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Meet our IndyGo Student of the Month – Cleon!

Students in our Community Classrooms come from a variety of backgrounds and bring their own experiences and perspectives with them. These perspectives contribute to the diverse community environment that make our classrooms unique. This month’s IndyGo Student of the Month, Cleon Bell, brings happiness and optimism to class every week. Cleon grew up in Jamaica, […]

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Meet Candace: Building a Brighter Future with Literacy!

Cyclical poverty is a burden far too many of our students have had to endure. All too often, circumstances far, far beyond our students’ control leave them without the education they need to pursue the opportunities — college, a reliable job, access to healthcare — many of us enjoy. This month’s IndyGo Student of the […]

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Cooking with Confidence

One of my ongoing goals is to increase my cooking skills and eventually become a great cook. Learning how to cook is a great way to improve and maintain your health, save money, and try new dishes to challenge your taste buds and expand your palate. In college, I figured that I had to learn […]

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A Taste of El Salvador

Do you know where the highest concentration of Salvadoran immigrants live in Indianapolis? If you guessed the Crooked Creek neighborhood near Michigan Road, you’re correct! I learned the answer last week at a free Lunch and Learn presentation on the country of El Salvador at the Michigan Road Library branch. The event series is a […]

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Indy Reads Announces New Certification Programs

We’re expanding our commitment to supporting adult learners by providing free of charge customer service job certification classes! Indy Reads’ mission is to build literacy, English language, and job readiness skills to empower adults and families to reach their full potential. A dual focus on literacy education and job readiness programs helps us to educate […]

Silence Your Inner Critic: Write a book in 30 days

Writing the first draft of a novel is like playing with finger paints: messy, colorful and fun. Painting with our instinct, creating images of whatever we fancy without worrying what the grown-ups will say, allows us to find our voice, get to know our characters, and allow the story to unfold. While the Inner Critic […]

We’re Grateful for Stories Like Khalil’s

This Thanksgiving, We’re Grateful for You! Khalil is a student in Indy Reads’ English Language Learners (or ELL) classroom. Khalil and his classmates — all of them seeking a brighter future and a second chance in America — learn and develop their English reading, writing, and speaking skills together, and build up an incredible community in the […]

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What is Thanksgiving, Anyway?

In my mid twenties, I attended graduate school overseas. The hardest part about being an international student was not being home for the holidays. As summer turned to autumn, I started thinking about all that I’d be missing: the rowdy family parties, the hours of reading by the fireplace at my parents’ house, and the […]

Meet October’s IndyGo Student of the Month – Bethny!

Bethny came to Indy Reads after having fled oppression and a lack of opportunities in her native Burma. Her father came to America first, and worked hard to bring Bethny and her five brothers and sisters afterward. Together, the family has struggled through learning cultural differences and being “outsiders” in the United States. Bethny made […]

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Xantolo: A Harvest Celebration

Yesterday, I shared my experience attending the Día de Los Muertos event at the Eiteljorg. Today I’m sharing our conversation with Indy Reads student, Fortino Martinez, who told us about how he celebrates the holiday. Fortino is from the city of Ciudad Valles in the state of San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The city is in […]

Día de Los Muertos at the Eiteljorg

Many of us may be familiar with the sugar skulls and flower-crowned skeletons that pop up in stores around Halloween for Día de Los Muertos, but know little about the holiday itself. Last weekend, I attended the Día de Los Muertos event presented by Nopal Cultural at the Eiteljorg Museum. At the event I learned […]

Meet September’s IndyGo Student of the Month: Christina!

Indianapolis native Christina attended Pike High School’s special education program. The program served many students with a wide range of special needs and taught necessary life skills such as grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, and basic arithmetic. However, there were simply not enough resources to meet each student’s individual needs and literacy skills were not the […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Kathy Sunday

October 1-5 is National Tutoring Week, where education organizations across the country recognize those who help teach learners of all ages. Indy Reads classrooms are built around the support of volunteer tutors, and one of the ways we’ll be celebrating our volunteers this week with a series of volunteer spotlights. To learn more about volunteering at […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Intern Lauren Reed

October 1-5 is National Tutoring Week, where education organizations across the country recognize those who help teach learners of all ages. Indy Reads classrooms are built around the support of volunteer tutors, and one of the ways we’ll be celebrating our volunteers this week with a series of volunteer spotlights. To learn more about volunteering at […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Gage Bentley

October 1-5 is National Tutoring Week, where education organizations across the country recognize those who help teach learners of all ages. Indy Reads classrooms are built around the support of volunteer tutors, and one of the ways we’ll be celebrating our volunteers this week with a series of volunteer spotlights. To learn more about volunteering at […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ruth Jennings

October 1-5 is National Tutoring Week, where education organizations across the country recognize those who help teach learners of all ages. Indy Reads classrooms are built around the support of volunteer tutors, and one of the ways we’ll be celebrating our volunteers this week with a series of volunteer spotlights. To learn more about volunteering at […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Keith Harrison!

