From our partners at the Edna Martin Christian Center: Three Organizations to Change the Face of the Martindale-Brightwood Neighborhood

INDIANAPOLIS, IN—November 20, Tuesday, is a big day for Martindale-Brightwood. The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Edna Martin Christian Center, and KIPP Indy Public Schools will each do their part to improve one of the poorest neighborhoods in Indianapolis. From Sherman Drive to the Monon Trail, the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood is centered on 25th Street. It was once a stable, working-class neighborhood, but it began to decline in the 1940s when the railroads, the area’s main employers, relocated to Avon and Beech Grove. EMCC’s LEADERSHIP & LEGACY CENTER: EMCC hosts intergenerational youth and senior enrichment programs at the newly renovated Leadership and Legacy Center, located at 2259 Ralston Ave. The $3 million project will strengthen school-age youth out-of-school-time activities, senior quality-of-life programming and introduce Pre-K options for kids ages 3 – 5. Once an abandoned building, the site is now equipped to serve more than 350 school-age youth and 100 seniors on a regular basis. With the introduction of the new early childhood center, EMCC will serve an additional 80 children with the goal of preparing youth to meet their academic and social potential. EMCC will host an open house and light lunch on November 20, beginning at 12 noon to showcase the renovated site. EMCC is excited to begin Phase II in the continuing renovation, which will provide even more services to the area. The next phase will include: a Community Solutions and Entrepreneurship Center, where new businesses can be planned and launched and the community can work together to improve lives in the community; a two-acre farm to address the food insecurity issues and provide new employment in the area;...