To celebrate their 15-year class reunion, one group of IPS alumni found an innovative way to give back to their school. The Broad Ripple class of 2000 hosted an inspiring program for the next generation of Rockets. ‘Reaching Back to Boost Rockets Forward’ is an engaging initiative promoting academic achievement, college preparation, and life skills through an interactive workshop.

“We’re wanting to start a trend,” organizer and host Jeremy Morris told students, “so when you graduate, you’ll come back and give something to the lives of the next classes that’s even better than what we’re doing for you!”

More than 30 members of the class of 2000 volunteered to host a series of programs for high school students at Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities.

One of the highlights was an alumni panel, where former Rockets shared insight on how to prepare for life after high school, how they overcame barriers in their educational and personal paths, and their keys to success. Another presentation helped students identity the different types of people you encounter in life: those who are beneficial to your success, and those who might hold you back from your goals.

 

Students had Q&A sessions with panelists to gain insight on their high school experiences, tackling obstacles, and how they reached their accomplishments in the last 15 years.

 

“It took a lot of hard work and dedication,” Dr. Kiana Johnson said when asked about her path to earning five college degrees. “It started with setting clear goals for myself. I set my path in high school and was determined not to stray from it.”

 

The six-member reunion committee worked for more than a year to bring this program to life and show current students that they can be successful after high school.

 

We’re thrilled to see the positive impact this outreach program will continue to have on the future graduates of Broad Ripple!