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Mentors needed to support 21st Century Scholars

Educator Barnes is an educator and education reporter. She attended school in Indianapolis, K-12, and is a graduate of Purdue University (B.S.) and IUPUI (M.S.). In addition to her work as an educator, she navigates the education system as a parent of identical twin boys.

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The 21st Century Scholars Program covers two-year or four-year in-state college tuition for eligible students. However, less than 50% of eligible students actually enrolled in the program. Due to House Bill 1449, moving forward, eligible students will automatically be enrolled.

Enrollment helps with college tuition. Students, however, must do the work to gain acceptance into an Indiana university and complete the necessary coursework to graduate.

The Starfish Initiative aims to help students in the 21st Century Scholars Program. Starfish Initiative is a college/career readiness one-on-one mentorship program serving Indy’s high school students. 

Program mentors are provided with training and resources to ensure they are the best coaches for high school students.

In a testimonial video, Karami Burton said, “I got more opportunity. I got support through high school and college.”

Adults looking for mentoring opportunities through the Starfish Initiative can fill out an interest form at https://starfishinitiative.org/why-mentor/ or contact Hope Munn, MSW, volunteer recruitment specialist starfish initiative, at hope@starfishiniative.org.

Contact Indy Kids Winning reporter Educator Barnes at 317-721-2181 or shawntab@indyrecorder.com. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & TikTok @educatorbarnes.

Educator Barnes’ work is supported through a partnership between Indy Kids Winning and the Indianapolis Recorder. Visit indykidswinning.com to learn more.

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