Pathways to Purpose Summer 2021 Update | Elevate Indianapolis

Students are finding Pathways to Purpose this summer!

This past school year was a big year for our Pathways to Purpose program, and with our summer programming in full effect, there are no signs of slowing down. Below is my update; take a look!

Adam Johnson

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In the 2020-2021 school year, we introduced a new class at Arsenal Tech High School, Elevate Beyond. In Elevate Beyond our upperclassmen were given the opportunity to learn more about what it means to be a thriving contributor. Students in the class developed a community-based project designed to produce an impact on their community at large. The class also furthered our goal of having 100% of Elevate seniors equipped with an executable plan for life after high school. To widen our impact on the students we serve, next school year we will be offering this class not only to Arsenal Tech students but also to George Washington students.

Summer Bridge

In collaboration with Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center this summer, eight of our Alumni students participated in Summer Bridge, our 3-day college and career readiness program. In order to assist them with their journey into the workforce and post-secondary education, the students learned several skills such as how to create a LinkedIn profile to expand their network, understanding the fundamentals of credit and budgeting, and tips on effective professional communication. They also received a professional headshot, prizes for participating each day, and a stipend upon completion of the program.

Cletis Jones from Shepherd Community Center provided a presentation on the importance of Time Management. Nearly all of our alumni reported to us that this session was one of their favorites of all of the sessions provided.

After attending Summer Bridge, all of our students agreed that they “feel more confident about entering the workforce/attending college.”  Five of the eight students will attend college in August, and three will either begin an apprenticeship or enter the workforce.


Latinx students are thriving!

The 2020–2021 school year has been exceptionally special for our Latinx students. Nearly 25% of our graduating seniors were Latinx. Several of these students received huge scholarships and awards for their hard work and dedication over the past four years. A few recent graduates worth highlighting from this last year are, Stephanie Aguilar, Marifer Cuautle, and Diego Diego.

Stephanie received a full-ride Act Six scholarship to attend Taylor UniversityShe overcame many struggles during the pandemic, including losing her grandfather. Stephanie was also in the Arsenal Tech Senior Top 30 of her class and awarded Cum Laude. She will major in Social Work at Taylor University this fall.

Marifer is another incredible Latinx student that placed in the Arsenal Tech Top 30 of her class and was awarded Summa Cum Laude. She also graduated with a certification in Welding. Just as the school year was coming to an end, Marifer received an opportunity to apply for the Lilly Tech Center Apprenticeship, and out of 30 applicants, Marifer was one of eight students chosen for the apprenticeship! She will receive 100% free tuition at Ivy Tech, paid apprentice with benefits, and the opportunity for a full-time employment opportunity with Lilly at the end of her apprenticeship program.

Diego, through hard work, has already become thriving contributor in his community. Currently, he is working for his family’s construction business and has become a roofer. Earlier this summer, he helped a local family re-roof their shed that had been damaged in thunderstorms. He has the dream of having his own roofing company one day, and with the path he’s on, this dream doesn’t look too far off.

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