Melanie joined IYI in May 2017 as the Northwest Indiana Outreach Manager. She has worked in the nonprofit arena for almost 10 years. Residing in Gary, Melanie looks forward to fulfilling the IYI mission by connecting youth serving agencies in Northwest Indiana with the numerous resources IYI has to offer. Prior to joining IYI, Melanie worked as Achievement Gap Director with the Hobart YMCA and she was the Club Director in Merrillville with Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana. Melanie has a passion for youth development and she understands that if you properly equip youth workers with the information and resources they need, they will in turn be able to make a deeper impact on the lives of the youth they serve. Melanie earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Prairie View A&M University and earned her master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Capella University.