Morgan County, Ind. – K-12 Workforce Development and K-12 mental health are a priority for the staff and board of the Community Foundation of Morgan County (CFMC) as we have seen an increased need in recent years. In its fall grant cycle, CFMC is partnering with nonprofits that seek to provide these critical resources. The foundation awarded four Impact Grants to Morgan County nonprofits totaling $28,500.
To address K-12 mental health in our community, CFMC funded Youth First, Inc. and Remedy Live. Youth First is a program in MSD of Martinsville and Mooresville Schools, providing a social worker as the first response for students struggling with mental health. Each social worker directs the child to a plan of success, referrals to free counseling services, and programs that support a healthy family dynamic. RemedyLive will be providing to Monrovia Schools a Mental Health showcase for all high school students addressing the stigma of mental health and a 24/7 text line for assistance when a youth experiences a crisis or trauma.
Students in our community have stated they are unaware of pathways to successful post-high school careers. In 2018, 709 high school students participated in a community survey addressing how prepared they feel for life after high school. 77% of students reported going directly into the workforce was the most important pathway after graduation. In response to the youth findings, CFMC funded Barbara B Jordan YMCA a grant to perform an entrepreneurial program for all after-school centers in Morgan County. Smartup Startup has an evidence-based curriculum to help youth start their own businesses. Through the 15-part program, youth will identify a business, such as babysitting or landscaping, and create a financial and marketing plan to begin their own business.
“We feel strongly that we need to help our youth become successful by providing services to improve mental health and create a pathway after high school,” said CFMC President Brittani Bentley. “Impact can be accomplished in many ways, but in the end, we must be able to tell our community ‘What difference do we make.’ That comes with funding dynamic programs that help our youth, but also move the needle in the lives of those they serve. We live in a county with many giving individuals, but also a county with many needs. CFMC is partnering with our community to make the lives of everyone better – in particular, those we may not know.”
Impact Grant funds are provided by private individuals and local businesses through charitable donations to the Community Foundation of Morgan County. Every dollar donated to CFMC goes back out into our community in the form of funding programs addressing our youth’s most critical needs. CFMC wants to lead a new conversation on how to create an impact in our community through philanthropy and community leadership. We want all our donors to feel they have received a social return on their investment with us.
More information on grant recipients and their outcomes will be featured on the CFMC’swebsite at CFMConline.org and on the Facebook page at Facebook.com/CFofMorganCounty. Interested individuals may also learn more or donate by calling 765-813-0003.
CFMC’s mission is to connect donors and their charitable giving with our evolving community needs in order to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations through impact grantmaking. The vision of CFMC is to be the philanthropic leader and a catalyst in order to maximize available resources in our community.