...providing programs to teen-aged girls in the inner city utilizing the

discipline of dance

...providing programs to teen-aged girls in the inner city utilizing the

discipline of dance

...providing programs to teen-aged girls in the inner city utilizing the

discipline of dance

Who We Are

In an effort to give back to their community, Top 20, Inc. was formed by female alumni of East Chicago, Indiana Washington High School who performed under the name of Top 20 from 1961 through 1977. During those years they performed at sporting events during half time, at concerts, and other special occasions such as dance seminars, parades and festivals to which the group was invited.

Far more important than the rigorous dance training provided, the founder of Top 20, Mildred M. Ball, instilled values and emphasized character to each of the Top 20 members. The life lessons acquired during their high school years have produced a group of strong women locally and throughout the country that are dedicated to helping others to succeed in life.

The organization will accomplish growth and development of teen-aged girls (Top 20 II) who reside and are enrolled in the East Chicago, Indiana public schools by:

  • Conducting dance workshops and seminars to promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • Creating programs that promote constructive choices, college preparedness, career readiness, and leadership development.
  • Providing counseling for educational scholarship opportunities and diverse career options.
  • Heightening a commitment to the community through service projects.
  • Advancing cultural enrichment to broaden awareness of local and global affairs.

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Major Sponsors

Sponsored by School City of East Chicago, Enterprise Development & Management Corporation, and Foundations of East Chicago. This project is also made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, South Shore Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Top 20, Inc. News

Newsletter - May 2017

Newsletter - August 2016

Newsletter - September 2015

Newsletter - December 2014

Upcoming Events

Top 20 Inc. Fundraiser Luncheon

Saturday, 11/4/2017, 12n-3pm

@ Ameristar

[If you have already registered for the July 15th luncheon, we thank you. You have the option of allowing us to hold on to your registration fee or we can return it to you immediately. Please email Janet Givens (jlgivens@netnitco.net) and let her know your preference.]

We believe that citizens of East Chicago share our vision "to enable teenage girls to make positive life choices" and look forward to seeing you at the fundraiser luncheon on Saturday, 11/4/17. Click the link below this message to download a registration form and mail to:

Top 20, Inc.

PO Box 3006

East Chicago, IN 46312

If you are not able to attend you may still desire to support our organization by sending your donation (payable to Top 20 Inc.) to the above address; OR click on Become a Sponsor at the top right corner of this page to give electronically via PayPal. 

THANK YOU for your  future support of our organization.

Top 20, Inc. Board of Directors

Top 20 II Girls Dance & Mentoring Program

Click here to download a registration form

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