Educational Institutions

Simon Youth Foundation, Inc.

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • www.syf.org

Mission Statement

Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit based in Indianapolis, exists to help at-risk students who are on the verge of dropping out of high school stay in school. Through 26 Simon Youth Academies in 12 states and Simon Youth Scholarships, SYF advocates, creates and initiates educational opportunities for students by creating learning environments primarily inside Simon malls. In partnership with local public schools, SYF has maintained a 90% graduation rate at its Academies since inception, graduated more than 13,000 students, and awarded more than $14 million in scholarships.

Main Programs

  1. Simon Youth Academies
  2. Simon Youth Scholarships Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Simon Youth Foundation has 26 academies in 12 states. We also award scholarships to high school graduates in 42 states.

ruling year

1998

President and CEO since 2010

Self-reported

J. Michael Durnil PhD

Keywords

Self-reported

education, at-risk youth, at-risk students, students, scholarships, alternative education

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EIN

35-2035269

 Number

3183438427

Physical Address

225 West Washington Street

Indianapolis, 46204

Also Known As

SYF

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Simon Youth Academies, located primarily in Simon malls, are alternative high schools where students who may be homeless, seriously ill, facing parenthood, or otherwise unable to manage a traditional classroom experience can attend and receive their high school diplomas in a non-traditional environment. Since 1998, SYF's 26 academies have:

Graduated more than 13,000 students
Maintained a 90% cumulative graduation rate

Simon Youth Scholarships support the academic endeavors of high school graduates throughout the nation. Since 2000, more than $14 million in scholarships has been awarded

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Simon Youth Academies

Simon Youth Academies are alternative schools that provide at-risk youth the opportunity to earn their high school diploma. Each academy operates in partnership between SYF and one or more public school districts. Academy students receive job- and life-skills training, are able to set the pace of their education, and upon graduation they earn a diploma from SYF's local public school district partner.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

3737343.50

Program 2

Simon Youth Scholarships Program

Simon Youth Foundation provides post-secondary scholarships to graduates of Simon Youth Academies and to high school graduates in any community that is home to a Simon Malls property.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

1,376,630.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Every 26 seconds, a student in America drops out of high school. SYF aims to reverse the trend by helping public school corporations address the dropout crisis.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    SYF partners with public school districts to build alternative schools primarily inside Simon shopping malls. These Simon Youth Academies provide public schools much-needed space and financial resources that they can use to serve this under-served population. To encourage these students to continue their education after high school, SYF also offers a robust scholarship program.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    SYF is closely aligned with Simon Property Group, America's largest owner of shopping malls. SYF has unique access to these facilities and the financial ability to transform these spaces into state-of-the-art schools.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    SYF measures progress based on graduation rates and student satisfaction. Since 1998, more than 13,000 SYF students have graduated, and the graduation rate is nearly 90%. Additionally, recent surveys by the Center for Effective Philanthropy show that SYF students have higher perceptions of their schools than the national average.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    SYF has helped thousands of students move from the drop out track to graduation, and has helped more than 4,000 students pay for college. Despite the success of the organization, there is still a dropout crisis nationwide. SYF is actively expanding our network of schools to have an impact in more and more areas of the country.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Simon Youth Foundation has 26 academies in 12 states. We also award scholarships to high school graduates in 42 states.

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Funding Needs

Simon Youth Foundation is only able to support its national network of Simon Youth Academies and the Simon Youth Scholarships program through generous contributions. If you are interested in donating, please visit our website at www.syf.org(http://www.syf.org_/) .

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Council on Foundations - Member

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Financials

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Simon Youth Foundation Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Simon Youth Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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President and CEO

J. Michael Durnil PhD

STATEMENT FROM THE President and CEO

"The programs that Simon Youth Foundation offers to at-risk youth provide them with tools to succeed throughout their lives. Our Simon Youth Academies offer options for students who have dropped out, or are on the path to doing so. In addition, our Simon Youth Scholarships ensure the cost of higher education does not deter youth from pursuing their post-secondary-education dreams. It is our hope that these students will not only be able to improve the outcomes of their own lives, but those of future generations. These programs are only possible through the generous contributions of time, talent and treasure from our dedicated volunteers and supporters."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Deborah J. Simon

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BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?