Promise Indiana (profiled in the March-April 2015 BizVoice magazine) is a community-driven framework for helping youth increase hope and build the assets they need to pursue education beyond high school. With support from the Indiana Education Savings Authority, eight Indiana communities are currently piloting Promise Indiana and the initiative will expand to include additional communities during the 2016-17 school year.
Business, education, local government and non-profit sectors each have a part to play in increasing educational attainment in your community by creating a college-going culture and helping youth establish college and career identity. Students with a dedicated college savings account in their name are seven times more likely to attend college; account ownership is a key piece of identity-building for youth at every stage of the educational pipeline. The Promise helps communities leverage support for families to begin saving for higher education and for youth to begin college and career discovery.
The Promise Indiana pilot is a unique opportunity to be one of the first communities in the state to receive operational support to launch the initiative and create meaningful outcomes for youth and families. Follow the link below to learn more about the Promise Indiana model and how your community can become one of the pilots selected for the 2016-2017 school year.
Promise Indiana pilot application: http://bit.ly/PromiseIndiana. Applications must be submitted online by February 12, 2016 (11:59 pm EST).
Questions about Promise Indiana or technical assistance with the online application can be directed to: Phil Maurizi, VP of Promise Operations, Wabash County YMCA, firstname.lastname@example.org, (260) 563-9622, ext. 406.