GREATER INDIANAPOLIS LITERACY LEAGUE INC

100% Literacy for All

aka Indy Reads   |   Indianapolis, IN   |  www.indyreads.org

Mission

Indy Reads builds literacy, English language, and job readiness skills to empower adults and families to reach their full potential.

Ruling year info

1988

CEO

Ms. Ruba Marshood

Main address

1066 Virginia Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46203 USA

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EIN

31-1227489

NTEE code info

Personal Social Services (P50)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Marion County has a literacy problem. For far too many adults in Indianapolis, everyday tasks like reading a newspaper, completing a job application, or simply reading a book to their children at bedtime can be an insurmountable challenge. This challenge keeps career advancement — and, with it, economic stability and mobility — out of reach for thousands of families in poverty. It’s time to fight even harder to equip more people with the power of literacy, to raise quality of life of those who struggle to read and write, and to provide greater economic opportunities for adults seeking a second chance. In 2003, the federal National Assessment of Adult Literacy study showed Marion County was home to as many as 86,000 adults with below-basic literacy skills — meaning they could not follow simple, written instructions, or even seek out specific information provided in those instructions. It's time to make a change.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Classrooms (Adult Literacy)

Indy Reads' Community Classrooms program is the cornerstone of the organization: Students are brought together with highly trained volunteer tutors and qualified instructors in classrooms across Central Indiana to improve their reading and writing skills.

In 2018, nearly two thirds of Indy Reads' students arrived with less than a third-grade reading equivalency, and nearly 90% of students made demonstrable progress in regular, standardized testing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

ProLiteracy America 2015

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Community Classrooms (Adult Literacy)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We served 185 students in the 2020-2021 program year.

Number of computer literacy/skills/technology courses conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Community Classrooms (Adult Literacy)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We offered 11 online-only courses in our adult literacy program in the 2021-2022 program year.

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Community Classrooms (Adult Literacy)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

106 of our enrolled students made at least one level gain in reading, listening, or mathematics or completed their High School Equivalency diploma or a certification in the 2020-2021 school year.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of Indy Reads and the Community Classrooms program is simply stated: 100% literacy for all. That's a big goal, but we have achievable metrics for our classrooms as we work toward our vision.

We expect 60% of our students to achieve a full level gain — that is, advance one to two grade level equivalencies, depending on their existing literacy skill level — in a single semester. We also expect for 80% of our students to remain committed to and attending classes through the semester. Many students transition from our literacy and ELL classes into a higher level course to earn a High School Equivalency diploma (HSE) or completed an industry-recognized job certification program. The classes offered at Indy Reads help students to meet more immediate educational goals that become building blocks to future technical, trade, or postsecondary programs.

Indy Reads operates the Community Classroom program, an innovative approach to Adult Basic
Education (ABE). We offer classroom sites both in-person and virtually across Marion County, often
co-locating them with organizations who refer students to us: social service agencies, employers,
refugee support centers, and libraries.

Each classroom is led by a professional teacher, who creates individualized learning plans for each student based on their evaluations during orientation. Our next level of classroom leadership - our team of full-time AmeriCorps members - sets us apart from other Adult Basic Education programs. These team members work as instructors, teacher support staff, and one-on-one student tutors. AmeriCorps members provide intensive tutoring,
job readiness evaluation and coaching, as well as assistance with job searches and interview
preparation. Volunteer tutors are trained in our program's instructional methods and also provide regular support to students and instructors in each class.

Beyond our AmeriCorps team, we also employ a full-time Student Navigator who is 100% focused on student success. Our Student Navigator provides a variety of life coaching services to help students overcome barriers to classroom participation and learning success. Through these strategies, Indy Reads provides a holistic learning environment, with wraparound services to assist students overcoming often long-standing and institutionalized barriers to learning and the social and economic mobility education affords.

Students are taught by volunteers who serve week by week in the same classroom, to provide consistency and stability for students, and all classrooms are supported by AmeriCorps members and our Student Navigator, who coordinate student testing, provide additional resources for instructors, and counsel students on their progress and goals.

Indy Reads also actively forges and supports partnerships throughout the community with the goal of reaching even more students. Immigrant Welcome Center, IPS Schools, Catholic Charities, and Brookside Community Church are just a few of the incredible community partners who help ensure our students' success.

The 2021-2022 program year is ongoing, but so far, 2 students have earned their High School Equivalency diplomas while others in the course are progressing toward readiness for the exam. We are also well on our way to meeting our goal to have 60% of students make an educational functioning level gain before the term ends.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GREATER INDIANAPOLIS LITERACY LEAGUE INC

Board of directors
as of 3/3/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chad Schenkel

Crowe LLP

Term: 2022 - 2023

Chad Schenkel

Crowe, LLP

Christopher Scott

Eskenazi Health

Lori Hall

Eli Lilly and Company

Bill Turner Jr.

Skillful Indiana/Markle Foundation

Rachel Spehler

CNO Financial Group, Inc

Matthew Bruhn

Chase Bank

Jason Bearce

Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Sherry Moore

Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis

Adarsh Mantravadi

Passageways

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/02/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Arab/Middle Eastern
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability