INDIANAPOLIS - Many more kids will get to learn about entrepreneurship and business in the real world thanks to a grant from a Central Indiana family this week.
Junior Achievement of Central Indiana announced on Friday the creation of the $1 million Lindsey Family Financial and Entrepreneurial Education Fund.
The fund was created with money donated by David P. and Jessica Lindsey and family. Lindsey founded security system dealer Defender Direct in 1998.
A spokesman for the organization said the fund will support preschool-through-high school programs, including the BizTown program that introduces kids to real-world business skills.
Ten-year-old Leah Tan is one of the DJs at the "Radio Disney" station inside Junior Achievement's BizTown.
"We would come here and learn how the economy works," Tan said. "And it was really an awesome experience because this place – we didn't just sit down and read out of a text book – we got to learn about it ourselves. So it was actually really cool."
Thanks to the Lindsey's gift, more kids like Tan will get to have similar experiences.
"With the Lindsey gift we will be able to broaden our focus on reaching more and more under-served schools and at-risk students and helping to inspire and educate them in the areas of financial literacy, work-readiness, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and just building confidence in life skills," said Jennifer Burk, president and CEO of Junior Achievement
Last year, Junior Achievement impacted 20,000 children across Central Indiana through more than 20 programs, according to Burk.
"What we know is that too many students are uninspired and unengaged and without a vision for the future," Burk said. "That's really where Junior Achievement programs come in and help. JA gets kids excited about the possibilities for their future."