Summer Learning Institute Honored for Service to Indianapolis Youth

by Katie Bradley | Jan 21, 2015

In December, Marian University’s Summer Learning Institute (SLI) was honored by the Indianapolis Professional Association in recognition of outstanding service on behalf of the youth of Indianapolis.

Founded in 2010 through a grant from The Indianapolis Foundation and Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), the institute aims to boost the achievement of local children (especially the disadvantaged) by creating quality out-of-school programming and to offer high quality mentored urban teaching experiences to university students who are interested in becoming teachers.

Last summer, the SLI served more than 1,000 children enrolled in 25 different summer programs. Among the many programs, the institute’s math and science activities provide both high-quality teacher training and highly engaging hands-on activities that complement school learning and enrich students’ school experience.

“Because math is a gatekeeper for many STEM fields, this finding has important implications for youth living in the Indianapolis community,” said Judy Bardonner, Ph.D., director of the Summer Learning Institute.

If you are interested in partnering with Marian University in reducing summer learning loss and closing the achievement gap, please contact Judy Bardonner, Ph.D. at or at 317.955.6545.    

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