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  • 2019 United States Senate Youth Program

    Posted by Sherri Barrow on 9/17/2018

    2019 United States Senate Youth Program

    Volunteer Opportunity

    Deadline September 28, 2018

    The Indiana Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for candidates for the 2019 United States Senate Youth Program.  

     The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service.  Each year, two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action.  Student delegates hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  All transportation, hotel and meal expenses is provided by The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.  In addition, each delegate is awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

    To be eligible, students must be:

    • juniors or seniors attending high school in the U.S. through graduation (Spring 2019);
    • currently serving in an elected or appointed position representing a constituency during the entire 2018-2019 school year;
    • a legal permanent resident or citizen of the United States at the time of application;
    • interested in and participating in leadership, public service, and government related activities;
    • able to attend the entire 2019 Washington Week (March 2-9, 2019);
    • nominated by his/her high school principal, who must sign and verify the student's application submission and nomination to the program.

    For details on the application process, please visit https://inbf.org/educational-programs/united-states-senate-youth-program.  Applications must be mailed and postmarked by September 28, 2018. Please send all correspondence to Indiana Bar Foundation, Attn: Collin Gruver, 615 N. Alabama St. #122, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

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  • Central Indiana Exploring Program

    Posted by Sherri Barrow on 9/17/2018

    Central Indiana Exploring

    Volunteer Opportunity

    Various Start Dates: Please see guidebook below or the website

    It’s never too early to start thinking about your future. With Exploring, you can learn more about careers that interest you while getting hands-on experience and networking with professionals. From Engineering and Health Care to IT and Law Enforcement, you have the opportunity to learn from Central Indiana’s top organizations in their field.


    Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women ages 10-20. The program provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields.

    Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organization in their communities. Local organizations initiate an Explorer program by matching their staff and program resources to the interests of young people.


    Exploring provides exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for youth looking to discover their future. You will get hands-on experience to determine whether or not a particular career field is right for you, you will develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in your selected career fields, and you get to know other youth with your same interests and aspirations.


    For more information, visit www.CentralIndianaExploring.org Click Here for Exploring 2018 Guidebook

    Contact us at 7125 Fall Creek Road North, Indianapolis, IN 46256 • (317) 813-7125


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  • Youth Leadership United

    Posted by Sherri Barrow on 9/10/2018 10:00:00 AM

    Youth Leadership United

    Application Deadline: October 31, 2018



    Youth Leadership United (YLU) is a program of United Way of Central Indiana. High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors (2019-20 school year) are eligible to apply.

    United Way welcomes students who:

    • Are interested in community issues.
    • Are interested in volunteer service.
    • Want to develop their leadership potential.
    • Want to serve alongside adults on nonprofit boards and committees.

    Each year, YLU selects and trains 30 high school students from Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties.

    Classes and activities are scheduled outside the school day and begin with an opening retreat in January and continue for six Saturday sessions until May.

    Training includes sessions on philanthropy and giving, board responsibilities, meeting procedures, diversity, consensus and team building, community issues, personal mission, hands-on community service and more. All the sessions are in Indianapolis and a $100 fee is charged to each youth selected as a participant.

     Application deadline is October 31, 2018

    To learn more about the program, here visit here. Contact Celeste Gellenbeck, 317-920-2506 or celeste.gellenbeck@uwci.org if you have questions.

    In its 23rd year, YLU has previously placed youth graduates on boards with such organizations as Domestic Violence Network (DVN), Joseph Maley Foundation, Marion County Commission on Youth, Sheltering Wings, and The Caring Center, to name a few.

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  • Global Fest Indy

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 9/7/2018 11:00:00 AM

    Global Fest Indy

    Volunteer Opportunity

    Saturday, September 15, 2018


    The first annual Global Fest makes its inaugural debut Saturday, September 15,2018. A celebration of culture and community, the daylong event shares traditions and honors heritage through food, music, art, and play. The festival will take place from noon to 10 pm at 4550 Central Avenue. Admission is free and open to the public. All proceeds to benefit Center for Inquiry 70, a K-8 Indianapolis Public School magnet, follows the International Baccalaureate Organization model that promotes intercultural understanding and respect.

    For more information, visit here or contact Anne Luther-Sander at (317) 413- 6481 or globalfestindy@gmail.com


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  • Youth Leadership United

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 8/28/2018 9:00:00 AM

    Application opens Saturday, September 1 2018

    YLU connects high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors interested in volunteering, developing a better understanding of their community and connecting with leadership development and service opportunities. At the conclusion of the program, students are provided the opportunity to serve on local nonprofit boards and committees alongside other youth and business professionals.



