Indiana Youth Institute

Indiana Youth Institute

Next month, the state will begin its pre-kindergarten pilot in four counties. It’ll add a fifth pilot county later in the year.

Indiana Youth Institute President Bill Stanczykiewicz says the term “pilot” is a bit of a misnomer, though.

He sat down with WBAA News Director Stan Jastrzebski to talk about advocating for early childhood education, but says it’ll likely be decades before the state can truly know if pre-k is making a difference.

Grants Help Nonprofits Improve Their Effectiveness

Jul 8, 2014
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In a boost for children's programs, more than a dozen Indiana nonprofits have the chance to enhance their practices and serve more residents around the state.

The "Capacity Building Coaching" grant is being offered by the Indiana Youth Institute, which consulting program manager Carolyn Langan says is an opportunity to help organizations overcome some of their basic day-to-day challenges.

Pence To Seek More Vocational Ed. Money

Jun 20, 2014
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence says he'll seek money in next year‘s budget to back up his push for more vocational education in Indiana schools.

Last year, legislators unanimously enacted Pence‘s call for a state career council to coordinate school curricula with the job market, and added regional councils to tailor lesson plans to local needs.

Pence told an Indiana Youth Institute conference of guidance counselors the next step is to make sure those industrial arts and technical education programs are available in Indiana schools.

Forum on college completion set for Lafayette area

Jun 24, 2013

Hoosiers with just a high school diploma are 9% less likely to be employed than those who attend even some college. That’s according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

The Indiana Youth Institute is hosting a forum in Lafayette to help those who work with students, focused on getting more into college or a certificate program.

Lafayette Adult Resource Academy director Trish Maxwell is one of the speakers. She plans to talk about the newly formed Tippecanoe County College Success Coalition.

Local, state child poverty rising

Nov 28, 2012

Child poverty locally and around the state is rising.

According to numbers from the Indiana Youth Institute, the percentage of kids living in poverty in Tippecanoe County rose from eleven percent in 2000 to 20-percent in 2010. 

And, statewide the increase was from 12 to 22 percent during that time.

Institute President and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz says there is a combination of factors contributing to the higher figures.

Those who work with young people in Tippecanoe County are being enlisted to fight human trafficking.

The Indiana Youth Institute is partnering with community organizations to sponsor a free workshop.

The West Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network is one of the groups that helped bring the program to the area.

Regional Director Jillian Miller says those who attend will learn how to identify and report the growing problem.

IN Youth Institute promotes technical honors diploma

Aug 28, 2012

As students head back to school, research and job trends show job opportunities are out there. However, to take advantage of these opportunities, students must get the education or training necessary to qualify for the jobs most in demand now and very likely for the foreseeable future.This is especially true in manufacturing, where employers are having trouble finding qualified employees.WBAA's Kristin Malavenda talks with Indiana Youth Institute President & CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz about an option few students explore, the Technical Honors Diploma.

The current and future economy means about two-thirds of jobs require a post-secondary degree.

That’s according to Bill Stanczykiewicz who is the President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.

He says one way the state is helping those who not pursuing a four-year degree in college, but are still trying to earn graduate credentials, is through career and technical education centers.

Stanczykiewicz  says it usually takes about one or two years to complete programs through the centers.