Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

State News

November 16, 2013

Actor headlines Because Kids Count Conference

In addition to learning the latest techniques and strategies from the best youth development and nonprofit trainers in the nation, attendees also can earn Continuing Education Units free of charge at the Indiana Youth Institute's Because Kids Count Conference Dec. 3-4 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis.

Academy award winner Forest Whitaker, now starring in "The Butler" and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, and the History Channel’s Brad Meltzer of the show "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" will provide inspiring keynote and plenary speeches, and additional resources are available in the Vectren Resource Center.

The top trainers on working with kids and promoting positive youth development have been recruited from around the country to speak. Topics include “Ten Tips for Engaging Youth”; “Games that Educate and Motivate”; “A to Z with GENeration WHY”; “Ten Strategies Proven to Inspire Your Most Difficult Students”; and “Resilient Youth: Transforming Average to Extraordinary.”

Workshop sessions also will be held on fundraising, communicating with parents, collaborating within the community as well as leading and managing a youth-serving organization.

In recognition of the sponsoring institute's 25th anniversary, the registration fee has been reduced to $125, half of the actual cost. Online registration will close Nov. 18. To register: On-site registration will be available for an additional $25.

Michelle Sanchez, the IYI Southeast Indiana field representative, recently said in Batesville the conference has been "hugely received and growing bigger and better every year Our trainings are just packed with fantastic information." Scholarships are available. Details are offered at

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