FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/20/2023
Updated Information on the HIM By HER™ Collegiate School for the Arts*
Indianapolis, IN. The Indianapolis-based HIM By HER Foundation, Inc. (HBHF) recently announced the impending closure of its HIM By HER™ Collegiate School for the Arts (“HBHCSA”) charter school, with the last day of academic instruction on January 20, 2023. While the enrollment of the Kindergarten through Sixth grade school quadrupled since first opening in the Fall of 2020 during the global COVID-19 health and economic crisis, enrollment did not reach an adequate number to operate and maintain the 200,000 square-foot building it leases.
HIM By HER is now pleased to announce that all students have been placed with other schools. It is also pleased to announce that all HIM By HER employees have now received or accepted job offers with either comparable or better compensation. HIM By HER worked diligently with area schools and Enroll Indy to ensure that all students were successfully and smoothly placed.
While the School continues winding up activities, it wishes to express profound gratitude for all the families that supported HBHF, all the dedicated employees who helped make HBHCSA a unique school as part of a larger community development center, all the many strategic partners that helped HBHF to carry out its mission, and the public at large in supporting our efforts to begin to interrupt the Schoolto-Prison Pipeline.
Despite the school closure, HIM By HER has a long list of triumphs in the Indianapolis area through its community development center activities. These include operating its Enterprise Village™ to teach finance, civics, and entrepreneurship to program participants, both at a permanent location, and as a mobile unit to transport and set up the Enterprise Village™ at satellite locations on demand. HIM By HER has developed strategic alliances with many governmental and non-governmental organizations to promote education, crime prevention, wellness, and economic advancement. These partnerships have included: IMPD; Marion County Health Department; MCPO; Marion County Sheriff’s Office; BMO Harris Bank; Eskenazi Health; Group 1001; Christ Church Cathedral; and many others. HIM By HER has also been fortunate to have the support of high-profile athletes and sporting teams throughout its existence, including the Indianapolis Colts, former Indianapolis Colts greats Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis, and former world heavyweight boxing champion Lamon Brewster (and his anger management program), to name a few.
Recognizing the crime-reduction impact of HIM By HER’s activities on the surrounding community, HBHCSA as a school was awarded the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) 2022 Crime Fighter of the Year Award on August 22, 2022.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.