New Coaching Program Helps At-Risk High School Students

BY JANET MANDELSTAM High school students at risk of not earning a diploma have extra support this year thanks to a new pilot program that places eight educational coaches at 10 schools in southwest-central Indiana. Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) and Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington launched the Graduation and Career Coaching Initiative to improve graduation rates, prepare students for postsecondary options, and ensure a qualified workforce for regional employers. Educators at each of the schools, including Bloomington High School North and Bloomington High School South, identify the at-risk students who will work with the coaches. Coaches report to Trudy Shaw at Ivy Tech. “They meet with the students every week and review their grades, attendance, and any disciplinary issues,” she says. […]

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The New Philanthropists: Regular Folks 
Making an Impact

BY ADAM KENT-ISAAC When people hear the word “philanthropist,” many think of wealthy individuals like Bill Cook, who give thousands or millions to not-for-profit organizations. The New Philanthropists of Bloomington wants to change that perception by encouraging regular folks to give small amounts and pool their resources. “It’s a giving circle,” says member Julie Gudaitis, 23, owner of Massage On The Square. “The whole idea behind it is that instead of individual people donating small amounts of money to different organizations, we pool our donations and give to one organization so we can have a larger impact.” It was in 2008 that graduates of Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County, a community leadership program affiliated with the IU School of Continuing Studies, conceived […]

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How Community Foundation Can Help You Help Others

Named endowments can start with just $1,000! BY ELISABETH ANDREWS What’s on your wish list for a stronger local community? Whether you dream of accessible preschool programs, strategies for sustainability, or prominent public art, facilitating those changes may be easier than you think. Tina Peterson, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, explains that, contrary to many people’s assumptions, you don’t need millions of dollars to create a philanthropic endowment. You can design your own fund to perpetually support a cause of your choice—from entrepreneurship to animal welfare—with a donation of $10,000. Of course, that’s still a lot of money, but Peterson says Monroe County residents are often pleasantly surprised to learn that named endowments […]

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