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2017 Peace Festival Updates!

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Serving lunch at Hope Christian Community Center

Circle Up Indy Pre-Festival Staff Service Day

As the excitement built for the Youth Against Violence Peace Festival, Circle Up Indy staff and volunteers took time out to assist with the preparation, serving and cleanup at Hope Christian Community Center’s Wednesday  Luncheon. Located at 1970 Caroline Avenue, Hope Christian Community Center hosts a free lunch for members of the community every Wednesday. This is just one of the many activities held at this location, and Circle Up Indy was honored to have the opportunity to help out.

Mayor Joe Hogsett Announces New Community Health Network – Brandywine Creek Farms Initiative

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.

The event was one of our biggest and best ever,  and Circle Up Indy was proud to have Indianapolis Mayor, Joe Hoggset in attendance once again. Mayor Hoggset took time out of his busy schedule to speak and show support for the launch of a pilot program to address the limited access and lack of affordable and
nutritious food in targeted areas in Marion County.

Community Health Network, partnering with Brandywine Creek Farms, is
addressing food insecurity in Community’s East region through an Affordable
Access Mobile Farm Market, known as ‘The Rolling Harvest Food Truck’. The
pilot program includes educational opportunities about growing and
selecting nutritious food. You can learn more by visiting Brandywine Creek Farm’s Facebook page.

As presenting sponsor of the event, Community Health Network provided free
health screenings, sports physicals, car seat education, health and wellness
information, and concussion training.

Sheldon Day

Sheldon Day at the 2017 Peace Festival
Sheldon Day at the 2017 Peace Festival.

NFL’S Jacksonville Jaguar’s Defensive Tackle, Sheldon Day was on hand at the event. An Indianapolis native, and Warren Central High School graduate, Sheldon was a college football standout, graduating  with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from Notre Dame – Mendoza College of Business. He came out the the Peace Festival to show his support for peace in the streets of Indianapolis.

One of eight power-wheels given away!

Toy Story

Thanks to Barton’s Discounts and our other sponsors we gave away thousands of dollars of toys, book-bags, power-wheels and games. In addition to the raffles Community Hospital East for child car-seats, Circle Up Indy also be raffled a mini-fridge and a 39″ led smart television.

Also IndyGo bus passes! Movie passes, concert tickets and other prizes from Radio One! Coa-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated gave away beverages and other prizes!

For more about Circle Up Indy and the Peace Festival, check out our exclusive television sponsor, FOX 59’s, stories about this year’s Peace Festival!

Ed Fit

EdFit Supporting Community and Circle Up Indy

Posted on Posted in Education, Peace Festival Sponsorship, Sponsors

Circle Up Indy is excited to have had (EdFit) as a sponsor for 2017’s Youth Against Violence Peace Festival. Circle Up Indy prides itself on connecting the community to information, resources, and organizations like EdFit, which help fuel success and community growth.

How is EdFit?

EdFit

“EdFit exists to ensure our most underserved students are afforded the tools necessary to fulfill their promise and become productive members of our community.

EdFit serves as a premier education liaison and comprehensive resource supporting education, equality, and diversity for leaders, parents and the community.  We educate and empower parents on the quality school selection process.  Our modern model strategically assesses learning styles to align with the K-12 curriculum and delivery methods.  Parent Advocate Representatives and education experts are utilized to create a successful laser approach to parent choice.”

EdFit
EdFit was at Circle Up Indy’s 2017 Peace Festival sharing information with the community.

EdFit was at the Peace Festival with more information about their services and programs. We encourage everyone to learn more about this innovative organization. You can check out their Facebook page by clicking here.

FOX59

FOX 59 Sponsoring Peace Festival, Supporting Community!

Posted on Posted in Past Sponsors, Peace Festival Sponsorship, Sponsors
On Stage 2015 Youth Against Violence peace Festival

Circle Up Indy’s Youth Against Violence Peace festival was once again sponsored by  Indianapolis’ most-watched local TV station. FOX 59 has been a supporter for both of the past events, providing media coverage, emcees and the kind of community support Indianapolis has come to expect from their team.

