Karen Bevis, Ed.D., assistant professor of education and chair of secondary education, Catholic School Educator Preparation Program, and ACTION/Transition to Teach Program, has been appointed to the Starfish Initiative Board. Bevis sits on the Executive Board and chairs the Program Committee.
Starfish Initiative encourages, supports, and prepares promising, underserved youth to reach and complete their post-secondary goals with Indianapolis’ future workforce in mind.
“My vision includes showing all students, early in their educational careers, that a college education is an option and a successful career of their choice is attainable,” Bevis said. “I am an educator who believes that every child deserves the best educational opportunities regardless of socio-economic status and regardless of where they attend school,” she continued.
The mentors that have chosen to volunteer in the Starfish Initiative believe that students can succeed after high school. Starfish Initiative provides important support and resources to students who have little or no knowledge of the college preparation process and lends a helping hand to students and families in the college conversation.
Since 2003, more than 600 promising, low-income youth have been helped, most of whom our first generation college students. 100 new students will join this summer.
About Starfish Initiative
Starfish Initiative is a college access and readiness program serving economically disadvantaged high school students in Marion County, Indiana.
They believe that mentoring is the key to improving the educational attainment and future of today’s youth. Starfish Initiative matches every student in the Starfish program with a college-educated, volunteer adult mentor whose job is to help walk their student into college.