The Promise Project

The Promise Project is a youth-led program for kids, ages 8-18, ThePromiseProject3who want to do something big about climate change. Kids will learn about their city government, meet their city councilors and Mayor Brainard, discover how their voices can be heard in our community, and learn how to work together to create lasting change. Kids will also discover that even as kids, they have power and can still be heard. As a result, they will become more confident and motivated individuals.

Kids will attend Carmel city council meetings and speak in front of their city council representatives, asking them to keep their promise to us that our future world will be healthy, clean, and beautiful, and asking them to put a Climate Recovery Ordinance on their agenda, which will make sustainability part of city code.

What is a Climate Recovery Ordinance? The first Climate Recovery Ordinance in the nation was passed in Eugene, Oregon by a group of hardworking youth. Watch this video to see more: http://ourchildrenstrust.org/trust-climate-kids.

Why do we want to implement this project in Carmel? Through the efforts of cities to become more sustainable, we become leaders for climate accountability even with a lack of statewide leadership.

This project was started by 17-year-old Maddie Adkins, with support from Jim Poyser of Youth Power Indiana and Leslie Webb of Carmel Green Initiative.  Maddie is a high school student, co-president of the CHS Environmental Club and CGI board member who is passionate about taking climate action.  Several youth leaders have stepped up to work on the Promise Project.

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Miranda Frausto (Senior)
Jose Ortuzar (Junior)
Alex Workman (Freshman)
Natalie Workman (7th gade)
Jodh Pullela  (Freshman)
Ben Rayill (Sophomore)
Teddy Rayhill (5th grade)

YOUTH ADVISOR
Maddie Adkins (college)
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ADULT MENTORS
Louie Genduso
Leslie Webb

 

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PRESENTATIONS TO YOUR SCHOOL, GREEN CLUB, SCOUT TROOP OR PAC:
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Maddie is available to present the Promise Project to your Carmel group and help answer questions for kids and parents. To schedule a presentation, contact Maddie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Presentations so far...
  • Carmel Elementary, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
  • Prairie Trace Elementary, Green Club
  • Cherry Tree Elementary, Green Club
  • University High School, Environmental Club
  • The Orchard School
  • Harshman Middle School
  • Paramount School of Excellence
  • Decatur Township School of Excellence
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  • Carmel West Service Unit Brownie Troop #2019
  • St Thomas Aquinus
  • Cherry Tree Elementary, Grades 3-5.

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DRAFTING A RESOLUTION &
MEETING WITH THE MAYOR CITY AND COUNCILORS

Maddie drafted and submitted a Climate Resilience and Recovery Resolution to Mayor Brainard.  Maddie and Alex met with the mayor and city councilors to advocate for climate action, and to ask them to keep their promise to the upcoming generation. If you have a questions, you can reach Maddie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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ORIENTATION &
MOCK CITY COUNCIL MEETING:


You're Invited!

Who: Anyone who cares about the environment and wants to get involved! Invite your friends, teachers, classmates, troop leaders, etc. All ages are welcome to come and learn more about the Promise Project!

What: Beyond being a great way to come and see what The Promise Project is all about, participants will also have an opportunity to practice testifying during a mock city council meeting. This orientation meeting is a great way for kids to learn more, and see if they want get involved.

Where: City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor at City Hall, One Civic Square in Carmel, 46032.  (Map)

When: Thursday, June 16th.  Two time slots to choose from:

  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This will be such a fun and important event, so please spread the word!  If you have any questions, please contact Maddie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
We will let you know when the resolution is put on the agenda.  The City Council generally meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 6 p.m.
Please mark your calendars!
  • August 1
  • August 15
  • September 5
  • September 19
  • October 3
  • October 17
  • November 7
  • November 8 - ELECTION DAY

Arrive before 5:45 p.m. to submit a Blue Card.  This is very important. The council meetings begin at 6 p.m. but you have to arrive early to fill out and turn in a blue card. The meeting starts with an invocation and the pledge of allegiance.  Then there is a recognition of employees/citizens, and approval of the minutes.  After that, it will be open for people who wish to address the council. This is the opportunity for the kids to speak.

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Carmel Youth move City Council to act on Climate
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Carmel is first city in Indiana to Pass Climate Resolution
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