National firm funds local initiative to support youth

INGUARD, an insurance and risk management firm headquartered in Wabash is the presenting sponsor of the Wabash County Promise. INGUARD is proud to renew its $40,000 annual commitment to support the local initiative, led by the Wabash County YMCA, which is designed to support local youth in their college and career identity development.

The pilot program for the Wabash County Promise launched in 2013, with more than 1,060 students opening a 529-college savings account during school registration.

According to Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton’s book, The Coming Jobs War, “Having no vision or excitement for the future is the cause of dropping out of school. Students need to be rescued at or before the moment they lose hope in the future.”

With this in mind, the Wabash County Promise was designed to promote a positive academic outlook among youth in not only Wabash County, but in recently expanded counties of LaGrange, Noble and Whitley as well.

The broad goal of the Wabash County Promise is to encourage students to plan ahead for their lives after high school, and to help each student believe that he or she can have a great future.

“INGUARD strongly supports the goals of the Wabash County Promise, and we are dedicated to motivating and providing essential support to the youngest members of our region,” said Parker Beauchamp, CEO of INGUARD. “The region is filled with intelligent and creative students, and we want to foster these qualities to help establish a brighter future. Our support in this program will help make their dreams and career goals a reality.”

For more information about the Wabash County Promise, or to learn how you can become involved, please visit the Wabash County YMCA website.

Posted on 2014 Jul 22