Near Eastside Neighbors & Friends –

I may be a little biased, but I happen to think that the Near-Eastside is home to some of the most talented, most passionate, and most invested community members in the city. Not to toot our own horn, but look at how much we are willing to pour into making this a great community to live, work, and play in! For the past several decades, we’ve made an intentional effort to band together for the greater good, and those efforts are paying off.  There are numerous upcoming opportunities for our neighborhood youth and adults to gain scholarships to further their education, build new skills in crime prevention and community building, gain meaningful work experience, and even win cash prizes!  Yes, you read that correctly!

Someone is going to take advantage of these opportunities and reap the benefits…it might as well be the Near Eastside! So check out these upcoming opportunities for our neighbors to grow and shine! By the way, if your neighborhood group or organization has an upcoming event that our fellow Near-East-siders should know about, make sure to send details to me at cturentine@jhbcc.org to be included in upcoming posts and announcements!

These aren’t all of the great things going on in and around our neighborhood.  Make sure to check out the NESCO website https://nescocommunity.org for more info and a neighborhood calendar (which you can post to as well!).  You can also check out the NESCO Facebook page at http://facebook.com/nescoindy


CoraLyn Turentine

Several Middle-Schoolers will be awarded cash prizes…they might as well be Near-Eastside Middle Schoolers!

Money Smart

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and its partner organizations are sponsoring the Money Smart Kid Essay Contest in support of Money Smart Week Indiana April 18-25, 2015.

Students in grades 6 through 8 are encouraged to answer this year’s Money Smart essay question (see below) with a typed essay of 500 words or less.

Three finalists, along with their families and teachers or adult sponsors, will be selected to attend the Money Smart Week Indiana Kickoff Luncheon in Indianapolis on Friday, April 17, 2015.

The winners will receive a CollegeChoice 529 Savings Account through the generous sponsorship of CollegeChoice 529, ISM College Planning, Indiana Council for Economic Education, the John H. Boner Community Center, Fifth Third Bank and PNC Bank. The winner will receive $1000 and the runners up will each receive $750.

For more information and to apply, download the an application at the link provided below:



Gang  training

Open for the community:

  • Learn the signs of gang involvement
  • Learn about drug trends affecting the community
  • Learn how to take action
  • Hear from IMPD and other public safety experts in the gang/narcotics field

Those interested should plan to meet at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 1224 Laurel Street, Indianapolis on Saturday March 7 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Registration begins at 9:30 am.


kibKnow a high-schooler looking for a summer job?
We need responsible, motivated and team-oriented Indy youth to join KIB’s Youth Tree Team!

Earn a paycheck and receive some serious resume building enrichment while making a difference in your city—all while having fun!

Youth Tree Team is KIB’s seven-week summer job program for currently enrolled high school students (and adult leaders) who are interested in improving their community through improving their environment. You will learn not only how to properly plant and maintain trees, but also hone valuable skills like professionalism, environmental responsibility, financial management and team building.

Oh, and you’ll be able to do other fun stuff like camping, rafting and networking with Indy professionals!

Every year, Youth Tree Team members water around 5,000 KIB trees each week—by hand (that means you have to be able to carry at least 80lbs)!

So what are you waiting for? Visit our website and apply today!

Our Neighbors Could Be The Next Recipients of these INCREDIBLE Scholarship Opportunities!


We currently are seeking the 2015 class of Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars and encourage you to help open the door of opportunity for a deserving individual to attend Ivy Tech or IUPUI. The application deadline is March 1. Scholarship recipients are undergraduates who fall into one of these areas:

  • Are 25 years or older, with dependents
    • Have physical disabilities
    • Were raised in the child welfare system

Nina Scholars receive financial support toward the cost of attendance for up to six years at IUPUI or four years at Ivy Tech. School program staff coordinates services, tutoring, mentoring and group support for Scholars.

Since its inception in 2001, the Trust has presented a defining moment in the lives of 509 students through the Nina Scholars program. We invite you to help us identify individuals who you feel meet the criteria and would embrace this opportunity to become a Nina Scholar.

On behalf of Trustees Carol Schilling, Kent Agness and Lisa Shover Kackley, as well as my talented colleagues, all of whom share a passion for and commitment to the communities we serve, I thank you. Thank you for sharing the exciting news about this scholarship program and for all you do to improve the quality of life in Indiana.

Gene D’Adamo
President & CEO
For more detailed information and application guidelines, please visit our website at ninapulliamtrust.org.


Come together with fellow students, academics, and community members for a three-part series that presents critical tools for community organizing. Through a dynamic, hands-on training process, the audience will gain both a theoretical understanding of community organizing as well as develop practical skills and access to tools used in developing and advancing issue advocacy campaigns. Space is limited, we strongly encourage participants to attend all three training sessions. Preference will be given to those who plan to attend all three days. Training is FREE and will take place at the Chase Legacy Center.

Professional development

Participants will:

  • Actively participate in simulations to begin to understand important concepts such as power, relationships, and tactics
  • Develop a groundwork for understanding the lessons of the history of community organizing and its role in promoting healthy democracies
  • Learn important tools to support their involvement in issue advocacy
  • Learn campaign development and how to bring a vision to reality and take action
  • Connect with others on the campus and around Indianapolis with shared interests in community organizing tactics
  • Learn about and have the opportunity to network with local efforts and community organizing campaigns to share tips and resources

Comments are closed.

Close Search Window