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).