The 2018 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book reports that the child poverty rate in Indiana is 19.5 percent, equal to the national rate. In Central Indiana, one in three families is financially unstable. According to the Data Book, parents in poverty report struggling with planning, preparing and providing for their families’ needs. Many children living in poverty have gaps in learning, knowledge and socio-emotional development that begin as early as infancy and get progressively wider over time.
Join us for this interactive lunch presentation “Real Life. Real Choices.” to experience what it might be like to be a part of a central Indiana family living in poverty. This deep dive into real life family scenarios will help participants better understand the problems, issues and challenges that real families in Central Indiana face daily.
During this event, attendees will discuss ways to address the needs of low-income families and how to become involved in the fight to help reduce poverty. Also learn about various United Way of Central Indiana programs and services available in the community along with other local resources and initiatives.
Speaker: Margie Worrell, Immersive Learning Initiatives Manager – United Way of Central Indiana Margie Worrell holds a BS in Elementary Education from Towson State University in Towson, Maryland. Her current mission is to take community members into the lives of citizens who are living in poverty, helping them develop an understanding of the complex issues surrounding poverty and empowering them to join in the fight for self-sufficiency for every person in Central Indiana.
Community Partners: Reach All Randolph County, Randolph County Wraparound – Centerstone, Randolph County YMCA
Connect: You are invited to bring your business cards and program or service information to share. Please also feel free to arrive early or stay after for additional networking time.
Save the Date! Join us for the next Randolph County Youth Worker Café on April 17 on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
IYI Resources on this topic: “The State of Indiana’s Children: Surviving, but not thriving” IYI CEO blog post; “How to Reach
Students Living in Poverty” Webinar; “Poverty, Hunger and Homelessness” library Subject Guide
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Randolph County Fair Grounds Husted Hall
1885 S. US Hwy 27
Winchester, IN 47394 (765) 584-2271
RSVP via Randolph County YWC. If you have trouble with link, please go to www.iyi.org/ywc or email Debbie Jones.
Lunch will be provided.
For more information about this event or resources from The Indiana Youth
Institute, contact IYI’s East Central Outreach Manager Alison Palmer.