffrey has responded to the dual call of education and ministry and is humbled to lead the founding group of the Academy of Greater Works in Indianapolis. As an advocate for quality public education for all students, Jeffrey hopes his greater work will have a broader impact on the American public educational system itself.

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