At RISE INDY, we believe all children deserve an equitable education that prepares them for graduation and beyond. We envision a world in which every child reaches their highest potential.
We want to give voice to the students and parents experiencing injustice in our system, and to align with teachers and leaders fighting to improve outcomes for children. By involving parents, teachers, students, faith leaders, and many more in conversations about education in our community, we can amplify the voices of those who might otherwise be unheard.
Three core ideas guide all of our conversations, advocacy, and actions. We have built strong, diverse coalitions who share these values and are committed to collaborative, community-centered work to build a prosperous, inclusive, anti-racist, safe, and interconnected city.
Students will be centered in all education discussions.
Families should be empowered to choose and advocate for what’s best for their children.
Educators should have autonomy and flexibility to meet the needs of students.
Our mission is to improve student outcomes through community engagement, advocacy, and organizing.
We believe improving schools improves community. To realize our vision we engage those most impacted by systemic neglect, educate policymakers on the opportunity gaps for students, and organize our community to advocate for the resources and policies that will improve public education in Indianapolis.
Change should be locally led, and we must amplify all voices in our community.
acknowledging the impact of racism on educational outcomes and empowering youth of all backgrounds to achieve success.
affording all residents access to the social-emotional and mental health supports needed to develop and thrive.
cultivating and enriching each student’s unique value and skills through our public education system.
providing opportunities for residents to connect with policymakers who directly impact their livelihood.
connecting our low-income neighbors to career opportunities that help to equip families for sufficiency and self-determination.