ABCs of Simon Youth Foundation
This post was written by Eric Chamberlain, who will serve his last day as SYF’s Major Gifts Officer at the end of April.
In my time with SYF, it’s been my privilege to work each day to support education opportunities for young people in communities all across the country. But it’s an even greater privilege to work alongside the many caring individuals who make our work possible. I thought it would be fitting (and a little bit fun) to write an ABCs-themed post in praise of just some of the supporters and educators who have made 12,000 graduates and $12 million in scholarships possible.
A is for AmeriPark in Atlanta, GA
B is for Bill, Billy, and Mr. Brown, the three school leaders at our Academies in Nashville, Tenn.
C is for Courtney a teacher in Seattle, Wash.
D is for Dee Dee, the mall manager, and Dennis, an Academy administrator, in Westminster, Calif.
E is for the employees of Simon Property Group, #poweroforange.
F is for Fifth Third Bank, a long-time supporter who recently donated financial literacy curriculum to each of our Academies.
G is for golf and all of the sponsors of Tees for Education.
H is for Hamilton Southeastern Schools, SYF’s most recent school partner.
I is for Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, an event partner and supporter in Indianapolis. By the way, you should sign up.
J is for Jack, the leader of our Academy in Port Charlotte, Fla.
K is for Kay, an Academy teacher in Nashville.
L is for Lena, an SYF Board member from CVS in Detroit.
M is for Masquerade, SYF’s premier gala in October this year honoring Jim Morris.
N is for Nashville Predators Foundation, a foundation supporter in Nashville.
O is for Orlando Premium Outlets, one of two Premium Outlet malls that host an Academy.
P is for PNC Bank in Indianapolis.
Q is for quality education in Simon Youth Academies.
R is for Ryman Hospitality Properties Foundation, a foundation supporter in Nashville.
S is for SMS Holdings and Service Management Services.
T is for The Travelers Companies.
U is for US Security Associates, a corporate supporter in Roswell, Ga.
V is for the volunteers who help us partner with The Color Run Indianapolis.
W is for Mrs. Wyatt, lead principal for our three Academies in Wichita, Kan.
X is for Experts in Residence.
Y is for YOU if you’re reading this.
Z is for Mr. Zobel, an administrator in Whiteland, Ind.
THANKS for all you do for SYF!