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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 Bartholomew 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.

A certificate of attendance will be available to all attendees at the event.

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Charlie Geier

Title: Impact, Data Solutions & Statewide Advocacy - Indiana Youth Institute

Charlie Geier provides both strategic and innovative leadership to maximize the positive impact on communities and the healthy well-being of youth. He leads the Impact and Data Solutions division, which provides critical data and resources to empower partners and peers and is also responsible for the organization’s work in statewide engagement and advocacy.

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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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Children born into low-income families face multiple barriers to success and tend to have worse outcomes than their more affluent peers on many cognitive, behavioral, emotional and health measures., Almost 22 percent of children in Washington County are in poverty, and according to the Indiana Department of Education, 49 percent of school-aged children in the county receive free or reduced-price lunches.

Join us for this event to learn about the effects of poverty on youth skill-building, behaviors and other characteristics that predict future academic and workplace success. The presentation will help increases awareness of the personal and systemic barriers created by growing up in poverty. Participants will also learn evidence-based strategies that they can apply in community- or school-based programs that are working to improve the life trajectory of low-income youth.

You are invited to bring your program or service information to share and to arrive early or stay after for additional networking time

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Tracy Butler

Title: Director, College & Career Connections – Indiana Youth Institute

Tracy Butler leads IYI’s College and Career Connections effort to expand the capacity of adults who can help youth fulfill their potential with a postsecondary credential. Tracy has spent over 25 years serving youth-impacting organizations and is unwavering in her belief that every child deserves to feel loved and hopeful.

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“Trauma-informed” has become so much of a buzzword that we are even seeing it in memes and popular online publications. But does the ubiquity of the phrase mean that we are losing some of its specific meaning?

Join us for this presentation to explore the true meaning of “trauma-informed” and how it impacts our clients, our colleagues and ourselves. Participants will gain an actionable approach to creating a trauma-informed workplace and career, using the definition laid forth by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Attendees will work to identify personal renewal goals that align with SAMHSA’s trauma-informed definition and be able to:

  • realize the work in which they engage can produce vicarious trauma, and why;
  • recognize signs of vicarious trauma in self, clients and colleagues;
  • respond to signs and enact a care plan; and
  • understand the importance of an ongoing care plan to reduce and prevent re-traumatization.

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Mary-Margaret Sweeney, MSW, RYT

Title: Founder - seek&summon

Mary-Margaret Sweeney is the founder of seek&summon, providing trauma informed therapy, training and yoga to individuals and groups. With over a decade of experience, her work has spanned direct service to policy work. She is also a writer and community facilitator of the website FacilitatingXYZ.

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According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, adolescents differ from adults in the way they behave, solve problems and make decisions. There is a biological explanation for this difference. Studies show that brains continue to mature and develop throughout childhood and adolescence and well into early adulthood. Therefore, the teen brain works differently from adults when they make decisions or solve problems.

Join us for this presentation for an overview of various aspects of adolescent brain development research and hear tips for applying this information in youth programming to enhance positive outcomes for kids. Attendees will learn ways to structure opportunities and interaction in their programs that:

  • encourage cognitive development;
  • help youth recognize risks and opportunities; and
  • minimize factors that inhibit brain development.

You are invited to bring your program or service information to share and to arrive early or stay after for additional networking time

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Robin Donaldson

Title: Chief Operating Officer, Indiana Youth Services Association

Robin Donaldson has been teaching psychology, human resource and youth development credentialing classes at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana since August 2001. Ms. Donaldson was a licensed Mental Health Counselor and has a master’s degree in counseling and social psychology.

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