Overcoming the challenges of a live event and sweltering 90-plus-degree heat, these local celebrities and station staff have demonstrated professionalism and a commitment to improving Indianapolis communities during the past two Peace Festivals. Their participation has been a big part of making this event a success.

Sherman Burdette emceed the 2014 Peace Festival. Born and raised in Indianapolis, he is an Emmy Award winner, with experience in all aspects of the newsroom. “Where’s Sherman” is a morning segment in which Sherman features community activities and events. He also does a consumer protection segment called “Does It Work” Wednesday.

Aishah Hasnie
FOX 59’S Aishah Hasnie with Scott Teffeteller, Community Hospital East’s East Region President.

Aishah Hasnie, anchor of FOX 59’s First At Four hosted the 2015 event. She is an Emmy nominated journalist, and has also been recognized by the Indiana Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. Additionally, she has a “Taking Action For You” segment focusing on fighting for fairness for Hoosiers.

For the 2017 Peace festival, Fox 59’s Tanea Howard, co-hosted the event with Dani D from Hot 96.3. Tanea is the anchor for the 11 pm NewsPoint  broadcast, one of the most popular newscasts in the Indianapolis area.

FOX 59’s Tanea Howard
FOX 59’s Tanea Howard co-hosted the event along with Hot 96.3’s Dani D, seen here with Circle Up Indy’s Marketing Director, Chris Smith.

You may have missed some of the interviews FOX 59 has done for  the Peace Festivals, but  you can always go to their website to stream all the stories.

Circle Up Indy says “THANK YOU!” to Fox 59 for their support, and their work to strengthen Indianapolis communities.

Radio One Heats Up Circle Up Indy 2017 Peace Festival!

Posted on Posted in Community Resources, Community Revitalization, Exclusive Sponsorship, Peace Festival Sponsorship
Radio One
Radio One

Indy’s Radio One Family of Stations

If you listen to The Light WTLC 1310AM, WTLC 106.7 FM,  Hot 96.3 FM, Telamundo Indy 107.1 FM, or Radio Now 100.9 FM, you’ve heard the Public Service Announcements about the 2017 Youth Against Violence Peace Festival, or the interviews with Circle up Indy staff. These Indianapolis stations are part of the Radio One family of radio stations, the exclusive radio sponsors of 2017 Peace Festival and they  brought the fire!

Each of these radio stations features a different programming format tailored to the communities they serve. Whether it’s Gospel (The Light WTLC1310 AM), R&B (WTLC 106.7 FM), Pop (Radio Now 100.9 FM)Rap or Hip Hop (Hot 96.3 FM),  there is a station for you. The most recent addition is Telemundo (Indy 19), which broadcasts programming for the vibrant Hispanic community in Indianapolis. These stations are all about serving the communities to which they broadcast.

Free Concert Tickets and More!

Their team was at the Peace Festival showing their love for the community, and giving away great prizes and gifts! Visitors won  free Meek Mill/Yo Gotti concert tickets, Logic concert tickets, Food Truck Friday passes, movie passes and other items, just for showing up for this one-of-a-kind event!

Dani D
Hot 96.3’s Dani D  co-hosted the 2017 Peace Festival along with FOX 59’s Tanea Howard.

Hot 96.3’s Dani D to Co-Host Peace Festival

In addition to the concert tickets, movie passes and other gifts, Hot 96.3‘s Dani D  co-hosted the event along with FOX 59’s Tanea Howard. Dani D has worked in the radio industry her entire life, most recently hosting your Afternoon Drive from 3-7 PM on Hot 96.3. Circle Up Indy was thrilled to have her co-host this year’s Peace Festival!

Circle Up Indy wants to thank Radio One and all its Indianapolis stations for being a part of the 2017 Youth Against Violence Peace Festival! They have truly stepped up to serve Indianapolis! Together we can build stronger communities, reduce violence and have fun along the way!

