Indianapolis Urban League

Indianapolis Urban League headquarters. (Photo provided)

Indiana Avenue, a solid foundation. Building on the legacy of its founders the Indianapolis Urban League Sam H. Jones Center, serving more than 15,000 Hoosiers annually, remains unique; we convene, we advocate, we educate, we groom young professionals to serve on nonprofit boards, and we provide social and human services. 

Daily, the Indianapolis Urban League (IUL) uses its distinct convening power to address widespread and long-term community issues while advocating for civil rights, public policy and education — holding elected officials accountable — aimed for people to define their own future.  

Since January, the Indianapolis Urban League launched two new training programs within our workforce development program: Customer Service Call Center and Urban Tech Jobs program; increased our Project Ready college readiness sites, adding a fifth at Warren Central High School; relaunched our INYLHUM (I Need You to Listen, Hear and Understand Me) Tour; and received state recognition for our HIV testing efforts in the community.

The Indianapolis Urban League is committed to offering programming for improved health, healthy food options and personal well-being. With people still testing positive for HIV, in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health, IUL continues to provide free testing and educational seminars throughout the community in an effort to eradicate HIV. Recently, the Indiana State Department of Health recognized Leda Evans and Guadelupe Kelle, both counseling and testing specialists for our Special Population Support program, for their testing performance. Combined, they performed 1,134 HIV tests. 

This summer, be sure to visit The Black Independent Growers (BIG) Farmer’s Markets and encourage your local youth program to schedule an INYLHUM presentation. 

The Black Independent Growers (BIG) Farmers Markets, sponsored by the Indianapolis Urban League, affirms and supports Black-owned Indiana farms and gardens. Set in traditional outdoor market-style with music, entertainment and children’s activities, The BIG Farmers’ Markets offer fresh local produce, herbs, herbal teas, baked goods, cooking demonstrations, natural bath and body products, art, apparel and more. Fresh Bucks and SNAP are accepted. Parking is free at both markets.

Upcoming Indianapolis Urban League events

BIG Farmers’ Market

Zion Hope Church 

5950 East 46th St.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays: June 22, Aug. 24, Sept.  28 and Oct. 26 

(The July 27 Market will be held at the Community and Family Day at the Indiana Convention Center in conjunction with the National Urban League Annual Conference)

BIG Farmers’ Market

St. Andrews Church 

4052 East 38th St.

1-4 p.m. Sundays: June 23, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 29 and Oct. 27

INYLHUM (I Need You to Listen Hear and Understand Me) 

INYLHUM is a social health education program that engages and empowers young people to make healthy choices in relationship to others. The program works with schools (K-12), community organizations, along with faith-based organizations by providing the instructions, tools and messages that aid in making positive life choices. Since its inception in 2005, and relaunch in 2015, the INYLHUM tour has served more than 4,000 young people ages 13-24. In alignment with the Indiana Academic Standards for Health and Wellness, INYLHUM has a three-part curriculum divided into seven, two-hour sessions. However, the curriculum is flexible and can be adapted to any schedule or setting.

The INYLHUM Tour will be at the Wheeler-Dowe Boys and Girls Club, LeGore Boys and Girls Club, Keenan-Stahl Boys and Girls Club and V.O.I.C.E.S. Corp. 

Contact ncheatham@indplsul.org to bring INYLHUM to your school or organization at no cost.

For more information on the full offering of our programs and services, visit www.indplusl.org.

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the BIG Farmers' Market at St. Andrew's Church was 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It is actually 1-4 p.m.

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