The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) is bringing five experts to Sellersburg for a series of training sessions designed for youth workers, teachers, youth ministers, family service providers and others who work directly with children.


The statewide tour will be in Sellersburg on March 11 in Pfau Hall at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg, 8204 U.S. 311, Sellersburg, IN 47172.

The two morning sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon EST and include the following choices:

“Flipping the Resilience Switch.” Christian Moore, the founder of WhyTry, will explain how to get young people to rely on their natural resilience by tapping into the four sources of resilience – street, relational, resource and rock bottom. Christian grew up with severe learning disabilities, sometimes alone on the streets near Washington DC. He uses those experiences to help explain why some people thrive under any circumstances while others crumble under small challenges.

“Keeping Kids SAFE: Screening Mentor Applicants to Ensure Child Safety.” This workshop focuses on characteristics of child predators, the grooming process and the red flags workers need to know to keep children safe. Jen Lindwall is an independent consultant and former director of training and quality assurance at the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota. She will discuss how the “Screening Applicants for Effectiveness” (SAFE) system helps youth-based groups keep children safe by exploring the latest in child molestation research, wisdom from screening volunteers and recommendations from leading experts on child exploitation

The two afternoon sessions will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. EST. Those options include:

“Fundraising for the Small Shop.” Melissa Brown advises nonprofit groups and spent two decades at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University (now the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy). Through her experience at the Fund Raising School®, Brown teaches comprehensive, proven fundraising concepts and principles to nonprofit professionals. Her session focuses on smaller nonprofits where staff members may be juggling program, management and fundraising responsibilities. She will help attendees learn the fundamentals of building a fundraising program for a small shop, including the selection of the fundraising vehicles, donors and markets best suited to small nonprofits.

“Graduation and Beyond! How to Help More Students Achieve College and Career Success.”  This session will focus on helping educators and youth-workers more effectively help students achieve their dreams beyond high school. This hands-on session will draw from the new College and Career Mentoring Toolkit. IYI and Indiana Mentoring Partnership consultant Tracy Butler and IYI Director of College and Career Counseling Kate Coffman will share practical skills to help attendees develop a new college and career success program or take an existing program to a higher level.

Other training options include Merrillville on March 3, South Bend on March 4, Fort Wayne on March 5, Evansville on March 10 and Indianapolis on March 12. The cost is $20 to attend one session or $40 to attend two sessions. Individuals can register online Onsite check-in begins 30 minutes before each session.

These trainings are funded in part by Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Statewide support for “Graduation and Beyond!” is provided by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Christian Moore’s training in Indianapolis is sponsored by Indiana University Health.

Additional support for the Ft. Wayne trainings is provided by the English, Bontner, Mitchell Foundation, the Clarence L. and Edith B. Schust Foundation, NIPSCO and Old National Bank.

Additional support for the Merrillville training is provided by NIPSCO.

Additional support for the Evansville trainings is provided by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana.

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.