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What happens when you put stories and data together? Big things.

Join this webinar to learn how data can help your organization capture, cultivate and communicate stories that will build your brand, promote your mission and support long- and short-term sustainability.

Clarence Hogan, center director of the Chicago Youth Centers – Sidney Epstein Youth Center, will guide you in:

  • capturing and cultivating your clients’ stories
  • using social media and promotional materials to share stories
  • learning how to obtain data to aid in building stories

Don’t miss this opportunity to use the power of stories and data to support your organization and community!


Clarence Hogan

Title: Center Director, Chicago Youth Centers – Sidney Epstein Youth Center

Clarence Hogan uses storytelling skills to build community by developing and facilitating storytelling events and public dialogues on the west and south side of Chicago. 

Through Living 2 Learn after-school programs, Clarence collaborates with local organizations to offer programs to youth, teens and young adults. Prior to his recent promotion to center director for Chicago Youth Centers – Sidney Epstein Youth Center, he served as the Makers Lab Specialist, developing STEAM programs and activities. 

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The IYI KIDS COUNT Conference is the Midwest’s largest gathering of youth-serving professionals. Gain practical resources from national experts, learn about best practice models from programs like yours, and make connections that last all year long. Explore timely and relevant issues for youth in the areas of health, social emotional learning, family engagement, equity and inclusion and more!


Youth Worker of the Year Award

As part of the conference, we’ll be celebrating a youth-serving superstar with the annual Youth Worker of the Year Award.

Nominations are being accepted now through Sept. 2, 2019, for the award, which honors an outstanding youth worker who demonstrates excellence in performance and leadership in their commitment to improving the lives of Indiana’s children.

You know the outstanding youth workers  in your community who deserve recognition — nominate someone today!


Dr. Adolph Brown

Title: Keynote Speaker

Dr. Adolph Brown is the founder, president and CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institute. As a former public-school educator and credentialed administrator, full-tenured university professor, university dean and businessman, Dr. Brown has studied and worked alongside highly successful leaders and educators. His 25 years of experience led him to develop core competencies that are expressed by successful business leaders and educators. His hard work, faith and attitude, as well as a caring village helped Adolph overcome an upbringing of extreme poverty, violence and fatherlessness. Audiences and individuals love his powerful message delivered in an unorthodox, yet down-to-earth style. As a noted business and education humorist, Dr. Adolph Brown entertains as he relays his professional experiences coupled with his evidence-based and data-driven research in his hilarious and heartwarming style. He is the author of “Championship Habits”, “REAL TALK”, “Messages from Granddad” and a children’s book titled “It’s Gonna Be a GREAT Day! Doc’s Story.”


Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg

Title: Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves Philadelphia’s homeless and marginalized youth. In Dr. Ginsburg’s adolescent medicine practice, he cares for a wide variety of medical conditions, while simultaneously addressing adolescent behavioral issues. He practices social adolescent medicine — medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stress affect both physical and emotional health. His research over the last two decades has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He co- developed the Teen-Centered Method, a mixed qualitative/quantitative methodology that enables youth to generate, prioritize, and explain their own ideas.

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According to the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, Indiana ranks 43rd in the nation for youth residing in juvenile detention, correctional, and/or residential facilities in Indiana.  

Join us to learn about the juvenile justice system in Indiana, specifically Marion county. This session will empower youth workers to work more effectively with youth offenders. There will be an emphasis on community intervention strategies to impact the rate of recidivism within the juvenile justice system, especially for young Black males who have the highest recidivism rates at 38 percent.  

During this workshop you will learn about: 

  • evidence-based strategies to reduce recidivism, as well as the importance and effectiveness of partnership, collaboration and community involvement; 
  • meaningful rites of passage programs and the importance of mentoring boys into men and girls into women; 
  • anti-violence and anti-gang initiatives in Marion County; and  
  • the programs and initiatives of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Services Unit.  

