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May 19, 2017

 

Indy Youth
Violence Program Receives $1 Million Federal Grant

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recently awarded Eskenazi Hospital a $1 million grant to launch the Indy HeartBeat pilot program.

 

The new youth violence prevention
program plans to use a two-pronged approach: fostering interventions for
at-risk individuals and families, and providing community outreach services and
education.Hot Topics Logo

 

The high crime area spanning
from 30th to 38th streets and Keystone Avenue to Sherman Drive, as identified by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), will be the main area of focus. IMPD
has seen a substantial increase in
violence in this district, and hopes to stop it at the source in order to reduce crime and improve quality of
life.

 

Community organizations that have offered support to this
project include Indianapolis Public Schools, the City of Indianapolis,
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, IMPD, Indiana Housing Agency, Indiana
Department of Child Services, WorkOne, EmployIndy and the Indy Chamber.

 

According to Eskenazi Health, a volunteer taskforce is
forming and will collaborate on how to best execute the programs’ initiatives.

 

Indy HeartBeat will be led
by the Prescription for Hope program of the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center
at Eskenazi Health and the Violence Prevention Program of the Marion County
Public Health Department.

 

Andrew Luck
Book Club

The first Andrew Luck Book Club discussion was held Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at WFYI’s Reuben Community Room.

 

Andrew Luck, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts,
has long acknowledged his love for reading, and has begun challenging others to
join him through the Andrew Luck Book Club.Andrew Luck

 

Each
month the AL Book Club chooses two selections (one for reading “rookies” and
another for “veterans”) and encourages readers of all ages to share their
experiences online. By engaging them in this way, Luck hopes to build a
community of readers of all levels.

 

While
WFYI is tentatively planning more in-person discussions in the future, it
assures that Luck will continue to discuss the club reading selections on his
monthly podcast on 90.1-FM WFYI at 9 p.m. the last Monday each month.

 

You
can join the discussion by using #ALBookClub on Facebook, Instagram and
Twitter. The May selections are “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle and “The Soul of an Octopus: A
Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness” by Sy Montgomery.

 

Indy 500
Events

The 101st running of the
Indianapolis 500 is Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The
Greatest Spectacle in Racing” brought in
an estimated 300,000-plus fans to Speedway in 2016, and it is only expected to
grow this year!

 

If Indy Car Racing isn’t your thing, there are still lots of
family-friendly ways to get in on the fun!