The Power of Youth: Bold Ideas for a Better Future

Every year the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center hosts a mid-year event which examines and discusses important issues in the community. Young people are often overlooked when working towards these solutions, so this year we’re asking Indianapolis youth: “What bold ideas do you have to impact positive change for future generations in your community?”

  • Brandon Warren, of Indianapolis, created the non-profit, “We Live Indy”, to help people understand what it takes to get through the healing process after facing the shooting deaths of two of his friends and classmates in 2017.  
  • Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist, has gained international recognition for promoting the view that humanity is facing an existential crisis, arising from climate change.
  • Ruby Bridges was among the first black students to integrate the white school system in New Orleans in 1960, six years after the Supreme Court ruled that segregation was unequal.  

Share your big ideas with us, gain presenting skills, and compete with other entries for the $50 finalist awards. 

Details and Awards:
This competition begins with an essay submission (1000 words or less) by Sunday, October 11, 2020 at

Essays will be evaluated in the following groups.  (This opportunity is also open to out-of-school youth, ages 18 and under.)  
• Sixth grade
• Seventh-Eighth grade
• Ninth-Tenth grade
• Eleventh-Twelfth grade

Two finalists will be selected from each group. Each of the finalists will receive a cash card valued at $50, and will be invited to make an oral presentation of the themes from their winning essays at our mid-year virtual event (Zoom) on Saturday, November 7, 2020, beginning at 11:00am.

Indianapolis neighbors will be invited to the watch the presentations virtually, and vote on the best in each class group.

The presentations will be a maximum of five minutes, with a maximum of five slides.  INRC will provide presentation training for the finalists. The winners will be invited to present at Neighbor Power Indy, 2021.

Please contact Maury Plambeck ( if you have any questions.