Organization name: The Mind Trust

Program Type

Leadership skills & college/career prep programs

Ages Served:

19-25 Years


Brief Program Summary: Designed by the Surge Institute, Surge Academy provides an intensive fellowship experience, including powerful content that explores executive skills such as finance, strategic planning, and change management. The program also includes a deep and unflinching dialogue about personal growth, trauma, and the true state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in America.
Success Metrics: As Surge Academy Indianapolis is in its first year, impact has not yet been demonstrated. Impact will be achieved if participants utilize the knowledge they received surrounding policy, equity, and education during their Fellowship to help transform Indianapolis’ systems in ways that benefit youth of color, as equity and antiracism are core features of the program. Additionally, impact will be measured if participants are promoted into higher-level leadership roles, leading to a shift in leadership in education organizations primarily representing people of color.


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: $350,000
Initial Start-Up Cost: $0

Contact Information

Organization Name: The Mind Trust
Respondents Name: Lauren Rush


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