I am currently serving as the Teen Programming Coordinator at the Finish Line Boys and Girls club on the far east side of Indianapolis. I currently am employed as an Americorps member with BGCI, and a cornerstone of our service commitment, is to inspire future generations to love service to their community and country. I feel that participation in The Indy Youth Empowerment Challenge, would give myself, and particularly my teen partcipants, a sense that they are giving their time back to their community and doing their part to make it better. I also have many teens who have a lot of insight into what is going on in their schools, their neighborhoods, and the criminal justice system. An initiative such as IYEC, would allow them to have a platform to voice their observations and opinions, which would no doubt be an enlightening experience for all involved no matter their level of community involvement. Additionally, as an organization, the Finish Line Boys and Girls Club seeks to be a place that shares its space with other community organizations that are working to help Indianapolis’ youth. With that said, Finish Line as a Unit would be an excellent place to host a IYEC workshop.