You will also participate in “Juvenile Justice Jeopardy” to help you gain skills and knowledge to better engage youth in conversations about the juvenile justice system and the potential consequences of their actions.


Honorable Judge Geoffrey Gaither

Title: Senior Magistrate – Marion County Juvenile Court

Shonna Majors

Title: Director of Community Violence Reduction – Office of Public Health and Safety, City of Indianapolis

Clete Hassan Ladd

Title: Faculty Supervisor – University of Phoenix

Sgt. Larry Adkins

Title: IMPD Community Engagement Office, Youth Services Unit

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According to the latest Center for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Survey, youth who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community are significantly more at risk for struggles with mental health, addiction, homelessness and suicide. Youth who identify as LGBTQIA+ are more likely to be marginalized and to become victims of violence and exploitation 

Youth-serving professionals and other adults have a unique opportunity to help alleviate these disparities by creating safe, affirming environments for all youth. This workshop will present a culturally comprehensive approach to understanding the needs of this youth subpopulation and strategies for creating positive relationships and environments that allow them to thrive. You will: 

  • discuss general cultural competency components and learn definitions of terminology; 
  • identify specific issues and best practices in working with the LGBTQIA+ youth population; and 
  • engage with a youth panel for answers to some of your questions about serving LGBTQIA+ youth in your community 


Morgan Bow, MA

Title: Regional Coalition Coordinator, Indiana Youth Services Association; Co-chair, IPATH LGBTQIA Committee

Morgan Bow educates communities on understanding, identifying and responding to human trafficking and is co-chairing a working group to address education about and prevention of exploitation of LGBTQIA+ persons. 

Terrell Parker

Title: Executive Director – Minority Health Coalition of Marion County; President, Board of Directors – Indiana Pride of Color

Terrell Parker has more than 10 years of professional experience in program development and non-profit management. He is passionate about community development, youth well-being, and mental health.  

Rabbit Childs

Title: PsyD Student, University of Indianapolis

Rabbit Childs is a PsyD student at the University of Indianapolis. She has a passion for empowering LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized populations.

Bloomington PRIDE’s Prism Youth Community

Title: Education and Training Committee

This team is comprised of youth who display strong leadership qualities. This group has received multiple awards for their outstanding commitment to advocacy, including the 2016 Leading Light Educators of the Year award and the 2016 Be More Bloomington award.

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Implicit bias predicts and determines decisions and actions; it determines how we positively or negatively respond to the youth we serve. It is important to recognize that we all have biases; this is how we process and organize information, how we make sense of the world around us.  

This interactive workshop will discuss how bias affects us every day and how we can adjust our perceptions to develop a more inclusive world view. During this presentation, we will: 

  • define bias and the different types of bias; 
  • understand how our perception plays a role in bias; and 
  • increase knowledge of how to recognize any personal bias. 


Gina Forrest, PhD, MPH

Title: Consultant, Instructor – Consulting Services with Gina, LLC

Gina Forrest in a Hoosier native with more than 10 years of experience in the public health field where her expertise is in conducting needs assessments, program planning and evaluation. She also specializes in training and facilitating discussions in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness. Gina has taught at Butler University and Indiana University in the areas of health disparities, program planning, public health administration, and others.  

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To positively impact and serve the children and youth of our state, we must understand the issues and needs they face. Being familiar with the most recent data and research on child well-being helps leaders, policymakers, youth workers and advocates create positive change for youth.  

Join us for State of the Child 2019 to learn about the top challenges for kids in Union County, and across Indiana, and what we can do to ensure all kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues.  

Through a robust and data-driven presentation, you will be empowered with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making that improve the health and well-being of Hoosier youth. 


Corey Sims

Title: Data and Research Manager – Indiana Youth Institute 

Corey Sims serves individuals and organizations by providing access to critical data, research and best practices with a keen focus on quality service, accessibility, collaboration, and empowerment. Corey is a National Guard Veteran, Butler alumni, and father to his daughter, Keira. He believes in the power of scientific advancement across all communities. 

