In April 2008, the Indianapolis Urban League (IUL) received a two-year grant from the National Urban League to implement the Project Ready (PR) Curriculum in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis affiliate is one of the original eight Project Ready sites nationwide. Project Ready, a National Urban League initiative, which has a set curriculum, is a year-long program designed to prepare 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students to navigate college.
The evidence-based Project Ready curriculum was developed jointly by the National Urban League and City University of New York(CUNY) and is comprised of three (3) major components: Academic Development, Social Development, and College Culture Awareness. More importantly, there is a set of explicit student outcomes for each curriculum component, which are guided by an Individual College Development Plan (ICDP). This plan is developed with input from participating students and their parents or caregivers. The Indianapolis Urban League’s (IUL) current Project Ready Indianapolis (PRI) sites are community high schools George Washington (GW) and T.C. Howe (TCH) that enroll students from grade seven through twelve (7-12).
Project Ready Indianapolis secured funding for the 2015-16 school year to expand to two suburban public school districts in Indianapolis in Warren and Wayne Townships at Ben Davis High School and The Renaissance Academy respectively. Since the 2015 -16 school year, Project Ready Indianapolis expanded to two suburban public school districts in Indianapolis in Warren and Wayne Townships at The Renaissance Academy and Ben Davis High School respectively.