Near Eastside Legacy Initiative
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation/IUPUI Near Eastside Legacy Initiative (CHASE/NELI) was launched in the spring of 2011, after the Solution Center was awarded a two-year, $75,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase Foundation to increase awareness of, and activity in the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center and to promote health, wellness, and education programming in the Near Eastside community.
The program resulted in community-based activities highly relevant to address community critical needs and support six of the seven action areas included in the Quality of Life Plan of the Near Eastside Neighborhood.
Some of the deliverables of the program include:
- The Healthy Smiles for Employability project provided dentures, extensive dental care, and career development experiences to six Near Eastside residents.
- Fitness classes for Near Eastside residents and senior citizens were added to the schedule at the Legacy Fitness Zone.
- The Urban Gardening project produced 450 pounds of fresh produce and delivered workshops on food preserve and preparation to neighbors.
- A prototype for a web-based Indianapolis Geographic Information System (GIS) interactive map, with the focus centered on the Near Eastside.
- Communication-related projects and web page redesigns.
According to the evaluation conducted the second half of 2013, CHASE/NELI impacted on the community in several ways. The program was successful in increasing awareness of community resources, improving social cohesion, reducing barriers to a healthy life, improving residents’ practical skills and knowledge, and building community and individual self-esteem. 100% of participants who responded the survey found that CHASE/NELI had a positive impact on nonprofits’ capacity to achieve their mission and engage the community.
Interns who participated in CHASE/NELI found that their participation provided them with opportunities to develop their leadership skills (87.5%). Similarly, faculty members and students found that CHASE/NELI had a positive impact on strengthening students’ communication skills (84.6%) and interpersonal abilities (92.3%), students’ critical thinking skills (92.3%), problem solving skills (92.3%) and analytical skills (84.7%).
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center Fitness Zone
Englewood Community Development Corp. Urban Gardening Project
Tracy Heaton de Martinez, then-executive associate of the John H. Boner Community Center, far left, gives a tour of the Near Eastside to IUPUI graduate students in associate professor Young-Bok Hong’s visual communication design class in fall 2011.