FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Shane Shepherd, President
B4U Fall Foundation RECEIVES $75,000 FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION
Funds Awarded by United Way
Indianapolis, Feb. 21, 2020 – On Dec. 12, 2019, 14 community-based organizations received funds ranging from $10,000-75,000 to support innovative programs, concepts and methods to help individuals and families reach their full potential. B4U Fall was awarded $75,000 from United Way of Central Indiana.
The Social Innovation Fund is an opportunity for community-based organizations to propose new ideas and scale successful programs that could lead to better possibilities for thousands of individuals and families who are living in or one step away from poverty. The Fund specifically targets initiatives that can accelerate positive outcomes for individuals needing safe and affordable housing; access to healthy food, transportation or education; pathways to better-paying jobs; and improved physical, mental and behavioral health.
Aimed to “catch Indy’s youth before they fall,” B4U FALL’s Pathway to Success program will provide relevant curriculum along with experiential learning to youth primarily in near-west side neighborhoods that lead to internships and permanent employment opportunities. The innovation behind this program comes from Founder Shane Shepherd, a United Way 100 Heroes recipient in 2018, who has created a program located in the heart of an ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) populated neighborhood that combines technology, mental health access, and entrepreneurship in a singular program strategy.
“This is a 75K blessing, says Founder and President Shane Shepherd. “The ability to combine the nonprofit world with the tech world, and to have it serve a demographic that is in desperate need of upward mobility is a huge. I’m excited about our future and the future of our participants.”
B4U Fall’s vision is to provide evidence based outcomes through the utilization of programs, universally validated curriculum, and activities that will initiate growth on a micro, mezzo, and macro level within the African American community. Visit b4ufall.org for further information.