Every Indy Reads student has a story, and every student has unique reasons for enrolling in our literacy or ELL programs. They may have spent decades in unfulfilling jobs, or time in the criminal justice system, always fiercely held back by the inability to read and write. Each story is special with its own challenges, and its own triumphs – large and small.
The common thread in every story, however, is hope.
Koro’s story truly begins in school, where his struggle to read and write like his peers became more and more difficult to ignore. He knew he was smart enough to pass his classes, he simply hadn’t received the help he needed to learn the essentials of reading, and words on a page or on a screen couldn’t be translated to the words he could speak.
Just before his senior year in high school, he was told he wouldn’t be receiving the same diploma his peers were.
“I was only getting a certificate. I wanted to
be like everybody else and get my diploma.”
He felt frustrated by the system that should have been giving him the tools he needed to succeed. He didn’t see a future anymore; he dropped out before beginning his senior year.
After several years of starts and stops with employment, and getting tired of feeling left behind, Koro contacted Indy Reads and enrolled in our one-of-a-kind Community Classrooms program. After taking a quick test and speaking with our student navigators, Koro had a lesson plan tailored to his specific needs, and was matched with a tutor who could invest time to ensure his success.
With a few months of evening classes — and a heavy dose of hard work — Koro is already making extraordinary progress. He’s learned sight words, he’s working hard on phonetics and how to learn phrases, and has started writing short notes to his girlfriend and family. In just the last two weeks, Koro has celebrated a birthday and accepted a new job with opportunity for advancement.
He’s more confident in himself and his skills.
He’s seen his life transformed.
Students reach out to Indy Reads when they make the choice to pursue that hope. To work hard, and to earn a second chance.
You can give the gift of hope this holiday season with a donation in support of Indy Reads and the life-changing programs you make possible!