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Grant Recipients and Their Stories
Brightwood CC SPARKS Summer 2019

The Brightwood Community Center SPARKS summer camp plans to reach 36 youth during their annual summer program June 17 - July 26, 2019, with the program being extended to 6 weeks this year. The BCC summer camp program focuses both on Leadership Development and Risk-Taking Mission and Service. Their mission is to transform lives through the love of Christ by providing a safe haven for educational, spiritual, and physical growth.

SPARK stands for service, passion, achievement, responsibility, and knowledge. BCC is located within the Martindale-Brightwood community and strives to remedy inadequacies of local under-performing schools in striving for social justice and leadership development.

The SPARKS summer camp impacts the youth by supporting them in maintaining or increasing their reading levels during the summer, successfully avoiding the summer "learning drop" for these youth. Activities will focus on the youth building confidence. The program also allows older youth to develop leadership skills as junior counselors. This year, Brightwood Community Center has acquired five new laptops to better assist the youth in completing summer projects.

Last Published: May 7, 2019 4:39 PM
Brookside Scholarships Awarded 2018

Members of the former Brookside United Methodist Church have provided opportunities to students that have decided to further their education to receive support through their Legacy endowment established when the church closed in 2008. The scholarship fund was established with the United Methodist Foundation of Indiana to be distributed annually by Metro Ministries to qualified candidates for a scholarship to a post-secondary school. 

Felicia Renteria
Scholarship Recipient

Felicia Renteria is a sophomore at Indiana State University. This is Felicia’s second scholarship from the Brookside legacy. We met Felicia last year as an incoming freshman at Indiana State University. She is majoring in Psychology, and her goal is to own her own business as a therapist or social worker. Felicia has followed up with Lisa Morris, Metro Ministries Executive Director, during the year as she completed her freshman year at Indiana State University. Felicia expressed how blessed she was to experience the love of our church family. Following the annoucement, she shared in her recent email, “Thank you so much for the email and opportunity! I'm so thankful for you all!” 

Britney Bailey
Scholarship Recipient

Britney Bailey is a 2018 graduate of Pike High School and an incoming freshman at Purdue University. She was referred to us through Outreach Inc., an east-side organization whose mission is “Equipping and empowering homeless teens and young adults to achieve stability and life transformation.” Britney’s reaction to our scholarship announcement was, “Wow, thank you all so much! This is such a blessing. I cannot express how thankful I am!”

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