Laura Alvarado, Vice President of Programs and Community Outreach
, studied at DePaul University in Chicago, IL and received her B.A. in Human Development Psychology with Minors in Studio Art and Women’s Studies in 1998. Laura has 15 years experience working for non-profit organizations impacting underserved audiences in Arizona and Indiana. Laura spent seven of those years working for the Indianapolis Art Center as the Director of Outreach implementing five outreach programs each year, providing arts education programming to underserved youth throughout Indianapolis. As the Vice President of Programs and Community Outreach for School on Wheels, she oversees all programming areas and community partnerships. Laura is responsible for collaborating and engaging with community partners to support the mission. This includes looking for creative ways that the community may impact students, parents and partners of School on Wheels outside of current programming.
Laura serves as the Co-Chair of the Indianapolis Continuum of Care: Housing and Services Committee. Her leadership has helped earn numerous awards and recognition for her programs that include the Indiana Youth Institute’s Achievement Award, Congressional recognition from former Indiana State Representative, the late Julia Carson, the Excellence in Education Award from the Indianapolis Mayor’s office, the Blueprint Champion Award from the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, and credited as a Coming Up Taller Semi-Finalist for excellence in after-school arts programming from the National Endowment of the Arts. For additional information on partnership opportunities, email Laura.
Favorite Childhood Toy: Easy bake oven
Favorite Childhood Game: Kick the Can
Favorite Word: Razzmatazz!
When She’s Not Working She Likes to: Spend time with her husband and two girls
In An Alternate Reality Without School on Wheels, She’d be: A set designer
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