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Etiquette, manners, and the art and skill of understanding the expectations that come with different situations are among the life lessons 60 young men will be exposed to next month as part of a Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County initiative.

Reclaiming the Village provides young men with knowledge, skills and opportunities to grow through weekly activities based on The Seven Life Principles. These principles include unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

On March 19, the 60 young men will learn etiquette during Exposure Propels, a luncheon at the Urban League. “The event will focus on dining etiquette, chivalry and the overall concept of carrying oneself as a man,” said Health and Hospital’s Ron Jackson.

For many of the program participants, dressing up and going out to dinner can be intimidating. Many have not had the opportunity.

“We wanted to expose them to something bigger and to look beyond their current circumstances,” said Jackson.

The young men are in for quite an afternoon. Side Street Deli will provide a full, four-course meal. During this time, John A. Scott of the Etiquette and Leadership Institute of Indiana will work with the dinner guests.

The Etiquette and Leadership Institute of Indiana believes that their classes provide students of all ages with the foundation to succeed in school, build self-esteem, self-confidence, land their first job and strengthen their personal relationships. Classes ultimately prepare students for the next phase of their life-going to college or into the workforce.

Program organizers believe the event will be a success and are looking forward to offering it every two years.

Reclaiming the Village began in 2001 and has served more than 1,500 young men.

New location for Indianapolis Healthy Start is a hit

The Indianapolis Healthy Start (IHS) program of the Marion County Public Health Department has completed a move to new offices. The move from the Hasbrook Building at 3838 N. Rural Street to new offices at 4087 Millersville Rd. means more space to better serve clients.

“We have seen a lot of clients in our first eight weeks here,” said Jennifer Murphy, health education outreach coordinator.

Not only is the staff excited, but initial feedback from clients has been positive, too. Clients have told IHS staff that they feel more comfortable walking directly into their office as opposed to the Hasbrook Building.

“Our new location provides easier access for clients and is less intimidating than coming to Hasbrook. They have even been bringing their children in when they visit,” Murphy said.

The new location consolidates IHS staff into one building and offers a large conference room, plenty of office and cubicle work spaces, a front desk/reception area, a kitchen, a private lactation room for nursing mothers and private rooms for counseling.

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