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.

IYI Search for President & CEO

Established in 1988 with strong support from Lilly Endowment, the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides capacity-building programs and resources for the state’s youth workers and nonprofit youth-serving organizations, including schools, across all 92 counties in Indiana. The institute is also an outspoken advocate for healthy youth development throughout the State. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the incoming President & CEO will be presented with a strong organization that continues to place mission as the primary measure of its success. 

Additional information and job description can be found on the IYI Career Center page. Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please send a current resume and letter of interest to resumes@kittlemansearch.com.

October Monthly Media: A Rise in Student Homelessness

A growing number of Hoosier students don't have a stable place to call home. While their focus in school should be on learning, many are distracted by concerns outside the hallways. Those worries can range from where they will sleep tonight to when they will get their next meal.

According to the 2015 KIDS COUNT in Indiana Data Book, the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) identified 15,777 homeless youth in 2013, an increase from 12,248 in 2010.

October's column looks at the issue of student homelessness in Indiana, the challenges those young people face and how anyone can help ease their stress.

Registration is Open for the 2015 Because KIDS COUNT Conference         presented by Pacers Foundation

For the past 14 years, the Indiana Youth Institute has hosted 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

IYI's Latest Issue Brief on Hungry Children

When children don’t get enough food, or don’t have a well-rounded diet, they have more trouble performing in school and maintaining overall health than their peers. Research shows food insecure children are more likely to suffer from illness, to have developmental delays, and to have health deficiencies that track into adulthood. Food insecure children have also been shown to eat infrequently, overeat when food is available and eat unhealthy inexpensive foods more often than their peers. These traits can cause children to be overweight or obese. Read IYI’s newest Issue Brief on "Hungry Children" to learn how about the imapct of food insecurity in Indiana and what programs exist to combat hunger.

D. Susan Wisely "Youth Worker of the Year" Award
The D. Susan Wisely “Youth Worker of the Year” Award will recognize an individual’s extraordinary impact on Indiana youth and support his or her continued professional development. The award is provided courtesy of the D. Susan Wisely Leadership Legacy Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Applicants must be committed direct service youth workers who have been working with Indiana youth for five years or more. To learn more about the award, the submission guidelines, and the selection criteria, please view the Request for Proposals. Proposals must be received by Monday, September 28, 2015.

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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