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Did you know that the character trait grit is a stronger predictor of postsecondary success than a student’s SAT score, IQ or high school GPA? Equally important, if young people have a growth mindset, rather than a fixed mindset, they could become more motivated, more willing to exert effort and more likely to achieve success. What could these concepts offer to you and the youth you serve? Hope! 

Join us for a conversation on grit and a growth mindset and how the combination could inform the work you do to help young people succeed now and in the future. During this presentation, participants will: 

  • learn more about these important concepts and the impact they can have; 
  • engage in an open dialogue among attendees; and 
  • share practical ideas for cultivating more grit and growth mindsets among the youth you serve. 



Skye Berger

Title: Chief Encouragement Officer & Executive Creative Coach – Door Opener Academy, Skye Berger Group LCC

Skye Berger has over ten years of experience as a consultant, coach, speaker and trainer. Her background includes child welfare and mental health, facilitation and program development. Skye has reached youth and families nationwide through keynote presentations and training on leadership, renewal, teen parenting and transition age youth. 

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The development of neuroimaging in the past two decades has seen a quantum leap in the understanding of the brain. Just like discoveries of the microscope and telescope expanded our understanding, brain imaging technology has and will continue to provide greater insight of consciousness and ultimately behavior. There is great promise for this method in opening up an avenue not yet available to mental health treatment. 

During this presentation, Dr. Yip will share how brain imaging methods are more easily accessible by private clinicians and used for brain mapping with patients. Attendees will hear about case studies from individuals with brain conditions such as trauma, reactive attachment disorder, autism, ADHD, depression, addiction, learning disabilities, dyslexia and others. She will also discuss how brain mapping results can support intervention strategies and how these efforts can lead to better understanding of behavior and inform and guide treatment.  



Dr. Jane Yip, PhD, BCBA

Title: Director – Indiana Brain Mapping

Dr. Yip is a neuroscientist specializing in brain circuitry. She is a founder of Indiana Brain Mapping and has scientific publications on brain disorders. Through brain-mapping methods, she has helped hundreds of individuals understand their symptoms in association with the brain. She uses the brain-map to advise on treatment, and to visualize the brain circuit improvement upon interventions. 

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According to Child Trends, many children living in poverty have gaps in learning, knowledge and socio-emotional development that begin as early as infancy and get progressively wider over time. In Central Indiana, one in three families is financially unstable, meaning the family spends more than 30 percent of their income on housing.  

Join us for this interactive presentation “Real Life. Real Choices.” to experience what it might be like to be a part of an Indiana family living in poverty. This deep dive into real life family scenarios will help participants better understand the problems, issues and challenges that real families in Indiana face daily.  

During this event, attendees will discuss ways to address the needs of low-income families and how to become involved in the fight to help reduce poverty. You will hear ALICE data (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) for Boone County, and learn about the ALICE Threshold – households that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living for the county. 



Margie Worrell

Title: Immersive Learning Initiatives Manager, United Way of Central Indiana

Margie Worrell strives to take community members into the lives of citizens who are living in poverty, helping them develop an understanding of the complex issues surrounding poverty and empowering them to join in the fight for self-sufficiency for every person in Indiana.

Aaron Gore

Title: Area Northwest Director, United Way of Central Indiana

Aaron Gore is an advocate for the Boone County community, working to assess community needs, to acquire necessary resources in of support programs and services, and to measure outcomes to ensure effectiveness – all to create a positive impact toward self-sufficiency. 

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You are invited to attend the Indiana Youth Institute’s 2019 State of the Child presentation. Hear about the key data for Hoosier youth first-hand from IYI’s 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book.

Light refreshments will be served. You will not want to miss this opportunity!

Hosted by the United Way of Delaware County

and Ball State University’s Office of Community Engagement