Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Indianapolis Mayor Musters Resources for New Alternative High Schools

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Indianapolis Mayor Musters Resources for New Alternative High Schools

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In a unique event held this month, Indianapolis Mayor Gregory A. Ballard publicly lent his support to a broad effort to ensure that students in the city's recently launched alternative high schools receive adequate services to help them graduate prepared for postsecondary education and career success.

Kicking off a resource fair that brought together city agencies, schools, community groups and college readiness organizations, Mayor Ballard observed, "Transportation, housing, health--these must not serve as barriers to getting to school, nor to staying in school. We know that schools by themselves can't provide all the supports students and their families need, and city agencies and community groups can step in to fill the gaps.

"The city takes pleasure and pride in its role as one of the founding members of the Indianapolis-Alternative High School Initiative Partnership --along with The Mind Trust, Indianapolis Public Schools and several other school corporations, and the Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning at the University of Indianapolis," the mayor added, after being introduced by Joe' Von Beverly, a graduate of YouthBuild Indy, one of the Indianapolis AHSI programs.

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"It's always great to see Indianapolis emerging as a leader," Mayor Ballard continued. "The city is committing a lot of community resources," he noted, in a reference to a recently announced $110,000 grant to the Indianapolis-AHSI Partnership.

David Harris, CEO of The Mind Trust, observed that after only 18 months, the Indianapolis-AHSI Partnership now supports seven alternative high schools. These student-centered schools provide personalized support for students who have struggled in traditional high school settings. The resource fair was held at one of the schools, the Indianapolis Metropolitan High School at Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana. …

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