Track: Educational Success
Co-creating with Community
North Star:
Strategic Partnerships

Level of Learning: Learner

Over the past few years, John Boner Neighborhood Centers has worked with schools, services providers, and systems partners to align programs and services under the "two-generation" umbrella, serving both children and parents. We call this alignment strategy the IndyEast Achievement Zone (IEAZ), which envisions a vibrant neighborhood with resilient families and thriving children. Features of the IEAZ include:

  • A cradle-to-career array of evidence-based solutions addressing documented needs in the community
  • Results-based accountability focused on outcomes as measured by indicators
  • Four educational and developmental domains used as a framework for delivering services:
    • Learn Early (Early Childhood)
    • Learn In School (School-Age)
    • Learn for College & Career (High School and Post-Secondary through Adulthood)
    • Learn in the Community (Whole Family)
  • Alignment of housing programs to serve low- to moderate-income families whose children attend neighborhood schools
  • Integrating community-based positions physically located within the school
  • Assessing each family across 12 key life domains using a family development matrix

This presentation will inform participants about the ways in which the community developed the IEAZ plan and the ways in which numerous community partners supported neighbors in the development and implementation of a neighborhood school.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how communities can give voice to, and even lead, the issue of education in their community
  • Explore what a whole-family, whole-system approach to poverty and education means
  • Illustrate how to implement a two-generational strategy with early childhood providers and a neighborhood school
  • Create a shared data platform to drive performance and accountability among partners


  • James Taylor, CEO, John Boner Neighborhood Centers (@JHBComCtr)
  • Brittany Kronmiller, director of IndyEast Achievement Zone, John Boner Neighborhood Centers (@JHBComCtr)

James Taylor
John Boner Neighborhood Centers

James Taylor is the CEO of the John Boner Neighborhood Centers, which serves residents of the near eastside of Indianapolis. He is a passionate advocate for social justice, urban renewal, and comprehensive community development. The Center provides near eastside neighbors with tools, programs, and initiatives to improve themselves and the neighborhood they call home. Since 1998, the Center’s budget has grown from $1.4 million to more than $12 million with a 130-person staff to deliver unique and innovative programs to the near eastside community.

John Boner Neighborhood Centers provides after school programs at five local public schools, homeless prevention services, the Center for Working Families, adult day services, and senior socialization and wellness programs. In addition, the Center owns and manages 221 units of housing for at-risk families, seniors, and those who are mobility impaired or homeless. It also oversees neighborhood engagement efforts through the Quality of Life Plan and the administration of the federal Promise Zone designation.

Taylor is a graduate of Ball State University with degrees in social work and psychology. He received his master’s in social work from Indiana University.

Brittany Kronmiller
Director of IndyEast Achievement Zone
John Boner Neighborhood Centers

Brittany Kronmiller began her journey with the John Boner Neighborhood Centers (JBNC) in 2005 as an intern, developing a deep love and passion for community-based work. She has spent a significant amount of her time at JBNC developing the out-of-school time programming. In 2017, Kronmiller was promoted to director of IndyEast Achievement Zone, a bold initiative to break the cycle of generational poverty by wrapping children in a seamless pipeline of health, social, and educational supports from birth through college and career. She believes deeply in recognizing the power of families and their ability to thrive when they are healthy and have access to exceptional educational opportunities, strong economic supports, and deep networks of social capital.

Kronmiller received her bachelor’s in social work from the University of Indianapolis and a master’s in social work from Indiana University.