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Posted to Fishers, Indiana on August 12, 2016 at 1:42 PM by Blog Admin
As part of Fishers’ mental health task force, Mayor Fadness is challenging 50 residents to join the effort to provide support to local students through Youth Mentoring Initiative (YMI). YMI is a school-based mentoring program that pairs adult volunteers with HSE Schools students for a semester at a time. Mentors meet with the students for one hour each week during the school day.
“YMI is a volunteer-based organization that provides a critical network of support for local students,” said Mayor Scott Fadness. “In Indiana, suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 10-34 and it’s clear that we need to proactively reach out to assist our youth in any way we can as a community.”
- 600 HSE students grades 5-12 are identified each year who would benefit from having a mentor
- 76 percent of students who had a mentor for more than a year said they felt better about their future
- 37 percent of HSE students grades 7-12 report having no sense of hope
Students who have been through the YMI mentorship program experience:
- Increased self-confidence and an improved sense of self-worth
- A better understanding of accountability and social responsibility
- Improved communications skills, particularly in identifying and dealing with emotions
- Academic improvement and healthier social interactions with peers
If you’re up for the challenge, attend a one-hour information meeting to learn more about YMI’s mission, mentoring opportunities and how you might be able to support YMI programs in Fishers.
Upcoming Info Meetings:
Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Christ Community Church
13097 Allisonville Road
Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Christ Community Church
13097 Allisonville Road
To help us track our progress in meeting the Mayor’s Challenge, please mention “Think Fishers” if you decide to pursue mentoring opportunities though YMI.
Tag(s): Youth Mentoring Initiative, Mental Health Task Force, Mayor Scott Fadness
Posted to Fishers, Indiana on January 4, 2016 at 4:35 PM by Blog Admin
Ellen Rosenthal, President and CEO Conner Prairie
More than 16 years ago, a new job at Conner Prairie drew my husband and me to Indiana. Faced with choosing a place to live, I shied away from Fishers not because of what it was but because I was afraid of what it might become.
The sprawling suburb where I grew up in New Jersey seemed like a foreshadower of the still young Fishers. I moved away in the 1970s but returned often enough to witness the result of unplanned growth in empty and decaying strip malls, abandoned fast food places, the absence of a town center and a true community identity.
I would make a different decision about Fishers were I making it today. Now a city, Mayor Fadness has already taken decisive action to create a true sense of community and a unique identity for Fishers. The planning process, Fishers 2040, will ensure that the city avoids the fate of my hometown.
Since moving from New Jersey, I have lived in six major cities in the United States and Europe. My husband and I raised three boys, now young adults, and for twelve years, I have led Conner Prairie. All these life experiences have shaped my ideas about community.
Great educational opportunities top my list of requirements for great cities. Progressive, successful schools are essential; I also include opportunities for children and adults to learn in fun ways outside the classroom.
When I was growing up, New York and Philadelphia were my family’s playgrounds. We visited all kinds of museums and attended the theater. These activities brought us together as a family and helped my brother and I discover our career passions. In the past decade, Conner Prairie has become a place for fun learning experiences in history, science, the arts and nature; a place that families enjoy together and where children can discover and explore topics that might become career passions.
My list of what makes a great city also includes proximity to work, opportunities to get outdoors, worship, play and watch sports, come together as a community and get to know my neighbors. As empty nesters, my husband and I also look for places to walk and bike with fun cafés along the way and a place that is attractive to our millennium children. They want to be in a place that is open to different kinds of people, where you can get around without cars, and offers brewpubs and other places to gather.
Mayor Fadness has already started down a path to make Fishers the best city in Indiana. The Fishers 2040 planning process, which includes many community voices, is looking at the best attributes of other successful places, and what will make Fishers its own place, a smart, vibrant, entrepreneurial city, not just today but for generations to come.
Tag(s): Vibrant City, Mayor Scott Fadness, Conner Prairie
Posted to Fishers, Indiana on August 31, 2015 at 3:45 PM by Blog Admin
Tag(s): Mayor Scott Fadness, Fishers Mayor's Night Out