The cumulative effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) has a lifelong impact on children. As the number of ACEs increases,…
Who We Are
Our MissionOur Mission
Our mission is to improve the lives of all Indiana children by strengthening and connecting the people, organizations, and communities that are focused on kids and youth.
We do it for the kids
We have one goal — to improve the lives of Indiana’s youth. How we do that is always evolving, but the goal never changes.
We create change
We challenge the status quo, seeking and delivering innovative solutions to address today’s youth development issues and encouraging others to join us in our efforts.
We work together
We believe in the power of collaboration and the strength in partnership, so we look for opportunities to join forces with others and create an environment where connection and collaboration are expected and rewarded.
We empower our partners and peers
We provide opportunities for others to receive continued education and training, access critical data, and share best practices so that all can benefit from the collective wisdom of IYI, our partners, and peers.
We advocate for others
We use our voice to amplify the voices of others to inspire action that will create measurable and positive change.
The Excellence in Leadership award, named after James T. Morris, is created to honor extraordinary contributions to the understanding and support of the field of youth services
Promise Indiana, a nationally recognized children’s savings account program, is integrated into IYI’s college, career and community initiatives division
IYI Launches Strategic Partnership with State of Indiana and US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to Address Youth Impacted by Opioids
A new strategic plan included the addition of Impact and Data Solutions and advocacy
An organizational re-design took place and internal technology was updated
IYI worked with 92 school districts to improve school counseling as a technical assistance partner for Lilly Endowment’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative
Tami Shields Silverman is hired as Indiana Youth Institutes new president and CEO
D. Susan Wisely Youth Worker of the Year award introduced
The Trip To College Alerts texting program begins sending messages
Helpline is rebranded and now includes options for youth workers to seek additional support
New online Kids Count in Indiana Data Book debuts
IYI Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Release of the first Kids Count Minutes public service announcement to 142 radio stations
A free legal advice option is added to the Fund Development Hotline, which is renamed to the Youth Service Help Line
First on-the-road training in Columbus.
Weekly update is introduced
The KIDS COUNT® Data Book expanded to include statistical profiles of each of the state’s 92 counties.
The Indiana Children’s Agenda is launched
The first KIDS COUNT® in Indiana Data Book is published
Library and resource center launched