2023 My Community, My Vision Initiative

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority(IHCDA) have chosen Ripley Youth Outreach, an initiative of the Ripley County Community Foundation, for the My Community, My Vision (MCMV) program, which connects high school students across Indiana to each other and to their neighborhoods, towns, and cities. The other selected student groups are as follows: Greensburg Mayor’s Youth Council, Frankton High School Students in Action, Mishawaka Youth Advisory Council, Mayor’s Youth Council of Batesville, Monticello Next Generation Youth Advocates, and Warren County Foundation Youth Council.

“Maintaining strong and viable communities is important to the health of Indiana, and we need future leaders to begin thinking about their own visions for their cities and towns,” said Crouch. “My Community, My Vision invites these future decision makers to share their ideas and plans with local officials. By their involvement, student leaders will learn about the planning process and the collaborative efforts required to create and maintain vibrant communities.”

In collaboration with the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) Youth Council program and the Association of Indiana Municipalities (AIM) Mayoral Youth Council program, the seven selected cohorts of students representing communities across the state will participate in a four-month program consisting of in-person workshops and self-guided curriculum to assist them in planning and fundraising for a place-based community project. Utilizing elements of IHCDA’s crowd-granting CreatINg Places program, students who successfully strategize, plan, and raise a fundraising goal of between $5,000 and $50,000 towards their community project in the program’s duration will receive a matching grant from IHCDA.

“Placemaking is an important element of building stable communities where Hoosiers of all ages want to live, work, and play for years to come,” said Jacob Sipe, IHCDA Executive Director. “The My Community, My Vision program gives young people a chance to invest in their hometowns and make their voices heard. These students are the future of Indiana’s workforce, economy, and local leadership, and we can’t wait to see what ideas they bring to life through this program.”

“The Ripley County Community Foundation is excited to partner with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority through the My Community, My Vision Grant,” said Lexi Brown, Ripley County Youth Outreach Assistant Program Coordinator. “This project will create a safe and welcoming outdoor gathering space at the Daren Baker Memorial Park in Milan for all to enjoy. We look forward to seeing our Ripley Youth Outreach members make their mark in their community.”

“Being able to have the opportunity to fix up our community park will help our town come together as one. It will let families and friends come together in a safe environment to hang out, unlike anything we have had before. It will also be a great way to integrate classes in our school, including our art classes and agriculture classes, into the community to create a fun and interactive environment. Our town does not have any place like this to go now, so creating an environment where people will want to go, will help bring people together and bring a little bit more fun into our community. I know that this project could create a large impact on not only the town but the county and beyond.” ~ Aerial Haessig, Youth

Youth councils, alongside their foundation or local unit of government sponsor, will work throughout the spring semester to determine a project, craft a budget, develop a fundraising goal and strategy, and raise the needed funds for all materials during a 30-day fundraising campaign. Students will attend three required in-person workshops hosted by IHCDA where they will learn about different subjects such as placemaking, fundraising strategies, and stakeholder engagement to give students knowledge about the aspects of community planning, help reach their set project goal and provide networking and leadership opportunities. At the final in-person workshop, students will present their work and success to their peers and Indiana’s community development leaders.

More information on My Community, My Vision can be found on IHCDA’s website. The selected teams will officially kick off with a workshop event on Jan. 21, 2023.

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