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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on April 27, 2017 | 0 comments

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 2017 Giving Back Fort Wayne Volunteer Fair Thursday, April 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meet over 60 area non-profits and organizations to learn about their volunteer opportunities. Enjoy food trucks and more! Celebrate Immigrants in Fort Wayne Thursday, April 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Listen to a great panel and celebrate all the immigrants who make our community great. Progressive Social Hour is partnering with Universal Education Foundation for this free event. Not to mention, there will be specialty appetizers from around the world. The Taming of the Shrew Thursday, April 27 to Sunday, May 7, times vary Get your dose of Shakespeare with this great show! Medication Disposal Day Friday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s time for spring cleaning! Help keep our families and community safe by properly disposing of your medications. Shoot for a Cure Walk For A Cause 3 Mile Walk Friday, April 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A wonderful 3 mile walk (family friendly!). The proceeds go to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Stand Against Racism Friday, April 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Raising awareness to combat institutional racism. A Wrinkle in Time A staple young adult book comes to life with some super talented local folks. Don’t miss it! Touch-a-Truck 2017 Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Take your kiddos to explore some super cool vehicles! What a fun Saturday morning! He Named Me Malala: Screening and Discussion Sunday, April 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This documentary is a part of this year’s “Stand Against Racism” campaign. The YWCA will lead a discussion following the film. Friendly Fox Fundraiser/Silent Auction Sunday, April 30 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Do you want an outdoor revamp at the Friendly Fox? Then help them out and get some cool stuff in the process! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Caty Holm

Posted by on April 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Caty Holm

This entrepreneur spotlight highlights Caty Holm and The Brandon Foundation, an organization that provides support for youth. Students are paired with mentors who help them academically and emotionally, meeting twice a week throughout the school year. The Brandon Foundation’s mission and vision is incredible, and the way that Caty and the mentors believe in the kiddos and help them overcome life’s hardships in order to reach their full potential is inspiring. I believe that investing in our youth is the best thing we can do to continue to make Fort Wayne a great place to live. Caty had a wonderful perspective on startups, collaboration, and following your passion. Take a look at her story, and take some of her sound advice while you pursue your dreams. What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana?  After teaching in the school system for 10 years I noticed that students would come into my classroom at 8 years of age, full of hope that they would become doctors, teachers, etc. I would follow up with those same students years later to find that their dreams were watered down versions of what they used to be. Why was that?  We started to examine the gaps and disparities that were present that kept students from achieving their goals and came up with a program to fill those gaps.  We believe that all students have a gift and destiny to fulfill. At the Brandon Foundation, we strive to help students realize their full potential while providing the academic and social support that they need throughout the years to see their dreams come to pass. What resource in the community has helped you thrive? Indiana Youth Institute was a crucial piece of our growth and development as a nonprofit.  They linked us up with a consultant group, Michael Burns, who has been instrumental in helping our organization with strategic planning and mentor and board training. This resource has been invaluable as they have helped us to be intentional about our goals and metrics and still remain true to our vision and mission. What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? Our biggest challenge has been applying for grants and receiving the money that could allow us to pay employees such as an Executive Director, Staff Therapists and other mentor support staff that could help us develop our program into something that could impact a greater number of children. What person has helped you the most in your journey? My dad, also known at The Brandon Foundation as “Mr. Chuck.” Five years ago when this program was just a vision on my heart I told him, “Dad, I’m going to do this thing and I know it sounds crazy, but I think it’s possible.”  Instead of telling me all of the reasons why it wasn’t fathomable or list the obstacles, he said, “Let’s do it!”  Ever since that day, he has been my greatest supporter. He is a mentor to one of our students, has served on the board of directors, and shows up to every service event. He believed in me and so I believed in me, too.  What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Surround yourself with a core group of people who believe in your mission. These people will...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on April 6, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Jerry Seinfeld Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. Jerry Seinfeld will be performing at the Embassy. How fun! Tickets are still available, you don’t have to miss the show! Kitten Foster Workshop Thursday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m. It’s almost kitten season, and the SPCA will need some loving foster homes for these adorable little fluff balls. Give back to the community by volunteering to cuddle kittens until they find loving homes. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. This. is. going. to. be. amazing. They’re performing every single note from the film. Let your imagination run wild in Hogwarts… Let’s Comedy! Presents: Andy Kindler Friday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. This should be a great time! This guy boasts a bio filled with all sorts of amazing credits, including a recurring role on Fox’s hit animation Bob’s Burgers and Comedy Central’s Tosh.0. He is also the host of Season 4 and 5 of Hulu’s standup series, Coming to the Stage, and has been a correspondent on The Late Show with David Letterman with over 40 appearances. Wild Kratts and Nature Cat Screener Saturday, April 8 at 9:45 a.m. Refreshments and a sneak peek of two new episodes! I know my kiddo loves the Wild Kratts (and I like it, too). Fort Wayne TinCaps Opening Day Saturday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. It’s opening day! Summer is on its way! Happy Dogs Daycare Presents: 9th Annual Easter Bone Hunt Sunday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m. Come on out for some dog friendly games and crafts. Prize baskets will be given away to the lucky pups who find prize eggs! All dogs admitted for a $15 donation & proceeds will go toward FWACC’s Adoption & Volunteer programs. Eating for Energy Sunday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Caitlin Hernandez will provide nutritional information about “high octane” foods to eat that bring natural energy to your body! Plus, discover those foods that zap your energy and slow you down. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Member Spotlight – Reneta Thurairatnam

