L.I.F.E. Beyond Shortridge

Dear Business Partners

Many of you have asked if you can be involved in an Indiana ALA venture, which is a program called L.I.F.E. Beyond Shortridge (Leaders in Firms Emerging). 

Shortridge High School, An IB World School emphasizes international mindedness, intercultural understanding and academic rigor.  We have developed a far-reaching program that is designed to teach students about the wide range of good job opportunities that are available in our member firms and organizations.  The program is designed to start with the sophomore class and work with and follow those students for 3 years. 

The program includes on-site educational opportunities for the students, paid internships (beginning June 13), writing contests, speaking opportunities for the students, career planning assistance, and much more.  It is intended to be a holistic approach that not only helps students learn about the wide range of opportunities that exist within law firms and related industries, but is also intended to help students overcome any obstacles that may stand in the way of their success. 

As director of the program, I hope you can see that I am very passionate about this project.  We currently have 17 law firms actively involved in the project.  It is a wonderful legal community outreach that will be beneficial to all involved and the program also represents a valuable public school/private business partnership that affords the students unique opportunities with no additional cost to the school.

Now, let's get to the answer to your question of how you can be involved.  After an entire year of researching, planning, grant proposal writing and funding and much organizing, we are up and running.  We just had our first presentation to the students last week.  It went very well and we will host at least 6 students for paid internships this summer.  The following is a list of ways in which you can become involved:

  • Simply Wish Us Well.  We are sending out this information because some of you have asked to be involved and we did not want to take a piece-meal approach or leave out anyone who may also be interested, but we will also be very appreciative of your good wishes alone.
  • Sponsor a Student Lunch.  We will be meeting with the intern students every Friday during the 6 week internship program to discuss what they are learning and determine if there are things we can do to improve their experiences within our organizations.  We plan to provide something simple, like pizza or sandwiches, for approximately 12-15 people.
  • Nutrition Pack Contributions.  Many of the students at Shortridge face significant economic challenges that sometimes impact their ability to always have nutritious food available.  We will provide a food pack to each program participant on a weekly basis.  We welcome monetary donations or actual items for the food packs.  Following is the list of items that were purchased for the first food pack that was distributed.  It is only a sample of the kind of things we can use. Fruit Roll Ups; Fruit Cups; Mac & Cheese; Peanuts; Applesauce; Slim Jims; Beef Jerky; Cheese & Breadsticks; Peanut Butter & Cheese Crackers; Beef Ravioli; Oatmeal Breakfast Squares; Granola Bars; Ramen noodles; Oat & Honey Bars
  • Provide an Internship Opportunity.  We currently have 11 students interested in internships and we have 6 internships available at the moment.  The internships run from June 13 through July 22.  All students will be      employed and paid minimum wage (currently $7.5 an hour) by the host business.  The core hours for the students are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with one hour for lunch (25 working hours per week).  There will be a weekly luncheon meeting with the other hosting firms and      participating students.
  • Host a Site Visit. Allow us to bring the students to tour your place of business and learn what you do and how your company partners with law firms.
  • Sponsor a Writing Contest.  You could provide either a cash donation or a prize.
  • Business Cards. Create and print a small number of business cards for our intern students and school liaisons.
  • Food Pack Bags.  You could supply the bags to use for our nutrition packs.  We would love to have bags with your company logo and the L.I.F.E. Beyond Shortridge Logo.  We currently are using a 15 x 15 recycle style bag.
  • $5 Gift Cards (McDonald's, Taco Bell,      etc.)  These are used periodically to reward the students for participation in the program.   Okay, sort of like a bribe, but it is all for a good cause. 
  • $10 GIFT Cards to School Zone, 5425 N. Keystone Avenue.  This is the store that carries the required Shortridge logo school uniform shirts.

So there you have it.  We appreciate all the inquiries that have been made and we hope you found this interesting.  For those of you who do become involved in the project now or in the coming years, we are committed to finding opportunities for you to meet these bright, motivated students. 

Click on the Foundation Focus article link: L.I.F.E. Beyond Shortridge Program to view the the July/August issue of Legal Management.

Please contact me if you have any questions.                                                                                            

Jennifer S. Ellis
Director of Administration

Kightlinger & Gray, LLP
Market Square Center, Suite 600
151 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN  46204
317-968-8105 (Main)
317-968-8112 (Direct)
317-968-8105 (Fax)
jellis@k-glaw.com (Email)