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CIC joins Neighbor Power Indy!

Convened by INRC, Neighbor Power Indy brings together hundreds of neighborhood residents, community leaders, business owners, nonprofits, corporate partners, government staff and elected officials from all over Indianapolis! Neighbor Power is FREE and lunch is included. You must register to attend. This year’s theme is “Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Celebrating Diverse and Inclusive Communities.”


The 7th annual Neighbor Power Indy, co-chaired by Nancy Silvers Rogers, Eastern Star Church, and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Marian University. Neighbor Power Indy is a fast paced day of interactive resident-led workshops, neighborhood storytelling and a neighborhood awards ceremony. Convened by the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC), in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, this annual event draws neighbors, community leaders, business owners, nonprofits, corporate partners, and elected government officials.

The Battle to Preserve Crown Hill Cemetery’s North Woods – Crown Hill Neighborhood Association; Indiana Forest Alliance; Alliance of Crown Hill Neighbors – A moderated panel discussion which describes the process used in persuading the Veterans Administration and Crown Hill Cemetery to reverse their position and save twelve acres of mature woodland and wetlands. The discussion will outline the steps taken, the lessons learned from the process, and the roles of the partners.

Mental Health in the Community – Circle City Clubhouse; Eskenazi Health – Learn about mental illness and hear from individuals with mental illness who are recovering meaningful and productive lives through reintegration with the workplace and the community.

Bringing People Together through Language and Culture – ESL Connexus– ESLConnexus was started as a desire to find connection and understanding between Americans and people of different religious and cultural backgrounds through language. Prejudices and other misconceptions can be overcome simply by getting to know someone from a different background and giving them an avenue to communicate. The speaker will discuss how we can use philanthropy and education to create a bridge between diverse people and groups within our community.

Abundance through Allyship & Servant Leadership – Kheprw Institute – What kind of leadership do we need to step into abundance and a more compassionate economy? How do we build resilient organizations that nourish, sustain, and regenerate community? We will look to indigenous ways of organizing, like “leading from below,” and to local practices of allyship and servant leadership, as ways to move from a position of strength and uplift the gifts in our communities. Come prepared to participate in an interactive exercise that demonstrates these concepts.

Looking Within: Finding and Building on Local Talents in Northwest/Flanner House Area – Northwest Area Quality of Life and GRoE, Inc. – Two projects in the Northwest Area Quality of Life started from the premise that addressing challenges in the neighborhood did not necessarily mean looking outside. Neighbors, community members and partners decided to face their challenges head on, and tapped into neighborhood resources hidden in plain sight. Come learn how a new take on a food festival helped create new entrepreneurs in the neighborhood and how residents and people who work in the area are helping to break down barriers, stereotypes, and labels and uncovering endless possibilities.

Improving your Neighborhood through Community Policing – IMPD NW District Community Relations – This presentation will discuss numerous community events where the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department reaches out to the community and engages them as a community partner: Community Day, National Night Out, Coffee with a Cop, District Task Force Meeting, Doughnuts with a Cop, CRASE Presentations, Personal Safety, Peace Walks & Senior Safety. We will also discuss how an established Crime Watch can be an effective communication and crime reduction tool.

Indy WalkWays: Engaging Community Partners to Improve Pedestrian Safety – Health by Design; International Marketplace Area; Meadows Area – Learn how Indianapolis communities are partnering with Health by Design to improve neighborhood pedestrian safety through walkability audits and analyzing pedestrian crashes. A modified walkability audit may be included, if time permits.

Transforming Crooked Creek over the Decades – Crooked Creek Community Council, Inc. – Crooked Creek has been blessed by community efforts to expand resources and opportunities in their neighborhoods. Come hear about several different initiatives that have enriched the area and its neighbors.

Indy’s Journey to Digital Readiness – Indianapolis Public Library – Research indicates that up to 200,000 Indianapolis adults lack the access, skills, and confidence to use computers and the internet routinely every day. The Library has resources to help close that digital gap, and help people use technology to enhance their lives and build community. The session will also include information about programs in branch libraries.Indy Vitals – Department of Metropolitan Development – IndyVitals is a new online tool to measure the health and sustainability of neighborhood areas in Marion County. City staff will explain the philosophy behind IndyVitals, how neighborhoods were grouped into neighborhood areas, and provide an in-depth demonstration of how to use IndyVitals to learn more about your community.

