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  • 23 May 2018 3:31 PM | John Felts

    Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) is excited to announce the inaugural High School Leadership Institute program. The program will take place over two weeks in June, with 21 participants learning about various topics from community leaders.

    Local high school students will explore topics on temperaments and interaction styles, interpersonal communications, networking opportunities, and financial strength and basic budgeting. They’ll also explore the city, taking a tour of the Allen County Courthouse, meeting Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, touring the beautiful Embassy Theatre and the award winning Parkview Field, and getting a hands-on experience at the U.S. Paralympic Training site at Turnstone Center for Children & Adults with Disabilities.

    The students participating in the program are:

    • Steve Alvarez – South Side High School
    • Janae Andrews – Snider High School
    • LaKayla Armour – Snider High School
    • DeMisha Billingsley – East Allen University
    • Carter Bonecutter – Leo Jr./Sr. High School
    • Luke Casterline – New Haven High School
    • Austin Caudill – New Haven High School
    • Berenice Cruz – South Side High School
    • Claryce Dager – Homestead High School
    • Jurneé-Len Davis – Snider High School
    • Emily Farler – Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School
    • Jesus Gonzalez – East Allen University
    • Rachel Kitzmiller – New Haven High School
    • Shelby Kruckeberg – East Allen Choice Alternative School
    • Jaydiin Moye – East Allen Choice Alternative School
    • Victoria Rader – North Side High School
    • Austin Richards – Homestead High School
    • Martavius Sherrill Jr. – Snider High School
    • Luke Spangler – Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School
    • Sierra Svozzi – Homestead High School
    • Zachary Trocchio – Snider High School

    The new program is organized by a group of seven YLNI volunteers, led by committee Chair Stephanie Taylor.

    “High School Leadership Institute is a way for youth to advance themselves in our community through learning and networking with their peers,” Taylor said. “Getting them in a room with these community professionals would not be possible, but for this program. The exposure they’ll gain to each other, community leaders, and to physical spaces they might not have accessed before is what I am most excited about for the participants.”

    The YLNI High School Leadership Institute is made possible thanks to the following sponsors: Strahm Building Solutions, Design Collaborative, Turnstone Center for Children & Adults with Disabilities, Arts United, Hoppy Gnome, Indiana Michigan Power, and Foellinger Foundation. 

    For more information on the program, visit 

  • 21 May 2018 9:00 AM | Jasmine Bejar

    We've been chatting with some of our members, finding out why they love being an active member of our YLNI community. 

    Get to know Tiana Maclin, Marketing Specialist at Regal Beloit.

    What is your involvement with YLNI, and how long have you been involved? 

    My involvement in YLNI is the strategic marketing manager on the Living Fort Wayne committee, a leading destination for everything great about living, working and playing in our community. I also enjoy going to Hot Spots and other events when I can. 

    Why did you decide to join YLNI?

    I decided to join YLNI after learning about the group from the Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. fellows program. I was excited to learn about a group devoted to growing and inspiring the young professional community in Northeast Indiana. 

    What do you hope to accomplish as a member of YLNI?

    YLNI has a diverse group of young professionals wanting to make where they live, work and play the best it can become. I am also one of those. I also want to grow my network around me and learn more about the young individuals that make Fort Wayne so great. 

    What makes you most proud to be a young leader in Northeast Indiana? 

    I am most proud of the opportunities and ability to grow. I moved to Fort Wayne shortly after graduating from college. Having the chance to jump in and be a part of the group in a position in which I can truly contribute was a breath of fresh air. 

    If you were showing someone around Northeast Indiana who had never been before, where is the first place you would take them?

    I love the museums and would take them there in a heartbeat. Wunderkammer or the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Also, the food! Club Soda, Pint and Slice or the Dash-In are some of my favorite downtown picks. 

    Everyone has a reason for being a part of this community of leaders. Why are you YLNI?


    Written by Jasmine Bejar, YLNI Communications Committee Member
  • 17 Apr 2018 9:48 AM | John Felts

    ABC21: Your Weather Authority

    YLNI president Savannah Robinson and board member Patrick Florea sat down with Dirk Rowley of INsight to talk about how YLNI is making an impact in our community. 

    ABC21: Your Weather Authority

    ABC21: Your Weather Authority

    ABC21: Your Weather Authority

    Part I
    Part II
    Part III
    Part IV 

  • 20 Mar 2018 2:32 PM | John Felts

    Join us for View from the Top with Hop River Brewing Company owners Ben Jackson and Paris McFarthing on Monday, April 23!

    Ben and Paris will present their experiences on developing a new brewery in downtown Fort Wayne and share their thoughts on community development.

