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May Charity ~ Pack Away Hunger

This month we are taking our $10.00 funds and donating to

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Life. Hunger steals quality of life. For some it steals life itself. Small children are especially vulnerable, and each day more than 8,000 perish due to hunger related causes.

Changing. Fueled by like-minded community members, we provide meals that have the power to transform lives. Regular access to nutritious food does more than satisfy in the short term. It builds the foundation for a hopeful future.

Nutrition. Superior nutrition in each serving is vital. Our meals carry a powerful vitamin/mineral combination. This newly developed formula is scientifically proven to improve key health factors of the chronically hungry.

Pack Away Hunger is a non-profit organization dedicated to greatly improving the lives of children and others who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. The lack of proper nutrition creates serious health and developmental consequences for individuals and has far reaching implications for communities.  In the United States 15.8 million children do not have regular access to healthy meals (1). In developing countries one out of six children — roughly 100 million — is underweight, the result of acute or chronic malnutrition (2).

In a world with such vast resources, we think this is unacceptable. To achieve our mission, we have partnered with The Mathile Institute for Human Nutrition to develop the most highly nutritious pre-packaged meals available. These meals are scientifically proven to meet the specific nutritional needs of children and other at-risk populations.

We’re not alone in our desire to end hunger. Like-minded community organizations, businesses and individuals join our mission by purchasing the raw materials needed for these meals. The group then comes together to create the meals at a “packing event”. The meals are then distributed to local food banks and pantries or to community feeding programs in emerging nations.

These powerful events are educational and fun! Participants often feel a sense of purpose, knowing the meals they pack with their own hands will meet a significant need for someone in their neighborhood or in a community around the world.

We believe this unique collaboration between nutritional science and community engagement offers a significant way to provide Life. Changing. Nutrition. to those in need.

Please join us to Pack Away Hunger.


Thank You For Your Support!

Community Corner…Employment Opportunity

29th Annual WTHR-TV13 Employment Opportunity Fair
Register online today for the 29th Annual WTHR-TV13 Employment Opportunity Fair (EOF). This year’s EOF will take place on Thursday, July 13, 2017 in the 500 Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center.
All Employers will receive a 8×10 booth space, 8ft skirted table, identification sign, (2) chairs, and (2)  complimentary boxed lunches with their booth purchase.  This event is open to the public.  Please note last year the EOF event SOLD OUT, don’t miss your chance to be a part of one of the largest career fairs in this area!
CLICK HERE to purchase your EOF Exhibit Space!

Early Bird Exhibitor Application
deadline is March 17th!
Be sure to mark your calendars and save the dates for this year’s exhibition hall – Friday, July 14th , Saturday July 15th, Sunday July 16th. Take advantage of Early Bird rates today.  Standard Exhibit Booths start at $500 for a 10×10 exhibit space a $200 SAVINGS! Corner Booths are $550 and an Island Booth is $650 while they last.  All that is required to secure your space at our EARLY BIRD rate is a 50% deposit before Friday, March 17, 2017.
Thanks again for all you do to make Summer Celebration a success!

Indiana Black Expo | 3145 N. Meridian St. | Indianapolis, IN 46208 | (317) 925-2702|
Indiana Black Expo, 3145 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

“My Life, My Vibe” March 2017

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Hello All,

Can you believe the The Evolution! Society is turning five years old this March? We’re growing up so fast, and we’re experiencing more adventures together than ever before. We are tackling new challenges like dazzling the city at cocktail fetes and philanthropic events; and pushing our bodies to new extremes with Zumba. I hope you’ve pushed yourself out of your comfort zone, experienced something new and thrilling, and of course, I hope you’ve met fabulous new friends along the way. As many of you know, this past year has been a transformative one for me.

I continue to feel grateful that each and every one of you is an integral part of our vibrant community and my life. I wish you an exciting new year filled with growth, laughter, and breathtaking adventure. Also, don’t forget we always give you your Motivational Mondays, Wellness Wednesday and “Things We Are Lovely Lately”….so stay tuned and be inspired…many blessings!

We look forward to being of continued service to you and I hope you will enjoy the benefits of our new co-op networking community. Please let us know what you’re doing in your business and community, your feedback is very important to us! Positive Mind…Positive Vibe…Positive Life

What do you plan on doing new this month?



