My Community, My Vision (MCMV) is a youth planning partnership between the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs’ graduate program. The program is in its sixth year and was developed with the belief that young people in Indiana should not have to leave their hometowns in order to achieve their dreams. Previous participating groups have developed community vision plans that lay the groundwork for student entrepreneurship opportunities, community gardens, bike-share programs, farmer's markets, and other programs students wanted to see brought to their hometown. Past youth-driven plans have been adopted by local units of government and one group even raised about $4,000 in grant funding and in-kind donations to implement projects developed in the MCMV planning process.
Local units of government (LUGs) and high school student groups will work in partnership with an IUPUI student mentor during the school year to create a youth-driven community vision plan. With input from the high school students and support from the LUG, the IUPUI student mentor will create a vision plan based on the students’ ideas for their communities. Student teams will be required to devote time each week (an average of 1 to 2 hours, with occasional travel) toward the creation of the plan, as well as attend several all-group meetings throughout the course of the program year. Groups selected to participate will receive money to implement a community-supported, youth-driven project.
Participating communities include: Hobart, Jasper, Mishawaka, North Putnam, and Versailles.
Please see below for resources related to the My Community, My Vision 2019-2020 webinar titled, Engage Your Community's Youth, conducted on March 20, 2019. This document and webinar will provide the user with important program information including how to apply.
- Gary - ARISE
- Anderson Community Schools - COMPASS
- DeKalb High School - JAG
- Hamilton Heights - Business Professionals of America (BPA)
- Martinsville High School - DECA
- Muncie Central High School
For more information on MCMV, please email Ryan Hamlett, Placemaking and Environmental Review Manager, at email@example.com.