The Indianola Promise Community, or IPC, consists of nearly 30 programs and initiatives that work together to expand the health care and educational opportunities for Indianola children and their families. IPC unites health care, education, government, community, and faith-based organizations to develop a “pipeline” of academic, family, and community resources, from prenatal care through high school graduation, creating a path for students to gain meaningful careers and earn financial independence.
Created in 2009 and 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 fiveyear, $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. 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.
IPC’s major partners:
• Sunflower County Consolidated School District
• Children’s Defense Fund
• Save the Children
• B.B. King Museum
• Teach for America
• City of Indianola
• Delta State University
• Sunflower County Childcare Association
• Sunflower County Ministerial Alliance
• Mississippi Center for Justice
• Sunflower County Freedom Project
• Mississippi Valley State University
• The Annie E. Casey Foundation
• On Track CDC
At the core of IPC is a disciplined commitment to analyzing each and every program, using data generated by the programs and compared against previously agreed upon performance measures. Each program is constantly monitored and evaluated, and changes are made as needed to improve outcomes.
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