Journalistic Learning Initiative receives major award from the Scripps Family Impact Fund for Effective Communicators expansion

EUGENE, OR –– The Scripps Family Impact Fund has awarded Journalistic Learning Initiative (JLI) $540,333.34 in support of their Effective Communicators program. The grant will allow the program, which has benefited nearly 8,000 middle and high school students since 2015, to expand its reach to more states and accelerate its goal of promoting student achievement through improved critical thinking, collaboration, research, and writing skills.

“We are honored for our work to be acknowledged by the Scripps Family Impact Fund in such a significant way. This is a game-changing award that supports our commitment to youth enrichment,” said Ed Madison, JLI’s Co-Founder and Executive Director.

The program has been utilized by nearly 100 teachers across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Arizona. With this support from the Scripps Family Impact Fund, JLI will extend its map to include schools in New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and Georgia. Through the addition of these new states, JLI continues its commitment to empowering students from underserved communities, targeting areas with diverse student populations and needs.

JLI’s Effective Communicators program encourages middle and high school students to work together to investigate community concerns through research, interviews, and multimedia storytelling, fostering teamwork and promoting cross-cultural understanding. It provides educators with research-based and standards-aligned materials rooted in Journalistic Learning for their English Language Arts (ELA) classrooms. Students pursue the issues that interest them––a strategy which heightens student engagement and makes ELA skills relevant to their identities. 

The Scripps Family Impact Fund was created in 2018 as a partnership between the 4th and 5th generations of the Scripps family, and holds a rich philanthropic history serving a wide range of causes. Notably, the family has a legacy of supporting journalistic education, stemming from Edward W. Scripps’s news institution, The E.W. Scripps Company

This award is transformative for JLI, allowing the organization to further disseminate its mission of empowering students to “discover their voice, improve academic outcomes, and engage in self-directed learning through project-based storytelling.” 

 

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