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Each month, IYI submits an op-ed newspaper column that runs regularly in the Indianapolis Star and often appears in dozens of other newspapers across the state.

2015

IYI Monthly Columns

August Maintaining Math Momentum

Math is becoming increasingly important in our ever-changing global economy. Research compiled in the Indiana Youth Institute’s 2015 KIDS COUNT in Indiana report found that while 52% of Hoosier fourth graders scored at or above proficient in math on national tests 8th grade students only tested at 38%. There’s a similar difference when you look at ISTEP+ results. IYI's monthly column for August addresses the slide and how educators are trying to keep kids interested and excelling in math throughout school.

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July

Driver's License Changes Save Lives
July 1 ushered in many new laws in Indiana. Among those are 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.

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June

STEAM into STEM
While the innovation economy of today and tomorrow needs more students mastering science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), that same economy also needs students who can put STEAM into STEM. The “A” stands for “arts,” as in the liberal arts, and students with skills in the liberal arts need to know that the 21st Century economy offers career opportunities for them as well. Learn about these opportunities and the importance of liberal arts studies in IYI’s monthly column for June.

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May

Adoption
Indiana has the nation’s fourth highest rate of adoption per live births, the ninth highest rate of adoption per nonmarital births, and the eleventh highest rate of adoption per 100,000 adults. Between 2009 and 2013, an annual average of 3,678 children were adopted in Indiana. Overall, 2.7 percent of Hoosier children now live in adoptive families. Learn the truth about adoption and how you can explore this option for your family in IYI’s monthly column for May.

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April

Child Identity Theft
One in 40 households with children under age 18 have experienced child identity fraud. Along with having pristine credit, children are targeted because illegally using a child’s information can go undetected for years. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) warns, “By the time a young person opens his or her first checking accounts, credit card accounts, or applies for college financial aid, someone may have already had a decade-long shopping spree under that identity.” Learn how to identify the warning signs of child identity theft and what you can do to prevent it in IYI’s monthly column for April.

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March

Parents Behind Bars
Indiana has one of the nation’s highest rates of incarcerated parents, and the negative effects on their children are significant. Research summarized at the University of Minnesota revealed, “Through no fault of their own, kids with incarcerated parents are at a terrible disadvantage.”  These children are more prone to physical health problems, depression, poor school performance and delinquency. These sons and daughters are more likely to live in poverty and are at higher risk of being uninsured and homeless. Learn more about the impact of incarcerated parents on youth and how you can help in this interview with President & CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz and WFYI and in IYI’s monthly column for March.

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February

Saving Their Scholarships
Indiana’s 21st Century Scholarship program is designed to help low-income students further their education. However, 82% of Scholars are at risk of losing that money and their chance at postsecondary success because of a recent change to the program’s requirements. What’s behind the change? What are the new steps Scholars must go through in order to receive their scholarship? This month our experts explain why the state chose to put this program in place and why these new steps are goals every college-bound student should consider before leaving high school. Learn more about how these changes can impact the Scholars you work with in IYI’s monthly column for February.

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January

Big Mentor on Campus
With the start of the spring semester, many parents, teachers and students alike are focused on one thing: graduation. But how can we help students get there? How can we support them once they’ve crossed that finish line? Mentoring can play a huge role in helping students reach graduation and keeping them on track through the college years, especially when it comes to 21st Century Scholars. Learn about how critical extra support is for low-income or first-generation college students, and the difference a mentor can make in this radio interview with WFYI and IYI President & CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz and in IYI’s Monthly Column for January.

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