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Indianola Promise Community

The Indianola Promise Community, or IPC, has served the Indianola, MS community and surrounding area since 2009 ensuring the healthy development of Indianola children and families. IPC unites health care, education, government, community and faith-based services to develop a “pipeline” of academic, family, and community resources from pre-natal care through third grade and beyond for students creating a path for students to gain meaningful careers and earn financial independence.

Modeled on the successful Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, the initiative received a huge boost in 2013 when DHA was awarded a five-year, $30 million federal grant to dramatically expand IPC’s footprint in Indianola. At the time, the grant for Indianola was the second awarded program that served a rural area. In 2018 and due to its nationally recognized achievements for the work in Indianola Promise Community, Delta Health Alliance received a two-year US Department of Education Promise Neighborhood funding extention, one of three receipients throughout the country. This funding allows DHA and its partners (local agencies and grassroots organizations throughout Indianola) Indianola to jointly carry out IPC’s goal: to ensure Indianola children are ready for school, that students who need help get help quickly, and that young people stay in school through graduation and transition to post-secondary education.

IPC offers a collective approach, with agencies and services complementing each other and working together in a coordinated fashion.

IPC is governed by a local Steering Committee and makes use of a broad number of task forces and committees that bring together a number of different community organizations to collaborate on goals and objectives.

College & Career

ACT Prep is a school-based program that identifies a group of juniors and seniors at Gentry High School who are on track to graduate and provides them and their families with ACT Preparation, college/financial aid application support, career guidance, visits to local universities and colleges, and post-secondary school planning. College Promise Initiative focuses on creating
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Community

Linking Individuals, Neighborhoods, and Kids to Services (LINKS) is a case-management system that targets at-risk children from birth to career identified through the use of academic and program data, early warning systems, and recommendations from school intervention teams. Each case worker (or LINKS) meets individually with targeted families and students to address issues relating to
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Early Childhood

EXCEL by 5 is a certification process for early childhood education that is organized to help communities support young children and their families so that all children will be ready to learn when they start school. The program establishes standards for parental training, community participation, child care standards, and health care standards. The certification process
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Elementary & Secondary

Promise School is a rigorous summer session transition program aimed at improving academic, social, and developmental skills for children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall. By employing and then offering supplemental training to Head Start teachers as the second teacher in the classroom for this summer program, the Promise School also improves the
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Healthy Lifestyles

Healthy Lifestyles Initiative is a community project aimed at improving the health and well being of families and children through health literacy education, asthma control and patient education, community fit days, school-based fitness and recreation, church-based walking clubs, cooking classes, mental health services, and safety programs. Some of the programs include CATCH, or Coordinated Approach
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