Imani Book Club

Grade Levels:

Read More, Read Longer!


of the participants report reading a minimum of 15 minutes at the end of the program.


of participants reported an increase in time spent reading upon completion of Imani Book Club.

Reading opens doors!

This summer reading program improves literacy and nurtures an appreciation for the written word. Participants in grades 4th-12th break out into age appropriate classes, engage in written and oral activities, create presentations, journal, participate in debates and holistically build successful reading strategies from start to finish. Books, hand-selected annually by the CLD’s program coordinator, are relevant and engaging.

Indianapolis Youth Development students are encouraged to internalize and adopt the following literacy pledge:

“I understand that the key to freedom is literacy. To be literate, I must read and always learn. Today, I have the freedom to read and learn as much as I want without consequences. In the pursuit of educational excellence, literacy is the key.

So I make this pledge to improve and enhance my literacy skills by reading and learning. By my commitment to literacy, I am also pledging to focus on my education and to secure my rightful place of achievement in life.”

Summer 2023
Program Information

2023 Book Selection

Junior level book (4-6th grade)
by Doresa A Jennings

Intermediate level book (7-8th grade)
This Is My America
by Kim Johnson.

Senior level book (9-12th grade)
by Angie Thomas.

Weekly Sessions Held:
June 6 – July 13, 2023
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Program Fee: $25*
*Program fees are non-refundable

Program Location:
Center for Leadership Development

Mandatory Orientation:
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Registration Closes:
Monday, May 15, 2023 at noon

Through strategies that focus on using critical thinking, children walk away with these for core competencies in literacy:

Functional Literacy: learning to read, write, speak and listen
Critical Factors: oral language development, phonological awareness, phonemics, spelling/writing, fluency, creating meaning, narrative and descriptive writing

Content Area Literacy: reading, writing, speaking and listening in order to understand the content
Critical factors: vocabulary acquisition, questioning, text orientation, expository writing, presentation and product creation

Technological Literacy: reading, writing, speaking and listening in multimedia venues to create products and demonstrate learning
Critical factors: questioning authenticity, searching for info, media orientation, production, demystifying direction

Innovative Literacy: reading, writing, speaking and listening to something to solve something complex, invent something unique or produce something innovative

Critical Factors: innovation and creation, lifelong learning orientation, practical and adaptive thinking, influential communication

Registration Closed