Monthly Affirmation:

Say “YES” to doing something new everyday

always thought about diving, say YES ~ want to take a spin class, say YES ~ want to ask a man out, say YES…don’t hold back own your “YES”.

Monthly Challenge:

Put your phone down and have real conversations J

Book of The Month

“I’m Judging You”


“Join The Movement”

Crystal Dixon CEO/Event Director

The Evolution Society LLC

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Community Corner….2017 Circle City Classic® Scholarship

Circle City Classic®  Scholarships
Dear IBE Friends and Family,
Graduating Indiana high school seniors, and Hoosier undergraduate students already enrolled at the post-secondary level are invited to apply for a 2017 Circle City Classic® Scholarship presented by Indiana Black Expo, Inc.
Successful applicants must exhibit outstanding leadership, scholarship and community service. Priority consideration will be placed on financial need and first generation student status. Recipients may use the scholarship to attend the college or university of their choice.
Applications will be screened by a review committee. Scholarships are funded by the proceeds from the Circle City Classic® Football Game and are payable upon recipient’s full-time enrollment in a post-secondary institution. More than $4.1 million has been awarded to students since 1984.
This year the application deadline is March 1st. Students may submit their applications on line at: 2017 CCC Scholarship Application.  Additionally, questions may be directed to IBE Youth and Family Manager Dian Foreman at  or 317.923.3112.
Indiana Black Expo’s Youth and Family Programs

Indiana Black Expo Inc., 3145 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

One 9-Year-Old Girl Is Changing The Life Of Homeless Women In Her Community — Black America Web

Khloe Thompson is on the track to becoming a game changer, and she’s only 9 years old! The elementary school student launched Khloe Kares, a charity to help homeless women in her community. Khloe works with her great-grandmother to sew handmade cloth bags and fill them with pads, tampons, soap, toothpaste and other hygiene necessities, Cosmopolitan reports.…

via One 9-Year-Old Girl Is Changing The Life Of Homeless Women In Her Community — Black America Web

June Charity – PAAWS

June Dress Down Opportunity


 Minimum Donations $10

Online Only

We are the premier No-Kill Animal Rescue Organization in the Tri-State area. A registered 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Corporation, our team of volunteers serve Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. We are saving animals…everyday…with YOUR help!

Our volunteers foster our rescue animals in their homes.  We do not have a building, or shelter. Our volunteers devote time and love to each and every animal.  Our volunteers administer medications when needed for sick animals, care for wounded, and rescue the neglected, abused and unwanted animals.  We are very passionate about our efforts and hope that you are able to see that on the faces of the animals. 

Please contact us if you have an animal which is in need of help, if you would like to become a volunteer team member, if you would like to make a monetary donation to help with veterinary care, if you have food and/or pet supplies to donate, or if you want to make ANY donation of TIME, TALENT, & TREASURE.

You can feel good knowing that all proceeds donated go STRAIGHT TO THE ANIMALS!  There is NO payroll and there are NO salaries…100% of all resources go toward one common goal…improving the lives of the animals. Our animals are “sheltered” in the homes of our volunteers…we feel that this close-up and personal care leads to better socialization of the animal which, in turn, creates a happier, healthier, and more adoptable pet!

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Food, shelter, transportation, medical care, and even toys cost money. Save an animal in need today by making a monetary donation, then contact us to find out how you can help us and how we can help you. THANK YOU!

CLICK HERE to view our non-profit status information & verification.

Disclaimer: I am not a Brand Ambassador for any particular group, I’m just a friendly advocate in giving to the community. If there are charities you are passionate about and would like for me to post or recognize for our charity of the month post feel free to send them to

Thank You For Your Support

Community Corner


The Dinner Series
Broad Ripple to Nora on March 9
Our city needs a robust transportation system to move people around- to their places of employment and to the grocery store, to educational opportunities and to the doctor. Each second Wednesday through October, join us for The Dinner Series.

On  Wednesday, March 9, travel with us from Broad Ripple to Nora. We will be grabbing a bite at Big Lug Canteen and talking about the current and planned future pf public transportation in Indianapolis. Space is limited.



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Community Corner…. Activist and Filmmaker Bree Newsome

Thanks to Ahmed Mitiche for sharing this info with us!  Please read the message below a complete listing of events!
SAVE THE DATE! –  Take note that Activist and Filmmaker Bree Newsome (the young sister who scaled the metal pole to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol last summer) will be speaking on February 17th!!! – 


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ahmed Mitiche

Below are the events UIndy Black Student Association is hosting- all in the Schwitzer Student Center at the University of Indianapolis. Of special note is that Activist and Filmmaker Bree Newsome, who scaled a metal pole to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol last summer, will be speaking on the 17th.

