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Posted on June 26th, 2018 in Events, Success Story

After a year of hard work and preparation for life after high school, seniors who are enrolled in the Jobs for America’s Graduates program were able to gather for a senior send-off celebration. During an afternoon at Ivy Tech, students and their JAG specialists from each school enjoyed  of conversation, pizza, and a scavenger hunt.

The students also were able to participate in a series of raffle drawings to win prizes for their next journey, including dormitory essentials like shower caddies and towels, reading lamps and hangers, polaroid cameras, and even a mini-fridge.

The highlight of the event was the announcement of the recipient of the Jessica Brown Memorial Scholarship. Through generous contributions since our dear colleague’s passing, we have been able to endow a scholarship in her name, awarding $1000 annually to a JAG senior who exemplifies Jessica’s spirit through dedication, hard work, a passion for community service, a genuine interest in the lives of their peers, and random acts of kindness. (Donations are still being accepted to continue to build the scholarship for future years.)

This year’s winner is Tyrah Matherly of Decatur Central High School. “Tyrah sought out JAG on her own, coming to me personally asking to be part of the class,” says her JAG Specialist Molly Hansen, who nominated Tyrah. “I had students who were friends with Tyrah who were struggling. Tyrah helped get them to school to personally ensure that they graduate – but she never seeks to be boastful or get acknowledgement for her kindness ‘behind the scenes’… She just says she’s doing her part.” Tyrah has been enrolled in advanced classes this year to get a head start at IUPUI where she plans to dental hygeine this fall.

As part of JAG, graduates are supported for one additional year after high school. This follow-up year ensures that students continue to receive the counseling, skills development, and career services needed to be positioned for a lifetime of career prosperity. Check out some more photos from the event below, and congratulations to all of our JAG graduates!


Posted on June 26th, 2018 in Local News, Press Releases

INDIANAPOLIS – With just five days until the deadline, Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indy Achieves are reminding all Indianapolis students starting 9th grade this fall to review their application status for the 21st Century Scholars Program by going to https://scholars.in.gov/parents/enroll/

“With the skills gap in Indianapolis growing dangerously wide, it is vital that we provide every student with the resources necessary to attain a post-secondary education, complete with a high-quality degree or credential,” said Mayor Hogsett. “Marion County is a donor county, and Indiana is a donor state — and Indy Achieves is committed to bringing those tax dollars back to Indianapolis and putting them to work on behalf of taxpayers. Through Indy Achieves we have the opportunity to marshal resources that will reduce barriers and increase access for all Marion County residents, and 21st Century Scholars is a key first step. I urge all eligible students to take full advantage of the 21st Century Scholars Program.”

In order to be eligible for the 21st Century Scholars Program, students must be residents of Indiana in the 7th or 8th grade at a public or private school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. Additionally, applicants must be a member of a family that meets the income guidelines listed on the 21st Century Scholar Program’s website. “Many families don’t realize that they qualify and should check if their child qualifies for full tuition for college. For example, a household of 4 making $45,510 or less can qualify,” said Matt Impink, Executive Director of Indy Achieves. The application deadline is June 30th.

Last month, Mayor Hogsett launched Indy Achieves as an initiative of EmployIndy and highlighted the need to grow the number of 21st Century Scholars in Marion County. Through Indy Achieves, Indianapolis students will be made aware of the steps necessary to apply for 21st Century Scholars, allowing them to unlock additional scholarship dollars, mentorship opportunities, and more.


Posted on June 20th, 2018 in Organizational Updates

On June 20, Joyce Irwin, President & CEO of Community HealthNetwork, resigned from her post as EmployIndy’s Board Chair. Joyce has been on our board since 2013 and led her last board meeting today. She is an influential leader in our community and to say she has made a positive impact on our organization would be an understatement. Joyce has been a part of the EmployIndy family as she impacted leadership turnover, encouraged organization growth, and facilitated innovative change as we established our Five-Year Strategic Plan, launched in 2017.

In her final board meeting, Mayor Joe Hogsett granted June 20 as Indianapolis’ “Joyce Irwin Day,” recognizing the influence she has had on Marion County’s workforce and throughout the Indianapolis community. Thank you, Joyce, for your support and we wish you the best on all your future endeavors!