“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

That power becomes limitless when it’s joined by passion to make meaningful, positive impact and the driven members of TheJunior League of Indianapolis. For the past 15 years, the outstanding women of this organization have teamed up with School on Wheels to help us address pressing needs among the most vulnerable population in our city. They have created a legacy with philanthropy and love for learning over the years. Recently, they’ve dedicated their efforts to us at The Julian Center by providing generous funding to support tutoring and academic programs at this site, along with three dedicated tutoring teams for the children impacted by homelessness at this shelter for survivors of domestic violence.

The Junior League’s strong advocacy for the students enrolled in our programs have helped us shift the way people think about homelessness in Indy. Shedding light on the cycle of poverty and the hardships kids in transition face has helped us spread awareness for our cause and find new partners and more voices as we work towards transforming lives through education. The Junior League’s commitment to preparing students for academic success has helped School on Wheels intentionally develop curriculum and educational support to meet children wherever they are on their education journey and achieve necessary academic milestones that improve the likelihood of them graduating from high school. High school graduates are three times less likely to live in poverty and will make at least half a million dollars more in their lifetime than those who drop out.

Education pulls children experiencing homelessness out of poverty and helps them attain job opportunities, stable housing, better health, and productive, more hopeful futures for generations to come. We are grateful for the years of tireless service The Junior League of Indianapolis has given us to help stabilize this complex, critical social issue. Thank you to all of the incredible women behind Junior League who help make our programming possible!

Want your community group or business to get involved? Learn about how you can sponsor our upcoming Education Celebration or other ways to get involved.