Making Indianapolis 100% Literate
MEMBERS
We are a partnership of many organizations and individuals who share the common goal of Making Indianapolis 100% Literate.

On this page we will be featuring information about the partner organizations. As this continues to develop we plan to have a searchable index of resources available online. Until then, please forgive our list.


 

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COMMON GOAL


Description of Common Goal:

 Common Goal is an educational initiative of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, aimed at increasing the Marion County high school graduation rate from 70% to 80% by 2012.  Everything we do is shaped by Indianapolis educators and validated by national research. Studies show that to improve graduation rates you must focus on early identification of students who need help with reading, math, or catching up on credits. Other students need a smaller school or self-paced courses. Still others need social services, a positive role model or an internship to provide encouragement and increase school engagement. The Common Goal Task Force is focused on a small group of initiatives, some tactical, some strategic, all relevant for creating the kinds of schools we need, and students deserve. The Common Goal Task Force works in collaboration with educators to design customized programs and interventions for each of the eleven school districts in Marion County.

  www.CommonGoalIndy.org

 

 Current Volunteer Needs: Volunteer to mentor high school students for just 2 hours a month, and guide a student towards graduation.  Mentors are trained by Junior Achievement, and provided with modules and curriculum covering life skills and college preparation.  It's a modest commitment, a meaningful experience, and a major impact.  Visit http://www.commongoalindy.org/youmentor.aspx for more details and to sign up today.

What "type" of literacy does Common Goal address: adolescent literacy (specifically middle and high school aged youth)

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 INDY READS

Description of Indy Reads:

Indy Reads is the only organization in Central Indiana accredited by ProLiteracy Worldwide providing free basic adult literacy tutoring. Utilizing trained volunteers we reach over 400 students annually, helping them to become self-sufficient. Volunteer training is the foundation of our organization. The Greater Indianapolis Literacy League, DBA "Indy Reads" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Indy Reads is an independent, non-profit organization. We receive no direct government funding. Through individual donors, corporate contributions, and grants, Indy Reads is able to provide free literacy services to adults in Central Indiana who read at or below a sixth-grade level.

www.indyreads.org

Current Volunteer Needs: Indy Reads has many ways of being a volunteer, from a few hours a month to a few hours a week, or more, depending on your availability and interests. We need tutors to work one on one with our students, and we need “ Reading Coaches” to work a specific sites in our community. Please contact our Volunteer Manager, Kindra Hunckler at khunckler@indyreads.org, or call 275-4040, for more information.

What "type" of literacy does Indy Reads address: adult literacy (we are currently developing programs in financial, health, nutritional, and kitchen literacy.)

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TEACHERS CREDIT UNION

Description of TCU

As the largest credit union in the state of Indiana, TCU is dedicated to supporting financial literacy. TCU Mission Statement:  To provide financial products and services that are mutually beneficial and exceed what is expected by our members, employees and the communities in which we operate.
 
What "type" of literacy does TCU address: We promote financial literacy through working with members, schools, communities, businesses and organizations in a variety of capacities.
 

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INQUISITIVE KIDS, INC

Description of Inquisitive Kids

Inquisitive Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) in its 5th year of operation.  Our mission is to help kids experience and learn about their community in a fun way.  We achieve this by converting community resources to educational experiences. IKI publishes a monthly 16-page resource that is distributed at no cost to 53,000+ elementary school children in grades 3, 4, 5, And 6.  2,300 classroom teachers in Marion and the 5 surrounding counties also receive the Teacher’s Resource Guide.  Each resource is centered on five “CORE” areas of literacy:  Cultural, Environment & Science, Financial, Leadership and Wellness and is aligned with the Indiana Academic Standards.

 

Website: www.inquisitivekids.com


Volunteer needs:

·        Distributing monthly educational resources to schools

·        Updating teacher database

·        Monthly mailing

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The following is a list, by organization, of all the participants of the first two Literacy Summits.

Always A Digital Solution LLC

Angela

Wray

Arts Council of Indianapolis

Janet

Boston

Attorney Marion County Public Defenders, Juvenile Division

Angel

Marks

Author

Lorene

Burkhart

AYS Inc

Keith

Monfreda

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Tammy

Bush

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Tonja L.

Eagan

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Kristene

Ruddle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Jim

Stuber

Boner/IPS

Josette

Jackson

Boone County Learning Network

Audra

Poe

Central Indiana Educational Service Center

Denise

Cox

Central Nine Career Center

Sherene

Donaldson

Central Nine Career Center

Nancy

Stoddard

Community Learning Network

Khaula

Murtadha

Conexus Indiana

Claudia

Cummings

Dyslexia Institute of Indiana

Rosie

Hickle

Eagle Church

Brad

Bak

Eagle Church

Eric

Simpson

Eagle Church

Ian

Swyers

Educational Service Center

Sara

Gutting

Emmis Radio

Sarah

Harris

Giving Sum

Marty

Posch

Goodwill Industries

Keith

Reissaus

Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana

Nicolette

Jones

Goodwill Industries Of Central Indiana

Saundra

Jones

Goodwill Youth Learning Center

Gina M.

