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Communities awarded support to plan, prepare for Promise Indiana initiative

INDIANAPOLIS – Five rural counties have been selected to prepare to launch an initiative that will open doors to post-secondary education and training for local students, the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) announced today.

Starke, Morgan, Rush, Dearborn and Pike counties will have access to support and consulting services to help them plan and prepare to become future Promise Indiana communities. IYI’s Promise Indiana initiative ensures every child has the assets, champions and community support to pursue their dreams by making it easy for families to begin saving for post-secondary education and training.

“We are thrilled to see more rural communities eager to engage in the Promise Indiana program,” said Tami Silverman, IYI’s president and CEO. “We look forward to supporting their efforts to ensure Hoosier children have bright futures beyond high school.”

IYI is partnering with Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) to provide this unique opportunity.

Currently, 25 Indiana counties participate in Promise Indiana and more than 15,000 CollegeChoice 529 accounts have been established by parents in Promise communities.

“This is a great opportunity to retain and engage local talent while building strong communities and economies,” said Jodi Golden, executive director of OCRA. “Congratulations to the five counties for committing to a culture of post-secondary success for their kids.”

The five counties will receive a wide array of capacity-building services from IYI to develop a locally responsive collective engagement plan in preparation to become a Promise Indiana community.

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