Across the country, efforts to dramatically improve public education have led to student success. But to ensure these efforts are sustainable, it is critical that the parents and communities most impacted by education reform are invested in the changes.
To achieve this, The Mind Trust partnered with UNCF, the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, to engage Indianapolis faith leaders, elected officials, educators, civic leaders and other key stakeholders in Community Conversations about the best ways to improve educational opportunities in Indianapolis.
UNCF also sponsors our Education Bus Tours, which highlight high-performing public schools in Indianapolis. UNCF’s Vice President Sekou Biddle, who has worked in urban public education reform for almost two decades and served on the District of Columbia State Board of Education, helps facilitate these conversations. Indianapolis is one of four cities selected by UNCF as a focus of its community engagement work in K-12 education. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness.
UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country.