October 1-5 is National Tutoring Week, where education organizations across the country recognize those who help teach learners of all ages. Indy Reads classrooms are built around the support of volunteer tutors, and one of the ways we’ll be celebrating our volunteers this week with a series of volunteer spotlights. To learn more about volunteering at […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Katie Franks!

October 1-5 is National Tutoring Week, where education organizations across the country recognize those who help teach learners of all ages. Indy Reads classrooms are built around the support of volunteer tutors, and one of the ways we’ll be celebrating our volunteers this week with a series of volunteer spotlights. To learn more about volunteering at […]

Join Us On An In-Town Trip to Honduras!

This article is in a series we call Indy Reads Writes, where Indy Reads’ staff and volunteers share firsthand experiences related to literacy, literacy education, and the joy of reading.  The chill of fall and the promise of winter snow are in the air. Some of Indy Reads’ ELL students are not used to this […]

A Bookstore Tour for National Literacy Month!

We’re not shy about it: We think literacy is the most important single tool in helping to lift people and families out of poverty. On its own, literacy can empower someone to take a big step forward in pursuing more gainful employment, to have a more stable home life, and to keep those positive changes […]

Meet Donya: July’s IndyGo Student of the Month!

When Donya arrived in the U.S. five years ago, she thought she would be moving to a new land of opportunity. Instead, she was almost immediately confronted with what she calls the most challenging experience of her life. “It was like breaking out of a bubble and being thrown into a world of strangers,” Donya […]

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Celebrate Six Years of Indy Reads Books!

Indy Reads Books is turning six years old on Friday, July 13 and we want YOU to come celebrate with us! It’s not every year you get to turn six years old, and we want to share in the festivities with a summer sidewalk bash at Indy Reads Books on Friday, July 13! From 5pm […]

Meet Juan: May’s IndyGo Student of the Month!

For Juan, Indy Reads’ Community Classrooms are a family affair: Juan and his family migrated to the United States from Spain pursuing better opportunities in America, but it wasn’t long before Juan’s mother realized her challenges in reading and writing would hold her back. She enrolled in the donor-powered Community Classrooms literacy program, and began […]

Indy Reads Receives Grant from The Glick Fund

Indy Reads is grateful to announce the awarding of a $35,000 grant to support the Community Classrooms program. This grant will be used to open an all-new classroom on Indianapolis’ far eastside, targeting the 46235 zip code. Indy Reads is grateful for the generosity of The Glick Fund, and the ongoing support of the Central […]

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Meet Chris, Our New Student Navigator

Christopher Simmons joins Indy Reads as our new Student Navigator, a role that’s part counselor, data researcher, and student advocate. His history in adult education, teaching, and workforce development means he’s well versed in crafting solutions to build students’ skill sets. He has administered one on one counseling and support to job seekers in both […]

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Welcome Lydia, Our New Administrative Specialist

The Indy Reads team is excited to welcome Lydia Johnson, our new Administrative Specialist! Lydia brings a mix of administrative, customer service, and writing skills to this role. She uses her administrative experience gained in higher learning institutions and for-profit businesses to help us stay organized, on task and on time. Lydia’s attention to detail […]

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Jennifer Malins Joins Staff as Instructional Team Lead

We’d like to welcome Jennifer Malins to the Indy Reads team as our new Instructional Team Lead! Jennifer has 10 years of experience providing literacy and English language instruction to adult learners. She spent several years as a Center Director at Lindamood-Bell, a company that provides scientifically-validated programs to develop the underlying processes needed for […]

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Indy Reads names Ryan King Chief Executive Officer

Indianapolis – Indy Reads, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promote and improve adult and family literacy in central Indiana, announces Ryan King has been named as its new CEO. An Indiana native, Ryan returns to his home state after several successful years as a well-respected leader for nonprofit and for profit organizations over 10 years […]