How the Helios Education Foundation uses SmartSimple to help youth build marketable skills




73 million young people around the world between the ages of 16 - 24 were unemployed in 2016. That makes them three times more likely than adults to be out of work.

The problem really hits home when you consider that it means  20 million Americans are currently not working who could be.

So what is being done to reverse this trend? With events taking place all over the world this coming July 15 to commemorate Work Youth Skills Day, it’s good to know there are organizations tackling this important issue, getting to the root causes and finding ways to increase the number of opportunities available for youth everywhere.

The Helios Education Foundation is one such organization, taking the initiative to provide grants and form strategic partnerships with communities across Arizona and Florida. Helios strives to provide the resources needed to ensure everyone has access to the education needed to build the skills that will improve their chances of achieving gainful, sustainable employment.



Their 2016 Annual Report  highlights their successes, and shares how and where they invested $17.4 million in Arizona and Florida on initiatives that promote educational success and career-focused skills.


We’re excited to count organizations like Helios among our clients, and SmartSimple takes pride in playing a vital role in helping Helios deliver on their mission. With SmartSimple, Helios has:
  • A truly organizational solution that tracks engagements, contracts and users, including grant applicants
  • Ad-hoc reporting capabilities for data, such as the current number of open grants, can be created in seconds
  • Improved efficiencies in areas such as approvals and payments, that ensure grant agreements are signed, and awards distributed faster

“SmartSimple is absolutely invaluable for managing our grants and other activities...we’ve discovered new processes and ways to bring other aspects of our organization into our SmartSimple system.”
Linda Thompson, Senior Vice President and Chief Impact Officer

How did we help Helios deliver a total of 18,000 scholarships to young Arizonans and Floridians to further their education? Read the full story.

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