Indiana Students In Action
Multiplying Good
Public service is a powerful tool to help young people discover their true potential. At Multiplying Good, our mission is to fuel personal growth and leadership through service to others. We believe some of life’s most valuable lessons come from putting others’ needs ahead of your own. For students, service-learning can lower the achievement gap and function as a strategy for keeping students engaged in their school environment, while strengthening communities through volunteer service. Through our flagship youth program, Students In Action (SIA), we provide Central Indiana youth the opportunity to realize their potential by gaining skills necessary to serve and lead as successful adults and civic-minded leaders. Our methodology equips young people to positively impact the lives of those around them and in the process, allows them to experience tremendous growth, promotes character development, and positions them to acquire the 21st-century skills they need to be successful in college, career, and life. SIA is unique from other service learning and leadership programs in a number of ways. Specifically, our program: • Focuses on engaging a diverse cohort of youth, bringing them together to learn from and about each other through the process of community change. • Asks youth what they care about, and then provides the tools to help youth investigate the needs of the community and plan and execute high-quality service projects. • Has a blended learning approach, providing youth with the skills they need to be empathetic leaders, problem solvers, entrepreneurs and impactful global citizens via interactive online and offline training. • Supports growth over time, as youth work through three pathways designed to build the soft-skills and technical skills needed for success as leaders. • Is driven by on-the-ground staff, including program managers and coaches, who provide direct support and instruction to participants. • Connects youth with a network of changemakers in their state, region, and nation through competitions and events. Other interventions aimed at arming young people with leadership and life skills necessary for post-secondary success often overlook components which are critical to success in the 21st-century environment. Our ability to highlight activation of service through youth education and leadership on a national stage, sets MG and the SIA program apart and establishes us as the leader for recognition within this type of holistic learning environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the work of Students In Action, and Multiplying Good’s approach to promoting service to others, more important than ever as we train and empower the next generation of empathetic leaders and changemakers. Building upon the exciting progress we’ve experienced over the last year, our strong leadership team in Central Indiana will meet schools, students, and advisors ‘where they are’ to accommodate both in-person and virtual learning as we deliver SIA this school year. With technologies already in place for online learning through our existing platforms, we are confident in our level of preparation when it comes to delivering instruction—regardless of the medium—as the experts in service-learning, while working to make all components of SIA interesting, interactive, and inclusive. Furthermore, we have been inspired to see that youth and adults are eager for training to help them understand and respond to the struggles our communities face with racial inequity. Moving beyond our present moment requires new approaches, including educating youth about the root cause of problems, building bridges between young people of differing backgrounds and beliefs, and training adults to have and facilitate challenging conversations. SIA is fundamentally rooted in the embrace of our differences, understanding that we all have a role to play in rooting out inequality and inspiring compassion.
$40,000  Funded  Inspire