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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children must have good mental health to reach their full potential. Mentally healthy children reach developmental and emotional milestones, learn beneficial social skills, and have a positive healthy quality of life in home, school and in their communities.  

Mental Health America reports that 76% of youth in the United States do not receive treatment for mental health issues. Stigma is a key barrier that prevents youth from seeking or continuing the mental health treatment they need. By reducing stigma, we can create an environment that offers hope and acceptance to those who currently suffer in silence. 

Join us for this presentation to better understand what stigma is and the impact stigma has on individuals and communities. We will discuss how to identify and overcome stigma in ourselves and our communities in order to help improve mental health outcomes for youth. 

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Jessica Hanna

Title: Education and Outreach Specialist, Mental health America Northeast Indiana

Jessica Hanna provides training to further understanding about mental health awareness and substance use disorders for the community. Jessica is a certified trainer for QPR and Youth Mental Health First Aid. 

Jessica Ryan, MSW, LCSW

Title: Community Advocate and Educator, Mental health America Northeast Indiana

Jessica Ryan connects individuals and organizations with resources in Fort Wayne and surrounding counties. She also serves as a mental health educator with trainer certifications in QPR and Youth Mental Health First Aid. 

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National polls show that 95% of teens in the United States have access to a smartphone, which affords easy access to content, media and social interactions that can be either helpful or harmful. Recent research has shown a link between social media and emotional distress among adolescents. Excessive screen time and mobile phone addiction is a recognized stressor for youth. The upward trend in suicide rates among youth has also followed the same curve as the rise in mobile phone and social media use.  

Join us for a presentation and discussion about developing new ‘digital life’ health habits. It is imperative to arm young people with tools to appropriately self-moderate their technology interactions and to teach them how to practice good digital citizenship. During this workshop you will: 

  • understand the potential harms of online technology use; 
  • learn about current trends in smartphone and social media use; and 
  • identify guidelines and tools for a healthy digital life from trustworthy sources.  

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Tammy Toscos, PhD

Title: Research Scientist – Parkview Health; Manager Informatics Research – Mirro Center for Research and Innovation

Tammy Toscos holds a PhD in Informatics from Indiana University. For 15 years she has conducted research aimed at developing technologies that empower people of all ages to make better decisions about their health. Dr. Toscos currently leads an interdisciplinary team focused on youth mental health research. 

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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 this presentation to learn about the top challenges for kids in Steuben 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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We live in a digital age where kids spend a lot of time online using social media, instant messaging, researching, shopping and more. While social media can be a powerful means of communication and information sharing, internet crimes and online bullying are increasing concerns. Children are being targeted by online predators at an alarming rate and cyberbullying is becoming increasingly more prevalent.  

This presentation will highlight the challenges that social media presents and how online experiences may lead to victimization such as cyberbullying, sexting, solicitation and extortion. Attendees will receive information on what parents and professionals working with children can do to ensure children use the internet safely. 

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Cathie Bledsoe

Title: Youth Educator, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Indiana State Police

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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 this presentation to learn about the top challenges for kids in Allen 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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Title: Indiana Youth Institute Impact & Data Solutions Team

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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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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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