Dr. Lisa Connolly, associate professor and program chair of human services at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has been named a 2015 Executive Journey Fellow by The Journey. The Journey is an Indianapolis-based organization focused on supporting the renewal and professionalization of current and prospective youth workers in Indiana and around the country.

“I am excited to have been selected for the 2015 Executive Journey Fellowship,” Connolly said. “Ivy Tech Community College has a long history of not only providing services to youth, but in creating learning environments for the next generation of youth leaders. I love seeing our students give back to our community by completing youth work internships at places like Monroe County Community School Corporation, Boys and Girls Club, and Stepping Stones, Inc.”

As part of Connolly’s Journey Fellowship naming, she was awarded an individual scholarship, which she has used to plan “Thank a Youth Worker Day” appreciation event on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Ivy Tech-Bloomington.

“I created this event to thank all of the people who support the youth of our community,” she said.

Other contributors to the event include the Indiana University School of Public Health as a previous Journey Fellow, and the MCCSC After School Care Program, which is also a 2015 Journey Fellow.

In Connolly’s three years as program chair at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, she has seen human services graduates continue their education at four year colleges like Indiana University School of Public Health, Indiana University School of Social Work, and Indiana Wesleyan.

The Journey Fellowship was created in 2002 in response to a growing need for ongoing professional and personal renewal in the field of youth work. It is funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. The Executive Journey Fellowship provides Indiana’s youth workers greater opportunities to bring more meaning to their lives and make stronger commitments to the field of youth work.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.