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Commentary: Let tired teens sleep

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Commentary: Let tired teens sleep

By Tami Silverman Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Our teens are tired. Nearly 8 in 10 Indiana high school students sleep less than the recommended eight hours on school nights. Yet adequate sleep is an integral part of healthy development and consequences of adolescent sleep deprivation are well-documented. Parents can take steps to ensure teens get the […]

Commentary: Investing in the Future: New Laws that Help Our Kids

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Commentary: Investing in the Future: New Laws that Help Our Kids

By Tami Silverman Special to TheStatehouseFile.com While this summer’s road construction is a visual reminder that Indiana adopted a landmark road funding bill in the recent legislative session, it’s also worth noting that state lawmakers passed a host of new bills that pave the way for stronger and safer Hoosier kids. Several of this year’s […]

Commentary: Put our teens to work – for their sake and ours

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Commentary: Put our teens to work – for their sake and ours

By Tami Silverman Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Do you remember your first “real” job? What did that job teach you? For many of us, our early jobs built confidence, skills and the experience needed for future employment. Summer is when many young people seek part-time employment. If we want our children to become productive, contributing adults, […]

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What’s behind Indiana’s increase in child abuse reports?

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Shortly after an elementary principal alerted deputies something might be wrong with a child who had been absent from school for a few days, the frightened 9-year-old boy was laying in the fetal position in the lobby of the Johnson County Sherriff’s Office. The boy’s pale face was bruised, […]

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Life for Hoosier children improves in education, health

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — New data shows Indiana children are seeing improvements in health and education, but their economic well-being as well as family and community is decreasing. “There’s a lot of room for hopefulness in this year’s rankings and this data,” said Tami Silverman, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. […]

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Annual data book: Indiana ranks fifth in first time child abuse cases

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has the fifth highest rate in the country for first time child abuse victims. According to the 2016 Kids Count in Indiana Data Book, released Monday, a child is abused or neglected once every 20 minutes and half of the children are under the age of five. “About […]

Commentary: Children and a long, hard fall

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Commentary: Children and a long, hard fall

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – By the time she was 12, Shanae Watkins had been molested. She had been raped. She had been pregnant. And she had stabbed another girl – a 13-year-old who, like Watkins, was involved with a grown man and a rival for his attention – to death. Watkins spent four […]

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Exceptional youth worker to be honored with cash prize for professional development

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The Indiana Youth Institute is looking for Hoosiers making a difference in the lives of young people and there’s a cash prize for the winner. The Indiana Youth Institute is teaming up with the Central Indiana Community Foundation to create an annual award. The winner gets a $2,500 cash prize to […]

Commentary: Children suffer as we fight on

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Commentary: Children suffer as we fight on

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Near the end of an hour-long conversation, Indiana Youth Institute President Bill Stanczykiewicz says there’s a reason our state government struggles to deal with problems that require a reasoned solution. Our system isn’t set up to put people in positions of power who are eager or even willing to […]