A Chance To Serve ~ "ACTS"

  • As part of the Hamilton County Purdue Extension, "A Chance to Serve" is a program that helps students learn leadership skills.  Through their involvement, students have an opportunity to volunteer for a year on a not-for-profit board of directors to see first hand how corporate boards work.


    Congratulations to our 2019-2020
    ACTS Student Leaders
    Ellie Ketcan & Ali Hildebrand

    “A Chance To Serve” (ACTS) is a community youth leadership program that places youth on local boards and committees after participating in a series of five-day-long leadership training sessions. Purdue Extension Hamilton County partner with local community leaders to provide an opportunity for the youth voice to be heard on boards and committees. Each year 30 freshmen from three high schools participate in sessions covering leadership topics such as communication and consensus-building. At the end of the program, participants are selected to serve on a youth-serving board in their local community such as the YMCA, Youth as Resources, high school foundation boards, and local hospital boards. An adult community leader from the board or committee also participates in the five training sessions and serves as the youth’s mentor during the board or committee term. 

    As part of the Hamilton County Purdue Extension, "A Chance to Serve" is a program that helps students learn leadership skills. Through their involvement, students have an opportunity to volunteer for a year on a not-for-profit board of directors to see firsthand how corporate boards work. We thank these current students and graduates of Westfield High School for their participation on the Westfield Education Foundation Board! 

    • 2019-2020 Ellie Ketcham & Ali Hildebrand
    • 2018-2019 Sydney Clifford & Lincoln Strong 
    • 2017-2018 Sydney Clifford & Eli Patchett
    • 2016-2017 Ella Rastatter & Shekar Supanekar
    • 2015-2016 Josh VanDyke 
    • 2014-2015 Avery Higgins & Juan Monarrez
    • 2013-2014 Lily Wessel & Kyle Grinnage 
    • 2012-2013 Emma Luckowski & Nicholas Rhodes
    • 2011-2012 Taylor Davis & Zane Burtron 
    • 2010-2011 Lauren Huser & Zach Lotfalian
    • 2009-2010 Wade Burtron, Tyler Nicole, Tyler Rosser & Zach Schafer
    • 2008-2009 Andrew Knight & Waverly Neer 
    • 2006-2007 Stacey Kuznia & Justin Towle