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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 Franklin 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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Ingrid Arreola

Title: Data & Research Analyst, Impact & Data Solutions - Indiana Youth Institute

Ingrid Arreola equips and empowers communities to access critical data, research and best practices they need to address the needs impacting the lives of Indiana children. 

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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. The Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT® Data Center reports the child poverty rate in Madison County is 24.7 percent, higher than the state rate of 19.1 percent. In Central Indiana, one in three families is financially unstable, meaning the family spends more than 30 percent of their household 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. Also learn about local programs and services available in the community as well as area resources and initiatives.

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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.

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According to the latest Center for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Survey, youth who are part of the LGBTQI community are significantly more at risk for struggles with mental health, addiction, homelessness and suicide. Youth who identify as LGBTQI 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. Attendees will: 

  • discuss general cultural competency components; 
  • identify specific issues of working with the LGBTQ youth population; and 
  • identify best practices in working with the LGBTQ youth population.

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Morgan Bow, MA

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

Morgan Bow has a master’s degree in criminal justice with a research focus in human trafficking. In her current role with the Indiana Trafficking Victim’s Assistance Program (ITVAP), Morgan works to educate communities on understanding, identifying and responding to human trafficking and will be co-chairing a new working group through IPATH that will address education about and prevention of exploitation of LGBTQIA persons.

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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. The Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT® Data Center reports the child poverty rate in Howard County at 21.3 percent.  

In Central Indiana, one in three families is financially unstable, meaning the family spends more than 30 percent of their household income on housing. This leaves very little for all the other expenses that a family incurs, not to mention any unforeseen financial expenses.  

Join us for this interactive presentation “In One Moment” to experience what it might be like to be a part of a family living in poverty. The simulation 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. Also learn about local programs and services available in the community as well as area resources and initiatives.

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Austin Hooker

Title: Engagement Coordinator, United Way of Howard County

Austin fosters relationships with volunteers and donors in Howard and Tipton counties to strengthen communities.

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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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Suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for young Hoosiers between the ages of 15 and 24 since 2009. According to the Indiana State Department of Health Youth Risk Behavior Study, one in five Indiana high school students seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year and one in six have made a plan for attempting suicide.

Working with youth who may be considering suicide can be difficult. In order to help, it is important to recognize the warning signs or signals of suicidal intentions. Information and education can empower all people, regardless of background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

Attend this training to become certified in the QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer – suicide prevention model. Like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. This training will help attendees:

  • recognize someone at risk for suicide;
  • demonstrate increased knowledge of intervention skills; and
  • become familiar with referral services and how to refer someone.

Participants will receive a QPR training certificate.

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Jodi Alexander

Title: Early Childhood Manager - One Community One Family

Robin Kichler

Title: Early Childhood Coordinator - One Community One Family

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Suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for young Hoosiers between the ages of 15 and 24 since 2009. According to the Indiana State Department of Health Youth Risk Behavior Study, one in five Indiana high school students seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year and one in six have made a plan for attempting suicide.

During this presentation attendees will hear a mother’s experience and lessons learned after losing her son to suicide in 2018. Her story emphasizes the importance of reducing stigma around the issue of suicide. Then, Suicide Prevention Across Rush County (SPARC) will provide information on the prevalence of suicidality in Rush County and local suicide prevention resources and opportunities. SPARC Youth Voice representatives will share their story of bringing light to the issue of youth suicide in Rush County.

Working with youth who may be considering suicide can be difficult. Information and education can empower all people, regardless of background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

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Cinnamon Miller-Duncil

Title: Wraparound Facilitator, Centerstone Kelly Sizemore, Suicide Prevention Across Rush County Representative SPARC Youth Voice Students

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Just a few minutes experiencing ostracism or rejection causes people to report a reduced sense of self-esteem, self-control, belonging and meaningful existence. In the United States, 28 percent of 12- to 18-year old students reported being bullied at school and one in 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying. Rejection can create surges of anger and aggression; correlations exist between peer rejection and higher rates of delinquency, arrest, violent behavior and substance abuse.

Join us for this screening of the film “REJECT,” followed by a facilitated discussion about the effects of rejection and ostracism, and ways to overcome and prevent violence and tragedy. The documentary film “REJECT” takes an in-depth look at the science of social rejection, with a solution-oriented focus on the roots of bullying behavior and violent behavior against the self or others.

The film aims to raise public consciousness about the serious and potentially lethal consequences of interpersonal rejection in its many forms—peer bullying, parental neglect (or abuse), race discrimination, and other forms of social rejection across all ages. The film screening is made possible by Purdue Extension of Dubois County.

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Marcia Parcell

Title: , Extension Educator, Health and Human Services, Purdue Extension Dearborn County

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Children are growing up in a digital age and spend a great deal of time online using social media, instant messaging, researching and shopping. As a result, internet crimes and online bullying are increasing concerns as well. A study by Crimes Against Children Research Center showed that almost all youth (97%) were using the Internet from home, up from 74 percent in 2000, and almost half of youth (47%) were using the Internet from cell phones. Children are being targeted by online predators at an alarming rate and cyberbullying is becoming increasingly more prevalent.

Many teens don’t realize the dangers and risks that are lurking online. It is critical for adults to help youth learn how to protect themselves while still enjoying all of the benefits of the Internet. This presentation will address topics such as cyberbullying, sexting, sexual solicitation, child pornography and online radicalization. Attendees will increase awareness of these issues and learn about how to talk about internet safety with kids and teach them how to be safe and responsible online.

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Stephanie Nancarrow, BSW

Title: Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Youth Educator – Indiana State Police

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