Indianapolis, IN — (November 3, 2021) Indy Reads has been awarded an $80,000 Family Opportunity Fund 2Gen Capacity Building Grant from the United Way of Central Indiana. The grant was made possible through a grant from the IU Health Foundation. Funds will be used to support the refining of the organization’s 2Gen education program.
United Way’s Family Opportunity initiative is based on the practice of the Two-Generation Approach (2Gen) – combining programs and services in education, workforce development, and mental and physical health to create positive outcomes for children and the adults in their lives together.
In 2020, Indy Reads began providing adult education classes to caregivers of children in four youth-serving organizations through the Family Opportunity Fund. These combined services support the education and social development of an entire family unit, engaging participants across two generations.
“As adults increase their educational attainment, their children’s potential for a better life increases. We want to foster opportunities for families to learn and grow together, and United Way of Central Indiana is helping us chart a course to expand our services,” said Ryan King, Indy Reads CEO.
Capacity building grants provide funding for programming and technical assistance from UWCI staff to guide program concept, execution, and expansion.
About Indy Reads
Indy Reads builds literacy, English language skills, and job readiness skills to empower adults and families to reach their full potential. For over 30 years, we’ve worked toward a vision of 100% literacy for all. High literacy levels give access to greater developmental, educational, and career opportunities, but current statistics show that 1 in 5 adults in Marion County read at or below a fifth-grade level. Through the Community Classrooms literacy program, Indy Reads helps adult learners increase their literacy and English language proficiency, prepare for their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, and our workforce development programs help to improve employment opportunities for adults of all literacy skill levels.
To learn more about Indy Reads visit indyreads.org.
About United Way of Central Indiana: United Way is a community of donors, advocates, volunteers, and partners who fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. United Way invites all members of our community to LIVE UNITED by giving, advocating and volunteering to improve lives in Central Indiana. Visit www.uwci.org to learn more.