Economic Mobility

In Indianapolis, there is a growing gap between the affluent and poor, and race has a profound impact on opportunity. We believe all people can rise out of poverty by acquiring skills that lead to living wage jobs, and if they are not held back by inequitable policies.

  • 2.4 million jobs are likely to go unfilled by 2025 because 71 percent of Marion County residents do not have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • More than 30,000 people ages 16-24, are not in school, enlisted or employed in Indianapolis.
  • Working African American and Hispanic/Latinx families in Indianapolis are more than twice as likely to experience material poverty than their white counterparts.


  • Aligning CICF scholarships to support individuals seeking degrees, certificates and other credentials that lead to meaningful career opportunities
  • Raising awareness of and addressing the racial disparities in educational outcomes
  • Engaging “opportunity youth” between the ages of 16-24 in programs that promote education or career pathways
  • Championing policies that support economic justice

Hear more about this leadership initiative from Andrew Black, director of community leadership.