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IYI Media Bytes is a resource that makes newsgathering quicker and easier. This free service offers you on-demand videos, sound bytes and quotes about timely youth development issues. IYI President & CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz will speak on new topics every month.  Each video has a brief description of the topic as well as time codes to sound bytes of interest.  Please feel free to use this service for evergreen sound and video at any time.

New Bytes:

July

Participation in Youth Sports Leagues:  The number of children who play in organized sports leagues is declining. There are many reasons for that, but children get many benefits from playing organized sports including increased physical fitness, improved motor skills, better emotional health, increased social skills, and understanding of goal setting and soft skills, such as learning to take instruction and being a team player. This Media Byte delves into why playing team sports is not only fun but offers children guidance in growing into well-rounded adults.


Summer Hunger:  School is out, but that could mean some meal challenges for children who are food insecure.  Around 50 percent of Hoosier students use free and reduced price lunches during the school year, but those meals stop with the last day of class, leaving 345,000 children at risk for hunger.  This Media Byte discusses the problem in Indiana and gives action steps on what can be done to reduce hunger.

Parents Distracted By Devices:   It’s not just kids that are enthralled by their digital devices.  Parents can be also be guilty of spending too much time plugged in.  When parents are focused on a digital device, children are often put on hold, which can cause developmental and emotional problems.  This Media Byte looks at how to push the pause button on digital devices when it comes to family.


Teen Social Media Lives:  About 75 percent of teens use social media and adults often accuse them of spending too much time online, but social media can be the 21st century place to “hang-out.”  This Media Byte looks at why teens turn to social media for friendship and support, plus what adults need to be aware of to keep kids safe online.
 

June

Mayors and Mentoring:  More cities are developing mentoring initiatives as an overall strategy to help increase citizens’ quality of life.  Mentoring programs help with workforce development, economic opportunities and also serve as prevention measures so cities save money on law enforcement.  This Media Byte delves into what it takes to start a mentoring initiative, what success looks like and why many cities are adding it as a public safety tool. More on this topic.

High School Internships:  Some high schools are taking a community-driven approach to preparing students for careers by offering internships for seniors.  Local businesses also use these internships as workforce development opportunities.  This Media Byte explores why high schools internships are a good fit for both students and businesses.

Involved Dads:  This Father’s Day, we honor the real heroes in our lives:  dad.  Fathering has changed over the last century.  This Media Byte discusses what it means to be a modern dad and how fathers can find more opportunities to be involved in the lives of their children. 

School Counseling Challenges:  Indiana has one of the worst ratios of school counselors to students.  The average is 620:1. In addition, 90 percent of counselors responding to an IYI survey admit they don’t know all the information needed to help students succeed.  This Media Byte describes how schools can better help students understand their educational and career options after high school.

May

Aging Out of Foster Care:  Many children get support from their families well into their 20s, but foster children face unique challenges as they transition out of foster care. Often with no family support, they struggle with educational attainment, homelessness and joblessness. This media byte explores how to better help foster children transition to adulthood and independent living.

Healthy Habits for Moms:  Mothers are known to nurture their children, but this Mother’s Day, Mom might need some tender care. This media byte touches on what moms can do to make themselves and also their families happy and healthier. Tips include stopping the competition, taking time for solitude and changing their relationship with money.

Ivy Tech Community College’s ASAP Program The Associate Accelerated Program, otherwise known as ASAP, gives students the opportunity to earn a two-year associate degree in one year. Students can then begin their careers or transfer their credits to four-year schools. This media byte discusses the program’s benefits, expectations and outcomes for students.

Male Body Image Struggles:  When we think of eating disorders, often girls come to mind, but boys also struggle with body image issues. Girls may binge and purge to slim down, but some boys want to bulk up. This media byte explores what drives male body image issues, looks at warning signs and explains how to talk to boys that are facing body image challenges.

Teen Summer Employment Forecast:  As summer approaches, many teens hope to find jobs for the times they are out of school. This media byte looks at this summer’s employment forecast for teens. Find out what kinds of skills teens need to land a summer job and the best ways to look for employment.

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Media Bytes are archived by the categories below.

Child & Youth Development
Education
Families & Communities
Mentoring
Postsecondary Access & Success

 

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