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Your Future Make It Your Own

Your Future Make It Your Own Northeast Indiana

Connecting Northeast Indiana Students with Opportunities 

“What am I good at, and how do I get paid for it?” That’s the burning question that Northeast Indiana organizations are working together to help students answer. The partnership is comprised of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, and Region 8 Education Service Center. This unique system of partners works in and out of schools to prepare students for future careers through skill exploration and connections to employers. Focused on aligning resources to provide students grades 6-12 as well as those in the first two years of post-secondary school, Northeast Indiana leaders have come together in an innovative way to guide students through their career planning journey.

This unique partnership creates different touchpoints and opportunities to reach young students as they discover their talents and career pathway.

In just the last 18 months, the Schwab Partnership has created more than 100,000 student interactions supporting career exploration and connection. Using ASK, a career readiness program, as a best practice model, students navigate through the five steps toward college and career readiness.

For many of the region’s best and brightest, the options are easy to recognize as their community involvement and a long list of mentors, family members and coaches pave the way.

No matter if you're a student, parent or educator, we have resources to assist you.

“Your Future: Make It Your Own makes me feel like I’m in control. Using the resources available to me, I have connected my personal interests with a future career. Through exploration, I feel confident in my career choice and know I have the opportunity to create my own path to success," said MaKayla Waugh, a junior from Homestead High School.
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Information for Talent

We want to help students get experiences, develop skills and realize opportunities that allow them to turn what they're good at into a career after high school. We’ve pulled some stuff together, including this video series, to help students think about what they might want to do after high school, based on what they good at and what they like. 

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Information for Parents

Our goal is to help your student engage in experiences, develop skills and realize opportunities that allow them to turn their talents into a meaningful career. We’ve assembled resources from our partners to help you and your student think about what they might want to do after high school, based on what they're good at and what they like to do.

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Information for Educators

We’ve combined resources from ASK, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, Makerspace, and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership to guide students in grades 6-14 through the discovery and process of creating a career plan.

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About the Program

In 2019, the Olin B. and Desta Schwab Foundation challenged the idea that there is one path to success for today's students. Instead, the Foundation asked the question, how might we help students engage in experiences, develop skills, and realize opportunities that allow them to discover what they are good at and how they can get paid for it? 

The Foundation assembled community partners and invested significant resources in a new effort to align career exploration and engagement opportunities for students throughout Northeast Indiana. Together, our process helps students KNOW who they are, CONNECT that knowledge to a career path, SELECT the starting point for that path, INVEST in the education or training required through scholarships and other financing, and GO forward in their pursuit of that credential or career. We are wholly focused on helping students take ownership of their own futures and engage in self-discovery of what they are good at and how they can get paid for it. 

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Together, the partners are developing and integrating a system of touchpoints where students can engage with community partners for self-discovery, college and career exploration, dual credit and experiential learning.

Meet the Partners

These partners are wholly focused on helping students take ownership of their own futures and engage in self-discovery of what they are good at and how they can get paid for it. 

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