The formal birth of the Kheprw Institute began the summer of 2002. That year the co-founder’s son, Imhotep Adisa, failed his algebra class and neglected to tell his father and mother until it was too late to enroll in summer school. Because of this communication failure, the youth was required to come to work with his father every day, do algebra and work. A few days later one of his closest friends asked if he could also participate. A few days after that another close friend asked if he could also be involved.
A week later the Program Director’s grandson made his annual visit to the city of Indianapolis and he took part in the activities. At the end of the summer, the young men asked if the program could be extended into the fall; and thus the Kheprw Institute was born.
Since that time the Kheprw Institute has evolved to establish the KI EcoCenter with a focus on youth development, green initiatives, and social entrepreneurship and community empowerment. In 2009 KI established an independent private school, the KI Community School, whose curriculum aligns with our values led by educator Kahlil Mwaafrika. KI NuMedia, its social enterprise, which is an economic engine driven by young adults. Our programs emphasize self-mastery, becoming critical thinkers and community engagement.
The scarab beetle, kh(pr) is the logo of the Kheprw Institute (KI) and a symbol of its work. In Egyptian cosmology, the scarab represents rebirth and transformation. The scarab beetle lays its eggs in the bodies of various dead animals, including other scarabs, and in dung, from which they emerge having been born. The ancient Egyptians associated the scarab with rebirth, renewal, transformation, and resurrection.
KI sees its work as that of human transformation. We strive to provide an environment and opportunities for individuals to bring forth the best within themselves, to constantly development and enhance their abilities, to take responsibility for their own transformation and to make positive contributions to the community.