Education is a primary area of focus for Indiana Black Expo, Inc. and the organization enjoys partnerships and collaborations that span pre-kindergarten to advance post-secondary learning opportunities. Entering its seventh year, the IBE Education Conference assembles some of the best minds in the nation to offer teachers, administrators and others concerned with educators resources, best practices, and professional development in the area of cultural competency. Lectures, workshops, breakout sessions and hands-on demonstrations help place educators in a position to enhance skills and knowledge.
Circle City Classic® Scholarship Fund
IBE puts its money where its mouth is on its commitment to education. In the past three decades, IBE has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships to worthy Hoosier students. High school seniors and college undergraduates are chosen on the basis of academic achievement and financial need, with preference given to first-generation collegians. The scholarship program has been key to Indiana scholars experiencing the opportunity to advance their career objectives and pursue higher quality of life.
Indiana College & Scholarship Fair
The 11th Annual College and Scholarship Fair hosted jointly by 100 Black Men of Indianapolis and IBE is an opportunity for on-the-spot university enrollment and financial assistance for spring high school graduates. An average of $8.9 million in financial assistance is provided annually. Students are encouraged to bring high school transcripts of GED, letters of recommendation and SAT or ACT scores. This year's event will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15th at Northwest High School, 5525 West 34th Street, Indianapolis.
Parent Engagment Summit
The Parent Engagement Summit is a one-day event created to equip parents with the tools and resources they need to effectively participate in their children's education. The focus of the seminar is parent/family engagement. Taking a holistic approach, participants have access to a variety of community resources designed to assist parents and youth. The seminar provides workshops, panel discussions and question and answer dialogue. Speakers and panelists include those with expertise in education, health and economic empowerment. Topics that are addressed include early childhood development, high school completion, post-secondary enrollment, parenting skills, financial management, and conflict resolution.
Youth Leadership Summit
Youth development is a benchmark of IBE and nowhere is the emphasis more emphatic than in preparation of young people for the leadership roles of tomorrow. The Youth Leadership Summit held during Summer Celebration inspires young people to become a significant part of the kinds of changes they envision for the world in which they live. They are taught how to make a difference in their community as the first step to changing the world. Engaging speakers, workshop, activities and group discussion provide a memorable and enriching experience.
IBAC College Fair
The College Fair" hosted by the Indianapolis Black Alumni Council was launched several years ahead of the first Circle City Classic®. When Classic began in 1984, it was a natural marriage to make the football weekend between Historically Black Colleges and Universities include the IBAC College Fair. The fair has grown each year, creating a setting for thousands of college-bound students headed to attend a historically black college or university to access millions in financial resources.
Dr. King Art, Multi-Media & Essay Contest
IBE partners with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a multi-media contest that engages Indiana students to annually address a relevant theme in essay or art work. True to the spirit of the martyred civil rights leaders, winners over the years reflect the full spectrum of race, nationality, gender, economic and social status and religions as they articulate perspectives on his universal message.