Study Connection kicks off year - September 10, 2007
Study Connection will kick off its19th year with a celebration recognizing the important work hundreds of dedicated volunteers commit to each day. At least 225 volunteers, business leaders and community partners of Fort Wayne Community Schools' nationally recognized tutoring program will attend the Annual Celebration and Recognition Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Johnny Appleseed Room at Memorial Coliseum. Bill Stanczykiewicz, President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, will be the guest speaker at the event. Stanczykiewicz served as a policy advisor for former U.S. Senator Dan Coats and an administrative cabinet member under former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith before taking over the leadership of IYI in 1998. Since joining IYI, Stanczykiewicz has worked diligently to put IYI into the forefront of youth development and child advocacy across the state of Indiana. He serves on Indiana's Education Roundtable, which works to improve education for all Hoosier students by focusing on critical issues and plans for improvement, and is a member of the Indiana State Workforce Innovation Council. On behalf of IYI, he is also a member of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Advisory Council and the NCAA Youth Outreach Committee. Stanczykiewicz was recognized as a Distinguished Hoosier by late-Gov. Frank O'Bannon and was awarded a fellowship with the Rockefeller Foundation's Next Generation Leadership program, the mission of which is to create a diverse intersectoral network of leaders, develop problem-solving models, and identify solutions to the social, economic and technological disparities which threaten democracy. Study Connection began in 1989 by Don Wolf, retired CEO and president emeritus of Do it Best Corp. Volunteers are matched one-to-one with FWCS students who need extra academic assistance. Students and volunteers meet weekly after school for one hour during the school year. Eighty-five percent of the students are bused to and from local businesses for their tutoring sessions. Study Connection has been replicated in other cities across the nation, including Clinton, Iowa, where the Governor recognized it as the 2000 Volunteer Program of the Year. At the breakfast, awards will be presented to the 2007 Volunteer of the Year and the 2007 Student of the Year. The breakfast is by invitation only. Media are invited to cover the event.