Indy Youth Empowerment Challenge
- 2018 Challenge Overview
- Inquire Phase (February)
- Ideate Phase (March)
- Investigate Phase (April)
- Impact Phase (May)
The Indy Youth Empowerment Challenge was inspired by a group of students at Warren Central High School. After losing two loved ones to gun violence in May of 2017, these students decided to stand against youth violence and started a growing social movement called We LIVE Indy. As demonstrated by We LIVE Indy and other inspiring youth initiatives throughout Indianapolis, empowered youth can have an incredible impact on their community and future. Yet, all too often youth are not even involved in the conversation. Youth are an important component of community development, and crave recognition as equal contributors in shaping a just society (Helgeson & Schneider, 2015). When youth become engaged in community activities they develop effective leadership skills and a sense of purpose (Brennan, Barnett and McGrath, 2009). Empowering youth within a community also reduces traditional problem behaviors (Helgeson & Schneider, 2015). Using a people-centered approach, the Indy Youth Empowerment Challenge brought together existing conversations and a diverse set of voices through a four-month innovation process:
- INQUIRE (February): Understanding the barriers and catalysts to youth empowerment
- IDEATE (March): Brainstorming ideas
- INVESTIGATE (April): Turning ideas into solutions
- IMPACT (May): Preparing for implementation
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