Community, Leadership & Investment
Community Leadership & Investment
EMPOWERING A COMMUNITY: FAR EASTSIDE SUCCESS INITIATIVE
More than a quarter of residents living on the far eastside of Indianapolis have an income of less than $10,000 a year, making this area one of the most economically challenged in the city. Focused on Carriage House East — a Glick Housing Foundation affordable housing community — and anchored by Phalen Leadership Academy @103 (PLA@103), the city’s first Innovation Network School, the Far Eastside Success Initiative aspires to elevate the neighborhood where the Gene B. Glick Company was proudly founded through strategic investments in community leadership.
Far Eastside of Indianapolis: Leading Community Through Transformation
The far eastside of Indianapolis has struggled for decades with declining school performance, increased crime, fewer employers and insufficient housing options. Yet, at the same time, there are many community organizations who are dedicated to working together to improve the quality of life in this once-thriving area of Indianapolis.
In 2015, the Glick Family Foundation began exploring the idea of focusing community leadership and philanthropic investments around a concentrated effort. The result was the Far Eastside Success Initiative.
The far eastside of Indianapolis has significant historical and emotional meaning to the Glick family and company. The Gene B. Glick Company was headquartered on the far eastside for decades, and the Glick family spent many years living in the community. Carriage House East, one of the largest Glick Housing Foundation communities, is located on the far eastside.
Glick Philanthropies envisions the far eastside of Indianapolis as a community of opportunity and success for all.
The mission of the Far Eastside Success Initiative is to lead and support coordinated efforts that break the cycle of poverty by creating youth, family and community success on the far eastside of Indianapolis.
Beginning at birth and continuing to career, all children will be prepared for success through excellent educational opportunities.
Families on the far eastside are financially stable with the skills, income and assets needed to reach economic opportunity.
The far eastside will become a desirable place to live, work and play. Residents, community organizations, business and government will work together to improve the quality of life on the far eastside.
Increase access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs on the far eastside
Glick Philanthropies has granted more than $1,000,000 to provide pre-k scholarships to more than 150 four-year-olds on the far eastside
More than 90% of children receiving Glick pre-k scholarships are entering kindergarten at or above grade level as compared to less than 50% of comparable students that did not attend a high-quality pre-k program.
Improve performance of public schools on the far eastside
Glick Philanthropies has granted more than $800,000 to support the turnaround of IPS School 103
IPS School 103, now called PLA@103, once one of the poorest performing IPS schools, has gone from an “F” rating from the state to an “A” rating in 2017. In 2016, PLA@103 had the highest growth rate of third grade reading scores (IREAD-3) in Indiana. In addition, school enrollment has increased by more than 20% because families report they are pleased with the school.
Help families move to economic self-sufficiency
Glick Philanthropies has granted more than $150,000 to support the Center for Working Families at Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE) to support financial and career coaching
Through the Center for Working Families at CAFE, more than 200 families increased assets, income and credit scores in 2016 thanks to the financial and career coaching.