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ProAct Indy: Empowering youth and creating change

ProAct Indy is a non-profit organization that empowers vulnerable youth to create lasting change in their communities.

ProAct Indy was founded by Derrin Slack, CEO, who recognized the need for youth to have access to transformative experiences and the opportunity to become agents of change in their communities. He joined us in the studio Tuesday morning to share more information.

Ra’Kiyah Thomas, a student involved in the program, also joined us to share her experience and what she has gained from it.

Through a facilitated curriculum of character, education, and social equity workshops, ProAct Indy builds 21st-century skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking in cohorts of 15-20 students recruited by educators at partnering schools.

The youth then apply their skills and knowledge in monthly service projects with community partners, addressing social issues and fostering empathy, compassion, and social change orientation.

The program year ends with a legacy project, where each cohort of students creates, plans, and implements a service project that demonstrates the skills they’ve learned and leaves a lasting impact on their schools and communities.

To learn more about ProAct Indy, please visit their website at and follow them on Facebook at