July Monthly Media: Driver's License Changes Save Lives
July 1 ushered in many new laws in Indiana. Among those is one aimed at keeping first-time drivers safe. When Indiana's original Graduated Driver's License law went into effect in 2009, research shows it significantly reduced crash rates among young drivers. At the same time, there was an increase in crash rates among 18- to 20-year-olds. Learn how those numbers fueled the latest changes to the state's GDL law in IYI's monthly column for July.
Registration is Open for the 2015 Because KIDS COUNT Conference
For the past 14 years, the Indiana Youth Institute has hosted the largest gathering of youth workers and educators in the Midwest. The Because KIDS COUNT Conference is a two-day, first-class conference experience packed with educational workshops, nationally recognized speakers, a resource tradeshow and amazing networking opportunities.
Join us on December 1-2, 2015 at the Indiana Convention Center as we reflect on the positive difference you are making and equip you with the inspiration and information you need to impact Indiana's youth. Learn more and register today!
Virginia Beall Ball Library Summer Reading Program
This summer we are presenting our first-ever summer reading program! When you check out materials during the months of June, July or August, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the monthly prize: a FREE registration to the 2015 Because KIDS COUNT Conference! One entry will be eligible per person, per month. Three months, three chances to win! Whether you need resources to help with your summer activities, or materials to help you plan for the fall, this summer will be a great time for you to make use of our print and digital resources and be rewarded.
IYI's Latest Issue Brief on Family Engagement
Children with engaged families: have improved academic performance, school attendance, graduation rates, motivation and self esteem; are less likely to be suspended from school, abuse drugs or alcohol, or act out violently; and benefit from a greater overall well-being regardless of a family's household income, race or ethnicity. While many families recognize the value of actively engaging in their children's lives, some also face a series of common barriers to participating with school and out-of-school programming. Read IYI’s newest Issue Brief on "Family Engagement" to learn how to address the barriers to participation in children's activities that many families face.
The 2015 KIDS COUNT® in Indiana Data Book is Here!
We are so excited to bring the best and most recent information available regarding childhood well-being in the state of Indiana right to you! Whether you’re a community leader, policymaker, youth worker, educator or child advocate, we want to equip you with most current information about the well-being of children, youth and their families so that you can continue to impact the lives of Indiana’s children. Download your copy of the 2015 KIDS COUNT® in Indiana Data Book today and check out our other data products and resources.
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:
One in eighteen students in the class of 2013 dropped out before graduating (5.6%). 88.6% of students graduated on time.
Source and related resources from IYI's library here.