Posted by on April 5, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Member Spotlight – Reneta Thurairatnam

LFW Member Spotlight – Reneta Thurairatnam

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing contributors who will share a bit about their role in Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their work with us. Today we are spotlighting the woman behind our popular Living Fort Wayne “Food & Drink” series, Reneta Thurairatnam! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to write for our blog? I serve as a features writer for anything food and drink related that is happening in the Fort! A dear friend who knows I have a penchant for eating out (mostly because I cannot cook anything more skilled than ramen) recommended me for the role. It’s fun to get the inside scoop on what’s going on in the food and drink scene. I love chatting with new business owners, because they are so passionate about what they are doing! Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne. By day I am a Wealth Advisor for Lake City Bank, which I absolutely love. I get to help people achieve their financial goals, and it’s a pretty fun gig! I am married to Steve AKA “the biggest Packers fan in the world” and am mummy to Kitty (my first born cat, who eats all things bacon), Raji (my rescue goldendoodle) and Jordy (Raji’s sheepadoodle). You can follow the doglets on Instagram at raji_parker.and.jordy where they do things like beg for treats and look cute. If you could live any other place in the world besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? Gah! I have to pick one place?! I love to travel so this is tough. At this moment, I would pick Italy. Amazing food, wine, people, and the language is beautiful. I have a daily calendar with Italian phrases in my office. Today’s phrase is “Porta sempre i tachhi alti,” which means “She always wears high heels.” This is so appropriate, because I ALWAYS wear high heels! If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? Downtown obviously! Food trucks, amazing farm to fork restaurants, art shows, coffee shops, the local ballet, shows at the Embassy, events at the Grand Wayne, outdoor markets, boutique shopping, and parks – all within 99 blocks! If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? No. Just no. I do not sing. Maybe I would rap the Beastie Boys or some “Mom’s Spaghetti”. Actually I think the only thing I know all the words to is the Preamble to the Constitution from School House Rock. Want me to sing it? Oh, I see. OK. Well if you ever need that, I’m your gal. Keep your eyes peeled for the next spotlight with another one of Living Fort Wayne’s contributors. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email at info@livingfortwayne.com or reach out to us on...

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Second Chances Art Exhibit and Fundraiser

Posted by on March 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Second Chances Art Exhibit and Fundraiser

