Indiana Youth Services Association (IYSA) deeply cares for the youth and their families of the state of Indiana. We are saddened by the illness, economic hardship and deaths caused by this pandemic. IYSA is grateful to be surrounded by people and agencies working tirelessly to help those in need. Our thoughts are with everyone during these unsteady, difficult times.
2020 has become a year of constant movement and flexibility. As of November 15th, IYSA’s Annual Recognition & Business Meeting has cancelled due to the current level of restrictions in the Indianapolis area. We want to do our part in keeping our agencies, youth workers and our partners safe during this pandemic.
However, until then we are working hard to create an announcement that recognizes the individual and agency winners in a fun and creative way. We are committed to honoring the award winners, as they have been so committed to this work, especially during these unusual times. We thank you for your patience in advance as we navigate how to make this moment special for all.
All good things come with time, please look for information of the announcement of this year’s winners early January 2021!!
Youth workers are often the unsung heroes of the youth within our communities. They have a direct impact on the lives of our youth and often wear many hats- mentor, educator, counselor, and friend. Indiana Youth Services Association (IYSA) is pleased to announce three new annual Youth Work Awards Please join us in honoring our colleagues in the field by nominating someone for these awards. By nominating, you are recognizing an individual who is improving and shaping the lives of youth and youth workers in our state. A monetary gift will accompany all IYSA awards.
There has been an increase in interest surrounding Human Trafficking, especially child sex trafficking, in recent weeks. The Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program is grateful for individuals desire to share information on social media. However, before you share we ask you to consider: Why are you sharing this information, is it accurate information, do you know what resources are available to help in your community, do you know what Human Trafficking looks like in Indiana, especially your local area?
To properly combat the issue of Human Trafficking, keep in mind we must ensure we are sharing accurate information. As a community, we need to be careful when sharing posts on social media as many of these posts portray Human Trafficking in an incorrect and sensationalized way. This is damaging to work intended to stop Human Trafficking as well as triggering to victims/survivors. Not all awareness is good awareness.
The Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (ITVAP) focuses on issues related to Human Trafficking throughout the state of Indiana. The goal of ITVAP is to raise awareness of Human Trafficking, increase recognition and identification of victims/survivors and to develop a statewide network of service providers for trafficked youth. ITVAP is committed to educating any and all individuals on Human Trafficking and amending the sensationalized narrative that leads to misunderstanding about the topic and ultimately a lack of care for victims/survivors.
If you want to get involved in your community to combat issues of human trafficking contact your ITVAP regional coordinator to learn more about what human trafficking really looks like in most situations and about how you can help fight trafficking in your own community by asking what your community is doing and how to get involved. By working together, we can improve Human Trafficking in Indiana.
If you suspect a youth under 18 is being trafficked call:
The Indiana Child Abuse Hotline at 800-800-5556 and mention “Human Trafficking”
For anyone 18 and over contact:
The National Trafficking Hotline at 888- 373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to 233733 24 hour a day, seven days a week.
Additional information can be found at www.indysb.org/itvap
Amie Rainfish: Lake, Porter, LaPorte,
Jasper, Newton, White, Pulaski and Starke
Ian Hurst: St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall,
Kosciusko, Fulton, Cass and Miami
Jeremy Greenlee: LaGrange, Steuben,
Noble, DeKalb, Whitley, Allen, Wabash
Morgan Donatelli-Bow: Benton, Carroll,
Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Parke,
Putnam, Tippecanoe, Vermillion and Warren
Jessica Herzog-Hall: Howard, Tipton,
Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Marion
Laura Donatelli-Bow: Adams, Blackford,
Grant, Delaware, Henry, Jay, Madison,
Randolph, Rush, Wayne, Wells,
Bartholomew, Decatur and Shelby
Elaine Banter (Bottomley): Sullivan, Vigo,
Greene, Brown, Clay, Owen, Morgan,
Monroe and Johnson
Meagan Cothron: Scott, Jefferson,
Switzerland Ohio, Dearborn, Ripley,
Franklin, Fayette, Union, Jackson
Christina Wicks: Daviess, Dubois, Gibson,
Knox, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh
Sheila C. Bobay: Clark, Crawford,
Floyd, Lawrence, Martin, Harrison,
Perry, Orange and Washington
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stas semanas ha habido un incremento en el interés acerca de la Trata de Personas (o Human Trafficking en inglés), especialmente Tráfico Sexual Infantil. El programa Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program está agradecido con todos quienes comparten información en las redes sociales. Sin embargo, antes de compartir, te pedimos que consideres: ¿Porque estás compartiendo esto? ¿Es información real? ¿Conoces qué recursos tienes disponibles en tu comunidad?, ¿Sabes cómo se ve la trata en Indiana, especialmente en tu área?
