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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.

Just Released! National 2014 KIDS COUNT® Data Book

New data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2014 KIDS COUNT® Data Book shows how Indiana children are making strides in education, but the state continues to struggle with high rates of child poverty. The Data Book ranked Indiana 27th nationally in overall child well-being, up from 30th in 2013. To see how Indiana rose in the rankings and to see data for the rest of the states, you can view the data book here.

Registration is Open for the 2014 Because Kids Count Conference!

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.

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 August 11 at 9:00am EDT.
View the request for proposals here.

The Decline of Youth Sports Leagues

Organized youth sports teams can have a positive effect on healthy youth development, yet participation in youth baseball, football, basketball and soccer leagues declined by 4 percent between 2008-2012. Find out more about the numerous benefits of youth sports participation in this radio interview with WFYI and IYI President & CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz and in IYI's Monthly Column for July.

Free July Webinar-Sexual Abuse Prevention

Join us on Wednesday, July 30 from 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT/12:00pm-1:30pm CDT for a free webinar, “Commit to Kids: A New Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Resource for Indiana.” Get more details and register here.

Organizational Effectiveness Grant

Youth-serving nonprofit organizations in Delaware, Randolph, Henry, Jay, Madison, Grant, and Blackford counties may apply for assistance to improve their current effectiveness and their capacity to serve in the future.  Learn more in the Request for Proposals.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars now for the 2015 Postsecondary Counseling Institute presented by Kroger, which will be held June 23 & 24, 2015.

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

29% of Indiana high school students played video or computer games, or used a computer for something other than schoolwork, for three or more hours per day on an average school day.

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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