CLAY COUNTY PROMISE PROGRAM HOSTS VIP BREAKFAST AT IVY TECH ON APRIL 26th
[Wabash Valley, IN] 04/2019)— The Clay County Promise Program invites community members to learn more about the exciting things happening for area Kindergarten students by attending a VIP Breakfast. The event will take place on Friday, April 26that 9:00am on the campus of Ivy Tech Community College.
“You will learn more about the Promise Indiana program and how the program aides young children in developing their college and career identity through academic readiness, college and career discovery, and educational saving,” said Tammy Kikta, Program Coordinator. “You will also learn how skilled labor is benefiting industry in Brazil and you will have an opportunity to see Clay County Promise in action as over 300 Kindergarten students interact in engaging educational sessions with Ivy Tech faculty and staff.”
The goal of The Promise Program is to give kids the exposure to the possibility of higher education at an early age so they can begin planning. This spring, The Promise Program students will experience a college campus through hands-on activities and meet college students to learn about possible future areas of study and careers. Clay County Promise is helping to create a culture of student success and hope for the future.
A 529 account can be used to pay for education tuition expenses for elementary, middle, and high schools (private, public or religious). Money saved in a 529 plan can also be used to pay expenses associated with college or other post-secondary training institutions. Eligible schools include any college, university, vocational school, or other post-secondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U.S. Department of Education.
Contributors to the program currently include Eli Lilly, Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Guys Who Give, as well as additional anonymous community support. Donations to support the Promise are invested into each student’s 529 account beginning with $25 from the community. The child identifies champions who will also add $25 to the account. The community adds an additional $75 to the account, resulting in a minimum of $125.
At the end of the Program, College Choice will send the money invested directly to the student’s school of choice. If the student decides not to attend, the money is deposited back into the community-owned 529 omnibus account. The account beneficiary can also be changed to a relative. The Promise Program is in line with the YMCA’s goal to better the community through Youth Development, Social Responsibility and Healthy Living.
About the YMCA of the Wabash Valley
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Wabash Valley the Y services over 7,00 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – with the focus on developing youth and teens, improving the community’s health and well-being, and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information visit www.ymcaswv.org.