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February 17, 2013

Indiana Youth Institute holding training

NEW ALBANY — Nationally renowned trainers will present four workshops in New Albany to help those who work with children fine tune mentoring practices, instill grit in college-bound young adults, better serve children with behavioral problems, and develop more effective organizations.

The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) is bringing four experts to New Albany on March 5, with each presenting a half-day training. Separate pricing options combined with two sessions each in the morning and afternoon give youth workers the flexibility to come for the whole day or a half day.

Designed for youth workers, teachers, youth ministers, family service providers, and others who work directly with children, the morning sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. while the afternoon trainings run from 2 to 5 p.m.  The morning sessions choices are:

• “No Such Things as a Bad Kid: Understanding and responding to children, youth and families with emotional and behavioral challenges using positive, strength-based theories and techniques.” Youth care specialist and author Charlie Appelstein will highlight practices that include the power of a positive attitude and culture, communication principles, self-esteem building for at-risk youth, how to help cognitively inflexible young people, the importance of being family centered, using incentive plans, controlling personal emotions and respectful limit setting.

• “Achieving Quality Mentoring for Every Child: Access, analyze, articulate, and activate!” Licensed psychologist and PASSWORD Community Mentoring Founder Dr. Pamela Carrington Rotto focuses on how to access and apply the Indiana Youth Mentoring Specialty Standards using the online Indiana Quality Self-Assessment Tool. Mentoring programs will better understand their current strengths and identify areas for improvement. Special features include tracking progress, producing reports, and integrating feedback.

The two afternoon sessions are:

• “Grit: A Key Ingredient of College Success.” Clinical social worker, author, and trainer Dennis Bumgarner looks at overcoming adversity to college success and learning from the process. Participants will learn what grit is, its impact on college success, and what adults can do to encourage its development in young people.

• “The Role and Benefits of a Development Committee.” Betty Johnson, who has 30 years of experience in the development field, discusses who should be on a development committee and how the group can increase private support to an organization through its fundraising efforts. The role of staff, board members, and volunteers will be explored. Subcommittees, strategies, costs vs. revenue, where the dollars come from, and tips for growth through cultivation and stewardship of donors will all be covered.

The trainings will be presented at the Holiday Inn Express Louisville NW, Ohio Room 1 and the Green Room at 411 W. Spring St., New Albany. The cost is $20 to attend one session or $40 for all day. Individuals can register online with a credit card at www.iyi.org/training_registration.

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. For more information, contact Michelle Sanchez, IYI Southeast Indiana field representative, at 800-495-3219 or msanchez@iyi.org

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