IBJ Podcast: How an Indy group will use $11.6 million to help black students achieve

Dennis Bland

The Indianapolis-based Center for Leadership Development has spent more than 40 years helping African American students excel in education and their lives—and it has received support from the Lilly Endowment from the beginning.

But now, the endowment has made what officials are calling a “transformational” $11.6 million investment in the organization, which will help it expand the number of students it serves, put satellite locations in particularly needy neighborhoods, take programs directly into schools and expand their center to create more spaces for classrooms and tutoring.

Host Mason King talks with the group’s president, Dennis Bland, about those expanded programs as well as how the Center for Leadership Development will do more to mentor students once they’re in college. The Lilly grant will also seed an endowment for the group.

You can read more about the Lilly grant at IBJ here.

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