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IYI offers FREE webinars on topics related to nonprofit youth 
development. This format allows Indiana youth workers to learn from leading national 
and local experts in an efficient, cost-effective and convenient manner.

New Webinars for 2015

Data-driven College and Career Readiness: Putting Your Numbers to Work

Rodney Frederick, Chief Program Officer, Starfish Initiative and Tracy Butler, Consultant, Tracy Butler Consulting, LLC

October 21, 2015
1:00pm-2:30pm (Eastern)
12:00pm-1:30pm (Central)

Does your youth-serving organization feel as though it is drowning in a sea of data? The collection and reporting of multiple sets of data to various stakeholders can become overwhelming, especially when board and staff members are operating with different evaluation metrics. This is particularly true for programs working to help young people make it to and through postsecondary education. The possible data points a program can collect can seem endless, making it hard to decipher which ones have true value for your organization. As we’ve heard from many frontline partners, “We are collecting a lot of data, but we aren’t really using it.” 

Join us as we discuss how to drive program results and retooling by collecting and using the most essential college and career data points. This webinar will feature a representative from Starfish Initiative, an Indianapolis-based college and career mentoring program which has developed a practical data strategy that drives program delivery, and will discuss effective data practices and tools that have been gleaned from two other Indiana college and career success initiatives.

Speaker Bio:

Rodney Frederick

For thirty-two years, Dr. Jones has helped students, parents and professionals achieve their dreams. He has delivered presentations on numerous topics including: how to study, effective communication, organization, time management and innovative management practices. He is the author of three books titled "Seven Secrets of How to Study," "Parent's Ultimate Education Guide" and "Ultimate Scholarship Guide." Dr. Jones says we must maximize each student's ability to reach their goals.

Tracy Butler

Tracy Butler provides support to the Indiana Youth Institute’s College and Career Counseling programming and has also worked with the Indiana College Success Mentoring Initiative, the Indiana Mentoring Partnership (IMP) since its inception in 2008 and the Indiana Youth Institute since 2002.  Her IYI portfolio includes facilitating community mobilization projects, developing program models and strategic planning for nonprofit organizations and communities.  Prior to serving client partners as a consultant, Tracy worked on juvenile justice systems reform in Seattle Washington and has worked and volunteered with numerous nonprofit youth serving agencies.  She earned a Bachelors from U.C. Berkeley and a Masters from Tufts University in Urban Policy and Child Development.


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Parent Engagement 2.0

Calvalyn Day, The Well Counseling and Consulting Group

October 28, 2015
1:00pm-2:30pm (Eastern)
12:00pm-1:30pm (Central)

It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child, but how can youth workers do their jobs effectively when they aren’t receiving support from a youth’s family? The traditional PTO/PTA model does little to create lasting impact in challenging family and school or program relationships, so what other strategies exist to promote engagement from all parents? By using the “lens” of engagement, professionals can create sustainable change by establishing lasting partnerships with families. Learn how to utilize strength-based strategies for parent connections and overcome the obstacles that are preventing your student’s family engagement. 

Speaker Bio:

Calvalyn received her master of science in educational counseling degree from Indiana University. She currently practices as a parent coach with consulting to school and community-based organizations. Calvalyn has more than 15 years of experience in and around schools with specific skills in special education, behavior improvement plans, motivational interviewing and staff development. Calvalyn is co-author of “Drag ‘Em Kicking and Screaming: Your 7 Step Action Plan to At-Risk Student Success” and executive producer of “Roots and Wings: The African American Mother Daughter Experience.” Her latest book, “Authentic Family Engagement: A Collaborative Care Approach” is due out fall of 2015.  Calvalyn is a regularly contributing author of several locally and nationally syndicated blogs including The Huffington Post. 


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"Seven Secrets of How to Study: Setting Your Students up for Academic Success"


September 30, 2015

Effective study skills are essential for any student who wants to learn and excel within and beyond the classroom. Oftentimes it is not students’ level of motivation but rather their study habits that prevent them from reaching their academic goals and achieving their dreams. As an educator, how can you help? Dr. Stephen Jones will provide an interactive workshop that will enhance your ability to prepare the high school students you serve to effectively study and learn. Get involved in hands-on presentations and group discussions about your students’ college preparation habits and discover new strategies to improve their chances of high school and postsecondary achievement.  

"Supporting Success: How to Reach Students Living in Poverty"

August 26, 2015

Learn to identify the various forms of poverty that your students might be experiencing and discover the impact that a child’s socioeconomic status can have on his or her educational experience. Take advantage of this opportunity to share your concerns about supporting students and discover how to create more effective interactions with the youth you serve.  


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“Engaging Kids and Building Great Relationships Using a Positive, Strength-based Approach”
July 29, 2015

This presentation will highlight many of the key principles and techniques of this transforming modality, such as: understanding the strength-based practice and the power of a positive attitude, culture and adult relationship; the effects of trauma and positive emotions on the brain; strength-based communication principles and techniques—including reframing, using solution-focused questions, positive predicting and inspirational metaphors; self-esteem building and activities for at-risk children and youth; and a host of creative cognitive behavioral strategies.


