She’s also one of its most successful graduates.
Currently the Vice President of Community Relations at Citizens Energy Group, Perkins says she never passes up a chance to speak positively about her IPS experience.
“It was such an honor to be named as a member of the Hall of Fame,” Perkins says. “It was a highlight of my career to be honored by the school system that has given so much to me.”
Perkins says that her IPS education laid a solid foundation for her career path and for her volunteerism in the community. She says that the community members and teachers that cared so much to invest in her and her classmates encouraged her to invest in others.
“When I look at supporting nonprofits, I look at those who engage and invest in young people. They are our future,” Perkins says.
Perkins also is a former board member for the Foundation. After serving with us for a decade, it’s clear that she is dedicated to connecting community resources to classrooms. For example, her company is the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s IPS Education Foundation Hall of Fame Luncheon.
“I would invite businesses to support IPS because it will supply the workforce and leaders that businesses will be looking for. When you’re looking for your vice president, managers, leaders, you’ll be looking to IPS graduates. An investment in IPS now is an investment in the leaders of tomorrow,” she says.
With community leaders like Yvonne Perkins helping students reach for the stars, it’s clear that Indianapolis has a bright future ahead.