IndyKids is a free newspaper, website and teaching tool that informs children about current news and world events from a progressive perspective and inspires a passion for social justice and learning. It is geared toward kids in grades 4 to 7. IndyKids produces content monthly during the school year (September through May) with five print editions and four online editions. IndyKids currently produces 10,000 copies of every print issue – and reaches kids in 36 states across the nation through 250 classroom and individual subscriptions. The search-able website receives over 7,000 unique visitors each month. A copy of IndyKids may be downloaded for free at the IndyKids website. Over 1,000 people download issues of IndyKids each year. Based on a survey IndyKids requires to access the free PDF, over half of users are students ranging from elementary school to high school.
IndyKids believes that it is the people, through grassroots organizations and movement-building, who make social change. We believe that kids can understand what is happening around them and the truth does not have to be sanitized. IndyKids engages young kids to form their own opinions and become part of the larger movement for justice and peace.
In August 2011, IndyKids launched the Kid Reporter Program to, in one year, train 50 kids ages 9 to 13 to critically examine media, to become engaged with current events as readers and journalists, and to take part in every step of the process of producing a national grassroots newspaper and website for kids. Click here for more information about the Kid Reporter Program and here for kid reporter bios.