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1828 Spotlight: Brandon Schaaf

Posted by: IndyHub
Posted: February 9, 2015
Categories: IndyHub

The 1828 Project’s one of our signature programs at IndyHub, and each year it’s full of incredible leaders between the ages of 18 and 28. Brandon’s part of 1828’s Class III. We sent him some questions. He responded. We totally think you should meet him, so keep reading.

IndyHub: How would you describe 1828 to a stranger?Brandon_Schaaf_1828

Brandon: 1828 is an initiative to foster connections between 18 to 28 year olds with fresh ideas, in order to create a network of doers who can help one another in all their efforts. Got it, stranger?

How many years have you lived in Indy? 

I grew up climbing trees on the north side in Fishers and I moved to downtown Indianapolis nine years ago. 18 years old and fresh out of high school.

How would you describe your connection to, or relationship with, Indianapolis when you began 1828?

My relationship with Indianapolis before 1828 was defined by Know No Stranger (KNS). When KNS was founded, I was 20 and didn’t know very many people. Through the years, thanks to KNS, I made connections and came to know Indianapolis as an organism instead of as the place where the people I know live.

When I began 1828, I was aware of Indy organizations and Indy superheroes who worked to improve the city but I wasn’t personally familiar with them.

What have you been up to since 1828? What’s your current elevator speech?

2015 is the most important year yet for KNS. Between some big and good changes to how we internally operate and some amazing opportunities, like our residence with the IMA, KNS is finding ourselves in a very special place. Big things are ahead for Know No Stranger and we’re working harder than ever!

How would you describe Indy’s current environment for your work?

The current Indy environment feels as welcoming and supportive as ever. There are some amazing people who care deeply about getting good things out there that will make Indy a safer and happier place to be.

The team attitude I sense is what leads to Indy’s success. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by that. Indy can always use more kindness and teamwork.

What thing are you most excited about in Indy right now?

Weekly No-Score Kickball in the American Legion Mall as soon as the warm weather rolls back in. I think about that almost daily.

I’m also excited for the IMA’s 2015 event calendar – one thing in particular: In Back to the Future 2, Marty travels from October 1985 into October 2015. The IMA has some big things planned for that day. Very excited about that. And, of course, every year’s Optical Popsicle is always something to look forward to.

Of all the cities you could live in, why did you choose Indy?

When I chose Indy, I knew almost nothing about it. I knew some good people were here and I knew that I liked Yats. That was about it: friends and food. I’ve stayed because I feel rooted here with people I trust and opportunities to pursue my wildest ideas. And because there’s only one La Parada, and it’s here.

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