The Batesville Mayor's Youth Council and Ripley County Youth Outreach have been selected to participate.
INDIANAPOLIS – Area students will participate in a Community planning program teaches high school age student groups to enhance development and quality of life in their communities.
Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development have chosen seven participants for the My Community, My Vision (MCMV) program, which connects high school students across Indiana to each other and their neighborhoods, towns, and cities.
Among the participants are the Batesville Mayor’s Youth Council and Ripley County Youth Outreach.
In collaboration with the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) Youth Council program and the Association of Indiana Municipalities (AIM) Mayoral Youth Council program, the selected participants will complete a four-month program consisting of in-person workshops and self-guided curriculum to assist them in planning and fundraising for place-based community project.
Utilizing elements of IHCDA’s crowd-granting CreatINg Place program, students who successfully strategize, plan, and raise a fundraising goal between $5,000 and $50,000 towards their community project in the program’s duration will receiving a matching grant from IHCDA.
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 strategy and raise the necessary funds for all materials during a 30-day fundraising campaign.
“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.”
Selected teams will officially kick off with a workshop event on January 21, 2023.
More information on My Community, My Vision can be found on IHCDA's website.