Near Eastside Legacy Initiative
In 2011, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation awarded the IUPUI Solution Center a grant of $75,000 to support IUPUI’s initiative to increase student and faculty involvement in the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. “This grant is the latest in Chase’s $10 million investment in the Near Eastside neighborhood,” said Dennis Bassett, chairman of Chase in Indiana. “The neighborhood is experiencing a renaissance, and the IUPUI Solution Center will ensure residents are aware of the available programming and services.”
From this generous grant, the JPMorgan Chase – IUPUI Near Eastside Legacy Initiative (NELI) was designed to increase awareness of and activity in the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center and to promote health, wellness, and education programming in the community through targeted communication and public health awareness strategies. With matching support of $75,000 from the Solution Center’s Community Venture Fund, the initiative will by the end of 2013 engage more than 100 students, faculty members and community partners through research projects, class projects and independent internships.
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.