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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FOX 59 Sponsoring Peace Festival, Supporting Community!

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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.

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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.

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.