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 [...]

Academic Student Leaders in Indianola

They each hold grade point averages above 4.0.  They each graduated from high school this spring in the top 10 of their class.  They each aced the ACT college entrance exam.  They each are headed to college on academic scholarships. And one more thing: They each credit the Indianola Promise Community (IPC) with helping them [...]

Neighborhood Football Camp in Indianola

Indianola’s newest neighborhood association is already making a difference in the lives of its youngest residents. “Every summer, there are a lot of kids on the playground, playing football with no guidance,” said Marilyn James, president of the Indianola Roosevelt Neighborhood Association.  “They have a passion for the game and we saw an opportunity.” With [...]

Organizing Neighborhoods in Indianola

The Facebook page features a photo of 16 smiling children holding Easter eggs beside a community garden. In the corner of the page is a saying: “Work for a cause, not applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.” The page is the [...]

Financial Literacy

Building wealth without a plan is tantamount to erecting a house with no foundation. And in Indianola — where nearly a third of residents never even use a bank — wealth is often scant, and learning to be financially literate is crucial. “One thing I did immediately was pull my credit scores and look at [...]

Indianola Parent of the Year

At 28 years old, Shequite Johnson has been a parent for just a handful of years — certainly not long enough to know everything about parenting. “No one knows it all,” she said. “It’s a learning process, and you never stop learning how to be a good mom. And I know there’s no label for [...]

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