About Community Learning Sites

Tens of thousands of public school students within IPS boundaries will be engaged in full-time e-learning until at least January 2021. Because of this shift, many families have found themselves in need of eLearning supervision and support for their students during this time. Additionally, many working families with younger children are facing a childcare crisis.

The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education nonprofit, is awarding local nonprofits, churches, and community centers with funds to create and staff Community Learning Sites. Funds can be leveraged for expenses related to supporting small groups of students in their e-learning experiences such as personnel costs, facility-related costs, wireless infrastructure, meals, Personal Protective Equipment, and transportation support for families. Click here to see a current list of sites


Since August, The Mind Trust has invested more than $485,000 to fund the operation of Community Learning Sites and keep them free to families. If it is determined that remote learning is likely to continue beyond January, The Mind Trust, pending available funding, will invite Community Learning Site Partners to apply for an extension of funding to support their work with students. 


The Mind Trust is also supporting Community Learning Site partners with opportunities for best-practice training on facilitating small group e-learning environments, recruitment of facilitators, outreach to families, and other guidance to support this critical need. 


Click here to see the full press release announcing Community Learning Sites on August 14, 2020. 

Click here to see an update from November 20, 2020 on site expansion.

Media inquiries can be directed to Kateri Whitley at kwhitley@themindtrust.org.


About The Mind Trust


The Mind Trust is an Indianapolis-based education nonprofit that works to build a system of schools that gives every student in Indianapolis, no exceptions, access to a high-quality education. The Mind Trust does this by building a supportive environment for schools through policy and community engagement, empowering talented, diverse educators to launch new schools, and providing existing schools with the support they need to hire world-class talent and achieve excellence. 


The organization is committed to pursuing diversity, equity, and inclusion and actively funds initiatives like Community Learning Sites to support the educational outcomes of Indianapolis’ most marginalized students. Since 2006, The Mind Trust has supported the launch of 37 schools, 14 education nonprofit organizations, and has helped place more than 1,600 teachers and school leaders in Indianapolis classrooms. More information can be found at themindtrust.org.