PROJECT READY COLLEGE READINESS IMPACT

  • 2014-15 School Year at Both Sites:
    • 100% Graduation Rate; 100% College Acceptance Rate
    • Four (4) $1000 Scholarships awarded. Two per high school.
  • 2014-15 School Year at TC Howe:
    • All Project Ready Seniors were accepted to a college.
    • All 10 highest ranked students in the graduating class of 2015 were Project Ready participants.
    • Participants included the Valedictorian, Salutatorian & Senior Class President
    • During the 2014-2015 school year, 107 students participated in college field trips (In-state colleges: 85; Out-of-state colleges: 22)
    • Total Enrollment: 92 First Semester/94 Second Semester
  • 2014-2015 School Year at George Washington HS:
    • 100% of Project Ready seniors graduated on time
    • All Project Ready Seniors were accepted into college
    • Valedictorian was a Project Ready alumnus
    • During the 2014-2015 school year, 100 students participated in college visit trips to in-state institutions
    • Helped 26 students secure summer employment through the Teen Works program
    • Total Enrollment: 194

EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE & INNOVATION ACTIVITIES

  • Sponsored Free SELMA Screening & Panel Discussion In Partnership w/ Radio One & Castleton AMC Theatre + SELMA FOR STUDENTS Initiative  (5,247 Students watched for free!)
  • Hosted Educational Reform Presentation by Dr. Steve Perry in Partnership w/ Friedman Foundation (Jan. 2015 – 150 Attendees)
  • Renewed IUL Back-To-School Block Party (Aug. 2015 – 500 Back Packs Distributed).  1200 Attendance; Gov. Pence & Congressman Carson.
  • Hosted Educational Excellence Awards Luncheon featuring Lisa Leslie & Kevin Chavous in partnership w/ American Federation for Children (Sept. 2015 – 150 Attendees)
  • Hosted & Facilitated Indianapolis African American Coalition Education Session.  Presenters included NAACP, UNCF, The Mind Trust, Stand For Children, etc. (Aug. 2015 – 50 Attendees)
  • Advocacy:  Against Disproportionate Minority Student Suspension & Expulsion,  Supported Re-authorization of ESEA, etc.

 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT IMPACT

  • 178 Program completers YTD 2015
  • 1,652 mock & real interviews conducted from January 2014-Present (2014 – 944; 708 in 2015 thru Q3)
  • 2014 Fall Career Fair (307 Attendees; 23 Employers); 2015 Spring Career Fair (411 Attendees; 27 Employers).  Fall Career Fair 10/28 (Expected Attendance – 400+)
  • 85+ IUL Preferred Employer Companies since January 2014 Implementation
  • 2015 Retention Rate increased to 95% compared to 93% in 2014
  • 2015 Placement Rate:  80%

ADDITIONAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

  • Partnered with CSX and the Atlanta Urban League to facilitate CSX Female Conductor Hiring Initiative.  Successfully placed eight (8) Indy area females in CSX Conductor positions.
  • Hosted NASCAR’s Drive For Diversity Community Expo/Pit Crew Combine Challenge.  125-150 Attendees learned about motor sports careers.
  • Hosted Business Development/Entrepreneurship Workshops in partnership with Indy Chamber Business Opportunities Initiative (BOI).
  • Will host and facilitate Regional Economic Development/Jobs session as Indianapolis African American Coalition co-convener on 11/5.  Presenters include Indy Chamber, EmployIndy, CICP, & Conexus.

HEALTH & QUALITY OF LIFE IMPACT

SPECIAL POPULATIONS SUPPORT PROGRAM (SPSP)

  • HIV/HEP-C SCREENINGS:
    • 449 HIV Tests YTD; 342 Hepatitis C Tests YTD
    • 25 Hepatitis C Positives; 1 HIV Positive
    • 308 Males Tested; 141 Females Tested
    • 240 Caucasians Tested
    • 140 African Americans Tested
    • 53 Latino Tested
    • 16 Other Tested
    • Assisted w/ Scott County HIV Outbreak Screenings
  • SPSPS EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PRESENTATIONS:
    • 66 Group Presentations; 569 Participants

I NEED YOU TO LISTEN, HEAR AND UNDERSTAND ME (INYLHUM)

  • Achievements:
    • Over 1,000 students heard INYLHUM messages
    • 150 Attended National Get Tested Day and 33 participated in HIV/STD Screenings
    • Partnered with Light of The World Christian Church to co-host the Walgreens Wellness Mobile Unit.  57 HIV /STD screenings.
    • 65 Viewed World AIDS Day screening of Deep South
  • Other Findings:
    • 70% Completed & submitted pre- and post-surveys
    • 80% Confirmed they gained knowledge from both presentations
    • 60% Said they would get tested for HIV/STDs twice per year
    • 50% Stated they would intervene when bullying occurs

GENERAL HEALTH & WELLNESS ACTIVITIES

  • Hosted Mini-Health Fair as part of IUL Back-To-School Block Party in July and “Go To The Doctor Day” as part of “Take A Loved One to The Doctor Month”.
  • Hosted and facilitated Indianapolis African American Coalition Session on Neighborhood Revitalization.  Presenters included LISC, INHP, INRC, City of Indianapolis DMD, and various CDCs.
  • Promoted “Take A Loved One to The Doctor Month” sharing information about free and/or reduced medical services.
  • Promoted UNITY DAY and Anti-Bullying – 10/21
  • 12/1/15 – Will host World AIDS Day Forum featuring Dr. Jerome Adams, Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner. Topic: HIV Outbreak in Indiana.
  • Launch NUL Project Wellness Initiatives in 2016

FAMILY SERVICES EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

  • Family Services for 2014-15:
    • FEMA EFSP served 225 families impacting 675 persons. (Rent- 124; Utilities – 101)
    • The Kwanzaa Program served 623 families impacting 1,984 persons. (Record number due to the In-Kind Match provided by FEMA EFSP funds.
  • Family Services for 2015:
    • FEMA EFSP served 96 families YTD:
      • 38 Clients received Utility Assistance out of 38 Opportunities
      • 58 Clients received Mortgage/Rental Assistance out of 58 Opportunities

CONVENER OF CONVERSATIONS & VOICE IN THE COMMUNITY

The IUL is a convener, co-convener and host of community forums and conversations on issues impacting Indianapolis.  Also, it serves as a voice in the community as it relates to education, employment, race relations, and civil rights leveraging its ability to engage diverse audiences and community stakeholders.  IUL is represented on various boards and committees to help further the cause of diversity in the community.  Since Fall of 2014, the IUL has led or collaborated with various community organizations to address the following:

  • Ferguson, MO Grand Jury Decision
  • Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision
  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • Double 8 Store Closures
  • CHASE Bank Closures
  • Confederate Flag
  • Call for Full Body Camera Systems for All IMPD Officers
  • Hate Crime Legislation
  • Educational Excellence & School Reform