Members of the local school corporation, the Community Mentoring Program, the Boys and Girls Club of White County and various organizations gathered at the old Woodlawn Elementary School building Wednesday to not only hear a presentation on the different statistics concerning the different elements affecting children’s lives in White County, but also to start coming together to help alleviate some of the problems faced locally.
West Central Indiana Outreach Manager with the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) Kevin Enders led a Youth Worker Café at Woodlawn Wednesday morning, running through data collected from governmental sources on the national, state and county level, as well as reputable sources on various topics, including: child population, education, child poverty, child care, mental health, violent relationships, child maltreatment and challenges for parents.
IYI is a statewide organization that serves over 10,000 youth-serving professionals in the state of Indiana each year through free or low-cost services, which includes webinars and professional development trainings.
According to Enders, White County housed 5,700 children under the age of 18 in 2015, with the child population dropping 11.9 percent from 2001. Of those children, close to three out of four lived in a married couple family, which amounted to 72.6 percent of the children in the county, while 16.4 percent lived in a single mother home, 7.9 percent lived in a single father home and 3.1 percent lived in a foster…
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