Category: Indy East Promises

Our People, Their Stories: Caroline Barnes, IndyEast Promise Zone VISTA

Caroline is the Education & Workforce Development Coordinator VISTA for the IndyEast Promise Zone. She is a long-time Irvington neighborhood resident and has a deep love for the diverse population of Indianapolis. For Caroline, it was an easy decision to accept the opportunity to serve in the Promise Zone. She says, “There were a lot

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Black Mountain Visioning Day

The Black Mountain Visioning Project will host its final public meeting Thursday, June 16th at Purdue Polytechnic High school. This will include a formal presentation and will take place from 5:30 to 7 pm.  For more context, the former Black Mountain site (3500 block of E. Washington Street) is getting cleaned. A large mountain of

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Beyond Barcodes Books Opens on Near Eastside

A new business has moved onto E 10th, and this time it’s Black-owned, women-owned bookstore Beyond Barcodes. The business previously was located in Kokomo but has recently found its way to the near eastside of Indianapolis. Owner DeAndra Beard-Ingram recently held an opening celebration that included writing events, cupcakes, and local artisans to celebrate the

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Community members gathered at Brookside School

Brookside Hosts Visioning Day

The community came together this past Saturday to set forth goals and expectations for the future of Brookside Elementary School (School 54). The school intends to follow the lead of another Near Eastside elementary school, Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School, and implement a community school model in the coming years. The Community School Model, which effectively

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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 Neighborhood School Logo

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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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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