The Indiana Youth Institute promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being.


May Monthly Media: Adoption

Indiana has the nation’s fourth highest rate of adoption per live births, the ninth highest rate of adoption per nonmarital births, and the eleventh highest rate of adoption per 100,000 adults. Between 2009 and 2013, an annual average of 3,678 children were adopted in Indiana. Overall, 2.7 percent of Hoosier children now live in adoptive families. Learn the truth about adoption and how you can explore this option for your family in IYI’s monthly column for May.

2015 Postsecondary Counseling Institute presented by Kroger

June 23-24 | Westin Indianapolis Hotel | Downtown Indianapolis
The Indiana Youth Institute’s fifth annual Postsecondary Counseling Institute is specially designed for counselors, educators, mentors and youth-serving professionals and others who advise youth on their education options after high school.
Don’t miss this intensive two-day workshop designed to give youth workers like you the skills and tools you need to help your students explore a wide range of education options after high school, from traditional four-year colleges to apprenticeship programs. Learn more and register today!

FREE Webinar: How to Successfully Set and Achieve Your Goals

May 27, 2015
Setting and working toward achieving a goal seems simple. Despite our best efforts, however, we have all failed to achieve a goal at some point in our lives. Whether you know what you want to achieve or you just know you are dissatisfied with a particular aspect of your life, there is a process for setting and working toward personal or professional goals that can ensure your success. In this webinar you will learn to identify what goals you should focus on, how you can achieve them and what additional support you will need, including one simple rule that is said to guarantee that you meet 80 percent of your goals. Learn more and register.

IYI's Latest Issue Brief on the Role of the Coach

Participation in organized activities outside of school can help youth: learn how to set and meet goals; gain leadership skills; improve communication with peers and adults; and achieve better educational outcomes. Coaches are adults who help groups of youth develop skills—they can be found in sports teams, clubs and organizations, as well as dance, art, music and language lessons. Youth are most likely to realize positive outcomes when coaches focus on positive youth development, internal motivation, skill development, and providing encouraging feedback. Read IYI’s newest Issue Brief, “Building Skills in Youth: The Role of the Coach for more information on best practices when coaching youth.

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.

Mentoring PSAs

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.

Sam and Jayden's mentoring relationship helps them to see what's really important in life. Watch the video.

Mentoring PSA- Sam and Jayden

You can view all of the PSAs here.

Stat of the Week

On average, Indiana’s 4th graders tend to pass ISTEP+ sections at higher rates than 8th graders.

Source and related resources from IYI's library here.

Ask IYI Blog - Each year, Ask IYI receives dozens of questions about youth development and nonprofit management – and often, we get the same question from more than one person.  So we thought: why not publish the answers to some of our most popular questions so even more people can benefit?  Check back every other week for new posts, or browse our archives.  Need some information you don’t see here?  Contact us, and we’ll find the answer for you.
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