Para combatir la trata de personas, debemos asegurarnos que la información que estamos compartiendo es real. Como comunidad debemos de tener cuidado con lo que compartimos en las redes sociales ya que mucha de esa información retrata la trata de manera incorrecta y amarillista. Esto daña el trabajo para detener la trata y también puede ser provocador y dañino para las víctimas y sobrevivientes. No toda concientización es buena concientización.
El programa Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (ITVAP) se enfoca en la trata de personas en el estado de Indiana. La meta de ITVAP es concientizar acerca de la trata de personas, ayudar a identificar víctimas y sobrevivientes y desarrollar una red estatal de proveedores para ayudar a la juventud traficada. ITVAP se compromete a educar a todos los individuos acerca de la trata y combatir toda narración sensacionalista que lleva a malos entendidos y falta de cuidados para las víctimas y sobrevivientes. Si te quieres involucrar para conocer como se ve la trata de personas realmente y combatir estos problemas en tu comunidad y contacta a tu coordinador regional ITVAP y pregunta ¿Qué están haciendo y cómo te puedes involucrar?
Si sospechas que un joven menor de 18 años está siendo traficado, llama a The Indiana Child Abuse Hotline al 800-800-5556 y diga “Human Trafficking”
Para mayores de 18 años: The National Trafficking Hotline al 888- 373-7888 or manda un mensaje de texto que diga HELP o INFO al 233733
Puedes encontrar mas información en www.indysb.org/itvap
Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, Newton, White, Pulaski and Starke
St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall, Kosciusko, Fulton, Cass and Miami
LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, DeKalb, Whitley, Allen, Wabash and Huntington
Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Parke, Putnam, Tippecanoe, Vermillion and Warren
Howard, Tipton, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Marion and Hancock
Adams, Blackford, Grant, Delaware, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Wayne, Wells, Bartholomew, Decatur and Shelby
Elaine Banter (Bottomley)
Sullivan, Vigo, Greene, Brown, Clay, Owen, Morgan, Monroe and Johnson
Scott, Jefferson, Switzerland Ohio, Dearborn, Ripley, Franklin, Fayette, Union, Jackson and Jennings
Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick
Sheila C. Bobay
Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Lawrence, Martin, Harrison, Perry, Orange and Washington
Callie Main is one of the scholarship winners for the work she did to promote Make Good Decisions and the Indiana Lifeline Law at Batesville High School. Callie joined the Make Good Decisions committee this year and formed a small group at her high school, but they faced challenges initially because of similar groups in the area. However, this did not prevent Callie and her fellow students from creating fun ways to reach the students in her area. Callie lead her group to find unique ways to promote Make Good Decisions and spread awareness about the dangers of underage drinking. One event that she and fellow students established was a popcorn giveaway event. To promote the event her committee made posters and flyers, and they typed up information about Make Good Decisions and the Lifeline law to staple to the bags of popcorn. Posters were also placed on the tables so that people in line could learn while waiting. Additionally, Callie prepared a trivia game to play with the people waiting in line. Not many of the people participating were familiar with the Lifeline Law, so this was a fun and unique way to keep people entertained while also spreading education and awareness. The event was a huge success with all 300 bags of popcorn being gone and all attendees leaving educated about Make Good Decisions and the Lifeline Law.
