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 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; and space for family literacy and counseling for adults. The $2.4 Million Phase II is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2019.

KIPP Indy Public Schools currently operates successful elementary and middle schools in the neighborhood, educating over 800 students. As part of KIPP’s continued growth and commitment to Martindale-Brightwood, they are excited to launch KIPP Indy Legacy High next fall in collaboration with EMCC’s Leadership and Legacy Campus. On November 20, KIPP will break ground on the new Legacy High School at 11:15 AM at 2259 Ralston Ave. The school is the first new school constructed in the neighborhood in more than a generation. It will be constructed on the south end of the Ralston Avenue campus. When complete in the fall of 2019, the school will welcome a freshman class of 125, and will eventually educate 500 high school students who currently have limited neighborhood high school options.

Today, the 25th Street Corridor is ripe for renewal. Even 25th Street itself was repaved this summer. On the East end, the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library will break ground on a new Brightwood Branch Library. The $5.9-million project will feature a new computer lab, study rooms and space for activities, and more seating, all in an eco-friendly, 15,000 square foot branch. IMCPL will break ground





About the Edna Martin Christian Center: The Edna Martin Christian Center was founded in 1941 as a faith-based, human services agency with the mission of bridging cultural, racial, and economic differences in order to support and nurture the people in the community by providing holistic programs that empower, encourage, and engender a vision of hope. Currently, the organization operates a network of neighborhood action programs to reach residents with programs and services that focus on education, workforce development, and support community health. Our goals are to:

  1. Ensure that youth have the skills to succeed in school and life through our early childhood development centers and school-age Academic Support Center;
  2. Ensure that Heads of households have the skills and resources they need to move from crisis to stability to asset development using our Center for Working Families, vocational training, and employment model; and
  3. Ensure that Residents in the communities we serve have their basic needs met through skill-building programs, emergency abatement services, and community-building volunteer efforts which help develop a vibrant, safe, and strong community with healthy, stable, and engaged residents.


Edna Martin Christian Center is a United Way agency and a ministry partner of the American Baptist Churches USA, IN/KY, and Greater Indianapolis.


About KIPP Indy Public Schools: KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools with a 20-year track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life. KIPP currently educates nearly 100,000 students in 224 schools across the country, including Indianapolis. KIPP Indy Public Schools (KIPP Indy) was founded in 2004 with one class of fifth grade students and has grown to educate more than 800 students across two schools. KIPP Indy Legacy High will be founded in the fall of 2019 with ninth grade and will grow to educate 500 students in grades 9-12 in our community. Of the students that attend KIPP Indy, 93% qualify for free and reduced lunch, 93% are African American, and 20% receive special education services.


WHEN:               November 20, 9 AM-1 PM
WHERE:             Two locations (see below)

9:00 AM   /   Brightwood Library Groundbreaking                  / 25th & Sherman Dr.
10:30 AM /   KIPP Indy Legacy High School Groundbreaking / 2259 Ralston Ave.
12:00 PM /   EMCC’s Leadership & Legacy Open House        / 2259 Ralston Ave.



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