Tru Colors Shining Bright! – V.O.I.C.E.S. Corp – When you turn on the news, oftentimes there are reports and videos of young people being identified and labeled in a negative light. In order to counter this narrative, Tru Colors was created from a conversation with four young people, in 2013, to be intentional on sharing the stories and accomplishments of young people in our community. This youth-led panel discussion will focus on youth impact in our community, barriers to success, and what young people need for support.

Developing Grassroots Maternal and Child Health Leaders – Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health – Worldwide, healthy maternal-infant bonds are the foundation for healthy neighborhoods. The Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI developed a framework to support maternal-child health. Learn more about the initiative that strives to create grassroots community leaders – leaders who will work to promote and sustain community change to reduce infant mortality rates and advocate for healthy mothers and babies in Marion County.

Celebrating Diversity in Interfaith Communities – Center for Interfaith Cooperation; Darfur Women’s Network; Pakistan American Friendship Association– Representatives from the Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) will discuss the concept of interfaith, the purpose and activities of the CIC (e.g., Festival of Faiths) and the goals of the Immigrant & Refugee Service Corps (IRSC) program. In addition, two Indianapolis immigrants/refugees will discuss their personal experience of coming to America and finding their place in the community.

Civic Dialogue & Holding Questions versus Having Answers – Hear Me Project– The Hear Me Project was co-founded by Ben Tapper and Manon Bullock to foster community healing through dialogue. We may not have all the same answers, but as human beings, we most likely wrestle with many of the same universal questions. The questions that we hold within ourselves can be a transformative tool of connectivity from one human being to another.

Street Fest and You: How to Build Community through Events – Bates-Hendricks Events Committee; Department of Business and Neighborhood Services– Successful events are the goal of many neighborhood organizations. This session will highlight the Bates-Hendricks annual Street Fest, which had the goal of combating neighbor isolation across socio-economic groups by hosting a free and low cost family friendly event. The event included bands, free and low cost food, beverages, scheduled events, a children’s area and vendors. The City’s Special Events Coordinator will also discuss the permitting process needed for special events.

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design – Marion County Prosecutor’s Office – The Prosecutor’s Office will share multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through design, maintenance, and use of one’s property that may help reduce crime in your area.

The People’s Planning Academy Presents: Inclusive Engagement for Community Planning – Department of Metropolitan Development – Are you embarking on a community planning project? Does your community organization strive for inclusive engagement? Do you have neighbors whose voices are often overlooked? Join us to explore tools for inclusive public engagement processes and look at best practices from peer cities. Receive an overview of the Certified Plan process, a new tool that incorporates community-led plans into the City of Indianapolis’s comprehensive planning system. Learn how to design a public engagement process that complies with the guidelines of the new Certified Plan Handbook.

Good Food Connections: Improving Food Access through Neighbor-Driven Collaboration – Good Food Connections for the Far Eastside; Carriage House East Apartments; Lawrence Community Gardens; Chickadee Gardens; Phoenix Urban Farms; Mt. Carmel Baptist Church; Marion County Public Health Department – Good Food Connections (GFC) formed with a goal to “transform the Far Eastside from a food desert into an affordable food oasis,” and through collaboration they continue to work toward this goal. This session will discuss the issue of food access as it relates to neighborhood health, share the successes and challenges of GFC partners and collaborations, and have attendees participate in a visioning activity for their own neighborhood.

Using Outside Resources to Further Neighborhood Goals – Shelton Heights Crime Watch; Kennedy King Neighborhood Association; Keep Indianapolis Beautiful – Want to hear about and be inspired by some powerful ideas in other neighborhoods? Kennedy King and Shelton Heights neighbors worked hard to bring positive change to their neighborhoods. They found their hard work paid off in another way too, when they were able to leverage resources from outside to expand the impact of their neighborhood improvement efforts. Come hear their stories and learn more about resource opportunities at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Indy Vitals – Department of Metropolitan Development – IndyVitals is a new online tool to measure the health and sustainability of neighborhood areas in Marion County. City staff will explain the philosophy behind IndyVitals, how neighborhoods were grouped into neighborhood areas, and provide an in-depth demonstration of how to use IndyVitals to learn more about your community.

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