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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. 

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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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

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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.

You will not want to miss this opportunity!

Sponsored by the Commission on Improving the Status of Children

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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 presentation will explore what implicit bias is, how it differs from overt bias and how to recognize it in yourself.

This session is designed to help attendees learn how they hold power through their roles in institutions and how they can create change to affect implicit bias. During this presentation, attendees will:

  • better understand implicit bias and be able to recognize their own bias;
  • learn specific ways to address their own implicit bias; and
  • identify actions their school or organization can take to address bias.

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Clare Wildhack-Nolan

Title: Program Facilitator & Director of Social Justice Leadership Camp, Peace Learning Center

Clare Wildhack-Nolan has been a social justice educator for the past 18 years, working in non-profits as well as schools as a certified Secondary Social Studies teacher. Clare has her Masters in the Art of Teaching from National-Louis University and a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Interdisciplinary Studies from Antioch College.

Frankie Keesee

Title: , Field Trip Coordinator & Spanish Specialist, Peace Learning Center

Frankie Keesee is an experienced facilitator in the non-profit industry. Frankie has a Master of Science focused in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University – School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a Master of Arts (M.A.) focused in conflict resolution and Mediterranean security from the University

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Postsecondary readiness is often considered primarily the responsibility of schools. Project Leadership will share a different model born from the community that aims to assist students in navigating the paths to financial accessibility for postsecondary educations.

Join us for this presentation and gain knowledge and tools that can be used in a collective approach to help all students pay for postsecondary pursuits. Attendees will learn:

  • everyone plays a role in postsecondary readiness;
  • steps to paying for postsecondary begin long before senior year; and
  • community partners can maximize your efforts.

Participants will also be introduced to a Community Planning Guide and receive a Toolkit takeaway to implement in their work with youth

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Steve Gibson

Title: Director of Content – Project Leadership

Project Leadership is an East Central Indiana nonprofit that encourages students to complete high school and post-secondary educations. Steve has worked to develop and extend Project Leadership’s college access and success programming.

Tammy Pearson

Title: Director – Project Leadership

Tammy Pearson serves as the director of Project Leadership and leads through a desire to design and implement strong community programming that has meaning and creates positive change for families.

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According to the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, households for which the availability of food is uncertain, insufficient, or limited due to economic, physical, or other constraints are considered “food insecure.” Nearly 13 percent of children in Boone County live in households without secure access to adequate nutritious food.

Food insecurity has long-term effects on the mental, physical, social and economic health of children and families. When children don’t get enough food or don’t have a nutritious diet, they have trouble performing in school and maintaining overall health. Research shows food insecure children are more likely to suffer from illness, have developmental delays, or health deficiencies that track into adulthood.

Join us for this community presentation and discussion to:

  • better understand food insecurity in Boone County;
  • learn causes and implications of food insecurity for children; and
  • discover community resources and how the community is working to address this issue through the local health coalition.

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Holly M. Catron, MBA

Title: Community Wellness Coordinator, Purdue Extension Boone and Montgomery Counties

Holly Catron and Lisa Cangany work as part of Purdue Extension to improve the health of Boone County residents through policy, system, and environment change and education. Lisa chairs the Food Pantry Coalition and they have worked to connect community garden produce and eggs through the HATCH program. They provide training to improve nutrition and recently worked with the Healthy Coalition to add food insecurity goals to the Boone County Health Improvement Plan.

Lisa R. Cangany, HHS, MS

Title: Extension Educator, Health and Human Sciences – Purdue Extension Boone County

Holly Catron and Lisa Cangany work as part of Purdue Extension to improve the health of Boone County residents through policy, system, and environment change and education. Lisa chairs the Food Pantry Coalition and they have worked to connect community garden produce and eggs through the HATCH program. They provide training to improve nutrition and recently worked with the Healthy Coalition to add food insecurity goals to the Boone County Health Improvement Plan.

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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.

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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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