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“Recruiting, Placing and Keeping Volunteers: Matching Volunteer Skils with Service Needs”

June 18, 2015

The value of a volunteer cannot be overstated. Volunteers can help nonprofit agencies expand their missions, increase their capacity and deepen their impact. But quality is just as important as quantity when securing volunteers, which makes effective screening, interviewing and placement strategies vitally important. An organization must not only know how to recruit the right volunteers but also how to place them in positions that match their strengths and passions in order to create a mutually beneficial partnership. This webinar will examine effective strategies to secure volunteers by developing targeted recruitment plans and will teach attendees how to successfully place volunteers into meaningful roles, keep them engaged and increase overall retention. 

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“How to Successfully Set and Achieve Your Goals”
May 27, 2015
Learn how to identify what goals you should focus on, how you can achieve them and what additional support you will need, including one simple rule that is said to guarantee that you meet 80 percent of your goals. In just 90 minutes, attendees will leave with the guidance, ideas, resources and research needed to set and achieve their personal and program goals. 

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“Framing the Conversation on Race and Equity”
April 29, 2015
Learn how to use data and text and personal experience to construct conversations that explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender and class, and ways to make these conversations relevant for different age groups and settings.   Develop strategies and interventions to address inequities in schools and communities. Sponsored by the Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral

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“Youth Trauma: The Real Reason They Act Out“
March 25, 2015
The ongoing struggle with behavior management can not only impact a classroom or group environment but can be potentially destructive to the futures of the youth we serve. Gain a sound theoretical understanding of how to identify and address youth trauma-related concerns and help youth on the continued path to success.

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Find IYI library “Trauma“ bibliography here.

"Don’t Lose Funding: Dangerous Truths About Cheap Volunteer Background Checks"
February 25, 2015

Are the children you serve safe?  How much do you really know about the volunteers you pair with them? How do you know if your organization is at risk? Learn about the risks of cheap background checks and the limitations of criminal databases and receive a best practice guide for implementing a quality screening program that does not break the bank.

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"Youth Violence: Prevention & Intervention"
October 29, 2014

Presented by: Kim Harvey, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Angels & Doves, Inc.  Learn to prevent children from choosing violence and aggression, successfully intervene in situations that are trending toward violence and offer solutions to regaining trust and forming partnerships between parents and children as well as teachers and students.    

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"Reducing Infant Mortality"
September 25, 2014

A child’s first year of life is the most fragile. In 2012, 556 Hoosier children died prior to their first birthdays—more than one every 16 hours. Get updated data regarding infant mortality and learn about the initiatives the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is implementing to address this important issue.

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Prenatal and Infant Care VBB Bibliography

"Strengthening Soft Skills Among Our Youth"
August 27, 2014

All industries’ future success depends on having a qualified skilled workforce. It is not enough for employees just to show up and do the job. Today’s skilled workers must also possess interpersonal communication and critical thinking skills, a strong work ethic and creativity: the “soft skills.”Amy Marsh, Director of College and Career Readiness Initiatives.

Amy Marsh, Director of College and Career Readiness Initiatives
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Alan Veach, Director of Regional Development
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"Commit to Kids: A New Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Resource for Indiana"
July 30, 2014
The Commit to Kids program provides youth-serving organizations with a framework for developing clear and consistent policies designed to improve the safety of all children in their care.  Join us to learn how to make a plan for training staff and implementing evidenced-based policies that protect kids.

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"Snipers, Steamrollers, and Toxic People: Remarkable Communication Tools for Dealing with Difficult People and Toxic Environments"
June 25, 2014

Presented by: Pamela Jett, Jett Communication, Inc.
Learn how to get past the drama of toxic people and toxic environments! Master communication techniques to reap the rewards of better relationships, better customer service and increased employee satisfaction and retention.

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"Engaging Board and Staff in Fundraising"
April 30, 2014
Presented by: Tim Seiler, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Fundraising is about more than just askingfor money, and there are numerous roles people can
play in the process. Leave this webinar with new ways to help engage your staff and board in fundraising.

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"Strengthening College Transitions to Maximize Student Postsecondary Success"
March 27, 2014
Too many students graduate from high school with the intention of going to college but never end up getting
registered for classes. And among those who make it to the first day of classes, many never finish even their first
semester, let alone complete their first year of college.

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"Preventing Youth Suicide: What You and Your Organization Can Do"
March 26, 2014

Presented by: Alice M. Jordan-Miles, M.S.ED., Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute, IPFW.
Get the facts about youth suicide and discover the important roles you can play in both intervention and prevention.

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"Understanding the Four Sources of Resiliency"
February 26, 2014

Learn about four sources of resiliency—street, relational, resource, and rock bottom—
and discover how anyone, including the youth you serve, can “bounce back” by tapping into them.

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Locate IYI's archived webinars by topic:
Child & Youth Development 
Families & Communities
Nonprofit Management
Postsecondary Access and Success   
Program Content & Curriculum 
Program Environment


Download a list of all the archived webinars by topic.