Our mission is to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana.
Our goal is to "Make Indianapolis 100% Literate." Indy Reads uses volunteers to provide basic literacy tutoring to adults that struggle with reading and writing.
Our programming includes one-on-one tutoring, small group sessions, English as a Second Language instruction, and "Literacy Labs" at neighborhood centers and correctional facilities.
Our services are free to qualified adult students.
We believe that all eligible adult learners are entitled:
to be treated with respect as adults
to set their own goals
to have reasonable preferences regarding learning styles, learning environment, materials and instructional strategies accommodated
to expect confidentiality
We believe that all eligible volunteers are entitled:
to be matched with learners who have met eligibility requirements and who have, in the judgment of the literacy program, the potential to improve their literacy skills
to receive support services and assistance with their tutoring as needed
to have their contributions acknowledged and appreciated
We believe in non-discrimination with respect to all people.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, gender, age, physical appearance, sexual orientation or familial status.
Strategic Plan 2015-2017
The main tenets of our plan
Improve internal processes
Strengthen financial process
Increase individual, foundation and corporate giving
Continue to make Indy Reads Books profitable and a financial contributor to Indy Reads programming
Explore areas of workforce development, High School Equivalency and English as a Second Language (ELL) for further program impact
Did You Know?
Indy Reads serves adults 18 years of age and older in Central Indiana who struggle with reading and writing, or who are learning English as a new language.
Indy Reads is an independent, non-profit organization. Finanical support is through individual donors, corporate contributions, public funds, earned income, and grants.
Indy Reads partners with ProLiteracy Worldwide, the oldest and largest nongovernmental literacy organization in the world. It achieves its mission, championing the life-changing benefits of literacy for adults and their families, by sponsoring educational programs that help adults and their families acquire the literacy practices and skills they need to function more effectively in their daily lives.
Indy Reads has been evaluated by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance in relation to the 20 BBB Standards for Charitable Accountability, and meets all BBB standards.
Indy Reads participates in GuideStar, the on-line standard for nonprofit accountability. Visit GuideStar to see our listing.
The Greater Indianapolis Literacy League, DBA "Indy Reads" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Indy Reads was founded in 1984 as the Greater Indianapolis Literacy League (GILL) by several librarians and a group of community activists. The name was changed in 1998 to Indy Reads.
Indy Reads is always looking for creative ways to collaborate with other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the Indianapolis area and further adult literacy in our community.
Indy Reads engages in community outreach and is available to speak about the economic, social, and health benefits of reducing adult illiteracy. If your Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, sorority or fraternity, PTO/PTA, or any other volunteer organization, service organization, or business would like to learn more how you can help reduce adult illiteracy in central Indiana, please contact us!
For more information, please contact Alyssa Newerth at (317) 275-4048 or Alyssa@IndyReadsBooks.org