IPC Week 2015

“Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. – John F. Kennedy Neighbors, friends, partners and allies are appropriate words to describe the relationship between the Indianola Promise Community and the Delta residents it serves. Location, history, economics and need are the […]

Young People Governing in Indianola

The “promise” in the Indianola Promise Community (IPC) has always been found in the young people of this Delta town. More youth are seeing new opportunities in a place that has historically presented limited chances for its residents. One of IPC’s most successful programs is the Indianola Youth Council – a four-year-old leadership organization that […]

Summer Academic Camps in Indianola

Sylvester Washington wants to go pro. He wants to get to the NFL. But just in case that doesn’t work out, he’ll be happy being a pharmacist. “I’ve got a cousin and three uncles who are pharmacists,” said Sylvester, 12. “I know if I want to be a pharmacist, I’ll need to go to college. […]

Indianola HS Senior Goes to Congress

Reneesha Johnson will go to congress before she goes to college. The Indianola high school senior was recently chosen to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, a prestigious, honors-only program for students who want to become physicians or enter medical research fields. Reneesha’s goal is to be a cardiologist. “I want to […]

Student Successes in Indianola

For graduating high school seniors Dayneisha O’Neal and Erianna Ball, success travels in pairs. Best friends though school, scholar students and soon-to-be college roommates, the young women are on a journey that brings wide grins to their faces. “It’s a little scary, leaving home and all,” said Dayneisha. “But my roommate is someone I know […]

Indianola Summer Athletic Camp About More Than Just Football

Last year, Christopher Minton was a 10-year-old rookie walking into summer football camp. This year, he’s a veteran with a lot of good times ahead of him. “Last year was so much fun,” said Christopher of the youth football camp sponsored by the Indianola Roosevelt Community Association with assistance from the Indianola Promise Community. “I […]

Financial Education Boot Camp

In his job at Turner’s Pawn Shop in downtown Indianola, Derrick Johnson comes in contact with those facing financial difficulties on a daily basis. For them, he offers two words: financial education. “Everyone needs to know how to take charge of their finances,” said Johnson. “The simplest things can make a big difference in your […]

IPC 2015 Summer Camps

As the mother of three young children, Shanekia Kemp understands that summertime presents a choice between gaining and losing knowledge. “Your kids have just ended the school year and you want to make sure they don’t let go of everything they’ve learned,” said Kemp. “But you also want them to add to their knowledge as […]

Bookworms in Indianola

In his free time, Indianola third-grader Kevin Smith has been delving into a sideways world, seeing a life that was written from different angles. And he’s been enjoying every chapter of it, thanks to a recent book drive aimed at improving literacy in Indianola. “The drive was such a great event for the children,” said […]

Fathers & Sons in Indianola

The national statistics are staggering: An estimated 24.7 million children, or 33 percent, live absent their biological father. Of students in grades 1-12, nearly 40 percent live in homes without their biological fathers. Nearly 60 percent of black children are living without their biological fathers. Those numbers can be particularly hard on sons, who depend […]

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