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About the IYSA

We’re connecting youth services across the state of Indiana.

Indiana Youth Services Association’s (IYSA) primary role is as a statewide association of Youth Service Bureaus (YSBs) across Indiana. IYSA also operates several programs that support youth, youth workers, and other non-profit agencies. IYSA membership is comprised of Youth Service Bureaus that deliver community based juvenile delinquency and family support programming. IYSA’s current 26 members serve approximately 65 Hoosier counties. YSBs serve youth and families and offer trauma informed programming that supports positive youth development and resilience. YSB programming is defined in Indiana state statue and includes four core roles:

Juvenile delinquency prevention
Information and referral services
Community education
Advocacy for youth

Our achievements and efforts focus on services and programs for those teens and pre-teens most at risk for juvenile delinquency. Our goal -- always -- is prevention.

The Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (ITVAP) provides education and awareness to youth service organizations, health care, education, and law enforcement professionals, and community groups about human trafficking in order to increase recognition of victims in all 92 counties. This program also identifies and trains a statewide network of service providers enabling them to provide services specific to victims of human trafficking. Our statewide partners include the Indiana State Police, Indiana University School of Public Health Bloomington, IPATH, and Safe Place. 

The Journey is home to several personal and professional development programs for current and prospective youth workers in Indiana and around the country. The Journey is about those who have a passion for serving young people — both practicing professionals and students who are considering making youth work part of their career. There are over 1,000 Journey Fellows across Indiana affiliated with over 600 youth work organizations. 

The Child and Youth Care Credential (CYC) is a nationally recognized credential for child and youth care work practitioners. … CYC certification allows practitioners to demonstrate their development as professionals and participate in true career development. Indiana leads the nation in the number of credentialed youth workers. 

Make Good Decisions  Make Good Decisions educates teens and young adults on the dangers of underage drinking, drugs, destructive behaviors and the Indiana Lifeline Law. Education strategies includes presentations, social media campaigns, and student ambassadors. Young people learn to Make the Call, Stay, Cooperate. Over 50 lives have been saved in Indiana as a result on this program. 

Mission Management is a social enterprise that leverages the financial management talents of our staff to assist several non-profits with their bookkeeping, budgeting, and business/strategic  planning. 

Safe Place provides outreach and crisis response for young people which can be accessed via Safe Place sites operated by many public and private partners, text4help, or many public transit systems.

The ACEs Indiana Coalition is a network of 50 Master Trainers across the state that have been trained by Dr. Anda on Adverse Childhood Experiences. Trainers provide presentations free to any organization requesting information. The ACEs Indiana Coalition also works with schools and communities to help develop strategies to build resilience. 

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Indiana Youth Services Association is committed to proactively working to advance racial equity, focusing on eliminating inequities and increasing success for all in our agency and our community!

Indiana Youth Services Association
303 N Alabama St., Suite 210
Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 238-6955