Education

Advancing opportunities for a higher quality of life

Education is a primary area of focus for IBE and the organization enjoys partnerships and collaborations that span pre-kindergarten to advance post-secondary learning opportunities. With a commitment to educational equity, IBE annually holds education-based conferences, fairs, and summits to ensure all students have access to quality educational options and outlets for academic advancement. The organization also proactively looks for opportunities to advocate for policies and plans that support provisions to current educational issues.  

Education Conference

The Education Conference assembles some of the best minds in the nation to offer teachers, administrators, policymakers and others concerned with education resources, best practices, and professional development in the area of cultural competency and equity. Lectures, workshops, breakout sessions and hands-on demonstration help place educators in a position to enhance skills and knowledge.

Circle City Classic® Scholarship Fund

In the past three decades, IBE has awarded more than $4.6 million in scholarships to worthy Hoosier students. High school seniors and college undergraduates are chosen on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. The scholarship program has been key to Indiana scholars experiencing the opportunity to advance their career objectives and pursue a higher quality of life.

Learn more about the scholarship fund and requirements here >

The Coronation

The Miss Circle City Classic® Coronation targets area high school females and promotes academic achievement, community service, and leadership development.  Prior to the event, participants attend mandatory workshops that focus on the importance of teamwork, leadership styles, college admissions requirements, study skills, effective communication (oral and written), dress for success, social etiquette, college financial aid, and modern dance. College gifts are provided to participants and scholarships are provided to the top 3 participants.

Parent Leadership Academy

The Parent Leadership Academy is designed to empower families and provide them with critical tools and on-going resources necessary to help raise successful children. The focus of the academy is parent/family engagement. Taking a holistic approach, participants have access to a variety of community resources designed to assist parents and youth. IBE, with the assistance of local stakeholders, will provide opportunities for families to take part in workshops, panel discussions as well as question & answer dialogues. Speakers and panelists include those with expertise in education, health and economic empowerment.

Youth Leadership Summit

Youth development is a benchmark of IBE and nowhere is the emphasis more emphatic than in the 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.

Education Day

In partnership with 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, IBE hosts the Education Day, an annual college fair, for approximately 2000 middle and high school students inside the Lucas Oil Stadium prior to the Classic football game. This fair provides students with opportunities for college admissions, scholarships, face-to-face interaction with university representatives, and information about various campus programs and student life. The fair is open to all middle school, high school and non-traditional students. Approximately 40 colleges and universities (traditional and HBCUs) participate in the event. Scholarships are provided to eligible students onsite.