    The event will take place at Hop River from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Appetizers and beer samples will be provided. There will also be a tour of building to showcase brewing operations. Cost is $10 to attend.

    Get Tickets

  • 20 Mar 2018 2:29 PM | John Felts

    Are you interested in building personal relationships with community leaders?

    Meet with some of Fort Wayne's most respected business leaders during the YLNI Power Lunch Series. This personal interaction grants YLNI members personal access to community leaders. They'll share their experiences and insights in an informal, relaxed setting over lunch. Each group will have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with these community leaders.

    Registration is limited. The first 20 applicants will be selected to participate in the Power Lunch Series.

    Register Now

  • 20 Mar 2018 1:43 PM | John Felts

    Attention, YLNI members!

    This year, YLNI will participate in the 2018 Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 21. The cleanup will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at a location determined by the City of Fort Wayne or YLNI Board of Directors. Volunteers will be provided with an event t-shirt, gloves, and garbage bags. There is a volunteer post-cleanup party at Headwaters Park from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    We are looking for 20 YLNI members to volunteer for our team. This will be a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested, please contact us at by Wednesday, March 28. Thank you for your support and interest in keeping our community clean!

  • 07 Mar 2018 8:05 AM | John Felts

    YLNI is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 Board of Directors.

    Board members are asked to serve a two-year term. New board members are selected from a nominating committee made up of active YLNI volunteers and board members who work together to choose the best possible candidates to continue YLNI's mission. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 16.

    Apply here
  • 05 Mar 2018 8:00 AM | John Felts

    Do you have an idea that can help transform and improve Northeast Indiana for years to come?

    Thanks to the success of “Big Ideas” from the 2015 My City Summit, YLNI is seeking a new BIG idea for 2018! We are looking for innovative and creative projects that will positively impact the lives of residents in our community.

    The idea can be anything. What is something Northeast Indiana desires? Is there something we are missing out on? The idea should align with YLNI’s mission to attract, develop, and retain emerging leaders through community, professional, and social engagement

    For more than a decade, YLNI and its passionate network of volunteers have turned several ideas into successful endeavors, notably the YLNI Farmers Market, YLNI the Vote, Living Fort Wayne Concert Series, Living Fort Wayne Movie Series, Get on Board, Weather the Fort, and more.

    Those interested in submitting ideas have until Friday, March 23 and can send them to

  • 26 Feb 2018 3:56 PM | John Felts

    The Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) Board of Directors have voted in support of the proposal for local funding toward the Electric Works project. 

    Fort Wayne is experiencing unprecedented momentum, created by ten years of investment and revitalization downtown and in the surrounding neighborhoods. YLNI supports the efforts to revitalize the former General Electric campus that will create an innovation district where people can live, work, play, and learn.

    Recently, YLNI conducted an online survey with its network to gather perspective on the Electric Works project. From 194 respondents, 191 (99%) supported redevelopment of the campus; and 60% supported $65 million in local government investment. Several respondents cited various types of quality of life amenities for the campus, including restaurants, entertainment, housing, grocery market, and retail.

    "Our board of directors and members have made their voices heard and supported the redevelopment of Electric Works," said YLNI Board President Ryan Krueckeberg. "The project would enhance the vibrancy of our city and our region, which would help attract and retain young professionals. This is a once-in-a-lifetime investment that will positively impact the future of our community."

    As a group of emerging leaders invested in the future of Northeast Indiana, quality of life improvements are at the forefront of making our city, and our region, a place full of opportunities for economic, social and cultural growth. With a finger on the pulse of the community, YLNI’s membership is comprised of individuals who are engaging in the community head-on, making a positive impact on the places in which our members live, work, and play. YLNI has continuously supported initiatives that increase the vibrancy and quality of place in our community.  

    On Monday, YLNI sent a letter to members of Fort Wayne City Council, urging council to approve the funding request for the Electric Works project.

  • 22 Feb 2018 11:20 AM | John Felts

    Are you interested in improving your speaking and leadership skills?

    Toastmasters is an internationally recognized organization with a proven curriculum that focuses on the development of presentation and leadership competencies. YLNI is looking to gauge whether there are enough emerging leaders interested in forming a Toastmasters Club.

    At least 20 interested people are needed in order to establish a club. We’ve heard from some of you, but still need a few more to hit the 20 mark. If you’re interested and would like to learn more, please contact Leslie Snare at or Savannah Robinson at

    We’d love for you to join us to hear more about Toastmasters at Savannah’s office (Barnes & Thornburg LLP; 6th floor of the Ash Building) on March 13 at 5:30 p.m.

P.O. Box 10774
Fort Wayne, IN  46853

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