Building Homes, Building Futures

by | May 17, 2024 | Community, Development, Education

In a ground-breaking partnership between Area 31 at Ben Davis High School and Indy Gateway, students are taking classroom learning to the construction site by building a home in their own community. This hands-on project is not only teaching valuable skills but also playing a pivotal role in neighborhood revitalization.

The collaboration was born from a shared vision of empowering young individuals and enhancing the local community. Indy Gateway has been instrumental, providing resources such as funding and materials, and embedding their expertise within the project to guide and mentor the students. These students are involved in every step, from drafting blueprints to hammering nails, learning the ins and outs of building trades like carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work. Beyond the technical skills, they’re developing critical life skills—teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving are all part of the day’s work.

The impact on the community is set to be significant. By addressing housing needs, the project aims to foster a renewed sense of pride and ownership among residents, setting the stage for further neighborhood improvements and investments. As the school year draws to a close, the current project nears completion, but the plans are already broader. There is talk of expanding the initiative, potentially building more homes and even replicating this successful model in other neighborhoods.

Support from the community is crucial as the project moves forward. Local businesses and organizations can contribute by providing materials, funding, or expertise, helping to accelerate the work and expand its scope.

This innovative partnership between Area 31 and Indy Gateway is more than just a construction project; it’s a commitment to nurturing potential and revitalizing communities through education, collaboration, and hands-on contribution. It stands as a beacon of what can be achieved when educational institutions and community-focused organizations come together for a common good.

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