Written by Indiana 105
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | 6:30 am
INDIANPOLIS – Hoosiers are helping children across the state grow up healthier and happier simply by driving.
Indiana drivers who have purchased the Mentor a Child specialty license plate are allowing mentoring organizations throughout the state to better serve children. Proceeds from the plate benefit the Indiana Mentoring Partnership (IMP), a program of the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI), which splits the $25 in revenue with local mentoring organizations.
Since January 2011, the 473 Mentor a Child license plates sold have raised $11,825, and eight mentoring organizations recently received the first round of grants from the proceeds. That money is working to change lives. Funds will go toward a variety of initiatives, including recruiting mentors, training mentors and hosting events to thank mentors.
Organizations receiving the grants and the amounts of those grants are:
· Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley, Evansville, $1,500
· Project Leadership, Grant County, $1,500
· Big Brothers Big Sisters of Decatur County, $1,500
· Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, $1,500
· Starfish Initiative, Indianapolis, $500
· Lebanon Area Boys & Girls Club, $756
· Youth Service Bureau of LaPorte County, $500 and
· YWCA of Evansville, $500.
“These grants are providing mentoring organizations across Indiana with a unique opportunity to advance mentor recruitment efforts so as to serve more Hoosier children,” said IYI Vice President of Statewide Outreach December Warren.
Research shows that sustained one-on-one mentoring with a caring adult impacts children in several ways. Mentors can help mentees stay in school and graduate, pursue higher education, enhance self-esteem, avoid criminal activities, better relate to others and set career goals. Yet, nearly two-thirds of Indiana mentoring programs have a waiting list of children who need a mentor.
“The funding made available through the sale of the Mentor a Child license plate will help recruit more mentors for more at-risk youth,” said IYI President and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz. “Mentoring positively impacts the lives of children and youth as well as their mentors and this funding will strengthen the organizations that support these life-changing efforts.”
Hoosier drivers can request a Mentor a Child specialty license plate at the BMV or online when renewing their annual registrations. Specialty plates have an annual fee of $40 in addition to regular registration fees, with $25 going to the Indiana Mentoring Partnership. IMP grants out half of the proceeds to mentoring organizations across Indiana.
More information about each organization’s plans for the grant it received may be found at . http://www.iyi.org/media/press.aspx.
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Indianapolis, Ind. - Senator Joe Donnelly announced today that his office will host Job Seeker Workshops, designed to help Hoosiers who are looking for work, in Gary, Sellersburg, and Indianapolis the week of August 12-16.
“The top issues I hear as I travel our great state is that many Hoosiers are still searching for employment and some Indiana business owners are still looking for skilled workers ready to go on day one,” said Donnelly. "This August, my office will behosting a series of job seeker workshops toconnect Hoosiers looking for workwith resources that can help in the job search and interview process. I hope participants find valuable tools to help them succeed in finding employment, and I won’t stop until everyone in Indiana who wants a job has a job.”
The Job Seeker Workshops are designed to help attendees to improve their job search and interview skills and their resume writing. The events will include discussions lead by community leaders and industry professionals on growing job opportunities in industries such as manufacturing and technology. Also, resources will be available to assist Hoosier veterans with their entry or re-entry into the workforce after serving our country.
Monday, August 12
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST
North Building; Ivy Tech Community College
1440 E 35th Ave
Wednesday, August 14
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Ogle Hall; Horseshoe Foundation Assembly Center
Ivy Tech Southern Indiana campus
8204 Highway 311
Friday, August 16
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
First Floor Conference Room; Corporate College and Culinary Center
Ivy Tech Community College
2820 North Meridian Street
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(Photo Courtesy of the Governor's Office)
A 19 member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence that is tasked with increasing coordination among those those work on the state's education, jobs skills development and career training system held their introductory meeting on Monday. The Indiana Career Council on its first day approved the first submission of the Training Inventory, began its review of in-depth skills gap analysis, and tasked all members with beginning an asset mapping project to aid in the Career Council's strategic planning process.
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An armed robbery in Portage Sunday evening remains under investigation. Portage Police report that just before 6pm, they responded to an activated Hold-Up alarm at Low Bob's Discount Tobacco Store, in the 34-hundred block of Willowcreek Road. Police say the suspects are described as black males, who reportedly stole cigarettes and cash from the registers, and at least one suspect was reportedly armed with a handgun. Police say no one was injured in the incident.
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Four kayakers lost on the Tippecanoe River Saturday night were found uninjured by conservation officers. Indiana Conservation Police report the stranded kayakers made a 911 call requesting assistance at 10pm, saying they were unable to continue down the river due to the darkness and informed 911 that they were on the river near an old car on the bank. A veteran conservation officer recognized the described landmark, and responded to the area to aid the kayakers, who were found approximately a-half mile upstream from the state park canoe camp.
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(Photo Courtesy of Governor Pence's Office)
A pinning ceremony was held today for the first African-American to be promoted to Brigadier general in Indiana. Governor Mike Pence led the ceremony for Brigadier General Wayne Black, who has almost 30 years of military experience, and becomes one of only eight individuals to hold this rank in the Indiana National Guard. Brigadier General Black joined the Guard in 1996 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 as commander of an embedded training team that provided training, mentorship and oversight to the Afghan National Police and the Border Police.
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INDIANAPOLIS – At least twelve organizations across Indiana will have the opportunity to serve more children, youth or families or improve their effectiveness through a grant program offered by the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI).
The Capacity Building Coaching grant will give nonprofits serving children, youth or families an opportunity to overcome challenges they face in running their agencies. The grant matches consultants with agency staff and board members to develop strategies and implement best practices so the organizations can best deliver their services.
IYI will award 12 grants, but because collaborative applications between two agencies are encouraged, more than 12 agencies could benefit. Applications must be submitted via e-mail to IYI by Aug. 26.
Nonprofit community and faith-based organizations serving children, youth or families from any Indiana county are eligible. Geographic diversity of the 12 winning applications will be taken into account when the grants are awarded. The grants will be awarded this September and the grant cycle will run through next June. The winning organizations will receive:
· Up to 150 hours of professional consulting from IYI to provide strategic planning, board development, evaluation planning, fund development, marketing, executive mentoring, technology or other technical assistance that would increase the effectiveness of the organization.
· Registration for one to attend “Principles and Techniques of Fundraising,” a five-day overview course taught by The Fund Raising School at Indiana University in Indianapolis, all approved travel expenses paid.
· Registration for two to attend IYI’s Because Kids Count Conference in Indianapolis, Dec. 3-4, 2013, all approved travel expenses paid.
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.
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