TeenWorks provides a six-week summer employment and college readiness program and supportive services for teens throughout the school year.
While our paid employment program gives teens the chance to earn a paycheck, the TeenWorks experience is so much more than a job. Participating teens build professional resumes, gain job skills for the future, participate in volunteer projects to give back to the community, and receive hands-on instruction to build key college and career readiness skills in areas like technology, finances, and leadership.
During the summer program, TeenWorks provides transportation, daily meals, and direct support to help teens enroll in accelerated college degree programs and apply for college. During the school year, TeenWorks continues to provide support to our students through mentoring, 360 Socials, and community service outings. All TeenWorks 360 participants are also eligible for college scholarships provided by the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation.
Most importantly, the TeenWorks experience empowers teens to discover a new level of self-confidence and recognize that going to college and achieving professional success is within their reach.
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In 1981, Indiana philanthropist Gene B. Glick began the TeenWorks program with a simple idea – to provide teens with a summer job that would teach them the importance of self-discipline, a hard day’s work, and giving back to the community. Today, TeenWorks continues this founding vision through our summer employment and college readiness program and supportive services throughout the school year.
Mary brings over 30 years of management experience in the nonprofit and corporate world to her role as the Executive Director of TeenWorks, where she has the opportunity to pursue her personal mission to counsel, educate, and support the growth of children every day. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Purdue University, Mary has tirelessly worked to make our communities thrive so that children have the highest chance of success as they grow into adulthood. In addition to her work at TeenWorks and within the community, Mary has spent seven years as a foster parent in Indianapolis and is the proud parent of two adult children and three special needs children who she has adopted into her family.
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From the moment Landon joined the TeenWorks team in 2012, he knew this would be the most meaningful job of his life. After pursuing a career as an electrician, then earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Ball State University and working as both a middle school and high school teacher in East Central Indiana, Landon recognized that many teens need more support and opportunities to identify and pursue their career paths than schools can provide alone. As the Program Director of TeenWorks, Landon is thrilled to provide this support by working alongside students as they experience their first job, get a glimpse of college life, and gain training in different areas that can help them succeed in their future careers. When he’s not busy working with teens in the community, Landon enjoys spending time with his wife, Lori, and their two sons.
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Cait has always been passionate about uplifting those in need and pursuing civic leadership. When she began her search for the right nonprofit to which to dedicate a year of her life through AmeriCorps VISTA, she had no idea when she would end up in Indianapolis, Indiana with an organization so dedicated to youth excellence. As a result of her dedication and innovation, she was offered a full time position with TeenWorks at the end of her VISTA term. Cait earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in Spanish and Justice Systems from Truman State University, a small liberal arts school located in Kirksville, Missouri (GO BULLDOGS!). She is also pursuing her Master of Public Affairs in Non-Profit Management at IUPUI.
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Born and raised in the heart Indianapolis, Darius is a proud product of Indianapolis Public Schools. After high school, he transitioned to Indiana University Bloomington, graduating with his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science in 2013. Compelled to serve students hailing from his neighborhood, Darius joined Teach For America as a high school science instructor. Ensuing TFA, Darius joined the TeenWorks staff as a Student Support Specialist to be more intentional about getting students to and through college. In this role he will further support students during the school year, in the TeenWorks 360 program planning community service events, social events, college campus visits and student goal development. In his free time, he watches hometown favorites: the Colts and Pacers.
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Melba has been a passionate educator for most of her life, beginning with teaching Sunday school in 8th grade to serving as a school counselor for the last 10 years. Having earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from IUPUI, Melba is driven to help all students realize their post-secondary goals. She has a special interest in helping students discover nontraditional careers, just as she discovered aviation and earned her Aircraft Dispatch License. As the Director of Student Services, Melba brings experience in corporate settings, nonprofit academic advising, college advising with traditional and nontraditional students, as well as K-12. In her spare time, Melba enjoys sewing and refinishing furniture. She is a devoted wife and proud mother of three children.
