High school students from IPS are teaming up with community partners to share their unique voices in a creative way. Students from Northwest Community High School and George Washington Community High School received Youth as Resources (YAR) grants from the United Way of Central Indiana.

YAR grants challenge young people to channel their creative talents into service projects for the community. Both IPS groups presented proposals for culturally focused documentary films and were accepted to receive Marion County grants.

Students at George Washington are beginning work on a short documentary highlighting why Latino students migrated to the United States, how they are adapting to their new life in West Indianapolis, and what things they miss the most from their home countries. Students at Northwest will also create a short documentary that focuses on all of the different cultures at Northwest. Many Northwest students and their families came to Indiana from Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

The Latino Youth Collective is serving as an essential community partner on these documentaries; members of the organization are assisting the IPS groups with the technology and skills required to create a polished product.

We are so proud of these innovative students working to share their stories with the community, and we appreciate the strong partner organizations that are assisting them in these goals!