College Mentors for Kids honors UIndy


The University of Indianapolis is among the winners of the 2011 Inspire Awards, presented by the Indianapolis-based nonprofit College Mentors for Kids to people and groups helping others succeed through mentoring. UIndy was honored in the Business/Organization of Excellence category. The awards program noted the University’s “Education for Service” philosophy, its community partnerships, and its support for many student- and faculty-led mentoring and service efforts.

The nomination noted that UIndy students provided more than 40,000 hours of community service for the year through such efforts as a partnership with the YMCA to provide programming for children in a low-income housing complex, to name one example. College Mentors for Kids matches children in grades 1 through 8 with college students for afterschool activities designed to inspire self-reliance, self-confidence, and wise academic and social choices. CMFK, which has 23 campus chapters in Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio, named UIndy’s student organization the 2009 Chapter of the Year.