    • Increase the pool of young people with leadership potential and develop their skills
    • Help youth-serving and other nonprofit organizations achieve age diversity on their boards and committees


    • Tools to become a more effective leader
    • Learn about needs in the community
    • Board/committee experience
    • Meet new friends from all over Central Indiana
    • Start building network for the future


    Please feel free to forward this information to anyone who may know students who would be a great fit for the program. Nominations/applications will open September 1, 2018 Nomination Form.  More information is attached or can be found on the United Way website at www.uwci.org/ylu. Thank you for your help!


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  • Slammin' Rhymes Challenge XIII

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 8/28/2018

    Application Deadline: October 29, 2018

    Program Date: November 17, 2018



    The Indianapolis Public Library African-American History Committee in support of the Center for Black Literature & Culture Presents: Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge XIII A contest for all poets, rappers and spoken word artists in grades 7-12.

    Write your inspiring thoughts on this year’s theme “Beyond the Limit” Fall Fest/Slammin Rhymes Challenge Saturday, November 17, 2018 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Central Library 40 E. St. Clair Street Special Guest: Lonnie George Johnson, engineer and inventor of the “Super Soaker” Entry deadline October 29, 2018 Entry form and rules on reverse side All entries receive a gift card Ten selectees will read their entries at Fall Fest. Download the application 


    Visit here or here to register today! If you have questions please email Claudine Polley cpolley@indypl.org or Michelle Burke mburke@indypl.org

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  • Wildcat Summer Academy

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 5/22/2018

    Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

    Program Dates: June 24-29, 2018



    The Wildcat Summer Academy provides a unique enrichment, inspiration and the opportunity to develop skills to be used for a lifetime.


    Interested in unleashing your potential? During the Leadership and Life Calling Camp, you will explore how you are uniquely designed, your purpose, your personal leadership style and how these things might translate into a career and how you can make a difference in the world around you.


    Visit https://www.indwes.edu/summer-academy/ to register today for a week long, overnight experience on the beautiful Indiana Wesleyan University Marion campus. If you have questions please email misty.resendez@indwes.edu

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  • Butler Theater Camps

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 5/22/2018

    Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

    Program Dates: June 17-22 and July 8-13



    The Butler Community Arts School is excited to present two Theatre camps for Summer 2018! Registration deadlines for both camps have been extended to June 1st. Pass this information along to students and parents who might be interested in developing their theatre and acting skills. 


    Theatre 1:  June 17-22 , Lilly Hall at Butler University, Tuition: $350 commuter (includes lunch daily); $695 residential (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)


    Theatre Camp 1 is available to rising 7th-12th graders. Join Butler Department of Theatre faculty, staff, alumni, and students for a fun, hands-on camp that covers all aspects of theatre - acting, stage movement, voice for the actor, costume, scenic and lighting design, stage management, and playwriting/dramaturgy. No prior experience is necessary. Camp will include workshops in the college audition/application process.


    Theatre 2: Focus on Shakespeare: July 8-13, Lilly Hall at Butler University, Tuition: $350 commuter (includes lunch daily); $695 residential (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)


    Theatre Camp 2 is available to rising 9th-12th graders. It will feature traditional Theatre camp 1 offerings (voice, dance, movement, design), but emphasize the development of a young actor's Shakespeare skills. Students will be working directly with Diane Timmerman - Butler University Theatre faculty and Producing Artistic Director of Indianapolis' premier professional Shakespeare theatre. Theatre 2 campers will visit rehearsals of the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, which will be in rehearsal for their summer Shakespeare production, Coriolanus. 


    Housing and meals are provided through Butler University. Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under; you may apply for scholarship on the camp registration form OR complete the separate Scholarship Application Form on the BCAS website.

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  • JMFitness Summer Sport Camp

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 5/15/2018

    Application Deadline: June 4, 2018

    Program Dates: Monday June 11th-Friday June 15th; 9:00-12:00pm

    Volunteer Application


    The school year is wrapping up and Joseph Maley Fitness is excited to introduce their first ever Adaptive Summer Sports Camp. They anticipate a lot of families interested in signing up their athlete, and will need lots of volunteer help. The camp will go 5 days for 3 hours each day. They will have several different activities and sports each day and pool time at the end of each day. 


    If you have any questions please contact Corey Hernandez, coryh@josephmaley.org.


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  • IUPUI Women in Information Technology Camp

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 5/8/2018

    Application Deadline: July 7, 2018

    Program Dates: July 22-28, 2018



    WinIT will introduce you to current technologies and gives you the opportunity  to explore technology through hands-on, learn-by-doing experiences.

    At WinIT you will:

    • Meet female IT college students, faculty and professionals.
    • Explore IT through hands-on activities with website design, Photoshop, mobile apps, 3D printing, networking, and security.
    • Have fun with a scavenger hunt, recycle fashion show and more.

    Fun IT related workshops

    • Web Design 
    • 3D printing
    • Fun with Rasperry Pi
    • Photoshop
    • Developing Mobile Applications
    • Configure and Secure Your Computer
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