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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: The mission of IndyKids is to engage young people to become informed world citizens through the production of a current events and social justice news source that is created by kids, for kids.

Results: Today, our work encompasses the free, nationally distributed print edition of the IndyKids newspaper published five times a year, an active website with exclusive articles, interviews, podcasts, open dialogue and resources, workshops for kids to learn journalism and media literacy, and support for educators with teaching guides and classroom visits. Through our programs, we inspire a passion for social justice and learning to empower the next generation of critical thinkers, community leaders, and journalists.

Programs: The organization produces newspapers written by kids for kids it prints 5 paper issues and 4 online issues. It's mailed and distributed 8,000-10,000 copies each issue.

it also produces a teacher's guide that helps educators and parents in discussing articles printed in the paper. The paper teaches youth to become engaged citizens through the production of a current events newspaper and website.

it also facilitates 5 workshops in media literacy for elementary and middle school kids. It also provides classroom visits to public schools in the five boroughs teaching media literacy.

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish IndyKids could be in every community, it's such a valuable resource! My child has developed critical thinking, writing, listening, public speaking skills and more as a member of the IndyKids reporting team for almost three years. IndyKids has helped reinforce the idea that "the news" is not something abstract -- it is for us and by us; meant to be a part of our daily lives. We are so grateful to the staff and volunteers who volunteer to support and nurture these young reporters, for the work that goes into this thoughtful process, and the finished product -- each issue of the newspaper -- is of the highest quality. Our whole family is inspired by the excellent work that IndyKids does to engage young people with current events and their communities, and take every opportunity to share it with others.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Indykids promotes thoughtful citizenship and does such a great job of helping children learn skills that will be important throughout their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the first time last month and I can't say enough good things about this organization. The organizers and kids in this program are top-notch. The organizers are smart, attentive and they really care about the program. I recommend IndyKids to any young people who are interested in learning about journalism and the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer mentor for the past two years and can say with confidence that Indy Kids is a great organization from top to bottom.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago, my daughter took the workshop and was an IndyKids reporter. It was a truly fantastic experience for her. She loved researching for her articles and got incredible assistance with editing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a kid reporter for two years, and Indy-Kids workshops are amongst my fondest memories. Indy Kids provides a great environment where everyone is so aware about what is going on in the world and so caring. It is a great place to grow as a journalist and as a thinker.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with IndyKids for 3 years now. I could write at length on the merits of its mission, but I'll be brief: IndyKids gives children a say. That's it's singular value. It amplifies their voice, which resounds and gives answer to much of the world's senselessness.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered as a mentor with IndyKids for two years now, and it's been a very enriching experience. The entire team is mostly made up of volunteers who are very passionate and dedicated to educating kids in critical journalism. All the kids I've mentored have been a pleasure to work with. The paper they produce touches on topics of tremendous import and is held to an incredibly high standard, which you can evaluate for yourself by checking out their website. All in all, a great non-profit that I hope continues to grow and attract readers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love IndyKids, as a donor I know that the folks who run it care deeply about helping young people look at their world in an engaged, creative, and critical way. As a newspaper, there is simply nothing else like it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first discovered IndyKids through another group I work with, and I enjoyed the program so much that I decided to volunteer with IndyKids directly! My experience working with the group has been wonderful. It enables students to take a closer look at issues that are affecting the world around them, and to practice and develop their skills in writing, research, and critical thinking -- and these are skills that will serve them well in school and beyond.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My nine year old daughter and I were recently watching a news program that was discussing the protests happening in Hong Kong. She exclaimed, "Hong Kong! Hey, I know what's happening there!". I paused the news program and asked her how she knew about this current event, and what she thought was going on. She said that someone was writing an article about it at IndyKids, and that people were protesting for their right to vote--she knew more about it than I did! IndyKids has become such a positive force in our household. My daughter has become empowered by her role as a journalist; she is now confident asking people (kids and adults alike) questions, and not afraid to share her opinion. I feel very lucky to be a part of this amazing organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter is growing as a journalist and building life-long skills in critical thinking thanks to the expert team of IndyKids. This is a top-notch non-profit providing an invaluable service to the community. When the fruit of the kid journalists' labor finally makes it into print, you've never seen prouder facial expressions!