My Community, My Vision
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 inlcuding how to apply.
North Putnam plan
City of LaPorte plan
City of Logansport/Cass County plan
Purdue Polytechnic School plan
Irvington Prepatory Academy plan
Fort Wayne plan
Gary - ARISE plan
Anderson Community Schools - COMPASS plan
DeKalb High School - JAG plan
Hamilton Heights - Business Professionals of America (BPA) plan
Martinsville High School - DECA plan
Muncie Central High School plan
Vevay (Switzerland County) plan
Washington County plan
Lawrence County plan
For more information on MCMV, please email Carmen Lethig, Placemaking Manager, at CLethig@ihcda.in.gov