One in five Hoosier children lived in poverty in 2014, according to data compiled in the Indiana Youth Institute’s (IYI) 2016 KIDS COUNT in Indiana Data Book.
However, in Orange, Crawford and Washington counties, the rates are higher at more than one in four children.

Often times, this life of poverty and struggle is passed down from one generation to the next, creating a cycle that is difficult to break.

The Indiana Youth Institute and Indiana University Health Paoli are hosting an event to help youth workers, educators, parents and other caring adults understand the impact generational poverty has on children. The event is on Friday, January 20 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Super Burger, 600 West Main Street in Paoli.

Melissa Fry with Indiana University Southeast will speak about the changing dynamics of poverty in Southern Indiana and the impact poverty has on overall child well-being. Research shows that children born into low-income families face multiple barriers to success and tend to have worse outcomes than their more affluent peers on many cognitive, behavioral, emotional and health measures.

As part of IYI’s Youth Worker Café program, the seminar and meal are free, but reservations are required. RSVP at If you have trouble with the link, please contact IYI Statewide Outreach Manager Debbie Jones at [email protected] For more information on the Youth Worker Café, contact Southwest Indiana Outreach Manager Joe Shrode at [email protected]

Youth Worker Cafés are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children.