Jacie Farris

Extraordinarily Positive: Helping Kids Thrive During the Summer Months

Many of us have great memories of summer road trips and lazy days by the pool. Summer is the perfect time for relaxation, but it’s also an important time to support kids academically, socially, and developmentally. “Out-of-school learning experiences can be extraordinarily positive and stimulating,” said Leslie Gabay-Swanston, director of program and systems building for …

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Rewarding Responsibility: Honoring Unique Forms of Parenthood

Around this time of year, we happily celebrate the wonderful parents who give their kids all of the love and attention they need. However, we sometimes neglect to thank the “unique parents” – foster parents, grandparents, extended family members, family friends, etc. – who often take on major roles in the rearing of children. Jeanine …

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Youth Hero: Ariyanna

The Youth Hero for May 2019 is Ariyanna! Ariyanna was nominated by her grandma, who said: Ariyanna is a survivor. Through all of her moves and instability she is still a beautiful child that cares about the world. She dotes over her great-grandmother who is 89 years old. She just joined the Rhoers (a sorority …

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Youth Hero: Elliot

The Youth Hero for April 2019 is Elliot! Elliot was nominated by Bill Herman of the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, who said: “Elliot has taken his Dyslexia and made it into a superpower. He freely talks about having Dyslexia and is not embarrassed to talk about his Dyslexia. He is not afraid to ask for help …

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Youth Hero: Makia

The Youth Hero for March 2019 is Makia! Makia was nominated by her mother, who said: Makia is a 14-year-old, eighth grader at World Changers School of the Arts, Inc. in Indianapolis. She is a very compassionate young lady. She has a heart for the homeless and those that are hurting. Makia is wise beyond her …

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