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Little did Jordan know, in 2014, when hired on as a Teen Works supervisor, that he would have one of the most fulfilling summers of his life working amongst Indianapolis’own. After participating and continuing to be active with Teen Works as a 360 Mentor during the academic year, Jordan was brought back on board for another insightful and exceedingly rewarding summer in 2015. Jordan’s time spent working with Indianapolis’ youth has been instrumental in educating young adults and his commitment toward emphasizing Teen Works’ motto of empowering students toward college, career, and community meshes well with his passion and personal mission statement of challenging young adults to strive for excellence in all phases of life. As for what Jordan is interested in outside of his passion, in his free time, he enjoys rooting on his Alma Maters, the Ball State Cardinals and the Butler Bulldogs. Jordan also loves to spend quality time reading, being active, and visiting with family and friends.
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At the core of Ashley’s mission is the desire to equip young minds with the tools (and knowledge that they possess the ability) to successfully move into their future. Ashley is a proud Ball State graduate, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies Education and History. Ashley has high school and middle school experiences that stretch from Muncie, Indiana to Germany to Evansville, Indiana. As a Student Support Specialist, Ashley is stoked to offer up her experiences and knowledge of the college/career process to help guide students on their own journey. In her down time she is an avid “upcycler,” traveler and rugby fan. On the weekend, you can find her tearing apart and rebuilding old furniture or planning her next adventure.
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During his time in college at IUPUI, Brandon volunteered with an after school student mentoring program, it was there he saw the importance of investing in students and helping them plan for their futures. After recently graduating from IUPUI with an Associates degree in Architectural Technology Brandon wanted to find a job where he could make an impact on the city and in the lives of others. Brandon joined TeenWorks in the summer of 2015 as an assistant supervisor. After a great summer he realized this was his place to make an impact post-college. At summers-end Brandon was offered a job to continue to work with TeenWorks as an Assistant Program Manager and is eager to lay a foundation in the city (shameless Architecture pun). Outside of work Brandon is the biggest Minnesota Vikings fan in Indiana and probably the only one, Skol Vikings!
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While job-hunting during her final year at the University of Virginia, Frankie never imagined that she would end up moving to Indiana. Frankie majored in both Spanish and Foreign Affairs with a minor in Latin American Studies from UVa. Her work experience with informal education through the YMCA and the UVa Women’s Center inevitably led her to accept an offer to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with TeenWorks. She enjoys traveling and going to trampoline parks, and she plans to own two dogs and a duckling in the near future. (Their names are already picked out.) Frankie looks forward to spending this next year as a Hoosier with TeenWorks!
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Adalyn grew up learning the value of working hard on her grandfather's golden wheat fields in northeastern Colorado. She continued developing that work ethic as a student in northwestern Philadelphia at Haverford College where she earned a Bachelor's degree in History with a minor in Education. When choosing a post-graduate work path, AmeriCorps presented itself to Adalyn as a tremendous means to give back in a meaningful and tangible way by helping break the cycle of poverty. Through AmeriCorps VISTA , she was matched with TeenWorks where she is now able to help provide students with opportunities to learn the value of a strong work ethic just like she did on her family’s farm.
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After graduating from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Patrick spent a few years living in the DC/Maryland area. During this time, he worked in the healthcare field and gaining invaluable experience with communicating with and helping those in need. Patrick was led to AmeriCorps VISTA and, more specifically, TeenWorks through a friend who had signed up for the program the previous year. During his time with TeenWorks, he
looks forward to meeting some truly incredible adult supervisors, committed student workers, and inspiring local business owners helping to provide these opportunities. Patrick '
s thrilled to be able to work with an organization that does so much for teens in the area, and is excited to research and develop new opportunities for TeenWorks employees when it comes to college, careers, and beyond. Patrick loves to read, write, and listen to music.
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TeenWorks Board of Directors
President of the Board
Marianne is the President and Owner of GlickArt and Chairman of the Board for the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation.
Treasurer & Secretary of the Board
Marilee is a partner at Ice Miller, LLC.
Member of the Board
Charlie is the President of Bell American Group.
Dr. Zebulon Davenport
Member of the Board
Zeb serves as the Vice Chancellor for Student Life at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
Dr. Lewis Ferebee
Member of the Board
Dr. Ferebee serves as Superintendent for Indianapolis Public Schools.
