INDIANAPOLIS – United Methodist-related Brightwood Community Center in Indianapolis is the second location in Indianapolis to be selected as a site for the National Council on Educating Black Children (NCEBC).

NCEBC is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the assessment, the academia of rigor and relevant instruction and prepare African American learners for a completive global society.

Brightwood has received books and software to prepare for this new program. IPS School 51 is recruiting students who can benefit from this literacy program. Mentors and volunteers are needed for the three sessions each week.

The current Kid’s Club is included in these three days. All children who attend the current programs also will be included in this new literacy program. Training is provided by NCEBC to use the new resources.

Statistics show that by age three, children of professionals have vocabularies that are nearly 50 percent greater than those of working class children, and twice as large as those of children whose families are on welfare. By the end of fourth grade, African American, Latino and economically disadvantaged students of all races are two years behind their wealthier, predominately white peers in reading and math.

Please join Brightwood Community Center in making a CHANGE in these statistics. E-mail Lisa Morris, director of Metro Ministries in Indianapolis, for more information, lmorris@indymetroumc.org.