Fort Wayne’s evolving downtown skyline and riverfront are deservedly catching lots of attention. Not so noticeable but more important is development of the community’s next generation. The latter effort takes a promising step forward with announcement of a $500,000 grant to help leaders serving youth and families develop cutting-edge policies and practices to support Allen County youth.
Cheryl Taylor, Foellinger Foundation executive director, said the grant will allow Great Kids Make Great Communities to create a Youth and Family Development Academy and a lecture series.
Allen Superior Court Judge Charles Pratt, founder of Great Kids, said the grant will allow the organization to expand its mission of training youth leaders in the social services, juvenile justice, education, law enforcement and more.
“These are initiatives I believe will have lasting impact on the health and well-being of our community for generations,” Pratt said at a news conference Tuesday. “Our vision with the academy is to help – in all sectors – the leaders in our community to better understand the science of youth development.”