Rachael's First Week

A program dedicated to protecting the lives of teens
as they transition into young adults.

Rachael’s First Week LIVE! is a program dedicated to protecting the lives of graduating high school seniors and college students by enhancing their decision-making skills as they transition into young adult men and women.

Rachael’s First Week resources and educational programs were developed through the vision of Angi Fiege, MD, an Indiana University Health Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Trauma, ICU, physician, following the death of her daughter, Rachael Fiege, an incoming freshman at Indiana University.

“Since May of 2014, the Fiege family has made a positive impact on the lives of thousands of Zionsville Community High School graduates through the sharing of Rachael’s story and the legacy of caring for others she has given us all.  Of all the important lessons we provide our students, the final life lessons shared during the Rachael’s First Week program with our seniors at graduation practice is one of the most potentially lifesaving.  Our soon-to-be high school graduates are excited and anxious about the big changes coming as they join the military, start their first jobs, and head off to college.  The Rachael’s First Week program provides our students with straight talk from medical professionals and current transition aged young adults about mental health, substance abuse, and sexual assault, along with the laws and common-sense practices to keep themselves and their friends safe.  We can never know for certain what seeds are planted, what tragedies prevented, or how many lives saved; what I do know is that each year I hear from a few thankful parents who tell me that their student has come home touched by the message and legacy of Rachael’s story.”

Mr. Tim East

Principal, Zionsville Community High School

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The Indiana Memorial Cup was inspired by the loss of Rachael Fiege in 2013. Rick and Angela Fiege asked that the event be expanded to honor all of Indiana’s soccer players, administrators, and referees who are no longer with us. The 2024 Memorial Cup will occur on June 1-2, 2024. To learn more, click here

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Rachael’s First Week live! Programs

High School

Our high school program was created to help with the transition from life after high school. We strive to equip teens with the skills and knowledge to make good decisions.


Our college program was devised to equip students with the tools to deal with the new situations that they will encounter during their college years. College freshman, in particular, are in a high-risk category, experiencing new freedoms without the same level of supervision and/or support of parents.

Sororities & Fraternities

Many colleges require sororities and fraternities to have one or all of the following types of educational programs: sexual assault, mental health and alcohol drug use/abuse. Rachael’s First Week Program is able to fulfill all of these requirements through our program.

James M. Danko of Butler University recommends that students visit rachaelsfirstweek.org to learn about making smart choices, and he asks them to intervene when they see someone in trouble. “Help someone out who doesn’t realize the kind of trouble that they’re in,” he said at the 2018 convocation. “We depend on each of you to watch over each other.” 

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About Rachael’s First Week

Rachael’s First Week LIVE! is a program dedicated to protecting the lives of high school seniors and college freshmen as they transition into young adult women and men. 

These can be tumultuous years when peers often look to each other for guidance as they encounter novel and potentially dangerous situations, rather than engaging experienced mentors to provide solutions. 

The mission of Rachael’s First Week is to develop the decision-making skills of teens as they enter this time of monumental change in their lives.


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