2017 Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival Saturday 28 October

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2017 Harvest Festival Flyer

Martindale-Brightwood’s One Voice will be having its 2017 Harvest Festival  on Saturday, October 28 at 37 Place, 2605 E. 25th Street from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., with support from Edna Martin Christian Center, IUPUI, Radio Next Internet Radio/TV and the Martindale-Brightwood  community. The event will be kicked-off with a parade from the intersection of 25th and Andrew J. Brown streets beginning at 10 a.m. Participants should arrive at 9:30 a.m. If your organization would like to participate in the parade, you can register on the morning of the event.

This “Neighborhood Engagement Weekend Event for the whole family” gives you the opportunity to get out with the family and be a part of community activities designed to educate, enrich and entertain. Music, food, community resources, health information and free blood pressure and sugar level testing are just some of the activities you will find at this family friendly event!

 

 

 

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The fun will keep rolling as WE H.Y.P.2E. hosts a Happy HYP2E-O-WEEN Party at the same location (37 Place, 2605 E. 25th Street) from 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Bring the family out for best costume prizes, an in-costume dance contest, games, candy, food, and FUN for everyone!

Circle Up Indy volunteers and staff will be on hand to assist these organizations who are committed to improving the community. We encourage everyone to get the kids and come out to make some new friends, learn about what’s being done to improve your community, and enjoy the fun!

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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!

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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

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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.”

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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.

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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

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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.