Fight for Life Foundation’s School-Based Technology, Building Dreams, Receives Grant to Help Decrease Indy’s Crime and Increase Opportunity

Source: Indiana Minority Business Magazine | Repost Fifgr for Life Foundation 11/9/2023 –

Fight for Life Foundation (FFL), an Indianapolis not for profit organization that helps underserved youth develop by providing social-emotional learning programs, has been awarded a $200,000 Elevation Grant. The Elevation Grant Program is a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, Mayor Joe Hogsett, and the City-County Council with a goal to decrease crime and increase opportunity. Funds from the grant will support organization growth and schools’ access to the technology.

“Everything we’re able to do through Fight for Life and Building Dreams is because of community partnerships and a shared understanding that various solutions are needed in order to support students and families, as well as address underlying issues,” said former Indianapolis Colts Marlin Jackson, Fight for Life Founder & CEO. “The Fight for Life Foundation is proud to be one of many solutions being supported to provide prevention and early intervention methods for youth who are in need of guidance,” Jackson said.

In 2018, FFL created the Building Dreams platform. Building Dreams software as a service is expansive; it is packed full of features based off of education models that are commonly used: MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Supports), SEL (Social-emotional Learning), and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports).

“Through a student-centered approach, we use a proven process to build stronger classrooms and create healthier schools. This is an aspect of mental health care and us acknowledging the zones of stress. I know firsthand how hard it can be when you enter school with stress and personal trauma,” Jackson said. “Students are facing all types of adversity, and sometimes those things can affect their focus and behavior in school.”

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