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How Ivy Tech’s Terri Sanders is training student leaders with inspiration from life, Shafer Leadership Academy, and Spider-Man

Blog, Stories of Leadership
It was the fall of 2020. Twelve Ivy Tech Community College students from the Muncie campus had been selected to participate in the Student Leadership Academy, an annual 10-week leadership training program. Participants would be rewarded with a three-credit scholarship. As Assistant Director of Student Support & Development, it was…

Muncie Youth Stock ReFreeGerator on Southside

Blog, SLA News
More than 30 high school students lead innovative project to combat food insecurity.  Masked high school students gathered around an unplugged refrigerator painted with vibrant pastel triangles. They took turns packing nonperishable food items into every tray and compartment, then they left. A week later, the refrigerator was gone. “It…

‘I found my why at Emergence’

Blog, Stories of Leadership
Shafer Leadership Academy program helped Dorica Young-Watson find her voice. The kids in Dorica Young-Watson’s third-grade class excitedly shared their costumes for the school Halloween parade, a highlight of Young-Watson’s year. “I’m going to be Wonder Woman,” she announced, proudly. “You can’t be Wonder Woman,” a boy stated, matter-of-factly. “Wonder…

Meet Our Newest Team Member

SLA News
In 2020, more than 160 of Shafer Leadership Academy’s nearly 200 public programs were virtual. More than 5,000 people participated in these programs — a record for the Muncie nonprofit dedicated to providing people of all ages, backgrounds and interests access to the tools necessary to develop and enhance their…

Patience, Persistence, and People

2020 was a strange year, but it taught me an important lesson about patience, persistence, and people. I count myself as incredibly fortunate to finish this year healthier and happier. In addition to losing 30 pounds, I’ve marked personal bests in weightlifting and cardio (thanks to Muncie CrossFit at The…