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Hoosier youth are significantly more likely to consider or attempt suicide than their peers nationally and Indiana faces significant disparities in youth suicide among vulnerable groups. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24 and the 4th leading cause of death for youth ages 5-14.

Join us as we look at what schools and communities are doing to address this difficult issue and gain understanding on prevention and intervention as a continuum of practice. Along with some practitioners, we will be joined by Jeff Wittman from the Indiana Department of Education who serves as the School Social Work & Foster Youth Specialist and Laurie Gerdt from Community Health Network serving as Program Manager for the Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth.

Participants will hear about reframing for prevention as a means to address youth risk behaviors and also identify exemplars of implementation in school-based and community-based settings.

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Board members are an important part of your team.   

Join this webinar to learn how to identify and recruit the right board members for your organization.  

Cathy Brown, an experienced practitioner and nonprofit expert, will lead you in understanding the importance of board leadership and its effects on organizational stability and fundraising success.  

You’ll gain insight into: 

  • Recruiting and engaging your board  
  • Effectively using research  
  • Leveraging your board in fundraising 

Don’t miss this opportunity to better support your organization through your board! 

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Cathy Brown

Title: Associate Director of Education at The Fund Raising School, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Cathy serves as lead practitioner faculty for face-to-face and online courses. Cathy has 20 years’ experience in small nonprofits and government agencies, as well as board/volunteer experience. In addition to the Certificate in Fund Raising Management, Cathy earned a Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies from IUPUI and a Master’s in Education from IU. 

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Strategic planning is critical for your organization, but it can also be daunting.

This webinar will outline what strategic planning is and why it’s important to your work 

Trina Pulliam, an experienced trainer with a focus on strategic planning, will lead you in: 

  • Understanding the steps to move forward with strategic planning in your organization 
  • Identifying your objectives and what you need to be successful  
  • Gaining access to resources to stay on track in your planning 

We hope you can join us for this important and helpful webinar! 

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Trina Pulliam

Title: President of Trainnovations

Trina and her team have provided diverse training on culture shifting, strategic planning and efficiency projects for over four dozen public agencies. Along with 14 years’ experience as a Florida Sterling Examiner and National Malcolm Baldrige Examiner, Trina is also qualified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. In 2018, her organization was certified in Comprehensive Wellness from the Center for Mind Body Medicine and received certifications in Safe Conversations. 

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Do volunteers power your organization? 

Join this webinar to learn how to identify and leverage your volunteers’ passions and talents while deepening their commitment to service.  

Barry Altlandauthor and nonprofit leader, will guide you in: 

  • Understanding the volunteer life cycle 
  • Learning techniques to elevate volunteer engagement 
  • Uncovering what motivates your volunteers  

Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your volunteer leadership and engagement skills! 

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Barry Altland

Title: Author, speaker and non-profit executive

Barry has deep experience working with volunteers and leaders of volunteers. He has 15 years’ of strategic and tactical talent strategyorganizational developmentlearning and performance initiative leadership, as well as 10 years’ of hospitality leadership. 

Barry is the author of “Engaging the Head, Heart and Hands of a Volunteer.”

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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!

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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. Over two days, you’ll learn about a wide variety of topics and trends while making year-long connections with your peers across the state. This year, you can choose from more than 70 workshops on topics that are important to you.

You’re also invited to the Leadership Institute: Leading from a Trauma-Informed Lens. This pre-conference institute will provide you with a framework for leadership with a trauma-informed lens and help you create a workplace environment that will facilitate more person-centered serving for youth, families and the adults who serve them.

Youth Worker of the Year Award

Join us in celebrating the amazing work happening in our field!

During the IYI KIDS COUNT Conference, we’ll announce the 2019 D. Susan Wisely Youth Worker of the Year finalists and awardee. This award honors an outstanding youth worker who demonstrates excellence in performance and leadership in their commitment to improving the lives of Indiana’s children.

Let’s recognize these inspiring professionals together!

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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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The Raising of America Series is a five-part documentary that explores the questions: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future?  How might we, as a nation, do better? 

In this film these questions are investigated through different lenses: 

  1. What does science tell us about the enduring importance of early life experiences on the brain and body?  
  2. What it is like to be a parent today? 
  3. What policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children? 

Join us for the viewing of the first installment in the documentary series which covers all three of these issues. We will then have a solutions-based discussion led by Chances and Services for Youth about how to reframe the way we look at early child health and development and how the community can make a difference. For more information visit www.raisingofamerica.org 

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Chances and Services for Youth (CASY)

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CASY’s mission is providing services “cradle to college” to ensure children grow up in safe, nurturing environments in our community. By providing services and investing in the local community, CASY has a unique opportunity to identify and respond to the needs of clients, partnering organizations and the communities we serve.

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Mental health influences all areas of child well-being; children must have good mental health to reach their full potential.  

The CDC reports that factors such as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma and poverty have been linked to an increased risk for mental health illnesses. The National Survey of Children’s Health reports that Indiana youth have a higher prevalence than their peers nationally in seven out of nine ACEs and that depression is the most prevalent mental disorder experienced among adolescents. 

According to Child Trends, youth who experience anxiety or depression face a higher risk of poor health outcomes as adults. Depression during adolescence is also associated with disrupted school performance and peer/family relationships.  

Join us for this workshop to hear about various aspects of child mental health from four local professionals, followed by a group discussion about key learnings and action steps for supporting youth and families. 

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Krista Fay

Title: Mental Wellness Coordinator – Avon Community School Corporation

April Bordeau

Title: Director – Care to Change

Aaron Garner

Title: Mental Health Marketing Professional – Tetra Prime Consulting

Brenda Graves-Croom

Title: Board President – Mental Health America Hendricks County

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According to Child Trends, youth who experience anxiety or depression face a higher risk of poor health outcomes as adults. Depression during adolescence is also associated with disrupted school performance and peer/family relationships. The National Survey of Children’s Health reports that depression is the most prevalent mental disorder experienced among adolescents, with 30.8 percent of Indiana high school students reporting feeling sad or hopeless to the point that they stopped doing some usual activities almost every day for two or more weeks in a row.  

Join us for this presentation to learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and youth, along with strategies for assisting kids who struggle with anxiety or depression. 

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David J. Berman

Title: MPA, MPH, Director of Development – Mental Health of America Director – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Indiana Director – Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Chair

In his many roles, David J. Berman provides advocacy, supports, and education related to mood disorders, and leads various suicide/primary prevention and public health efforts. David is the Chair of the Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council and serves on several additional Division of Mental Health and Addiction advisory boards. 

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This presentation will provide a broad overview of issues that youth serving agencies should consider regarding best practices for safeguarding staff and clients in a variety of settings.  

Discussion will include the importance of providing safety measures, learning how to maintain personal boundaries, and ensuring proper risk management for the organization.  

Attendees will gain a general understanding of: 

  • minimum safety standards in youth programming; 
  • appropriate professional and personal boundaries between staff and clients; and 
  • organizational risk management in youth work.  

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Robin Donaldson

Title: Chief Operating Officer, Indiana Youth Services Association

Robin Donaldson has a master’s degree in counseling and social psychology and has been teaching at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana since August 2001. She has been a licensed Mental Health Counselor and is a licensed foster parent. Previously, Ms. Donaldson was the Program Development and Research Director for National Safe Place from 2008 – 2013 and held multiple positions at Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County over 12 years.