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According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation “Stepping Up for Kids” Policy Report, there has been an increase in the number of children living with extended family and close friends; 1 in 11 children lives in kinship care at some point before the age of 18. Kinship caregivers face multiple financial, health and social stresses of caregiving and there is an ever-growing need for support and education for kinship parents. 

This presentation will help attendees: 

  • learn the definition of kinship parenting; 
  • understand the various circumstances that can lead to a kinship placement;  
  • hear about the challenges and stigmas associated with kinship care; and  
  • learn about supportive resources available. 

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Alice Smith, MS

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

Alice Smith has been with Purdue Extension for eight years following a career teaching Consumer and Family Sciences. She has great interest in human development and currently teaches parenting and grand-parenting programs, coaches divorcing parents, and works with foster parents. As part of the local drug free coalition she has established a Family Fun Fair, a Child ID Project and a Senior Expo in Jasper County. She is currently coordinating a statewide program on social rejection.

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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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In 2017, more than one-third of youth reported feeling nervous or anxious within the past month, according to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America Survey. They also shared that stress makes them skip meals and feel tired, depressed and overwhelmed. The data and research only affirm what youth workers in our community see daily – many of our youth are struggling to cope. This is particularly true for under-resourced populations that may face more significant stressors such as trauma and the struggle to have basic needs met.

Join us for a workshop that will offer practical strategies youth workers can use to strengthen the emotional resilience of youth. This presentation will build upon the foundational concepts of cultivating grit and supporting social and emotional needs by providing concrete ideas and resources practitioners can use in their work immediately. Attendees will leave energized with actionable knowledge of how they can help youth not only survive, but thrive with more emotional resilience.

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Skye Berger

Title: Chief Encouragement Officer & Executive Creative Coach – Door Opener Academy, Skye Berger Group

Skye has more than 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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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.

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According to the Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, bullying is defined as a pattern of behavior intended to cause physical or psychological harm, typically between children with unequal power. Bullying can include physical coercion, hostile teasing, emotional bullying or online harassment. In Indiana, 18.7% of high school students were bullied on school property in the past year and 15.7% were electronically bullied in the past year

Children who are bullied tend to feel unhappy and lonely, have greater difficulty making friends, and are more likely to experience anxiety and depression. Join us for this lunch presentation that will introduce basic concepts and definitions around bullying behaviors. It will address the different forms of bullying, prevention methods, as well as policies and laws in Indiana around bullying.

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Sandy Runkle-DeLorme, MSW, LSW

Title: Director of Programs – Prevent Child Abuse Indiana

Sandy Runkle has been employed at Prevent Child Abuse Indiana since 2000. She has both teaching and training experience, as well has experience working with youth and working in the child welfare system. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in social work. She has provided over 1,500 training on topics related to child maltreatment

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For most nonprofit organizations, funding is key to continued success. Grants can be a great way to secure funding for organizational programs and services, but the grant process can be challenging.

It’s essential that organizations know how to make their case to potential funders and are able to demonstrate successful program results. Foundations, donors, government officials and other civic leaders want to know – in specific measurable terms – the positive impact youth organizations have on the children and youth who are being served.

Join us for an interactive panel discussion on grant writing best practices, including grant proposal development tips, determining what information will best tell your story, resources to find relevant data, and ten common mistakes to avoid in grant writing.

Feel free to bring your program or resource information to share and to stay after for additional networking.

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Amanda Maynard

Title: Director of Development Operations – Ancilla Systems, Inc.

Kelly Anoe

Title: MBA, Vice President – Legacy Foundation

Sarah Mihich-Baker

Title: Data & Research Director – Indiana Youth Institute

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The Poverty Experience is an interactive simulation designed to provide participants a glimpse of what life is like on an extremely limited income. Join us for this opportunity to better understand what many of our youth and families living in poverty face daily.  

Participants will be given a unique identity as a family member and will live a “month” in poverty. Attendees could play the role of a single mother who works long hours to provide for her children, a teenager who is responsible for his younger siblings, or a grandparent who cares for the children of her incarcerated children. Each family must work together to have food, shelter and utilities. The simulation also includes a debriefing session to help process the Experience. 

The Poverty Experience is a critical training for youth-serving organizations, schools, faith groups, universities, volunteers and other organizations that work with individuals, families and communities experiencing poverty.

Already participated in a Poverty Experience simulation?
Join us at this event as a volunteer in the role of Community Service Representative for a new experience! Register at Poverty Experience Volunteer.

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Carrie Lee

Title: Goodwill of Michiana

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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.

 

You are invited to bring your program or resource information to share in the Resource Fair. Please also feel free to stay after for additional networking.

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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 of Malta – Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. 

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