Tag: #IEPZ

Our People, Their Stories: Rachel Graham, IndyEast Promise Zone VISTA

Rachel serves as the Communications Coordinator VISTA for the IndyEast Promise Zone. After working as a high school Spanish teacher, Rachel applied for this AmeriCorps VISTA position to continue working with her community but in a new and exciting capacity. She was drawn to the position because it allowed her to learn communication and marketing

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Celebrating Entrepreneurship: Meet the 8 Pitch Night Participants

As we prepare for our week-long celebration of Small Business Week, we wanted to take the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the eight businesses from the LISC Microenterprise Navigator Program located at Martindale Brightwood CDC and SEND that will be participating in our 4th and final small business week event: Pitch Night. These participating

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Our People, Their Stories: Liz Sheldon, IndyEast Promise Zone VISTA

Liz Sheldon is the Promise Zone’s Community and Neighborhood Development Coordinator VISTA. As an Indianapolis native, Liz is no stranger to the Eastside, and accepting the opportunity to spend her service year in the IEPZ was a no-brainer. “I decided to become a VISTA because I knew I wanted to work in public service, and

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Our People, Their Stories: Abigael Mullens, IndyEast Promise Zone VISTA

Abigael is the Economic Development Coordinator VISTA for the IndyEast Promise Zone. Her journey with AmeriCorps is driven by her passion for community organizing and a desire to work with government and non-profits. Having studied Political Science at Purdue University, her academic background and the influence of friends and professors who had positive experiences with

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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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NEAR celebration in front of house

Near East Area Renewal Celebrates 100 Homes

On Monday, September 18, Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) held a press conference emceed by NEAR Executive Director John Franklin Hay that brought Mayor Joe Hogsett, State Rep. Dan Forestal, James Taylor (CEO of the John Boner Neighborhood Center), John Hall from Housing and Urban Development, and Lacy DuBois, Agency Vice President at State Farm,

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Circle City Industrial Complex

The Near Eastsides Very Own Auto History

We’re only 8 days away from the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. While it’s well known around the world that Indy is a racing town, there is an abundance of racing history located on the Near Eastside and in the Promise Zone. Circle City Industrial Complex The Circle City Industrial Complex, or locally known

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