Fathers and Families Center 2017 Heart of a Father Award

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Fatherhood Class 1993
Fatherhood Class 1993

The Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center, Inc. the Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization located at 2835 North Illinois Street and has, for more than over twenty years, been working to improve the lives of fathers, families and the Indianapolis community. Through programs aimed at giving fathers skills they need to be successful in every dimension of their lives.

To accomplish the goal of  “Building a Noble Legacy of Fatherhood,” Fathers and Families offers Career and College, High School Equivalency (HSE), Strong Fathers – Strengthening Families – Supporting Communities, Workforce Development, and other programs and specialty workshops. One such program is the Faces of Fatherhood Luncheon.

According to Fathers and Families’ website, The Faces of Fatherhood Luncheon was first held in 2005 to create public awareness of the important role fathers play in the lives of their children.  During the luncheon, which is held every year on the Friday before Father’s Day, several fathers who have demonstrated the four dimensions of fatherhood–Involvement, Consistency, Awareness, and Nurturing–are presented with the Heart of a Father Award. This event also provides an opportunity to recognize the programs provided by this organization, and the positive impact on the Indianapolis community.  This year’s event will be on June 16, from 11:45 am until 1:30 pm.

Over the last ten years 43 fathers nominated by local business or community groups have been honored. 2016’s recipients were: Circle Up Indy founder and CEO, James Wilson, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Sargent Christopher Wilburn, and Circle Up Indy’s Marketing and IT Director, Chris Smith and Fathers and Families Consultant, Marcus Murray. The 2015 award winners were: Rev. Malachi Walker, Co-Pastor of Great Commission Church of God, and founder of Young Men, Inc., Jeremy Clay, founder and Board President of Project Libertas, Dominic Dorsey, founder and President of Don’t Sleep, Reggie Martin, Jamal Smith, Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, William Wilson.

If you know of an outstanding father in Marion County who is responsible for developing strong relationships within his family and his community you can nominate him today for the Heart of a Father Award, presented by Managed Health Services (MHS), by clicking here. Please be sure to read and follow all the guidelines on the Nomination Form.

Click here find out more about Fathers and Families and their many programs.

2017 Peace Festival

2017 Youth Against Violence Peace Festival Set for June 24

Posted on Posted in Community Resources, Community Revitalization, Events, Youth Against Violence Peace Festival
2014 Youth Against Violence peace Festival
2014 Youth Against Violence peace Festival

Circle Up Indy is proud to announce that planning is underway for the 2017 Youth Against Violence Peace Festival. The event is slated for Saturday June 24, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Indianapolis Public School’s  James Russell Lowell School #51 (3426 Roosevelt Avenue, Indianapolis). In the weeks ahead, look for announcements about sponsors, participants, activities and other detailed information about this year’s event as all the pieces are put in place.

If you missed our past Peace Festivals, you don’t want to miss this year’s! As in the past, the event will focus on connecting people and families with resources, companies, and organizations in order to help strengthen the community. Meeting face to face in the neighborhood is your opportunity to find out what resources are available, and give feedback to the people delivering these resources. You will see firsthand the efforts that are being made to improve Health, Education, Employment, Mentoring and other key areas of concern to reduce violence and crime in Indianapolis. By giving individuals and families the tools they need to succeed, these organizations are making a real difference in people’s lives.
Show support for the community, show support for the efforts to reduce crime and violence, connect with resources, have a fun afternoon with the family, and enjoy music, food, drinks, prizes, giveaways,  and positive people! There are so many reasons to stop by and be a part of the event!

On Stage 2015 Youth Against Violence peace Festival
On Stage 2015 Youth Against Violence peace Festival

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2017 Peace Festival Info Spanish
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WeHyP2E

WeH.Y.P2.E. (We Help You People & Parents Excel)

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Indianapolis continues to change and grow; the need for community organizations to help our community address issues that come along with those changes is also growing. In an effort to continue to connect people with resources in the community, and encourage the development of these resources, Circle Up Indy has featured community organizations and events on its Facebook page and on this website, including Community Health Network, The Edna Martin Christian CenterThe Bloom Project, Mission 29:18, and others.

