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Project Grow Graduation – Ivy Tech & IUPUI

Project Grow Graduation – Ivy Tech & IUPUI

Project Grow Alumna, Jaimie Boruff, shares an a summary of her time involved with Project Grow. 


My name is Jaimie Boruff. I am a soon to be graduate of Ivy Tech Community College with an
Associate degree in Human Services. I am hoping to transfer to Marian University or University of Indianapolis to obtain my Bachelor’s in Social Work. I would also like to obtain my Masters in Human Rights and become a lawyer. I have had the wonderful privilege of being a part of the Project Grow program for almost a year. I am currently attending Ivy Tech and was told about the program from our Assistant Director of Student Life, Amanda Bremmer Babic. I wasn’t sure what I would be stepping into but looking back I am so glad that I made the choice to join. I have not only learned a lot about Project Grow and Pass the Torch for Women, but I also learned a lot about myself.
I have always been the one to stand in the shadows and not make myself known. I have always been afraid to put myself out there and have had some serious self-esteem issues throughout my life. This program has taught me to think for myself, try new things and know that I am this amazing person with so much to offer this world. Since starting school I have had these moments of wanting to be “perfect” for myself. I strive to be the absolute best and sometimes it’s hard to accept that you are not always going to be the best. It can be a tough pill to swallow but the wonderful young women that I have had the pleasure of surrounding myself have taught me that it’s ok.
I also got the opportunity to have two different mentors, one mentor worked for a law firm and my second mentor owned her own non-for profit to help women who have escaped domestic violence. It was perfect that I had these two mentors who could help me from both a law perspective and a non-for- profit perspective. I have also learned so much from the modules that dealt with everything from financial literacy to confidence building. April 12, I got the opportunity to graduate from the Project Grow program. It was one of the best feelings when Samantha called my name to receive my diploma. Everything was perfect from the food to the company. I was happy that I took that step and pushed myself to do something. It has been one of the most rewarding experience of my life. Thank you Samantha and Project Grow!!

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