Making Indianapolis 100% Literate

Click on the UPCOMING EVENTS link on the left to find out more about

"The FOURTH Indianapolis Literacy Summit!"
June 17th, 1-3pm


One in Five Adults in
can't read this webpage.

It isn't because they don't have computer access, but because they have difficulty reading.  Only 80% of the adults in our community read well enough to comprehend a newspaper, can write well enough to fill out a job application, or can read to their children.

This is outrageous.



This past year, 180 people from more than 100 local non-profits, businesses, government agencies, community groups, and churches (working with the
Indianapolis Star and Indy Reads) have been meeting for “100% Community Literacy Summits.” The audacious goal we have taken on is “how do we make Indianapolis 100% literate with 100% community involvement?”

Illiteracy is an educational, health, economic, public safety, and family issue. It is a community issue.

It is OUR community issue.

 Children’s Literacy – Adult Literacy – Family Literacy – Health Literacy – Financial Literacy – Cultural Literacy – Workplace Literacy – Nutritional Literacy – Civic Literacy – Math Literacy – Environmental Literacy - Community Literacy

How these issues relate to each other, and to our missions, is why we have been working together to MAKE
INDIANAPOLIS 100% LITERATE. This is not about creating new programs; this is about connecting existing ones. This is about developing new partnerships and sharing our resources.  Look for our new logo on the website of the partners.





What c   What can be accomplished through 100% Community Involvement?

A Centralized helpline
(and/or website) for volunteer recruitment and learner placement
 Increased effectiveness and efficiency in delivering programs  - with coordinated staff development focusing on research and best practice models

·        Coordinated marketing campaigns with a single voice for advocacy, awareness and outreach.

·        Better funding through collaborative fundraising – through shared projects and through a  shared development center to access project funding from major government and private grants

What could this success look like???

Short-term indicators of success:
- annual report card to the community to show impact and good stewardship of funding
- increased literacy levels measured with an accountability system used by all providers
- more children entering kindergarten ready to learn and stay on or above grade level through their school years
- a smoother transition for learners between basic skills, ESL, GED and vocational training (for adult learners)
- a well-coordinated feeder pattern from literacy programs to further education institutions and vocational training
- increased public involvement in education
- impact evaluation to show levels of progress

Long-term indicators of success:

- lower recidivism and decreased crime rate
- increased self sufficiency
- increased employment levels
- higher wages and less poverty
- increase in community value for education and literacy
- an increase in cultural literacy, financial literacy, health literacy, workplace literacy, nutiritional literacy, and civic literacy in our community.

This is just a starting point! What ideas do you have???