STEM: Lilly is a leading company engaged in STEM strategy, including focus on teacher professional development. In 2013, Lilly, in collaboration with LRL and the Organization of Latinos at Lilly (OLA), hosted a group of approximately 30 high school students participating in the Young Innovators Quest (YIQ) camp organized by the non-profit, Health & Science Innovations. The Lilly Foundation provided a grant to YIQ and OLA/LRL to plan a one-day visit to Lilly for these students to experience aspects of drug development, including Lilly’s structure 3D program and demonstrations on auto-synthesis. In addition to these lab experiences, we facilitated a 40-minute panel discussion regarding STEM careers.
Center for Leadership Development (CLD): For more than 30 years, Lilly has partnered with CLD, which helps develop leadership and professional skills in African American youth in Indianapolis. Since 2005, and in conjunction with the CLD, Lilly sponsors the Corporate Youth Summit to expose minority youth to the career opportunities available in corporate America
Street Law: Lilly collaborates with Faegre Baker & Daniels LLP, on this national program at Indianapolis’ Shortridge Magnet High School for Law & Public Policy to help high school students learn real-world applications of civil law. With classroom teachers, representatives from Lilly’s law division and attorneys from Faegre Baker & Daniels co-teach civil law classes as an elective to 11th grade students. The program tackles the lack of diversity in the legal profession by focusing on strategies that encourage minority students to enter the legal profession and provides students with role models, connections with legal professionals, and the opportunity to experience the types of work legal professionals do.
Project Stepping Stone: Representatives from the Organization of Latinos at Lilly (OLA) participate in Project Stepping Stone, a community event for Indiana Latino high school students interested in attending college. The program helps ease the transition to college and helps students explore career opportunities.
Indiana Youth Group: The People Respecting Individual Differences Equally (PRIDE) employee resource group and the Lilly Foundation support Indiana Youth Group, an organization that provides a safe, confidential environment, youth development programs, and support services that foster personal strength and wellness among self-identified LGBT young people and questioning youth. The company supports IYG’s Gay-Straight Alliance program offered in local high schools.