Organization name: The Mind Trust

Program Type

Work-based learning programs

Ages Served:

19-25 Years


Brief Program Summary: The Mind Trust’s Charter and Innovation School Fellowships provide an opportunity for entrepreneurial, high-performing educators to spend one to two years developing a school model and launching a Charter School or Innovation Network School in Indianapolis at the conclusion of their Fellowship. The Mind Trust provides Fellows with compensation and benefits, significant support and professional development, and opportunities to learn from high-performing leaders locally, nationally, and globally. While the Fellowship is not limited to leaders of color, The Mind Trust places significant value on recruiting leaders of color given the importance for Indianapolis students to see people who look like them in leadership roles. The Mind Trust’s Fellowships began in 2014 and have changed over time based on feedback from school leaders, the needs of IPS, and the shifts in Indianapolis’ education landscape. The Mind Trust will continue to evaluate the Fellowship annually and incorporate feedback and lessons learned in order to ensure we are providing leaders with an exceptional experience that results in the launch of equitable and high-quality schools. We anticipate that the Fellowship will continue to result in the launch of autonomous schools in Indianapolis and serving more students.
Success Metrics: The Mind Trust measures the effectiveness of the Charter and Innovation School Fellowships based on improved academic outcomes at charter and Innovation Network Schools and increased enrollment within Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) boundaries. For example, more students attend a school within IPS boundaries today than at any time since 1993 which is a direct result of increased enrollment at charter and Innovation Network Schools launched through support from The Mind Trust. Additionally, each Fellow is provided with metrics that are specific to their timeline for opening a school, the type of school they are opening, and their experience. All Fellows are required to apply for a charter with the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation (Mayor’s Office), create and execute upon a community engagement plan, and meet Fellow-specific metrics that include identifying curriculum, creating a budget, and setting enrollment targets.


Number Served & Racial Distribution:

Total Number of Individuals Annually Served


Black or African Americans Annually Served


Hispanic or Latinos Annually Served


Geographic Scope:

− Central Indiana Counties: Marion
− Additional/Other Areas of Focus: N/A


Annual Operating Cost: $1,250,000
Initial Start-Up Cost: $140,000

Contact Information

Organization Name: The Mind Trust
Respondents Name: Lauren Rush
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