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A Community Mural in Indianola

When Anna Oswalt passes by the city swimming pool and sees the words “Greeting. Indianola, Mississippi” painted large on one wall of the pool house, she smiles. “It tells me that this is my community,” said the 17-year-old high school senior. “It reminds me of who we are; our identity and our history.” Anna, who […]

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Becoming Barbers in Indianola

For longtime barber Bryant Smith, hair is a renewable resource that can provide a future for Indianola’s young people. “It can provide these kids with more than a job. It can teach them to be entrepreneurs and business owners. It can build self-esteem and confidence,” said Smith. “It’s a profession that’s been very good to […]

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Help for the Homeless in Indianola

Collaboration, cooperation and teamwork have always been a hallmark of the Indianola Promise Community, so when IPC wanted to be more active in assisting Sunflower County’s homeless population, they found a partner just across the county line. “We’re working with the Bolivar County Community Action Agency and its Rapid Re-Housing Program to find housing for […]

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Indianola Youth Council is Changing Lives

As a member of the inaugural 2012-13 class of the Indianola Youth Council, Julien Whitfield understands the impact such an organization can have on a young life. “Being part of it for four years has given me a good foundation, taught me to be a better leader and not to be afraid,” said the 17-year-old […]

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Being GREAT in Indianola

Being GREAT in Indianola

Zhanecia Birrages wants to be great. So she’s joined a new program in which being great is more than just an adjective. “I like helping people and I want to give back to my community,” said Zhanecia, 19. “And I want to excel.” To meet those goals, she has joined a program offered by the […]

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IPC Summer Camp Report for 2015

The success of the Indianola Promise Community’s summer camp program is measured in more than the fun derived by its hundreds of young campers. “As we wrap up our sixth year of camps, we use data to show us where we’ve been and where we need to go,” said Anthony Powell, an IPC project manager […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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