Indianapolis, Indiana – (August 28, 2017) – This week, The Margot L. and Robert S. Eccles Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded Indy Reads a $75,000 grant to support our new Community Classrooms program.
This grant will financially support our Community Classrooms program, a new initiative in our effort to Make Indianapolis 100% Literate. The program is designed as a transition course for adults who want to earn their High School Equivalency diploma or take part in job training classes, but whose literacy and English language skills first need improvement.
“We are building on 30 years of experience in adult literacy and are currently refining our approach to better meet the needs of students. This new initiative is a game changer,” says Indy Reads CEO, Ryan King. “In the past, the only classroom option for adults with low literacy or limited English skills was a traditional Adult Basic Education/High School Equivalency class. The Indy Reads Community Classrooms system will serve as a bridge to higher level programs, allowing students to progress at their own pace.”
Integrated preparation for higher level programs opens paths for students to seek better career options, job certifications and education opportunities. The instructor led and volunteer tutor supported program provides skills based lessons to equip students for the workplace, classroom, and beyond.
“Our new program creates a community for students who often feel isolated by their limitations,” King states. “We now have a great opportunity to collectively recognize student accomplishments and encourage further career and educational growth.”
About Indy Reads:
For over 30 years, Indy Reads has promoted literacy to families and adults in Central Indiana. We believe that the foundation for success is literacy. High literacy levels give access to better educational, career, and developmental opportunities, but statistics show that 1 in 6 Hoosier adults currently read at or below a fifth-grade level. Through our interactive Community Classroom model, we offer programs for adult learners to increase literacy and English language proficiency. Experienced instructors, skilled student navigators, and trained classroom volunteers support students in their efforts to achieve. Our vision to Make Indianapolis 100% Literate will give everyone the necessary skills for a greater quality of life.