Fostering inclusiveness and the values espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Creating a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve.

Being a catalyst for social change in our community.

MLK Center is the community center serving the mid-north neighborhoods of Indianapolis, specifically the Butler Tarkington, Crown Hill, Mapleton Fall Creek and Meridian Kessler Neighborhoods.  We serve youth ages 0-24 and their families.   

For pre-school age children we provide scholarship support to high quality early education providers.  For children ages five to twelve we provide a year-round Literacy Lab and youth development activities for students at IPS James Whitcomb Riley School #43 to ensure each student is reading at grade level.  A parallel program for middle school students will launch June 2022. 

Teenagers participate in our Tarkington Teen Work Crew summer employment program that includes job readiness and counseling for eight weeks.  The Best Buy Teen Tech Center operates year round, providing state-of-the-art technology and youth development on a drop-in basis.  The Tech Center includes graphic design, a music studio, 3-D printing, and more.  A cohort of interested teens get more intensive skill building and job readiness, followed by a summer internship match at an area business.  Young people ages 17 to 24 can be apprentices, residents, or employees in our video production social enterprise, 40W Digital, to learn valuable employability skills! 

A team of Wellness Coaches empower the parents of all these young people to make progress on goals related to mental/emotional health, employment, financial stability, housing, and transportation.  The Midtown-Get-Around program provides low-cost, door-to-door transportation for essential trips such as grocery stores, doctor’s appointments, work, school or laundromat. 

Finally, our Nonviolence Training program ties all our efforts together to ensure we are building Dr. King’s idea of a Beloved Community and a society that loves, values and benefits everyone. or longform copy that could potentially include multiple paragraphs.

"The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor.  It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it.  It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage they did not know they had."  Dr Martin Luther King Jr

"People who think nonviolence is easy don't realize that it's a spiritual discipline that requires a great deal of strength, growth, and purging of the self so that one can overcome almost any obstacle for the good of all without being concerned about one's own welfare."  Coretta Scott King