Allen

Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce

Jessica

Heiser

Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce

Sarah

Nichols Rossier

Healing Friends Foundation

Scholasticah M

Chidemo

Hetrick

Bruce

Hetrick

IMCPL

Sharon

Bernhardt

IMCPL

Maria

Blake

IMCPL

Elaine

Drew

IMCPL

Chris

Marshall

IMCPL

Ed

Olsen

IMCPL

Laura

Bramble

Impact 100

Lin

Frauenhoff Maxwell

Indiana Afterschool Network

Debbie

Zipes

Indiana Humanities Council

Keira

Amstutz

Indiana Partnership for Young Writers

Julie

Wallman

Indiana State Library

Michele

Farley

Indiana State Museum

Colleen M.

Smyth

Indiana State Museum Foundation

Susannah

Koerber

Indianapolis Star

Tim

Swarens

Indy Reads

Travis

DiNicola

Indy Reads

Angie

Garcia

Indy Reads

Kindra

Hunckler

Indy Reads

Tom

Miller

Indy Reads

Karen

Rockney

Indy Reads Board

Randy

French

Indy Reads Board

Beth

Herriman

Indy Reads Board

James

MacDonald

Indy Reads Board

Kathleen

McDonald

Indy Reads Board

Michelle

O’Keefe

Indy Reads Board

Robin

Shackleford

Indy Reads Board

Nikki

Shoultz

Indy Reads Board

Beth

Thomas

Indy Reads Board

Jan

Wark

IndyPendence Job Corps Academy

Roxanne

Chin

Inquisitive Kids

Kelly

Bradford

Inquisitive Kids

Jamie

Johnson

International Center of Indianapolis

Diane G.

Thomas

International Dyslexia Association

Gayle

Crahen

IPS

Dr. Eugene

White

IUPUI

Dean Chris

Leland

John H. Boner Community Center

Tom

Abeel

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Ginny

Roberts

Lacy Leadership Association

Theresa

Farrington Rhodes

Leadership Ventures

John

Shertzer

Literacy Connections Consulting

Linda

Cornwell

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Sara

Nienaber VanSlambrook

Metropolitan High School

Nick

Reich

Momentive

Laurie

Jones

NAACP

Carole

Craig

NAMI

Wendy

Woods

Networks Financial Institute

David

Godsted

Office of the Mayor, Indianapolis

Nick

Weber

Paws & Think

Donna

Chandler

Paws & Think

Tricia

Dickson

Paws and Think

Gayle

Hutchens

Phoenix Theatre

Sharon

Gamble

Prevent Blindness Indiana

Jessica

Burris

Prevent Blindness Indiana

Vicki

Hermansen

Prevent Blindness Indiana

Alexis

Jefferson

Prevent Blindness Indiana

Elise

Leblanc

Prevent Blindness Indiana

Phil

Rainey

Prevent Blindness Indiana

Amber

Tink

Prevent Blindness Indiana

Debbie

Wietfeldt

Pro Literacy

David

Harvey

Professor of Literacy

Susan

Israel

Ready Indiana

Kris

Deckard

Ready Indiana

Ashton

Eller

Retired Teacher

Carolyn

Woods

Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation

Claire

Fidden-Green

Scholastic Classroom & Library Group

Julie

Gillispie

School on Wheels

Peggy

Esselman

Second Helpings

Nora

Spitznogle

Second Story

Jim

Walker

SENSE Charter School

Julie

Canady

SENSE Charter School

Karen

Greaney

SENSE Charter School

Jennifer

Harasim

SENSE Charter School

Jamie

Pierce

St. Vincent

Linda

Vieira

Teachers Credit Union

Hillary

Hiatt

Teachers’ Treasures

Jane

Howard

The Connor House

Mandy

Teter

The Mind Trust

David

Harris

The Mind Trust

Nicole

Wiltrout

The Mystery Company

Jim

Huang

The Writers’ Center of Indiana

Joanna H.

Wos

United Way of Central Indiana

Jay

Geshay-

Urban Mission Branch

Meresa

Creekmore-Armor

Usborne Books

Wendy

Smart

Washington Township

Betsy

Delgado-

WFYI

Gail

Thomas Strong

WIDC/GINI

Allison

Smith

Wisdom & Associates

Dolores

Wisdom

Wishard Health Services

Catina

Barnett

Wishard Health Services

Kim

Harper

Writer’s Center

Barb

Shoup

Writing Program, IUPUI

Steve

Fox

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Heather

Perkins

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Susan

Tucker

Young Audiences of Indiana

Shalom

Black

Young Audiences of Indiana

JoEllen Florio

Rossebo

Young Audiences of Indiana

Len

Mozzi

Young Audiences of Indiana

Ploi

Pagdallian

Youth Career Counselor – WorkOne

Lorayna

Blue