US2020 Year 2 Kick-Off Party!

To start Year 2 of the US2020 initiative off on the right (socked) foot, we hosted a kick-off party at Eleven Fifty Academy, located in Scott Jones' mansion in Carmel. 

Eleven Fifty is a shoes-free facility so fun socks were strongly encouraged and luckily, our guests obliged!

Attendees included corporate, community, and program partners as well as many volunteers, both those returning from last year and some who are new to the initiative! We had appetizers and drinks (a special shout-out to Danny Boy Beer Works for donating the beer!) and lots of networking. 

 John Vetter accepts the STEM Mentor of the Month award.

John Vetter accepts the STEM Mentor of the Month award.

We recognized First Internet Bank for being a finalist in the national US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards for Excellence in Corporate Culture. The awards were given out at the US2020 STEM Mentoring Symposium at the White House Complex in Washington, D.C. at the end of July, but we wanted to have a local celebration for FIB as well. 

We were also able to recognize John Vetter and Scott Brookie, Interactive Intelligence employees who volunteered last year with a CoderDojo at Lincoln Middle School in Pike Township, for being recognized in June as national US2020 STEM Mentors of the Month. 

 Current VISTA Courtney Perry, along with last year's VISTA members Caitlin Sheesley and Laura Green.

Current VISTA Courtney Perry, along with last year's VISTA members Caitlin Sheesley and Laura Green.

We are so grateful to our partners at Eleven Fifty Academy for generously opening their doors to host this event for us. Thank you to all who came to help us kick off Year 2 - we're so excited to continue to grow the number of STEM professionals serving as volunteers with high-impact programming!

Last, but certainly not least, a big thank you to our current and former AmeriCorps VISTA members for helping us to put on a great event for our deserving partners! We are so appreciative of their service with TPF4Y!