The Mind Trust in Indianapolis has received $3.4 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. in Indianapolis. The education nonprofit says the funding will support two local organizations in their efforts recruit, develop, and retain diverse teachers for public schools in the Circle City.
The Mind Trust says the funding will support the continued growth of Teach For America Indianapolis and TNTP’s Indianapolis Teaching Fellows to help sustain and strengthen a pipeline of quality teachers for public schools in the city
“The Mind Trust is grateful for the continued support of Lilly Endowment, which will help our city continue to attract high-quality, diverse educators for Indianapolis schools,” said Brandon Brown, chief executive officer of The Mind Trust. “This support will have a direct, positive impact on Indianapolis students and educators, especially those from Black and Latino communities. We look forward to continuing to partner with our community to ensure every student, no exceptions, has access to a great school.”
Additionally, The Mind Trust says a key focus of both organizations will continue to be recruiting and retaining more teachers of color, especially Black and Latino teachers, to better reflect the demographics of students in their classrooms.
The Mind Trust says it recruited TFA to Indy in 2007, and TNTP to the city in 2008. Combined, the organizations have placed more than 1,600 teachers in Indianapolis schools.