United Way
Indiana 211

Walk Into My Future Event


IUK and Community Partners Host “Walk Into My Future” for 1,100 Kindergarteners


KOKOMO, IN – 1,100 Howard County Kindergarteners will take their first steps towards education after high school at Indiana University Kokomo on Friday, September 22 with a Walk Into My Future. Through career stations, Kindergarteners will learn what they can put their College Choice Direct 529 Savings Accounts towards after high school graduation.

Indiana University faculty, students and area volunteers will greet busloads of Kindergarteners as they visit campus for the first time. The event will feature 17 career stations that will invite the Kindergarteners to learn about radio, business, chemistry, nursing and more, all at a Kindergarten level, along with a campus tour to reveal the possibilities of their future.

“The Howard County Promise is such a wonderful opportunity for Kindergarteners to dream about their futures at such a young age and we have been honored to help incubate this program these past three years,” said Abbie Smith, President of United Way of Howard County. “We are excited to see this program grow through its next stages in life with the YMCA.”

“Our team is excited to take the reins of the Howard County Promise and further develop the idea of a 529 College Savings Account for Kindergarteners,” said Bryan Soper, CEO, Kokomo Family YMCA. “Believing in yourself and your ability to further your education past high school is wonderful to have as a child, and we are lucky to be a part of this amazing program.”

Walk Into My Future is part of the Howard County Promise that gives students the opportunity to imagine the possibilities their futures hold. During Kindergarten registration countywide, students were invited to open College Choice Direct 529 Savings Accounts – each with a $25 initial gift from Community Foundation of Howard County.

Students are also inviting “champions” – neighbors, relatives, and friends – to add to their new college savings accounts. Children who receive at least $25 from a champion will receive a gift of $75 matching funds from Nipsco and other community partners.

There is still time to champion a child or get involved. Find out more by going to