About VOICES

Our Mission

To enhance the lives of youth and families through the expression of self, community involvement, and providing options that will empower them to change their lives.

Through culturally sustaining education, healing-centered engagement, and workforce development, VOICES provides the relationships, resources, and opportunities for youth to heal, grow, and further their path towards economic self-sufficiency and civically engaged lives.

Our Four Pillars of Wellness

VOICES programs and services are grounded by our Four Pillars of Wellness

Healed

Systemic oppression forces us to acknowledge that healing must be the core for communities to transform and thrive

Educated

Equitable educational opportunities are essential for economically stable and thriving communities

Creative

A collective and neutral platform for trauma and social justice issues to be explored without judgment is essential

Disciplined

Communities need tools to create new personal habits and pathways for self-sufficiency

Since 2010

VOICES has co-created innovative programming with its youth and communities. VOICES is a Black-led organization founded and ran by a local wife and husband duo, Kia and Trey Wright, with a desire to transform communities of color.

All staff and board members are predominantly people of color and are from working-class and diverse backgrounds. Given their identities–as well as their personal, professional, and civic involvements, VOICES leadership has a profound, nuanced understanding of how systemic racism, generational poverty, and gaps in systems of support entrench the challenges their youth and families face.

This understanding has led to new VOICES initiatives that aim to change the inequitable system youth are engaged in, alongside supporting, and growing the youth themselves. VOICES believes that playing a role in systems-level change is the only way to achieve their long-term vision: bringing about the day when every Indianapolis child, family, and community has the tools, resources, and collective capacity they need to lead self-determined lives.

Kia and Trey Wright

The VOICES Team

Kia Wright
Founder, Executive Director

Trey Wright
Chief Operating Officer

Nichole Smith
Vice President of Growth and Strategy

LaKisha Wren
Executive Assistant

Aaron Green
Director of Street Outreach

Lauren Hall
Director of Youth Poet Laureate

Brandon Randall
Director of Engagement

DaVina Crawford
Day Reporting Program Director and Contract Compliance

Sydney Bebar
Day Reporting Case Manager

Aaron Triplett
Transportation Specialist

Board of Directors

Melissa Blackwell
Director
92C Partners

Michael Coleman
Young Adult & Special Programs Manager
Department of Workforce Development – State of Indiana

Damita Lane-Jefferson
Juvenile Probation Supervisor
Marion County Juvenile Probation

Patrick Jones, Chairman
Sr. Vice President of Leadership and Equity
The Mind Trust

Karen Moore, MS, LMHC, CSAYC, LCAC
President/Clinician/Life Coach
Elevated Minds, LLC

Lynn Sygiel
Executive Director
Sygiel Solutions Consulting

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