WeH.Y.P2.E. (We Help You People & Parents Excel) is a growing non-profit organization which seeks “[t]o coach and equip young adults with the essential skills to survive, adapt, overcome obstacles and challenges; as well as exceed beyond their circumstances and limitations.”  Check out their website by clicking here.

A Message To Young Men In Our Community

Posted on Posted in Community Revitalization, Education, Mentoring

Today’s World: Who Are We Really?

James Wilson, a native of Marindale-Brightwood, on Indianapolis’ east side, is CEO of Circle Up Indy. This article was originally published by OportunIndy.
James Wilson

The air felt warm as it breezed through the city’s streets. I will never forget that day. My family was in the front yard having a barbeque. The music was playing and the kids were on different sides of the street playing curb ball. (For those who don’t know what curb ball is, that’s when you are on opposite sides of the street, throwing the ball back and forth trying to hit the other team’s curb to score points. All while yelling and cheering one another on. It’s a very popular game in our neighborhoods). The day seemed so timeless and everyone was truly enjoying themselves.
We did not have to hide in our houses nor be afraid to go on the porch due to fights and gun fire on the street.

The tide has changed over the years. We no longer have an identity. Somehow--along the way--it’s become a norm in our community not to know oneself and to have little or no care for our neighbors, community, or one another.

I am constantly asked: “Why do these young people kill one another? What can we do to help them?”

Some may not agree with what I am about to say, but the reality is that we can’t do anything for them if they don’t know themselves. Ok, confused? Let me explain.
We, as a people, are losing ourselves to the glamour of today’s world and no longer realize what is reality and what is fantasy. My peers are left without fathers and mothers who are either working hard and long hours as single parents unable to attend to them on a constant basis (even though they really want to), OR with parents who are on drugs who have left them to fend for themselves and get consumed by the thing called the streets.

I know right--shocking reality! Still, despite the fact that we all know this, we — as a people — continue to be seduced by this glamour, therefore, constantly forgetting about who we are and where we come from as a community and nation. We just accept our circumstance and walk toward the glamour. Is it easier to just do that than to be something different?
Our young Black men no longer value the sacrifices so many before us made to have the freedoms of today. In fact, we simply don’t care. We are tied up trying to prove our worth to the streets —seeking comfort from the streets because of the insecurities our world has instilled in us. We fail to know our worth and true leadership. We fail to jump on the band wagon--for ourselves or for our children. We aren’t realizing we and they can do better and become greater than our environment.

We circle back to the point about knowing who we are. We say we know who we are. We defend it. This is our choice. We tell people we do know, but again I pose the question: Do we truly know who we are or are we just faking at it?

How many of you remember when Mama use to tell us to be in the house before the street lights came on? At the first site of the sun going down, we were running our butts off to get back to the house so Mama didn’t come out and embarrass us in front of our girls and friends! That was not the time to be cool, but to get home ASAP.

Respect for things like that is no longer there, but is replaced by anger and much more. Do we really know who we are? Is this who we are?

Find yourself, grow into something more than where you’re from. Grow into who you are. Grow into a young man or woman! Know who you are as a person and community. Love one another even if it kills you to do so. We each have to take responsibility for ourselves – in a different way than we are doing now.

What many of our young Black men see as being responsible and knowing who they are and what they want is just being angry, disrespectful and careless to ourselves, our neighbors and our community. We have many reasons for being where we are, but we have a choice about who we become.

If we don’t stand for something good and decent, we will continue to fall for anything!

 

You can read OportunIndy's original article here.

Community and Police in Partnership Against Crime, Indianapolis City-County Councilor Zach Adamson and Circle Up Indy Host Douglas Park Backpack Event

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On Monday August 22nd, at Douglas Park it was all about serving the community as the focus was on nonviolence and building a stronger union with one another. Community and Police in Partnership Against Crime, Indianapolis City-County Council Vice President Zach Adamson, and Circle Up Indy held an event to give backpacks and school supplies to children, and show community solidarity in the fight against violence in our streets. City-County Councilor Adamson and Circle Up Indy's James Wilson provided photos of the event, others were submitted by community members.

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