For Immediate Release
Contact: Janet Wakefield, email@example.com
6744 Falcon Ridge, Indianapolis, IN 46278
Headline: Twenty-eight new youth development professionals from across Indiana are selected for The 2016 Journey Fellowship for New Professionals
Our Executive Director and Founder, Derrin Slack, along with twenty-seven new professionals from youth serving organizations from across Indiana have been selected for the 2016 Journey Fellowship for New Professionals. In response to a growing need to grow the pool of talented new professionals in the field of youth work, this Journey Fellowship was created in 2010 and funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc.
The Journey Fellows for New Professionals will embark on an expedition to develop themselves and their careers in youth development. This unique opportunity is meant to support emerging leaders in their quest to get grounded, get connected and get going; making their mark in the field and making a difference in young people’s lives throughout Indiana.
“This Fellowship is about keeping these young youth workers in the field of youth development and helping them become the new leaders in the field to improve services and programs for young people.” says Tom Plake, Journey Leader.
Each of the twenty-eight participants in the Journey Fellowship for New Professionals will attend a series of residential retreats designed to create new ways of thinking about and practicing youth work within existing systems and youth programs. Fellowship participants will be awarded career advancement scholarships, and be supported to make a difference within their local organizations or communities.
“We know that youth workers play a vital role in the lives of young people. It has been documented in dozens of ways that youth who enjoy positive relationship with adults over time do better in life,” explains Janet Wakefield, Journey Leader. “We also know that many people enter the profession because they ‘want to make a difference’ and they enjoy building positive relationships with young people. The Journey Fellowship for New Professionals provides Indiana’s youth workers greater opportunities to strengthen themselves as leaders and invest in their careers serving the young people of Indiana.”
Congratulations 2016 New Pro Fellows!
The Journey is pleased and honored to announce the 28 Indiana emerging leaders in the field of youth development who have been nominated and selected to be the fourth class of The Journey Fellowship for New Professionals.
Independent Living Coach, Stepping Stones, Inc.
Crestmont Program Director, Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington
Day Youth Development Supervisor, Tippecanoe Youth Services
Teenpower, Communications and Special Events Coordinator, Youth Resources
Case Manager, YWCA
Skills Development Specialist Schools Based, Adult and Child Mental Health
Membership Development Manager, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
Development Officer, Kiwanis International
Youth Development Site Director, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
Education Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis
Community Engagement and Empowerment Coordinator, Project Libertas School for Community Learning
AmeriCorps Service Member, Graduation Counselor, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis
Youth Program Director, Felege Hiywot Center
Associate Director for Programming, College Mentors for Kids
Coordinator for Leadership Programs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Executive Director, ProAct Community Partnerships, Inc.
Site Director, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
Adolescent Health Educator, Social Health Association
Site Director and Staffing Specialist, YMCA Youth Development
Home Based Therapist, Dockside Services
Education Director, Westminster Neighborhood Services
Youth MOVE Indiana State Coordinator, Mental Health America of Indiana
Victim’s Advocate, Desert Rose Foundation, Inc.
Family Development Specialist/Recruiter, Specialized Alternative for Families and Youth
Program Director, Boys & Girls Club of Muncie
LaFourtune Services Program Manager, University of Notre Dame
Tobacco Prevention Coordinator and Youth Outreach, Scott County Partnership
The Journey is home to a variety of programs that seek to support the renewal and professionalization of youth workers in Indiana and around the country. To learn more, visit www.thejourneyonline.org