Organization name: EmployIndy

Program Type

Job shadow & career fair programs
Work-based learning programs

Ages Served:

12-18 Years
19-25 Years


Brief Program Summary: EmployIndy’s Talent Bound initiative envisions a future where all Indianapolis youth and young adults actively pursue integrated academic and career experiences that empower them to follow career pathways leading to economic mobility and future prosperity. Talent Bound connects employers and educators to provide opportunities for Indianapolis youth and young adults to engage in rigorous career experiences that develop in-demand skills and inform education and career decisions. This construct has evolved into a sequence of activities that begins in 7th and 8th grade with Career Exposure activities (Talent Talk, Talent Day, Talent Prep, Talent Group Mentor), then progresses to Career Engagement events (Talent Tour, Talent Challenge, Talent Shadow) in 9th grade, and leads to Career Experience opportunities (Talent Intern, Talent Apprenticeship, Talent Hire) that begin in 11th and 12th grade and often transition into postsecondary. With EmployIndy as the intermediary, leading much of the model design and engaging employers, Talent Bound was launched in all IPS high schools. The Talent Bound team is currently in the process of expanding to other districts and community-based organizations.
Success Metrics: Success is measured by the number of students participating in Career Exposure (goal: 15,900), Engagement (goal: 785), and Experience activities (goal: 1050).


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: Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS)


Annual Operating Cost: $2,429,631
Initial Start-Up Cost: $500,000

Contact Information

Organization Name: EmployIndy
Website: https://employindy.org/
Respondents Name: Robin Kildall
Email: rkildall@employindy.org
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