Just Released! National 2014 KIDS COUNT® Data Book
New data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2014 KIDS COUNT® Data Book shows how Indiana children are making strides in education, but the state continues to struggle with high rates of child poverty. The Data Book ranked Indiana 27th nationally in overall child well-being, up from 30th in 2013. To see how Indiana rose in the rankings and to see data for the rest of the states, you can view the data book here.
Registration is Open for the 2014 Because Kids Count Conference!
Secure your spot today! Register now for the 2014 BKCC in Indianapolis. You won’t want to miss this year’s keynote speakers (Leigh Anne Tuohy and Dr. Lonise Bias), workshops and networking activities. Learn more and register here.
Organizational Effectiveness Grant
New! With funding provided by the Ball Brothers Foundation, IYI invites community and faith-based youth-serving nonprofit organizations to apply for assistance to improve their current effectiveness and their capacity to serve in the future. Grantees are limited to organizations within Delaware, Randolph, Henry, Jay, Madison, Grant, and Blackford counties. Apply by August 11 at 9:00am EDT.
View the request for proposals here.
The Decline of Youth Sports Leagues
Organized youth sports teams can have a positive effect on healthy youth development, yet participation in youth baseball, football, basketball and soccer leagues declined by 4 percent between 2008-2012. Find out more about the numerous benefits of youth sports participation in this radio interview with WFYI and IYI President & CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz and in IYI's Monthly Column for July.
Free July Webinar-Sexual Abuse Prevention
Join us on Wednesday, July 30 from 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT/12:00pm-1:30pm CDT for a free webinar, “Commit to Kids: A New Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Resource for Indiana.” Get more details and register here.
Organizational Effectiveness Grant
Youth-serving nonprofit organizations in Delaware, Randolph, Henry, Jay, Madison, Grant, and Blackford counties may apply for assistance to improve their current effectiveness and their capacity to serve in the future. Learn more in the Request for Proposals.
Save the Date!
Mark your calendars now for the 2015 Postsecondary Counseling Institute presented by Kroger, which will be held June 23 & 24, 2015.
Latest Issue Brief: Teens and Body Image
It is not abnormal for adolescents to find something they don’t like about their bodies, but some body-image concerns may lead to unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. Learn more about body image in IYI’s latest Issue Brief, "Uncomfortable in Their Own Skin."
IYI Media Bytes
IYI Media Bytes makes newsgathering quicker and easier. This free service provides on-demand videos, sound bytes and quotes about timely youth development issues. IYI President & CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz speaks on new topics each month. Watch the videos and learn more here.
Sam and Jayden's mentoring relationship helps them to see what's really important in life. Watch the video.
Check out these inspiring PSAs that demonstrate the tremendous impact mentoring can have on mentors and mentees alike, then find out how to become a mentor here.
You can view all of the PSAs here.
Stat of the Week:
Among Indiana High School students who were currently sexually active, 13.0% did not use any method to prevent pregnancy during last sexual intercourse.
Source and related resources from IYI's library here.