(photo courtesy of Eleven Fifty Academy)

A collaboration involving Indianapolis-based Eleven Fifty Academy looking to help residents in the 46218 area move toward economic self-sufficiency is expanding. The nonprofit coding academy says several new organizations are joining the effort to help people skill up into a sustainable career in tech.

The partnership, known as AT46218, was made possible by an Enhancing Opportunity in Indianapolis grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Edna Martin Christian Center, Him by Her Collegiate School for the Arts, New Beginnings, New Discovery, Tabernacle Baptist Church are joining Eleven Fifty, Martin University, Eastern Star Church, Goodwill Industries, InnoPower, and The Indianapolis Recorder in the effort.

As part of the collaboration, each organization is establishing a cohort of Eleven Fifty courses on their respective campuses in the 46218 zip code to help those living in poverty gain critical skills to begin a career in tech.

Eleven Fifty says the strong sense of community that each organization has established is crucial to the success of individuals going through the academy courses.

“Generational wealth building is a significant factor, as graduates of Eleven Fifty Academy go on to earn $1M over a decade after graduating, as jobs in tech are high-paying and are indemand,” says Emil Ekiyor, founder of InnoPower. “Accelerating into a career via one of Eleven Fifty Academy’s courses has transformative power for an individual, their family, and community. Engaging as many players as possible focused on the outcomes of individuals transforming
their lives helps to strengthen the community as a whole. It takes a village, and we are working hard to provide opportunities to anyone who wishes to skill up into a sustainable career in tech.”

Immanuel Ivey, senior director of workforce development and entrepreneurship at Edna Martin Christian Center, says Eleven Fifty’s courses have the potential to accelerate the process of helping individuals on the path to financial independence and generational wealth building.

Eleven Fifty Academy says funding through grants and the Career Accelerator Fund covers the costs of its education and training.