Learning Generation Iniative (LGI))

The Learning Generation Iniative (LGI) held its first annual meeting on April 1, 2003, to update its stakeholders, partners, and participants on its progress and achievements in 2002-2003.

The Learning Generation Initiative (LGI) is a local organization brought about by a coalition between the community foundations of Elkhart and LaGrange Counties through a $10 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Community Alliances to Promote Education (CAPE) Iniative. The CAPE Iniative’s purpose is to measurably improve educational attainment in Indiana. The CAPE application process provided stringent criteria by which the community foundations had to identify local needs and develop programs and approaches to addressing them.

The respective community foundations of Elkhart and LaGrange Counties listened to employers, employees, parents, students, educators, and civic leaders in an intensive community-input process to determine key educational needs in the region. The information and insights gathered from a total of 1,200 people showed that Elkhart and LaGrange Counties:

  • Have significantly more high school dropouts than the rest of the state;
  • Amish and Latino populations have greatly increased in the general population, and are facing severe educational challenges to becoming successful members of the workforce;
  • Adults over age 24 are far less likely to have any form of educational experience after high school;
  • Brain drain is a severe threat to the economic health of the region.

The 1,200 participants crystallized the solution for impacting these conditions: the Learning Generation Initiative.

The Learning Generation Initiative (LGI) will initiate, coordinate, and promote learning programs that foster and support a “lifestyle of learning” in Elkhart and LaGrange counties. LGI will bring learning alive in its bi-county community, providing a wide range of learning opportunities that are widely valued and widely used by the population it serves. LGI’s strategic, targeted, and focused learning programs will center on the educational needs identified for three important segments of its community: infants and children up to seven years of age, adolescents ranging from thirteen to eighteen years of age, and adults nineteen years of age and older.