Second Chances Art Exhibit and Fundraiser

The Second Chances Art Exhibit and Fundraiser features original art depicting local stories of giving and receiving grace, seizing second chances, and triumph over adversity.   Blue Jacket and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMoA) have collaborated to create this compelling event and the art at the center of it.  They commissioned thirteen local artists and paired them with Blue Jacket graduates. The graduates and the artists formed a relationship, and artists learned about the graduates’ life experiences.  Through various mediums, the artists have portrayed these stories of trials, failures, successes, and redemption.   These pieces are on exhibit at the FWMoA through March 31. At the Second Chances Art Exhibit and Fundraiser on March 31st from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., the artwork will be auctioned.  Proceeds will benefit Blue Jacket’s Career Academy (a two-week training program that provides job-readiness training to disadvantaged adults seeking a second chance at employment).   In addition to the riveting art exhibit and auction, this event will include entertainment by Soul 35. Calhoun Street Soup, Salads, and Spirits (CS3) will provide heavy appetizers and a cash bar.  Tickets are $25 each, or $40 per pair, and can be purchased online here.   Blue Jacket is an established nonprofit whose mission is to provide education, training, and opportunities to any disadvantaged person who is striving to earn a second chance at gainful employment. For more information about Blue Jacket, visit their website and follow them on...

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LFW Member Spotlight – Stephen J. Bailey

Posted by on March 22, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Member Spotlight – Stephen J. Bailey

LFW Member Spotlight – Stephen J. Bailey

  Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting the man behind the curtain of our popular Living Fort Wayne Instagram account, Stephen J. Bailey! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for us? I volunteered because I really love our community. I remember being at the very first meeting for LFW almost five years ago and am proud at how much it has evolved. I don’t know many volunteer-based organizations in our area that have this kind of staying power. I currently write one quarterly article featuring the people and places of Fort Wayne, manage the LFW Instagram account, and am the back up for the other social media channels. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne! I eat more sushi than anyone that I know. Fort Wayne’s sushi cuisine and options have grown exponentially in the last decade and I’ve sampled them all. I know friends from outside states that envy our sushi options and it makes me think, “If we can be envied for something as simple as sushi, then I can’t wait to see the future of the Riverfront, downtown development, and high speed rail in our area.” If you could live any place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? Austin, Texas. It’s close to the beach. It has that southern charm with a liberal balance to it. It’s full of techies, creatives, great food, great weather, and a bright future. I often think of it when working for our future in Fort Wayne. They have completely changed how people think of their city. If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? I would take them kayaking on the river followed by dinner at one of our local downtown establishments. The river is an incredible yet spiritual experience, and our food here is second to none. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? I can kill it as Stephan Jenkins from Third Eye Blind but my secret talent is Whitney Houston. If you can get me three drinks, I can do an incredible performance of “I Will Always Love You”. You can usually find me at Chevvy’s. Keep your eyes peeled for the next spotlight with another one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email at info@livingfortwayne.com or reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook. ...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on March 16, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Slice of Knowledge Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Fire Police City County Federal Credit Union Executive Vice President Casey Mitchell will discuss the dos and don’ts of buying a car during this free event … at Pizza Hut. Go eat pizza and learn useful stuff. 2. Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations: We have a whole host of events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend! Here’s some of the grown-up things to do (21+), click the links for more details! Fleet Feet St. Paddy’s Pub Run & Walk: Will Run For Beer Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Clover Classic – St. Patrick’s Weekend Celebration at Deer Park Thursday, March 16 – Saturday, March 18 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at JKs Friday, March 17 St. Patricks Day Party at Summit City Brewerks Friday, March 17 St. Patty’s Day at Trubble Friday, March 17 Saint Patrick Drinking Abuncha Car Bombs Day! at Pedal City Friday, March 17 Mason Dixon Line at Rusty Spur for St. Patrick’s Day Friday, March 17 at 10 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Party at Harley-Davidson Saturday, March 18 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 3. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the greatest ballets of all time. 4. Black Swan Ball Friday, March 17 from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. After opening night of Swan Lake, head over to a masquerade party in the house of Von Rothbart. Enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. There’s even a prize for the best disguise! 5. Civic Theatre Presents: One Foot in the Gravy Runs Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 26 “A cultured but jaded middle-aged woman, talks her lover, Ned, into disguising himself as a female nurse in order to care of her wealthy skinflint husband, Frank, who is reportedly on death’s doorstep. Tired of waiting for Frank to die, Ned steps into action which sets off a series of madcap events.” – sounds delightful! This was the winner of the playwrights festival! 6. St. Catty’s Day at Black Pine! Saturday, March 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Don your green and enjoy casual tours and bottomless hot cocoa! 7. 3rd Annual Pi(e) Day Charity Art Auction Saturday, March 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Art made out of pie pans! Come out and support local charities while browsing (and purchasing) some unique, awesome art! 8. FAME Festival-Fort Wayne Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19 The theme for this year’s festival is China and Southeast Asia. Check out beautiful artwork, let the kiddos participate in some fun activities, and watch some amazing performances! 9. I Create at Wunderkammer Sunday, March 19 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you show up, you share something you’ve created. Remember,...

