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IU Northwest invites community for talk on helping Gary youth

CURE’s ‘Lunch and Learn’ event is Dec. 6


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Erika Rose
Office of Marketing and Communications

Charles Sheid
Office of Marketing and Communications

Indiana University Northwest’s Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) invites the campus community and general public for an informal discussion focused on engaging with dynamic organizations aimed at helping youth in the Gary community.

CURE’s Lunch and Learn series takes place at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Library Conference Center. Attendees are asked to bring a donation of school or office supplies and receive a free holiday dessert.

Representatives from Anew Life Youth Development Corporation will lead a discussion about breaking a cycle of poverty, dependency, and violence in the Gary community through their award-winning models which include volunteer service hours, leadership and life skills, anger management, job readiness, and many other skills.  Anew Life provides childcare and emergency housing, but is still in need of many basic school and office supplies as well as more funding to be as effective as possible.

Lunch and Learn is an informal series dedicated to expanding awareness about current issues impacting Northwest Indiana. The program’s goal is to bring together all stakeholders in the community (citizens, local municipalities, businesses, students and faculty) in a format that will stimulate dialogue about regional sustainable development.

The event is co-sponsored by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 4730, which represents technical, clerical, and support staff on the IU Northwest and IU campuses.  The CWA, along with CURE, is also sponsoring a holiday donation drive on campus for school and office supplies, including computers and other office equipment, to benefit Anew Life Youth Development Corporation.

For more information, or to reserve your place at the session, contact Ellen Szarleta, Ph.D., J.D., at (219) 980-6698 or