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Indianapolis Teach For America Indianapolis Continues Centering Student Voices Series with Leila Champion

23-year-old national speaker, nonprofit leader, and equity consultant, to discuss impact of Indy education on college and career agency

INDIANAPOLIS – Teach For America Indianapolis will host Leila Champion, founder and executive director of The Champion Project, for a virtual conversation as part of its ongoing Centering Student Voices series, Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

The Centering Student Voices web series seeks to elevate student voices and hold space for the community, elected officials, and other stakeholders to hear from students on the issues that impact them directly.

Leila Champion is an alumna of Tindley Accelerated Schools and founder and executive director of The Champion Project, a nonprofit that supports Black and Latinx students gaining access to top-tier colleges. Leila will join Teach For America Indianapolis Executive Director, Amar Patel, along with participating community leaders, influencers, elected officials, and more for a live conversation discussing the following:

  • Takeaways and limitations from her high school experience in Indianapolis: what must be retained, addressed, and included;
  • How agency can be taught, and how educators and the community can empower all students to own their learning and future planning; and
  • Insights and perspectives on current state and federal policies, including the Child Tax Credit from Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

Event Details:

Who: Teach For America Indianapolis Executive Director, Amar Patel and Leila Champion, founder and executive director of The Champion Project

What: A virtual conversation on the impact of Indianapolis education on college and career agency.

WhenWednesday, April 21, 2021, 6:00-6:45 p.m. EST.

WhereLive video on Teach For America Indianapolis’ Facebook page,

To learn more about TFA Indy’s Centering Student Voices series, visit and follow the hashtag, #CenteringStudentVoices.

To learn more information about TFA Indy, visit or follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @tfaindy.

Amar Patel, executive director of Teach For America Indianapolis, and Leila Champion, founder and executive director of The Champion Project, are available for interviews upon request.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with 350 urban and rural communities across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders who make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, Teach For America is a force of over 64,000 alumni and corps members working in over 9,000 schools nationwide in pursuit of profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they are reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, lead, thrive, and co-create a future filled with possibility. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Jihada Garrett


Herd Strategies