Calendar of Events:  Sponsored by Black Student Association, Campus Program Board, Professional Edge Center, and Student Affairs:

February 3rd – Black History Month Movie “Higher Learning” – 9pm – UIndy Hall A – Sponsored by BSA


February 10th – Anti-Valentines Day – 9pm – Trustee’s Dining Room – Sponsored by BSA


February 12th – South Calvary Church Praise and Worship – 9pm – UIndy Hall A – Sponsored by BSA

February 16th – Comedian Josh Johnson – 9pm – UIndy Hall A – Sponsored by Campus Program Board

February 17th – Bree Newsome – “Tearing Hate from the Sky” – 9pm – UIndy Hall A – Sponsored by Diversity Lecture & Student Affairs – L/P Credit

*Bree Newsome has always been sensitive to the essential role that art and symbols play in shaping culture and consciousness.  As she watched the funeral of one of the 9 people slaughtered in the name of white supremacy at the Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, SC, she sclaed the 30 ft. flagpole in front of the statehouse and removed the “stars and bars” declaring “this flag comes down today.”

February 19th –  (Boys and Girls Club)- Community Service Event- Boys and Girls Club- Black Heritage Festival 3:30 pm – Sponsored by BSA

February 22nd – BSA’s African American Ancestry event 9pm – UIndy Hall A – Sponsored by BSA

February 23rd – Patricia Russell-McCloud – “It’s Not Just You Anymore: Working in a Global Society” – 9pm – UIndy Hall A – L/P Credit

*Russell-McCloud is a “visual speaking experience.” With more than 20 years speaking, she is categorized as being one of the nation’s best. Her speaking style is engaging, highly substantive, well researched, and entertaining.

February 24th – Spoken Word Crystal Valentine,  9pm – Atrium – Sponsored by BSA

*Please Join BSA in showing appreciation for the contributions African Americans have given to our country throughout history and wear these colors on theses days during Black History Month. 

*Colors To Wear For Black History*

1st – Red

8th- Black 

22nd- Green 

29th- Black 




Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)

With Support, Opportunity Can Be the Cure for Prison Recidivism

[OP-ED] The multi-billion dollar prison industry seemingly depends on individuals going in and out of jail, but with the right training, the cycle can be broken

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With Support, Opportunity Can Be the Cure for Prison Recidivism

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Daequan* came to the New York City-based Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) only 11 days after leaving prison. He was 19 years old, had spent nearly a year incarcerated, and there were few people in his corner when he returned home. He grew up in the Bronx and Harlem. “There was a lot of negative influence for me — gangs, street gangs. It’s the streets. That’s how you get caught up — it’s only trouble. It’s fun for the moment, but not in the long run,” Daequan shared with us recently. It’s a story that we hear all too often. When a person comes to CEO, it’s typically just weeks or even days after their release. They are eager for change, but without strong community support and limited work experience and education, the barriers to success can be high.

CEO is a nonprofit corporation that provides employment services to former inmates. The organization works every day to help people like Daequan see what’s possible for their lives and strive to give them the tools necessary for success. There are programs that connect with more than 4,000 individuals a year to provide them with job readiness training, paid transitional work and full-time job placement services to help them regain control of their lives. The staff works with each participant individually because every person faces unique circumstances and no one solution can work for situation. CEO’s research and data proves that recidivism — or a relapse into criminal behavior, often leading to reincarceration — can be prevented with the right support, even individuals with the most significant barriers to employment.

Daequan’s is a story heard all too often. When a person comes to CEO, it’s typically just weeks or even days after their prison release. They are eager for change, but without strong community support and limited work experience and education, the barriers to success can be high. After all, their survival is at stake.

From 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled from roughly 500,000 to nearly 2,300,000 people, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. African Americans are significantly overrepresented in the U.S. prison population. Despite being only 13 percent of the overall U.S. population, 40 percent of those who are incarcerated are Black. On the other hand, Whites make up 64 percent of the overall population but account for only 39 percent of those who are incarcerated.  What’s more, for Black men who have been incarcerated, wages after release grow at a 21 percent slower rate compared to White men, according to the Center for American Progress.  The statistics are clear: Not only does justice involvement disproportionately affect Black men, but the consequences of that involvement are more severe.

