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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.

Community Collaboration through Volunteering

Teaching kids to find common ground with those who wear a different uniform or come from a different background can manifest more positive outcomes in adulthood. That’s why parents, mentors and volunteers in children’s lives are critical to teaching them how to cope and overcome challenges. Learn more about how the recent Little League World Series provides an example for communities coming together for success in IYI’s Monthly Column for September.

NEW! Regional Training: Postsecondary Pathways: Connecting Education to Careers for Student Success

Postsecondary Pathways is a regionally based discussion among K-12 educators, corporations, employers, youth-serving professionals, and state and regional government agencies about how best to connect Hoosier students with the education and careers that fit their skills and interests.

Attend a Postsecondary Pathways event in Lafayette (September 23) or Odon (October 2) for only $10 each! Each event includes a tour of a regional employer and PGPs at no extra cost. Register now.

Deadline Extended! Apply Today for an Organizational Effectiveness Grant

New! With funding provided by the Ball Brothers Foundation, IYI invites community and faith-based youth-serving nonprofit organizations to apply for assistance to improve their current effectiveness and their capacity to serve in the future.  Grantees are limited to organizations within Delaware, Randolph, Henry, Jay, Madison, Grant, and Blackford counties. Apply by Thursday, September 11 at 12:00pm EDT. 
View the request for proposals here.

Special Education

Parents need not wait until their child’s first school year to start receiving special education services. Under federal law, children as young as 3-years-old are eligible for a special education assessment from their local public school district. This is true even if parents intend on homeschooling or enrolling their child in a private or parochial school. Find out more about special education in this radio interview with WFYI and IYI President & CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz and in IYI's Monthly Column for August.

Registration is Open for the 2014 Because KIDS COUNT® Conference presented by Pacers Foundation

Secure your spot today! Register now for the 2014 BKCC in Indianapolis. You won’t want to miss this year’s keynote speakers (Leigh Anne Tuohy and Dr. Lonise Bias), workshops and networking activities. Learn more and register here.

Latest Issue Brief: Teens and Body Image

It is not abnormal for adolescents to find something they don’t like about their bodies, but some body-image concerns may lead to unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. Learn more about body image in IYI’s latest Issue Brief, "Uncomfortable in Their Own Skin."

IYI Media Bytes

IYI Media Bytes makes newsgathering quicker and easier. This free service provides on-demand videos, sound bytes and quotes about timely youth development issues. IYI President & CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz speaks on new topics each month.  Watch the videos and learn more here.

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

There were 53,765 English Language Learner (ELL) public school students in Indiana, or 5.3 percent of the student population during SY 2014.

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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