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Souped Up: Fort Wayne SOUP

Posted by on March 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Souped Up: Fort Wayne SOUP

Souped Up: Fort Wayne SOUP

Note from event organizers – Due to overwhelming interest in our inaugural Fort Wayne SOUP event on March 30th we must change the location from One Lucky Guitar to the Summit located at 1025 West Rudisill Blvd. The new venue can accommodate up to 240 guests. In an effort to organize and plan for dinner appropriately we ask all attendees register for the inaugural event through Eventbrite. We are grateful to One Lucky Guitar and the community for all their support. Fort Wayne SOUP is served. Actual Soup?  The SOUP is a micro-grant dinner that fosters community and raises funds for creative projects that enhance Fort Wayne living.  (It’s easier than it sounds!) Here are the ingredients: Relationships. A shared meal.  Diversity. Critical dialogue. Community. Creativity. Collaboration. Democracy. Fun. Empowerment. Contribution. Action. Join the mix at the inaugural Fort Wayne SOUP on March 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Summit.  The suggested minimum donation is $5.  Guests receive a meal, the opportunity to hear four vibrant ideas for projects that will transform Fort Wayne, and to cast a vote to fund their favorite project.  The deadline for submitting project proposals is March 16, 2017.     The Process Fort Wayne SOUP hosts a soup dinner (called a SOUP).  Several weeks before each SOUP, community members submit project proposals to the SOUP committee. The  projects must benefit the Fort Wayne community, but the field is otherwise open to all ideas, including art, urban agricultural, social entrepreneurship, education, technology, and more. Proposals must include a summary, proposed use of funds, an explanation of the project’s impact on Fort Wayne, and a timeline for implementation. The committee reviews and votes on four projects to be presented at the SOUP.  The selected community members work with Fort Wayne Confluence to create dynamic four-minute presentations to pitch their proposals. At the SOUP, attendees make an optional donation, suggested to be $5 or more, at the door. While enjoying soup, salad, and bread, they hear the four pre-selected project proposals. Each presenter fields four questions from the audience. SOUP attendees discuss and debate the benefits of each proposal.  Each attendee votes on the project they believe will most benefit the Fort Wayne community. The project with the most votes receives all of the money collected at the door, as seed money to fund their project.  Attendees do not obtain equity or ownership in the winning project.  Winners are expected to work diligently to bring their project to life, and to attend the next scheduled SOUP and discuss their progress.   The Inspiration SOUP arrived here via Detroit (and other SOUP’s hosted in communities worldwide), at the hands of a dedicated committee of young professionals.  After reading a magazine article about the Detroit SOUP and its transformational effect on Detroit—even during a devastating recession—Andrew Gritzmaker, Mark Green, and Kenny Walpole were inspired to gather a committee and bring the SOUP to Fort Wayne. “We saw an opportunity to help contribute to the momentum Fort Wayne is experiencing. The heart of SOUP is community. When people come together and small projects are accomplished, a sense of potency is realized and people begin to see potential,” said Gritzmaker. He was particularly moved by a Detroit SOUP success story. A young entrepreneur pitched her idea for winter coats that unfold into sleeping bags to help Detroit’s homeless population during harsh winters. She used the...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on February 9, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? We compile a list of events and activities every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. My Cold Hearted Valentine: Season 3 Friday, February 10 at 6 p.m. A night of mystery and mingling. Find out who the murderer is! There will be food and drinks available for purchase. Such a fun, off-beat date night idea! 2. 97.3 WMEE Baby Fair & Family Expo Saturday, February 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Products, prizes and babies! There will also be activities available for the whole family! 3. 2017 Weather the Fort Saturday, February 11 at 4 p.m. This annual winter festival is a 21+ event. Enjoy food, drinks and fun! 4. Galentine’s Day Brunch at Trubble Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m. Regular menu (already delicious) plus waffles (yum) and girly drinks. 5. Heartland Sings: Let’s Fall in Love Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. Romantic ballads and upbeat love songs at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Complimentary champagne will be served! 6. Turnstone Mile Saturday, February 11 at 7 a.m. Whether it’s your first mile of your life, of your season, or of a new beginning … run it on Saturday with Turnstone! This is for all ages and all abilities. 7. Fort Wayne Polar Plunge Saturday, February 11 at 10 a.m. All funds raised benefit the Special Olympics Indiana. Don’t miss your chance to jump in a cold lake to benefit a great cause. 8. Fairytale Brunch Sunday, February 12 at 12 p.m. Princesses will make an appearance. There will be singing and face painting. This would be a wonderful Valentine’s day date with your little princess lover. 9. Family Valentines Day Singalong Sunday, February 12 at 3 p.m. Grab pizza with the kids and let them sing while you relax. Bring a kid, an instrument, and an appetite. 10. Educational Series: History of Our Rivers Monday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. The next in this free educational series, the topic will be the History of Our Rivers. Check it out! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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The Literacy Alliance Fights Illiteracy in Fort Wayne

