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 […]

Students Survey their Schools in Indianola

Climate \klahy-mit\ n: the prevailing attitudes, standards or environmental conditions of a group, place or period. It is called a School Climate Survey. The group in this case is students. The place is Indianola’s middle and high schools. The period is now. To find out which way the prevailing winds are blowing in those schools, […]

Summer Camp Excitement in Indianola

New words and old music. Cool shades and creative arts. College prep and self-respect. All are integral components to another great season of summer camps hosted by the Indianola Promise Community’s successful assemblage of summer camps. “Of all the programs that we offer, I like to believe that our summer camps have become something that […]

Indianola Students Head West to Tour Colleges

As Zhaquavas Petty crossed the Mississippi state line into Louisiana, he could feel a new world of educational opportunity opening up to him. “To be able to visit all these out-of-state colleges and realize that I could go to one of them, well, that’s a big deal to a kid from little ‘ole Indianola, Mississippi,” […]

A New Reading Program in Indianola

Carol Jackson wants her students to see behind, around and through the words they read. She wants them to dissect those words, study them and piece them back together in different ways that tell new stories. “Anyone can learn to read, but everyone needs to be able to understand and make decisions based on what […]

Survey Reveals What Indianola is Thinking

As an organization dedicated to improving opportunity for all people who make Indianola their home, the Indianola Promise Community (IPC) is only as successful as the people who know about us and participate in our programs. So when a recent survey showed that a vast majority of Indianola residents had heard of IPC, we were […]

Improving Indianola Education with LINKS

The Indianola Promise Community just added eight new links to a chain that’s connecting children and their parents to programs for success. “We’re called LINKS because we Link Individuals, Neighborhoods and Kids to Services,” said LINKS member Shanekia Pembleton. “We try to ensure that each child is linked to the best programs for them, individually, […]

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