Category: Blog

Poetic Justice Begins Recruitment

This week, Poetic Justice will begin recruitment as part of the Byrne’s Criminal Justice Innovation grant awarded to John Boner Neighborhood Centers, along with co-applicant Shepherd Community Center, in 2018.  The Byrne’s Criminal Justice Innovation grant, as awarded by the US Department of Justice, supports, “the Department’s priority to reduce serious and violent crime, including

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Thomas Gregg Celebrates Black History Month

This February, Thomas Gregg celebrated Black History Month in a big way. The whole school came together to make this a Black History Month for all of their students to remember, from a 2nd grade wax museum to an incredible poster display on their library windows.  First, Thomas Gregg 2nd graders worked all month putting

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Legacy Center celebrates 10 year anniversary

Legacy Center Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary ​​When Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl 10 years ago,  the NFL’s $1 million gift was leveraged by the Near Eastside to raise additional private donations from Lilly Endowment, JP Morgan Chase, NFL Charities, Lumina Foundation, United Water, NFL Youth Football Fund, LISC, and United Way of Central Indiana to

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Promise Zone Hosts Successful Neighborhood Vaccine Events

This quarter, the Promise Zone hosted two successful holiday-themed vaccine events. In October, our VISTA team planned a Treat on Tenth Street, a festive fall gathering, where families were able to come celebrate the season and learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine. The event included a bounce-house, trunk-or-treat, food from Chuck’s Coney Island, a photo

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Englewood CDC Partners with Ball State’s CAP Students on Net Zero House

Students and faculty of Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) have been in the process of developing a net-zero energy family house on the near-eastside as part of the Solar Decathlon Build Challenge (SDBC) conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy. As part of the project, students will design and build a

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Community Discusses Two-Way Conversions of Michigan and New York

On November 4, 2021, the Near Eastside Quality of Life plan partners welcomed over 120 attendees in-person and online to a presentation from the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works and IndyGo for the conversion of New York Street and Michigan Street into two-way streets beginning in Spring 2023. The meeting lasted over two

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John Boner Neighborhood Centers Celebrates 50th Anniversary

John Boner Neighborhood Centers Celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a slew of 70s-themed neighborhood activities throughout the month of October.  This month, the community took time to celebrate the history of John Boner Neighborhood Centers. The original center had humble beginnings, starting with a neighborhood need for a general social-service resource. In the spirit of

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Feast of Lanterns 2021

Feast of Lanterns Makes a Triumphant Return

This past Saturday, August 28th, marked the return of the near eastside festival, Feast of Lanterns. The Feast of Lanterns has storied roots on the eastside, being thrown intermittently since the late 19th century. What once was a late summer event marked by neighbors placing lanterns on their porches has evolved over the past century

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Introducing the 2021-2022 VISTA Cohort

Now that our VISTAs have had some time to settle into their respective positions, we felt it was time to introduce you all to our current cohort. These VISTAs will serve a one year term, which started in June. Housed in the John Boner Neighborhood Center, the Promise Zone VISTAs target their efforts towards poverty

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