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All parents have aspirations for their children’s future education when their children are young, but families face barriers to support these aspirations with tangible resources. It is difficult for many families to build assets so that all children can grow up knowing postsecondary education is attainable.

Children’s Savings Account programs (CSA) are an increasingly popular strategy to improve children’s educational attainment and long-term economic wellbeing, with benefits starting in early childhood and potentially lasting throughout the life course.

Join this webinar and learn practical strategies to rally your community to ensure every child graduates high school with the expectations, resources, and skills to complete college and be successful in the career of his or her choice.

Participants will learn:

  • The Power of Assets: what are Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) and how is asset-building linked to a college-going identity
  • Plugging into the Continuum: how to integrate CSAs into existing college-going efforts in the P12 continuum (examples from Oakland Promise and Promise Indiana)
  • Telling the Story: how to attract community support so all youth can have hope for their future.

 

 

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Amanda Feinstein

Title: Director of the Oakland Promise Brilliant Baby program

Amanda Feinstein is the Director of the Oakland Promise Brilliant Baby program – a two generation approach to supporting the early socio-emotional development and health of babies in under-resourced families. Implemented in partnership with healthcare and early childhood service providers, Brilliant Baby opens college savings accounts for infants and advances family economic well being through financial coaching and monetary supports for parents. communities. She also has held leadership positions at the San Francisco Human Services Agency and in the nonprofit sector. Amanda has an MPA from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Antioch College.

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Are you creating summer programming that is both fun and empowering for the future?

Today, 80% of the fastest-growing occupations require Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills. According to the Indiana Department of Education, STEM is an essential component of a well-rounded education, yet not all young people have access to a strong STEM education.

Incorporating STEM into summer programming is a great way to provide youth an opportunity to practice STEM skills, to discover and create, to develop STEM identity, and to have fun! STEM experiences can help foster career exposure and interest and prepare future generations to thrive in STEM-related business and industries.

Join us for this informative webinar to learn more about STEM practices, the engineering design process, and simple ways to enhance your summer programming using the engineering design process, literature, and hands-on activities.

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Vera Vander Kooy

Title: Founder and Executive Director – The STEM Connection

Vera Vander Kooy is the founder and executive director of The STEM Connection. She is an educator and naturalist who has facilitated hands-on standards-based STEM learning experiences in school settings for over 15 years. In 2017, she received the Joe Wright Recognition of Excellence Award by EEAI, and the Hoosier Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Education and Communications Award. Currently, Vera works to empower others to provide positive STEM learning experiences for youth.

Angela Fitzgerald

Title: Program Director – The STEM Connection

Angela Fitzgerald is a program director for The STEM Connection. She has been involved in STEM education in the Indianapolis area since 2003. She taught middle school math and science for twelve years before joining The STEM Connection team. Currently, Angela works on curriculum and program development, facilitates youth, family, and community STEM programming, and trains and empowers adults to provide positive STEM learning experiences for youth.

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Are you committed to creating an equitable learning environment in which all youth can thrive?

To create equitable communities across Indiana, we must acknowledge our biases and take steps to confront them.  Research suggests that implicit biases based on race, gender, age or other perceived social identities can affect decision-making and interactions.

During this webinar, Perception Institute will provide insights from the mind sciences on the impact of implicit bias and related phenomena on our work with youth. Participants will:

  • understand implicit bias and related unconscious phenomena linked to identity differences such as racial anxiety and stereotype threat;
  • connect the impact of such phenomena to your role in serving youth in Indiana; and
  • gain practical, action-oriented strategies to reduce and override implicit bias and related phenomena at the individual, team, and organizational level.

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Jessica MacFarlane, MPH

Title: Senior Research Associate – Perception Institute

Jessica conducts original research studies and translates findings on the science of implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat. She regularly leads workshops on these concepts with stakeholders in education, criminal justice, social services, health care, and other workplaces. She has a research background in the fields of psychology, HIV prevention, and harm reduction, and has been published in numerous academic journals.  Jessica holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health

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Ben Carter

Title: Director of Workforce and Innovation – Indiana Department of Education

Ben Carter is the IDOE lead on Graduation Pathways, Work Based Learning and Career Coaching and Navigation. Prior to coming to the Department, Ben led career education in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) as the Career and Technical Education Director. He also spent time as a Work Based Learning Coordinator in Warren Township.

Andy Tucker

Title: Director of Postsecondary Readiness – Colorado Department of Education

Andy Tucker has been an educator for more than 20 years with roles including secondary Spanish teacher, high school counselor, and building- and district-level administrator.  In his current role, Andy and his team are committed to providing Colorado students with multiple pathway options to graduate from high school and become postsecondary and workforce ready.

Ryan Gensler

Title: Director of National Partnerships – CareerWise Colorado

Ryan Gensler earned his bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurial management and marketing from Creighton University. He contracted with the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance to build workforce development programs across Colorado, which led him to manage the startup of CareerWise Colorado, a systemic approach to youth apprenticeships. Ryan has consulted with various nonprofit and government organizations on workforce development initiatives, including developing a 20-state network focused on skills in the digital economy.

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

There are many influences that can impact the development of depression in youth. Some common causes include loss and grief, bullying, alcohol and drug use, low self-esteem and body image, physical health problems, loneliness, and family life struggles.

This webinar will help you better understand the root causes of youth depression and learn specific ways to provide support to youth struggling with depression. You will learn to:

  • recognize the signs of depression in adolescents;
  • understand when to offer support and when to intervene;
  • know the warning signs of suicide in adolescents; and
  • find resources, referral sources and additional support for your agency and your community.

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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.

Educators and youth workers are often uniquely positioned to see the toll chronic stress and trauma are taking on youth – including difficulty with emotional regulation and planning for the future. Being on the front line, you can support youth in developing the skills to cope, heal and persevere in their behavioral health and well-being.

Join us for this webinar to learn how to help young people develop emotional resilience to overcome the impact of trauma and chronic stress in their lives. You will:

  • understand recent advances in neuroscience and positive neuroplasticity, to help youth harness skills to overcome the impact of trauma on their behavioral and physical health;
  • gain practical, evidence-based strategies to enhance youth resilience through building positive coping skills; and
  • access practical resources to help youth utilize the four levels of self-care.

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Kids and youth thrive when they have caring and supportive adults in their lives, and mentoring offers an outstanding way to foster such relationships. Research shows that quality mentoring relationships produce positive results in the lives of mentees, including improving school attendance rates and increasing the child’s chances for future success. January is National Mentoring Month, and throughout the month Indiana Youth Institute will celebrate individuals and programs providing quality mentoring relationships to young people, especially at-risk youth. Join your partners at MENTOR Indiana and MENTOR Maryland for a discussion about emerging research and innovative practices to strengthen your local mentoring initiatives and relationships.

Webinar attendees will: • learn how the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ serve as a cornerstone for quality innovation; • explore new models of youth mentoring that respond to the current and dynamic needs of youth; • examine research elated to youth-centric mentoring that celebrates diverse backgrounds of mentees; • discover practical and applicable resources that can be implemented right away to inform your local mentoring efforts.

If you are launching a new mentoring program, or if you are seeking to innovative within your existing work, this webinar is for you!

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