Posted by on December 16, 2016 | Comments Off on The Literacy Alliance Fights Illiteracy in Fort Wayne

The Literacy Alliance Fights Illiteracy in Fort Wayne

When you wake up, what is the first thing you do? Do you head downstairs to read the morning paper or your favorite online news source to catch up on what’s going on in the world? Do you read e-mails, text messages, or a book? Now imagine you can’t read well enough or fast enough to do any of that. Life would become pretty difficult, right? It’s scary to think about. Did you know over 30,000 people in Allen County can’t read and don’t have a high-school diploma? That’s even scarier. The Literacy Alliance, formerly known as Three Rivers Literacy Alliance, is a non-profit organization founded here in Fort Wayne in 1988 by the late Judy Stabelli. Located at 1005 W. Rudisill Boulevard in Suite 307 at The Summit campus, The Literacy Alliance was formed to battle illiteracy in Fort Wayne and the Allen County by offering assistance to adults age 18 and older. There are 9 learning centers in Fort Wayne that offer classes at various times for accessibility. Their services include basic adult education, small group reading classes, and prep for the High School Equivalency diploma (formerly GED). The agency uses professional teachers and trained tutors, and coordinates outreach services including free child care and transportation because their mission is to do whatever it takes to make learning and improving possible for everyone. Mike Landram, Executive Director, said “We’re in the business of helping adults get a second chance.” Some of those students who are looking to become self-sufficient, want to read to their families, or obtain better jobs who test at or above the fifth grade level will be placed in one of the High School Equivalency (HSE) centers. Other students who test below the fifth grade level have a different curriculum and are placed in pre-HSE classes. These classes are offered free of charge. Currently, The Literacy Alliance has helped approximately 7,000 adults improve their literacy and 700 adults achieve their HSE that they need to live, work, and play in Fort Wayne. “People are surprised when I’m asked how many adults in Fort Wayne and Allen County are without a high school diploma and there’s over 30,000 adults in our community. That’s about 11% of the population that is without a high school diploma, and so when you look at that in the community that is a fairly extensive problem,” said Mike Landram, Executive Director. The move to The Summit from Clay Street assisted with visibility, accessibility, and recruitment which led for The Literacy Alliance to hold an Open House that included a ribbon-cutting ceremony in partnership with Greater Fort Wayne with special guests such as Mayor Tom Henry and students Norma Salas and Chad Smith. “The new location at The Summit is home to numerous other nonprofit agencies, which makes sense,” Executive Director Mike Landram said. “It is also in a spot that is in the center of a concentration of individuals who have a lack of high school education.” With the change in location, more people in Allen County can have the capability to get their GED/HSE and better their lives. The Literacy Alliance fights illiteracy and offers classes and services for students for free in hopes to reduce the number of people in Fort Wayne and surrounding Allen county that do not have their high school diploma and can’t...

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