Invested in young leadership and embarked on an economic upswing, Indianapolis is brimming with an emerging arts, culture, and food scene and a community-centered culture with something for everyone.
Indianapolis is in the midst of an exciting citywide revitalization throughout its numerous entertainment venues, festivals, parks, restaurants, and sporting arenas. Downtown Indianapolis is home to Canal Walk, with its beautiful scenery and close proximity to some of the city’s most popular cultural institutions. Art enthusiasts will appreciate Massachusetts Avenue, also known as “Indy’s answer to SoHo,” which has a wide array of art galleries, theaters, restaurants, and nightlife. Music lovers will enjoy spots like the Slippery Noodle Inn, considered one of the city’s top live music venues, while sports fans can immerse themselves in the Colts, the Pacers, and the Indy 500.
Corps members teach in more than 50 different public district, innovation, and charter schools throughout the city. Whether teaching across the hall or participating in the numerous social and advocacy events Indy has to offer, the close-knit Teach For America community is thriving on collaboration and connection here in the city.
Low-income students and students of color in Indianapolis Public Schools enroll in post-secondary institutions
Overall graduation rate in Indianapolis Public Schools
“I really appreciated seeing the partnerships between charter and public schools, with the IPS school board, and the support of the Mayor’s Office...Indy has created an ecosystem where we can communicate down the street to other charters serving the same community. I appreciate the community effort in educating kids.”
Indianapolis at a Glance
Popular among young professionals including corps members, Broad Ripple has elements of both the liveliness of a city and the charm of the suburbs. Nearby Butler University ensures the neighborhood is well-stocked with affordable housing options and reasonably priced restaurants, bars, and shops. Known as a diverse and progressive community, Broad Ripple's energy and character attract families, artists, and many others.
Well-known for its vibrant arts scene, Fountain Square is southeast of downtown Indianapolis and home to scours of incredible, diverse entertainment. Corps members enjoy exploring the numerous local restaurants, live music, and quirky features, including a vintage duckpin bowling alley and retro dance events.
This shopping mega center is slightly farther from the heart of the city, trading in distance for a more family-friendly, suburban vibe. Thousands frequent Castleton each week for its variety of options from a diverse selection of furniture stores to well-recognized, familiar restaurants surrounding Castleton Mall.
Fletcher Place is the ideal area for corps members looking to live close to downtown with a quieter feel. Near major highways and full of beautiful recreational areas and parks, the neighborhood attracts those who enjoy its emphasis on being environmentally friendly and can also appreciate its proximity to the shopping and nightlife of downtown.
The Mind Trust
Since its founding in 2006, The Mind Trust has played an instrumental role in leading the regional and national conversation on education innovation. The nonprofit organization works closely with Teach For America and other partners to recruit and develop high-quality school leaders and school models to expand access for students to attend excellent schools. The Mind Trust was also critical in bringing TFA to Indianapolis, and one-third of its current staff are Teach For America alums including its CEO, Brandon Brown.
Indianapolis Public Schools
With a student population of 29,000 (as of 2016-17), Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is committed to offering a diverse array of opportunities and resources within and across its schools. The district is nationally known for its innovation network schools, through which they partner with charter schools to improve student achievement. That's just one example of the numerous partnerships IPS fosters across the community in an effort to meet the needs of every student.
The Lilly Endowment
The Lilly Endowment is a private philanthropic foundation created in 1937. An instrumental player in bringing Teach For America to Indianapolis, the foundation continues to works closely with TFA to support the recruitment of a diverse pipeline of teachers for Indianapolis students.
Our Regional Partners
We value our partnerships with local schools, districts, universities, businesses, and other organizations. Our partners play a critical role in creating opportunities for children in our communities.
Christel House Academy
Circle City Prep
Charter Schools USA
Ignite Achievement Academy
Indiana Math and Science Academy (IMSA)
Indianapolis Academy of Excellence
Indianapolis Public Schools
Neighborhood Charter Network
Paramount School of Excellence
Paramount Community Heights
SENSE Charter School
United Schools of Indianapolis