The Indiana Youth Institute promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being.

July Monthly Media: Driver's License Changes Save Lives

July 1 ushered in many new laws in Indiana. Among those is one aimed at keeping first-time drivers safe. When Indiana's original Graduated Driver's License law went into effect in 2009, research shows it significantly reduced crash rates among young drivers. At the same time, there was an increase in crash rates among 18- to 20-year-olds. Learn how those numbers fueled the latest changes to the state's GDL law in IYI's monthly column for July.

Registration is Open for the 2015 Because KIDS COUNT Conference

For the past 14 years, the Indiana Youth Institute has hosed the largest gathering of youth workers and educators in the Midwest. The Because KIDS COUNT Conference is a two-day, first-class conference experience packed with educational workshops, nationally recognized speakers, a resource tradeshow and amazing networking opportunities.

Join us on December 1-2, 2015 at the Indiana Convention Center as we reflect on the positive difference you are making and equip you with the inspiration and information you need to impact Indiana's youth. Learn more and register today

Virginia Beall Ball Library Summer Reading Program

This summer we are presenting our first-ever summer reading program! When you check out materials during the months of June, July or August, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the monthly prize: a FREE registration to the 2015 Because KIDS COUNT Conference! One entry will be eligible per person, per month. Three months, three chances to win! Whether you need resources to help with your summer activities, or materials to help you plan for the fall, this summer will be a great time for you to make use of our print and digital resources and be rewarded.

IYI's Latest Issue Brief on the Role of the Coach

Participation in organized activities outside of school can help youth: learn how to set and meet goals; gain leadership skills; improve communication with peers and adults; and achieve better educational outcomes. Coaches are adults who help groups of youth develop skills—they can be found in sports teams, clubs and organizations, as well as dance, art, music and language lessons. Youth are most likely to realize positive outcomes when coaches focus on positive youth development, internal motivation, skill development, and providing encouraging feedback. Read IYI’s newest Issue Brief, “Building Skills in Youth: The Role of the Coach” for more information on best practices when coaching youth.

The 2015 KIDS COUNT® in Indiana Data Book is Here!

We are so excited to bring the best and most recent information available regarding childhood well-being in the state of Indiana right to you! Whether you’re a community leader, policymaker, youth worker, educator or child advocate, we want to equip you with most current information about the well-being of children, youth and their families so that you can continue to impact the lives of Indiana’s children. Download your copy of the 2015 KIDS COUNT® in Indiana Data Book today and check out our other data products and resources.

Mentoring PSAs

Check out these inspiring PSAs that demonstrate the tremendous impact mentoring can have on mentors and mentees alike, then find out how to become a mentor here.

Sam and Jayden's mentoring relationship helps them to see what's really important in life. Watch the video.

Mentoring PSA- Sam and Jayden

You can view all of the PSAs here.

Stat of the Week

One in eighteen students in the class of 2013 dropped out before graduating (5.6%). 88.6% of students graduated on time. 

Source and related resources from IYI's library here.

Ask IYI Blog - Each year, Ask IYI receives dozens of questions about youth development and nonprofit management – and often, we get the same question from more than one person.  So we thought: why not publish the answers to some of our most popular questions so even more people can benefit?  Check back every other week for new posts, or browse our archives.  Need some information you don’t see here?  Contact us, and we’ll find the answer for you.
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