Exciting things are happening with the Student Success Team and EIP! Our new VISTAs have jumped in where Kristin Kerr and Michelle Clegg left off and have begun working with MCCOY staff and Radio One on the new “Own Yours” campaign.
Meet our new VISTAS! Kashif Ahmed is an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer from Michigan who holds a Bachelor of Science in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science. He is interested in youth education and health and he loves working with MCCOY in Indianapolis! Kashif plans to attend medical school after his year as a VISTA. Shahana Ansari is an AmeriCorps VISTA from Bloomington, IN. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Tampa and has experience volunteering with a variety of non-profits around the country. During her year at MCCOY she hopes to learn more about the Indianapolis community and non-profit organizations. Both of the VISTAs are very enthusiastic about starting the new Own Yours campaign which is a follow up to the I CARE campaign launched last year.
Launched in 2010, the I CARE campaign promoted involvement in the drop-out prevention effort. The launch event, which had over 100 attendees, was covered by local media and the Mayor of Indianapolis declared November 18 to be I CARE Day. Now MCCOY is launching the Own Yours campaign to encourage students to own their future, encourage parents to own their families, and encourage community members to own their communities. By taking ownership, students, families, and communities can commit to the development and success of Indianapolis communities.
The aim of the Own Your Future campaign is to empower students to take control of their education and to pursue a path of success and achievement. By providing resources to students who want to be in charge of their futures, MCCOY can continue to support the advancement and progress of Marion County’s youth. The Own Your Future campaign also increases awareness about the importance of graduating from high school, as a strong education is an essential tool for advancement and future opportunities. By finishing high school, students who own their future can take an important step in reaching their full potential as empowered individuals, valuable community members, and contributing citizens.
Come out and join us on July 16th at the Indiana Convention Center for the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration! Between the hours of 2pm to 4pm, HOT 96.3 DJ Wrekk 1 will broadcast live with information on MCCOYs Own Your Future campaign. MCCOY will also have a table set up at the Expo for students and parents to receive information and goodies.
We invite you to take a look at our new website, which has updated information on our new Own Your Future campaign!