Member of the Board
Charlie is the President & CEO of Garcia Construction Group.
Member of the Board
Tom serves as the Principal at Muncie Central High School.
Member of the Board
Roderick serves as the Community Impact Director of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.
- How much does it cost to participate in the TeenWorks program?
The TeenWorks program is free for all participants. In fact, teens and adult employees are paid for their work during the TeenWorks program.
- Do teens have to meet special requirements to apply?
All Indianapolis (Marion County) and Muncie teens between the ages of 16-18 are eligible to apply for TeenWorks, but TeenWorks does require that teens earn a minimum of a 2.5 GPA during the academic year to be eligible for the program.
- I don’t have reliable transportation every day. Can I still participate?
Yes! TeenWorks provides free transportation from many neighborhood high schools to and from the program sites daily during the summer program.
- My child has never held a job or participated in a summer program before. Should s/he still apply?
Yes! In fact, TeenWorks is the first paid work experience for many of the teens who participate. Every team of 12-14 teens receives direct supervision and support from at least three members of TeenWorks staff who are committed to their team, so your child will have the guidance they need for a successful experience.
- What kinds of work do the TeenWorks teens do during the summer program?
We strive to provide work experiences related to a variety of careers, so each TeenWorks team works at a different community-based site. We do our best to match each teen’s interests with their worksite placement, where some teams learn how to manage an urban farm while others learn to rebuild computers or complete landscaping and environmental management projects. Regardless of each team’s daily worksite, all TeenWorks teens participate in volunteer activities like helping out at the local foodbank so that they have the opportunity to give back to the community. Learn more about our Community Worksites.
- My organization has a lot of projects that the TeenWorks teens could help with. Can I host a TeenWorks team?
TeenWorks is always looking for new partnerships and new sites where our teens can work and learn during the summer program. Contact us to talk with our staff about how we can work together.
- If my organization hosts a TeenWorks team, are we responsible for paying the teens for their work?
No. 100% of the program costs, including teen wages, are provided by TeenWorks. In fact, TeenWorks also provides necessary work materials, meals, and transportation to allow our teens to arrive each day ready to make the most of their work with you.
- I am currently involved with TeenWorks and I have a question or concern. Who should I contact?
We would love to hear from you! If you participate in TeenWorks Indianapolis, please contact Program Director Landon Martin at [email protected] or 317-916-7637 If you participate in TeenWorks Muncie, please contact Caitlyn Potter, Muncie Program Director, at [email protected] or 317-916-7637 for more information.
- How much does it cost to participate in TeenWorks 360?
The 360 program is free for all participants!
- Do teens have to meet special requirements to participate in 360?
All 360 participants must have previously been employed during a TeenWorks summer program to be eligible.
- What does participation in 360 include?
- Lunch Tables: A chance for you to engage with Mentor Director, Michael James, and other TeenWorks students at your own school for informal discussion.
- 360 Socials: Dinner, games, and a little bit of learning on key topics. For the 2014-2015 academic year, these will take place every 3rd Thursday in Indianapolis from 5:30-7:30pm at Forest Manor Development Center. In Muncie, 360 Socials will take place from 5:30-7:30pm at Muncie Central on monthly Thursdays.
- Community Service: Opportunities for our 360 students to give back to their communities! In Indianapolis, these will take place every 2nd Saturday of the month from 10am-1pm. Muncie service outings will be held twice per semester.
- Mentoring: Each student will receive one mentor who will check in with them at least once per week to assist the student in identifying important resources at their own stage in high school.
Check out our Event Calendar for a comprehensive schedule of 360 activities.
- How does 360 affect scholarship eligibility?
In order to be eligible for our TeenWorks scholarships, students must participate in a summer program as well as 360, attending the majority of TeenWorks 360 events.
- I am currently involved with TeenWorks 360 and I have a question or a concern. Who should I contact?
We would love to hear from you! If you participate in TeenWorks 360 in either Indianapolis or Muncie, please contact us at [email protected] or via phone at 317-916-7637.