Mission and History

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 produced by kids, for kids.

IndyKids was formed in 2005 by a group of independent journalists, students, parents, teachers and activists who saw the need for a progressive, ad-free news media to be presented in a way that would interest and engage young kids. Since publishing its first black and white issue in the fall of 2005, IndyKids has grown into a vital, multi-platform current events and social justice news source that is produced by kids, for kids.

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, journalists and activists.

IndyKids attained 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 2010. Our organization and programs are supported by individual donations, in-kind support, government funding and private foundation grants. In keeping IndyKids free from commercialization, we do not accept advertising income or corporate sponsorship.

Donations to IndyKids are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. Click here to donate.

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