Kappa Delta Pi Welcomes Simon Youth Foundation Affiliate Chapter

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Kappa Delta Pi has chartered the Simon Youth Foundation Affiliate Chapter, expanding a collaborative partnership that began in 2007. Through chapter affiliation, the Foundation’s Academy educators now are connected to KDP’s professional network of educators and its resources.

Simon Youth Foundation, Indianapolis, IN 2012

Kappa Delta Pi is proud to expand its partnership with Simon Youth Foundation. By working together with public, private, or social sector leaders as equal partners for collaborations, a greater good can be accomplished.

This month, Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, has announced the next steps in its partnership with the Simon Youth Foundation. The alliance began in 2007 in a collaborative effort to assist and support students at-risk of academic failure and the educators who work with them. On September 24, 2012, the Kappa Delta Pi community welcomed all Simon Youth Academy educators and administrators as members of the newly chartered Simon Youth Foundation Affiliate Chapter. As an affiliate chapter, the Foundation’s Academy educators now have access to Kappa Delta Pi’s professional development resources and services, and also will have opportunities to share their expertise with other member educators.

The Simon Youth Foundation, or SYF, ignites hope through educational opportunities for students who are at-risk of dropping out of high school. The Foundation’s mission is to support Simon Youth Academies and Simon Youth Scholarships. “Connecting with Kappa Delta Pi allows Simon Youth Foundation to engage our public school partner staff in more meaningful ways,” says Arleen Peterson, SYF Vice President of Education Services. “We believe that by becoming an affiliate chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, we will be able to better serve and accomplish far more than we could alone.” Statistics show that Simon Youth Academies work. An impressive 90% of Simon students graduate. In partnership with local public school districts, SYF supports 24 Simon Youth Academies in 13 states. Primarily located in Simon malls, Simon Youth Academies make learning accessible to students who struggle in traditional classroom or school settings due to challenging situations in their lives.

The Simon Youth Scholarships program has offered more than $10 million in one-time and renewable scholarships to high school students in communities that are home to a Simon mall. 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 personal circumstances.

“Kappa Delta Pi is proud to expand its partnership with Simon Youth Foundation,” says Executive Director Faye Snodgress. “By working together with public, private, or social sector leaders as equal partners for collaborations, a greater good can be accomplished.” In May 2011, SYF was recognized as a Mutual of America Foundation Community Partnership award winner, with Kappa Delta Pi receiving an honorable mention for supporting the SYF Education Resource Centers.

For more information about Kappa Delta Pi, visit http://www.KDP.org or call KDP Headquarters at 800-284-3167.

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1911 to recognize and promote excellence in education, provide a reasoned voice for significant issues, and link learning communities of educators. Through its programs, services, and strategic partnerships, KDP supports the professional growth and teaching practices of educators throughout all phases and levels of their careers. The organization currently has more than 600 chapters and an active membership of 43,000 worldwide.

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