2020 IBE

Today, IBE has evolved into a multi-faceted organization that provides year-round programs and initiatives designed to help advance opportunities for African-American youth and families. Now, more than ever, organizations like ours are necessary to help confront, circumvent, or eliminate barriers in addressing economic prosperity, educational equity, health and wellness, and anti-racism.

We invite you to read about the outcomes of our 2020 programs and initiatives, as we adjusted our approach in the face of COVID to ensure this much-needed work continued in our communities.

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The greatest enjoyment of our work is the partnerships that we have developed with such a rich diversity of individuals, funders, and stakeholders. Thank you to all those who support our mission and work.

2020 Indiana University
Education Conference

On April 4th, in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we made the decision to shift this year’s conference to a virtual format. We put together a full agenda for educators, sponsors and partners which involved producing eleven webinars over the course of three days.

As a result, educators, administrators and students were able to join virtually from the safety of their homes. One of the most comprehensive educational summits in the country became one of the most accessible. Registration for this new virtual Education Conference was almost seven times the normal attendance, including international attendees and representatives from 46 states. See all of the session playbacks here >


Total registrations for the 2020 Education Conference


Total number of live sessions over the three-day conference


Satisfaction rating out of a possible score of 5.0

Minority Small Business Series

presented by KeyBank

Black-owned business owners have been hit especially hard by the pandemic and shutdowns. IBE, with the support of many sponsors and volunteer experts, provided a year-round webinar series for start-up and existing small businesses on topics such as the legalities of starting your own business, business formation, access to capital, how to write a business plan, and marketing during COVID-19. 11 total webinars were produced during the series, each available for playback after the live event.

11 total webinars in the 2020 series

1,300+ total webinar attendees

See the Webinar Replays

COVID Response

In partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health, IBE offered COVID-19 testing in June at our new headquarters on the eastside of Indianapolis. This opportunity afforded residents that lived in a low-income neighborhood to access testing. As a result of this partnership, 931 individuals received COVID-19 testing at our facility.

The Performing Arts Academy

Despite challenges related to COVID-19, IBE served 88 students with 232 hours of instruction. For part of the year, PAA instructors provided the option of virtual and live weekly instruction in videography and photography, Hip-Hop Dance, music production, and acting students.

Hiring Hoosiers
Employment Opportunity Fair

During the pandemic, searching for a job may seem like an impossible task.  To help in this overwhelming time, IBE has teamed up with WRTV and other sponsors to create the Hiring Hoosiers Employment Opportunity Fair, featuring three virtual career fairs throughout 2020.

27 of the state's top employers participated

1,000+ total job seekers attended the three events