Callie and her committee were also in the process of planning a game day in a local park to further spread awareness and education before COVID-19 occurred. Due to this, Callie was unable to hold the game day, but the plans for the event were still a fun way to engage kids and teenagers with information about underage drinking and prevention. Some of the games that would have occurred include a ball toss with goggles that simulate what it is like to be drunk, trivia focused on the symptoms and effects of drugs, and various competitive games to showcase how alcohol and drugs are not needed to have fun. Although this event was unable to occur, Callie did not let isolation stop her from trying to promote Make Good Decisions and the Lifeline Law in her community. She reached out to a local movie theatre and was granted permissions to put up a message on their marquis stating: “Suspect Alcohol Poisoning? Call or text 911. MGD IN LifeLine Law.” Callie truly appreciates the experience she has had educating and promoting awareness about underage drinking throughout her community.
Lekha Durai is one of the scholarship winners for the work she has done in promoting Make Good Decisions at West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School. Lekha was the vice president of her school’s drug awareness club REACH, and through this club she created several events to promote Make Good Decisions and the Indiana Lifeline Law. One event that she promoted Make Good Decisions and the Lifeline Law at was an ice cream fundraiser at the school’s homecoming football game. This is a yearly event that REACH puts on, but she altered the event to bring awareness to underage drinking. Lekha designed stickers advertising the Lifeline Law to place on the ice cream cups. Additionally, the first 40 buyers received Make Good Decisions wristbands. When kids and teenagers bought ice cream they also received candy if they could explain the Indiana Lifeline Law; the law was also explained to those who were unfamiliar with its purpose and function.
Another way in which Lekha worked to promote Make Good Decisions and the Lifeline Law was through presentations given to eighth grade students. REACH members attended three health classes and taught the students about various topics including vaping, underage drinking, and marijuana usage. Lekha specifically created the slides used to teach the students about the Indiana Lifeline Law. This section of the presentation was taught subsequently with the presentation on underage drinking because of the relation between the two. Lekha made sure to include various aspects pertaining to the Lifeline Law in the slides she created. She made sure to explain how the Lifeline Law works and emphasized that underage drinkers will be protected if they cooperate. REACH educated the students on the dangers of underage drinking, but also wanted to make sure that if any of them were in such a situation that they would understand how the Lifeline Law works so they could stay safe. She also made sure to mention how the Lifeline Law can be used to protect victims of certain sexual crimes. To showcase how the law functions in real situations Lekha made sure to include a news segment from the Make Good Decisions website that explained how the Lifeline Law was used to save a student from Marian University.
One of the last projects Lekha worked on was creating a Prezi presentation focused on what REACH members did to promote Make Good Decisions and the Lifeline Law. This presentation was created to be shared with other schools so that they could see the work that REACH members did. This presentation also included additional project ideas to inspire other schools to host their own events.
Please check out this article on the impacts of racism from the Academy of Pediatrics.
The Traumatic Impact of Racism and Discrimination on Young People and How to Talk About It
Why This Matters This chapter describes the pervasive negative effects of racism on youth development, as well as on their health and well-being, and the toll it exacts on families and communities who have been racially marginalized. Approaching the topic of racism may not be easy. It can generate empathy, concern, and compassion as much as it can stir defensiveness, anger, hostility, and a wide host of reactions that lie along this continuum. We each approach racism differently according to our lived experiences, self-awareness and critical consciousness, and position in our stratified society. Approaching racism requires us to bring our most compassionate and mindful selves, to suspend emotional reactivity so that we can remain open to viewing the world from the perspectives of others, and to remember that we belong to each other. This chapter, especially crucial in these times of heightened social division, invites all of us to put ourselves into other’s shoes, regardless of who we are, our individual origins, or where we come from. In so doing, we may come to recognize our habits of harm, find our pillars of strength, discover the ways to heal, and come to a deeper understanding of what it means to care for one another. Because we belong to each other.
Indiana Youth Services Association and it’s partners the Indiana Afterschool Network and 21st Century Community Learning Centers are committed to enhancing organizations’ ability to serve youth and families in need during the COVID-19.
The following guide is intended to be reference for agencies to use when helping families address the challenges they are facing during this time. It is not an all- inclusive guide but rather contains information in four areas:
Education and Enrichment