Some socially conscious business owners and volunteers in Indy’s Fountain Square area are working hard to promote the inaugural Virginia Avenue Folk Fest, which will raise funds for Trusted Mentors. Set for May 9, the festival will feature over 70 local bands and is already creating quite the buzz.
I’m proud to say that I was involved with Trusted Mentors as an adult mentor for three years, and now serve on its board of directors.
The program creates mentor/mentee matches to help at-risk adults establish stable lives by reducing the chaos brought about by poverty, homelessness, under-employment and the effects of incarceration. These person-to-person mentoring relationships improve lives by developing life skills and positive social networks that empower people to:
- Remain housed
- Make a positive contribution to the local community
- Remain or become employed
- Advance their education
- Stay out of jail
- Improve parenting skills
Hope to see you there, and please help us spread the word if you plan to attend by using the hashtag #folkinupindy. Folk yeah!