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Aug 12

Mayor Challenges Residents to Mentor HSE Students

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.

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“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.”


The need:

-          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. 

Jan 04

Planning for a Great City: Fishers 2040

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.

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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.

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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.

Aug 31

Mayor Fadness & City Leaders Host 3rd Mayor's Night Out on Sept. 2

Posted to Fishers, Indiana on August 31, 2015 at 3:45 PM by Blog Admin

This week, Mayor Fadness and city leaders will host the 3rd Mayor's Night Out event of the year. The open house style meeting allows residents to learn more about current projects, provide feedback on city services and ask questions. 

Mayor Fadness will share briefly on the following topics before opening the floor to take questions from residents. 

Fishers 2040 - Fishers Comprehensive Plan
Infrastructure Improvements 
Del Webb Citizens Academy 

Mayor's Night Out offers a unique opportunity for residents to connect with Mayor Fadness and city leaders in an informal setting where the evening's agenda is largely theirs to set. 

3rd Mayor's Night Out 
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 6:30 p.m. 
Britton Falls by Del Webb, 15305 Trebbiano Dr. 

If you're unable to attend the meeting in person, be sure to follow along on Twitter. We'll be sharing live from the meeting using the hashtag #FishersMNO