YMI to host Dec. fundraiser

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Mentor Thomas Blount, right, works with a Fishers High School student. (Submitted photo)

Mentor Thomas Blount, right, works with a Fishers High School student. (Submitted photo)

By James Feichtner

When it comes to helping out students in the local community, the Youth Mentoring Initiative of Fishers is taking strides to raise money for its programming to help struggling young teens. In honor of Giving Tuesday, YMI will be hosting a month long fundraiser starting Dec. 1 to raise funds to help provide youth mentors for 50 more students during 2016.

“This is our first year doing the campaign,” said YMI Director of Community Engagement Darren Heil. Our goal, starting Dec. 1 through the month, we would like to raise $25,000 which will help us impact another 50 student lives. We will be able to provide them a mentor for the first semester of the school year in 2016. That’s about $500 per match. That helps us continue what we are setting out to do.”

According recent studies conducted by YMI, the company found that of 45 high school students who had a mentor, 91 percent reported being more willing to take personal responsibility for their actions, 76 percent reported having a better understanding of their purpose and 76 percent said they feel better about themselves.

Also on Dec. 1, YMI will be kicking off its campaign by hosting a live Q and A with local celebrities.

There’s going to be a live ticker, but there’s going to be a local celebrity Q and A that starts at 10 a.m. that goes throughout the day. So every 30 minutes on every hour up to 3 or 4 p.m. right now we have a lot of (local) CEO’s. People will get a chance to ask them questions and they will respond in real time.

For more or to donate, visit ymigivingtuesday.org

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