Indy Reads

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Employment
  • Immigrants & Refugees


1066 Virginia AveIndianapolis, IN 46203 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to build the literacy, English language, and job readiness skills to empower adults and families to reach their full potential. And our vision is simple: 100% literacy for all. We're working to make this dream a reality by providing free literacy, English language, and workforce readiness programs to adults through our innovative Community Classrooms at sites around Marion County.


To understand the importance of what Indy Reads does, you only need to think about what you are doing right now. You are reading. You are taking in information across time and space that is represented only by marks on a page. It is a process so automatic for most of us, that we rarely think about its power.

Some of our neighbors view life as through a glass door with an elaborate lock. Opportunities for better employment, greater civic involvement, and wider life experiences lie within view, but out of reach. Our fellow Hoosiers can see what is available on the other side, but cannot get there because they are held back by illiteracy or lack of English skills.

What does Indy Reads do? We provide the key to that locked door. We teach people how the mechanism works so they never have to be locked out again, and then we help them open the door for themselves. Once inside the world of reading and English language proficiency, they can move on to a High School Equivalency diploma, job training, skills certifications, higher education, and more. They can move on to a life of self-sufficiency and dignity. They can become part of our vibrant and growing workforce and help employers build a stronger State of Indiana.

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