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UCHS accepted into My Community, My Vision

By Elisabeth Dodd, Staff Writer

Union County High School is one of five schools accepted into the My Community, My Vision program for the 2018-2019 school year.

This program is designed to “engage young people in the community planning process,” according to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

This is its fifth year teaching the next generation how to innovate communities and navigate local government.

This program partners high school student groups with local units of government and student mentors from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs to come up with a unique project tailored to a community's needs. Students will work with local government and their mentors over the next few months holding meetings

with their mentors and other governmental entities. This will culminate in a presentation to be given in Indianapolis in April 2019. Union County will receive a grant of $5,000 for this project.

Union County's involvement in this program is thanks to the initiative of Ashley Reister, a business teacher at the high school, who found the program and took the time to apply.

Still in its early stages it's unclear what form this project will take. However, past program participants have implemented community gardens, bike-share programs, and farmer's markets according to the press release.

Connie Rosenberger, Union County High School principal, said at Monday's school board meeting that an amphitheater similar to the one in uptown Oxford is being considered. Another tentative idea is a community greenhouse.

“Through the My Community, My Vision program, local units of government selected to participate have the unique opportunity to work alongside youth on community planning efforts,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch the board chair of IHCDA in the press release. “I can't wait to see the plans that are developed over the next few months.”