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OUR Promise

Every child in the IndyEast Promise Neighborhood will be ready for college and prepared for a career.


The Near Eastside and Martindale Brightwood communities make up the IndyEast Promise Neighborhood. Led by John Boner Neighborhood Center and Edna Martin Christian Center, the initiative launched in 2023.

The Promise Neighborhood is a student-centered, data-driven initiative that focuses on four stages of growth – Learn Early, Learn in School, Learn for College and Career, and Learn in Community. There are opportunities for parents, scholars, teachers, and neighbors to engage every step of the way.

Click here to view the IndyEast Promise Neighborhood draft data snapshot. 

IEPN Schools and boundary Map


The Department of Education awarded a five-year, $30 million grant to create the Promise Neighborhood, allowing partners and identified schools to expand their efforts and collaborate in a meaningful, coordinated way.

Frequently Asked Questions

The IndyEast Promise Neighborhood promises every child on the Near Eastside and in Martindale-Brightwood will be ready for college and prepared for a career.

Scholars and their families in the IndyEast Promise Neighborhood will be connected to opportunities and resources from early childhood through college and their careers, ensuring their scholar succeeds. 

Promise Neighborhoods are selected by the federal government through a competitive grant application process. The Department of Education awarded John Boner Neighborhood Centers and Edna Martin Christian Center a 5-year, $30 million grant to create the IndyEast Promise Neighborhood.

The IndyEast Promise Neighborhood encompasses the areas of the Near Eastside and Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood.  There are 11 Promise Schools, from elementary to high school,  that receive additional funding and Promise Neighborhood support to ensure their scholars succeed. See the map above for school locations. Promise Neighborhood Schools are:

  • Arsenal Technical High School
  • Brookside Elementary School #54
  • Harshman Middle School
  • Henry W. Longfellow Medical/STEM Middle School #28
  • KIPP Indy Unite Elementary School &  College Prep Middle School
  • KIPP Indy Legacy High School
  • Purdue Polytechnic High School
  • James Russell Lowell Elementary School #51
  • Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School
  • Washington Irving Neighborhood School

The IndyEast Promise Neighborhood vision is a vibrant neighborhood with thriving children and resilient families. We will achieve this vision by implementing solutions in four key areas: Learn Early, Learn in School, Learn for College & Career, and Learn in Community. 

Our Goals:

  • Learn Early: All children enter kindergarten ready to succeed. 
  • Learn in School: All scholars are proficient in core academic subjects and successfully transition from middle school to high school. 
  • Learn for College & Career: All scholars graduate from high school on time and go on to obtain a degree, certification, or credential.
  • Learn in Community: All scholars feel safe, are healthy, and live in a stable community. The community is invested in the success of all scholars in the Promise Neighborhood. 

The IndyEast Promise Neighborhood is your partner in your scholar’s academic journey, from kindergarten through high school and beyond. By attending an IndyEast Promise School (one of only 11 in the city) and enrolling in the IndyEast Promise Neighborhood, you and your child have access to expanded opportunities, resources, information, and support designed to ensure you and your scholar thrive.  

IndyEast Promise Neighborhood Participation includes: 

  • Coordinated family engagement events, 
  • Access to family and community councils, 
  • Onsite Family Navigators who can connect you to opportunities and resources around housing and food access, financial or employment coaching, barrier-busting funds, and more, 
  • Community School Coordinators, 
  • Financial aid planning for college and beyond, 
  • Expanded Career exploration, and
  • High-dose tutoring.


The IndyEast Promise Neighborhood is both a place and a strategy led by John Boner Neighborhood Center and Edna Martin Christian Center. Neighbors are leaders too!

We have opportunities for both neighbors and organizations to be involved! Fill out our Interest Form, and a member of the staff will follow up with you. 

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