Movie Night in Indianola

Where to take your family or your date on a Friday night is probably not at the top of America’s problems, unless you live in a small town in rural Mississippi. Used to be, movies provided an important thread in the social fabric of a community; a place where people gathered to remove themselves from [...]

Arts in After-School Program

The Indianola Promise Community has just put more art into the Art of Living Smart. A new partnership between IPC, the BB King Museum and the Delta Arts Alliance in Cleveland means that students in IPC’s Art of Living Smart after-school program now have a focused arts and humanities component to enhance their education. “From [...]

IPC Showcase Results

Fostering healthier lives for Indianola residents is a primary mission of the Indianola Promise Community. So when nearly half of the audience at a recent town hall meeting said in a poll that they’d like to learn more about IPC’s healthy lifestyles initiative, staff members took the message to heart. “We’re here to listen and [...]

2014 Indianola Survey

“When you are through changing, you are through.” That quote sums up the philosophy of the Indianola Promise Community, which has always viewed the ability to change and adapt as an ongoing effort and an opportunity to better serve Indianola residents. So on Nov. 3, IPC staff and members of the community will once again [...]

Reading Rams

When it comes to reading, Roger Stephens wants to be ram tough. “I love to read,” said Roger, a sixth-grader at Indianola’s Carver Elementary School. “I like the bigger books; the chapter books.” His passion for reading has led Roger to join the Roosevelt Reading Rams, a new weekend reading program established by the Indianola [...]

Summer Reading Camp

A pair of dark sunglasses adorn Tyler Young’s lime green t-shirt along with the words “Don’t Fear My Awesomeness.” “What makes me awesome?” the six-year-old replied to a visitor’s question. “Well, I’m starting first grade and I’m pretty good at sports and I can read.” The components that comprise the life of an elementary school [...]

Preparing for college in Indianola

Technically, it’s about college preparation, providing high school students the tools they’ll need to continue their education. But this summer camp goes much deeper. “Before I came here, I didn’t know that much about respect,” said Zarion Crosby, a rising high school sophomore. “When I came, my views changed. I started treating people better and [...]

Summer Interns

They talk about work ethics and domino effects and the importance of giving back to the community. They are involved in programs that are making a distinct impact on the city of Indianola and its residents. And they are excited to be part of something that will last long after they’re gone. Meet the summer [...]

Summer Writing Camp

“How r u? OMG! GG. K. Gnite.” It’s a typical conversation in the age of smartphones and social media and it sets Carol Jackson on edge. “Texting is a blessing and a curse. The downside is that it’s destroying the English language,” said Jackson. “Our kids are growing up with this cannibalized version of language [...]

Summer School Development Initiative

This summer, Anfernee Brock has become Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Playing the role of the great civil rights leader in a play about black history has taught the 15-year-old some valuable lessons and allowed him to pass those along to kids younger than himself. “It’s a play about not taking for granted all the [...]

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