Simon Youth Foundation

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Our Mission

Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Indianapolis, is committed to helping students graduate. SYF believes that all youth, no matter their personal circumstances, should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams through education. SYF executes its mission through two major programs.

Simon Youth Scholarships

Each year, SYF awards more than $1 million in one-time and renewable Simon Youth Scholarships to high school students in every community that is home to a Simon Mall. SYF has awarded over $17 million in scholarships to nearly 5,000 students since 1998.

Targeting first-generation college students and those with demonstrated financial need, the Simon Youth Scholarships program furthers the SYF commitment to extending educational opportunities to all students who want to learn, regardless of their circumstances.

Simon Youth Academies

In partnership with local public school districts, SYF builds high schools called Simon Youth Academies, through which students at risk of dropping out receive the personalized support needed to earn their diplomas.

Primarily located in Simon Malls, Simon Youth Academies make learning accessible to students who struggle to connect with material in a traditional classroom or school because of homelessness, bullying, serious illness, parenthood, supporting their families, or other challenging personal circumstances.

Since its inception, SYF has maintained a 90 percent graduation rate at its 35 Simon Youth Academies in 15 states, helping more than 17,500 students graduate. Through the recently launched SYF Alumni Network, SYF’s graduates can connect with their fellow alumni, explore professional and event opportunities, and share important milestones with SYF.

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