Just looking at the statistics, the odds were not in Daequan’s favor when he walked through CEO’s front doors. But he was entering a community that was singularly focused on helping him create opportunities to better himself. “CEO gave me experience and showed me that I can have career options now,” he said. “I never saw myself working, but CEO showed me it’s possible.”

Two decades of research has revealed a lot about the drivers of recidivism. Although the science has become increasingly sophisticated, the key drivers can be summed up simply: Mindset and opportunity. If a person’s attitude, values, and beliefs allow him or herself to justify committing a crime, then that person is more likely to break the law — especially if that person is surrounded by opportunities to commit a crime. It takes more than a job to break the cycle of crime and incarceration. But high-impact programs help individuals shift their thinking.  Working individually with job coaches and as part of a team on worksites, participants find their own reasons for wanting to come to work each day, and along the way discover the keys they need to open up doors to better opportunities. 

In November 2015, Daequan and a few other participants sat down with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, when she visited CEO to discuss the administration’s prison reentry agenda. He shared with her his fears and described his challenges. When she asked what he needed to overcome these obstacles he said, “All I need is someone to be there for me. Not to give up on me. If someone were to believe in me, I just might make it. Oh, and a way to earn a paycheck. That would help, too.”

During her visit Ms. Jarrett noted that criminal justice reform — and making sure there are second chances for men and women like Daequan — was one of the few things that Republicans and Democrats could agree on. 

Today the United States represents five percent of the world’s population and has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Approximately $70 billion is spent on corrections yearly in this country, according to a study by the Advancement Project and the Power U Center for Social Change.  Many leaders from both sides of the aisle recognize the urgent need to address the shortcomings of our country’s justice system given the exorbitant financial and human costs. But our entire country must rally around returning citizens. That means businesses need to examine their hiring practices for people with a criminal record; educational institutions need to create learning and training opportunities; and each and every one of us needs to recognize that no one should even be thought of as an “ex-con” and have their past preclude them from working towards a more promising future.

Sam Schaeffer is CEO of Center for Employment Opportunities

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“My Life, My Vibe” February 2016



Honoring African American History- Makers

Each February, our nation pauses to recognize the countless contributions African Americans have made throughout our history. They have helped shape the fabric of our society, our culture, and our growth as a country. 

One hundred years ago, Carter G. Woodson, a son of former slaves, created the Association for the Study of African-American Life & History. The association celebrated the first “Negro History Week” in February 1926. Fifty years later, in 1976, February officially became African American History Month when President Gerald Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Each year, the association chooses a theme for the month and this year it is: A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture. I look forward to sharing stories of the latest generation of talented and committed African Americans not just the month of February, but through out the year.

Even as we celebrate, we all know that we still have work to do. In September 2014, President Obama issued the “My Brothers Keeper” challenge. The initiative helps young people successfully make the journey from childhood through college and into a career. The program is particularly focused on helping young men of color develop the knowledge and skills necessary to unlock their full potential.  Many cities, towns, corporations, and organizations have already made a pledge to this call for action and have plans to implement their pledges over the next few years. These partnerships will not only benefit the young men being mentored, but also help the communities and neighborhoods where they live and work become stronger and more economically viable.

America wouldn’t be the nation it is today without the sacrifices and efforts of those who came before us. When we read and hear the stories of the courageous individuals who wanted to see the American dream fully realized, it reminds us that whatever our race or ethnicity, we all benefit from, and should recognize, African American history.

As President Obama says in this year’s presidential proclamation: “Like the countless, quiet heroes who worked and bled far from the public eye, we know that with enough effort, empathy, and perseverance, people who love their country can change it. Together, we can help our Nation live up to its immense promise.” 

Monthly Affirmation: #BeTheVision 2016 There’s a spark about to ignite inside you. Pay close attention to your emotions and take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Infuse your plans with passion. Breathe life into your dreams and act with confidence. The inner and outer aspects of your being are working in harmony.

My Business Improves Lives:  Always Push To Keep Learning & Growing…#WINNING…#THEBOSS

We look forward to being of continued service to you and I hope you will enjoy the benefits of our new co-op networking community. Please let us know what your doing in your business and community, your feedback is very important to us!

Love Life…Do Good….Live Well!


Crystal Dixon

CEO The Evolution! LLC.

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