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Put our teens to work – for their sake and ours

Do you remember your first “real” job? What did that job teach you? For many of us, our early jobs built confidence, skills and the experience needed for future employment. Summer is when many young people seek part-time employment. If we want our children to become productive, contributing adults,…

Protecting our kids is an around-the-clock job

EVERY HOOSIER ADULT IS A MANDATED REPORTER OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT. TO SUBMIT A REPORT, CALL THE STATE'S HOTLINE AT 1-800-800-5556. IT'S OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK, 365 DAYS A YEAR. The number of cases of abused and neglected children in Indiana continues to grow, and 2016 mark…

The State of Indiana's Children: Surviving, but not thriving

Is Indiana a good place to be a kid? For many of us with memories of a happy Hoosier childhood, the answer to that question is a resounding “yes.” Yet when we look beyond our personal experiences and examine the data about child well-being in our state, the answer is more likely “it depends.” …

​The key to pre-k: What Indiana must do to help its littlest learners succeed

Another article on the value of pre-K? Is there really anything else to say? Yes, and here we go: The sooner we view pre-K as a long-term educational, economic, and workforce development strategy, the sooner we can build the necessary network of high-quality pre-K options. Our kids deserve access to…

A New Year, A New Impact: Become a Mentor

Talk to successful individuals in almost any setting and you most certainly will hear stories of how caring adults – mentors – played key roles in guiding them on their journeys. Research abounds about the benefits of high-quality mentor-mentee relationships, whether they were developed informally, …