INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb joined the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and student groups from across the state for the 2015-16 My Community, My Vision (MCMV) final event this afternoon. Each of the six student groups, with support from graduate students from Ball State University's School of Urban Planning, presented their community vision plans during a luncheon at the 1899 Experience Venue in Indianapolis.
"It is essential to the development of our great state that young people be involved in community development," said Lt. Governor Holcomb. "I commend the great work done by these students with support from graduate students from Ball State University."
High school students were encouraged to participate in the 2015-16 MCMV program by submitting essays last fall outlining their ideas for enhancing the development and quality of life in their hometowns.
MCMV is supported by Indiana Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb and is administered by IHCDA with assistance from Ball State University.
Below is information about the student groups that participated:
Gary - ARISE
ARISE is a non-profit youth organization in Gary. The acronym ARISE stands for Accountability, Respect, Innovation, Success and Entrepreneurship. Youth advisor for the group is Ceèan Cohill. Alicia Nunn also helped on the project.
Anderson Community Schools - COMPASS
COMPASS is an acronym which stands for Community, Organizations & Mentors Partnering in Anderson Student Success, which is an alternative program serving 60 at risk kids from grades 6-12. Youth advisors for the group are Ms. Kristal McCorkle, Ms. Tandi Landes and Brian Lane. Mrs. Amanda McCammon supervised on a district level.
DeKalb High School - JAG
JAG stands for Jobs for America’s Graduates – an initiative by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Through DeKalb’s JAG program, students learn about job readiness, professionalism, college prep, and how to better their community. Youth advisor for the group is Andrea Freeze – JAG Specialist.
Hamilton Heights - Business Professionals of America (BPA)
The BPA extracurricular group serves communities of Arcadia, Atlanta and Cicero so the group developed a regional plan. Youth advisor for the group is Mrs. Julie Oeslchlager, Business Education Teacher.
Martinsville High School - DECA
The DECA chapter in Martinsville is 100 strong, and their mission is to enable future leaders and business professionals to make it count through community involvement, marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Youth supervisor for the group is Matt Hankins, DECA supervisor.
Muncie Central High School
Muncie has been hit by a loss of automotive and manufacturing jobs which has resulted in a massive population loss. This group of students hopes to revitalize the community and broaden the MCMV program. Youth supervisor is Todd Gibson, Social Studies Teacher.
Click here for more information about the MCMV program.