Counseling Initiative

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IYI is a trusted partner for your school's or district's future.

The Indiana Youth Institute is a proud technical assistance provider for the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 students, a project funded through Lilly Endowment Inc. to create innovative change in school counseling programs across the state. We congratulate the 52 Indiana public school corporations and five Indiana charter schools who received an implementation grant in the first round! Find the full list of schools here

We are currently providing district-specific technical support to districts who received an implementation grant. Our team can help you create a plan that highlights your students’ needs while incorporating your vision into existing programs and practices. 

NEW: Lilly Endowment, Inc. has announced a second round of implementation grant funding, due March 15, 2018. Whether you applied in the first round or want to apply for the first time, IYI can help you revise or develop elements of a comprehensive counseling plan for your district.

Interested in Working with IYI?

Call 1-855-244-7175 or 317-275-9049, or email your inquiry to

Are you implementing a project?

IYI congratulates you on a successful application!  As you get started, IYI is here to help. We offer the following technical assistance:


October 31 1:00-2:00 P.M. (Eastern)

Ready to Launch: Steps to Prepare for the Implementation of Your Lilly Counseling Grant

Register now.


Join us at the 2017 Because KIDS COUNT Conference for workshops on social-emotional learning, college and career readiness and comprehensive counseling, as well as other great sessions from leading experts in education. 

Special Workshop: November 28 from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Planning for Sustainability, Implementation and Learning Evaluation: Foundations of Comprehensive School Counseling 

Registration for the Because KIDS COUNT Conference is required for this opportunity.


November 28-29 8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. (Eastern)
At the Because KIDS COUNT Conference, districts have the opportunity to sit down with IYI to discuss their specific proposal and jointly identify the next steps that will lay a strong foundation for four years of effective implementation and results. Consultations are open to individuals or teams representing districts engaged in comprehensive school counseling and/or their partners.

Find out more and reserve a time block by visiting: 

Registration for the Because KIDS COUNT Conference is required for this opportunity.


November 28, 2017, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Indiana’s School Counseling Network: Shaping Indiana’s Professional Learning Community of School Counselors
At the Because KIDS COUNT Conference, join IYI for a discussion regarding the new Indiana School Counseling Network (ISCN). This will be a time to think together about how the ISCN can serve as a space for shared learning, innovation, networking and peer support for Indiana’s school counselors and their partners. 

Registration for the Because KIDS COUNT Conference is required for this opportunity.


Now thru 2021.

The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) is here to help your school through the entire process of implementing the Lilly Endowment’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative. With an extensive history of serving Indiana schools, IYI can support your grant, within the context of your school community’s unique needs and assets. Services include evaluation, implementation coaching and on-site professional learning. To get started, email us at, call us at 855-244-7175 or 317-275-9049.

View our implementation support resources:
Menu of Services for Grant Implementation and Evaluation
IYI Project Life Cycle

Frequently Asked Questions about IYI's Technical Assistance

If I didn't select IYI as my technical assistance provider during the planning grant process, can I still work with IYI if my district receives an implementation grant?
Yes! Districts can elect to work with IYI at any point in the process. We encourage you to contact us before grants are awarded so that we can learn about your proposal. 

I'm working with another provider. Can IYI provide assistance for my project?
Yes! IYI has established working relationships with many of the technical assistance providers on the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative, as well as others around the state. We have successfully provided support to districts that are working with more than one provider.

I didn't receive/apply for an implementation grant, but my school is interested in transforming our school counseling program. Can IYI help us?
Yes! IYI offers many free services that can get your school started, and we offer competitive rates for consulting and coaching. Contact us for more details. 

I have other questions about the Lilly Counseling Initiative.
Read the Lilly Counseling Initiative FAQs or contact us at 

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Comprehensive Counseling Initiative Grant

Review guidelines and FAQs, download your copy of the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative Grant, and view a video presentation from Lilly Endowment.


High Hopes, Long Odds

This study highlights the important role effective school counseling could play in addressing disparities between career aspirations of Indiana students and their parents’ understanding of how to achieve those aspirations.



Ready to Launch: Steps to Prepare for the Implementation of Your Lilly Counseling Grant