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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My role as a mentor offered more autonomy, access to thoughtful students, and a new kind of responsibility than I ever thought I would have at this point in my career. IndyKids understands the importance of keeping students (typically ages 9-13) informed about the most pressing social justice issues of our time. One of the best ways to do that is to have them participate in creating a more informed media coverage of these topics for their peers. If you're interested in education, social justice, or non-profit work, this is a great opportunity for both professional and personal growth.



2 Dohra A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter had a fantastic time writing for Indy Kids. They gave her a lot of responsibility, but within a framework of clear expectations and plenty of guidance. The staff and volunteers are always looking for ways to help the kids stretch and challenge themselves as reporters and as thinkers. I've recommended this program to every kid I know in NYC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 10 years old has been participating in IndyKids’ kids’ reporter programs for a few terms now, and the experience we have, as a whole family, have been very precious and valuable. It is not just a weekend class, it is a life lesson, with a lot of fun!

Though the process of my daughter writing assigned articles for the kids’ newspaper, researching and learning reporting style writing, it gives us the opportunities to open up conversations on what’s happening around the world in real time, and to question why they happen and how we supposed to feel and what to do about them. I really enjoy my daughter coming up with questions and me answering them. She also learns about the important role of journalism. Mentors very positively encourage her work one on one And getting her writing work published at the end of this process is such a reward for my daughter.

Organizers and volunteers are the most sweet and intelligent people, they are dedicated for the cause, and efficient conductors on Earth. I feel we are very fortunate to send my daughter to associate with them, as well as to be able to make some nice friends outside regular school.

Their field trips are another wonderful activity. These locations they chose are very relevant, and the activities are rare opportunities.

The reporter program is appropriate for kids with any level of writing skills. And, my daughter is shy so she likes to do her research by reading materials, but for kids who are more out-going they get to have interviewing and communicating experiences for purposes.

The newspaper is professionally printed, but distributed for free. I think it’s the perfect tool for family readers to draw more awareness in justice and democracy to themselves, and to familiarize and realize the coolness of being tuned with the real world beyond just our surroundings in this busy everyday life, for our desire and goals to be or become fair and contributing human beings, because they are written by kids like any of your kids. The future of democracy is in our kids’ hand!

This organization should be celebrated!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a mentor at Indykids and I've had a lot of fun working with the kids so far. I've worked in classrooms for about three years and they're a great group of kids- very interested, sweet and hard-working. I'm studying journalism right now at Columbia University and it's been awesome seeing how quickly the kids pick up the skills of pitching stories, giving each other feedback, and doing research online. I know their generation will be way ahead of me technology-wise pretty soon, so I'm happy to learn what I can from them, too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined IndyKids as a volunteer and really enjoyed my experience with the enthusiastic sixth grader who I was paired with to mentor. This experience benefits children but what I got was the knowledge that I was helping an individual child be a better communicator which I expect will make the world a better place.

Donna175

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has had a wonderful experience with IndyKids. It has enhanced her writing, her knowledge of world events and how she looks at them. IndyKids volunteer mentors are professional journalists that really help the kid reporters through a process of identifying potential stories, pitching their ideas, researching, writing and editing their story. It provides these youth with an exceptional learning experience that is outside of their school environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering with IndyKids and I can't praise them enough. They do a great job by teaching young kids the art of journalism. I noticed that every kid who attended the workshop whether shy or confident was encouraged and given an opportunity to participate in the discussions.
In fact, I have already recommended their writing workshops to friends with Kids in my apartment building. Can't wait to be back for the next cycle of workshops!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IndyKids provides children with a great opportunity at learning the profession of journalism by doing and being actors in creating each number of IndyKids journal. My daughter has learnt about politics, democracy, science... but more important, she has developed the very needed ability to think critically about the changing reality of our times. The journal is also fantastic, bravo IndyKids!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Indykids has really helped our son with his writing skills. He has learned to work one on one with an adult in the media/journalism field. He has also experienced what it is to interview people in public places. A great example is that he had a terrific time interviewing both adults and kids at the Climate March in NYC a couple of weeks ago. He says one of the main reason he enjoys the time and is willing to learn is the mentors/teachers are understanding, patient and "know a lot of things" (in his words).
At the end of the day, the best reward is that he gets a published piece at the end of an excellent exposure to the media/journalism field.
Overall, Indykids is a great learning experience and we highly recommend it!

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Ilona E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Indykids is a great non-profit organization. It allows my daughter to enhance her writing skills in a creative way. She enjoys going to the journalism class and I look forward to seeing her writing improve over time.