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September 16, 2020

Fight for Life and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Partner to Support Local Youth Through Social Emotional Virtual Learning

Fight for Life Foundation, Indianapolis, IN Fight for Life Foundation, Indianapolis, IN

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Marlin Jackson, Fight for Life Foundation, Inc.
marlinjackson@fightforlifefoundation.org – 317-578-5499

Fight for Life and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Partner to Support Local Youth Through Social Emotional Virtual Learning

  • Foundations commits $50,000 to enhance virtual platforms for local youth through “Building Dreams’ program addressing behavioral health needs
  • Nonprofit to provide additional programs and services to help deserving but underserved youth develop the social and emotional qualities needed to be successful

Fight for Life and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation are partnering to support local youth through enhanced virtual learning and programming to address and provide behavioral health resources. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has committed $50,000 for the Building Dreams program to continue the development of Fight for Life’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) virtual platforms for students, teachers and families in the community.

Fight for Life, founded by Marlin Jackson, former cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts, aims to help deserving but underserved youth develop the social and emotional qualities needed to be successful including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Fight for Life programs use education, athletics, and wellness activities as the foundation for positive development. By introducing these concepts using effective techniques to teach youth in a virtual classroom environment, Fight for Life provides SEL in partnership with local school systems to implement essential and effective programs.

“Fight for Life enhances the future of our local youth through positive change while providing developmental virtual programming that’s accessible to those that are most deserving. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide the necessary tools and resources to our local youth and communities,” said Dr. Kimberly Roop, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid President in Indiana. “Supporting programs that improve health and enhance overall quality of life continue to be at the forefront of our mission. Anthem recognizes the importance of working with community partners to further our commitment to improve lives and communities.”

More than 9000 students across 11 schools have been served the Building Dreams program with a focus on SEL and positive behavioral intervention. Over the past three years, 75% of students who participated experienced academic improvement, improve school attendance, and fewer discipline referrals. Nearly 100 administrators and teachers have been trained on the Building Dreams program and the most effective ways to communicate with students and families.

“The Building Dreams Program is a major part of our school community and aligned with our mission and vision at Sankofa School of Success,” Alan Mickens, Sankofa School of Success Assistant Principal. “The program is truly one-of-a-kind and the opportunities it provides our students are something they will never forget we are proud to be involved in such an impactful partnership and want to thank Anthem for their generous support as we all work together to positively shape the future of our faculty and students. We look forward to the continued success of the program.”

Building Dreams has been an integral part of our School-Wide Positive Intervention and Behavior Supports,” said Joshua A. Halliwell, Charles W. Fairbanks Elementary School #105 Assistant Principal. “With Anthem’s support, this partnership has allowed our students to take ownership of their behaviors and celebrate their accomplishments while engaging and meaningful social-emotional curriculum. During this virtual setting, Building Dreams as become even more important to allow for an all hands-on deck approach to ensure all students are supported while they are learning from home.”

Fight for Life continues to engage with administrators, teachers, students and family virtual wellness workshops and virtual you field trips.

“Our vision is to provide a business model that connects education, healthcare, and social service programs by providing a concierge-like service schools and service providers. The Building Dreams program identifies students, family, and teacher needs and collaborates to address the social determinants of health that are impacting so many,” said Marlin Jackson, Fight for Life Founder and CEO. “We continue to take innovative and proactive approaches in shaping school culture to improve education by documenting behaviors and symptoms of students that may not be readily available due to an uncontrollable at-home environment. We are excited to partner with Anthem and through their generous support we will be able to continue to make a positive impact in the community.”

Fight for Life has received several awards and recognition for its work in the local community impact on Indiana’s youth over the years including Indy’s Best and Brightest Education and Nonprofit Winner, Indy’s Best and Brightest Finalists, Phelan Leadership Academies’ Indiana Heroes Award Winner, JB Award Winner (NFL) and Ed Block Courage Award Winner (NFL).

Out fight for Life Foundation, Inc.
Fight for Life Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that helps young people create a better life for them in a better world for you. The 4 main programs of Fight for Life are: Building Dreams, Seal the Deal, R.A.P., and Be a Blessing. Fight for Life Foundation was founded by Marlon Jackson, former cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts NFL team. Marlin’s mission was to give kids a fighting chance. He had to fight to get to where he was and it wasn’t a fight he wished for anyone. He never knew his father, his mother was addicted to drugs, and he was neglected and moved from home to home- far from the ideal childhood. So he fought. He had to fight for his life, the life that he wanted, the life that was just beyond the horizon of the ghetto that he could not see. The more he experienced outside the confines of his childhood, the more he became encouraged to fight for all that is right and just in the world. Marlin’s hopes is to give kids who grow up as he did a fighting chance to make it in the world, to let them know their environment does not have to dictate who they are in a negative way. Marlin’s goal is to introduce kids to life lessons coach character qualities that he has learned along the way, in order to help them sidestep some of the obstacles that he’s faced and know they have a will to face. To learn more, please visit http://fightforlifefoundation.org/.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation
Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to improving lives and communities. Through strategic partnerships and programs, the Foundation addresses the social drivers that help create a healthier generation of Americans in communities that the company serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on critical initiatives that makes up its’ Healthy Generation Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets; maternal health efforts and programs that benefit people with disabilities. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Dollars for Dollars program which provides a 100 percent match of associates’ donations as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. To learn more about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation and its blog at https://medium.com/anthemfoundation.