Indiana Youth Institute awards Tippecanoe Valley School Capacity Grant

Tippecanoe Valley High School. (Photo: Nick Deranek/News Now Warsaw)

On Friday, February 7, Indiana Youth Institute awarded Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation the IYI School Capacity Grant, one of only four school districts in the state.

For three decades, the Indiana Youth Institute located at 603 E Washington Street, Indianapolis, has supported the youth services field through innovative trainings, critical data, and capacity-building resources, aiming every effort at increasing the well-being of all Indiana children.

IYI’s mission is to improve the lives of all Indiana children by strengthening and connecting the people, organizations, and communities that are focused on kids and youth. IYI’s vision is to be a catalyst for healthy youth development and for achieving statewide child success.
They strive to create best practices models, provide critical resources, and advocate for policies that result in positive youth outcomes.

Every year, IYI creates the Indiana Kids Count Data Book, presents it to the legislators and creates issue briefs which inform the state of the top priorities for youth each year for the state of Indiana. On January 24, 2020, TVSC’s Tania Grimes (Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment), Blaine Conley (Superintendent) and Lori Tilden-Geiger (Director of Marketing, Public Relations, and Grants) participated in a 1.5-hour finalist interview which took place at Akron Elementary with IYI’s Tracy Butler, Director of College and Career Connection (grant project lead).

TVSC’s project/grant award consists of the following:
Approximately 100 hours of coaching and technical assistance focused on strategic planning, program development, and/or school-community impact. The coaching and technical assistance will focus on advancing outcomes within the following areas and/or other areas the school identifies related to equitable college and career readiness: expand the capacity of adults who serve youth; teaching the whole student/supporting social emotional health; and strengthening academic outcomes.

An invitation was issued to TVSC to join peers from other participating awarded schools in a community of practice focused on equitable college and career readiness. The community  will convene periodically, with the vast majority taking place virtually. Also included in the grant award is registration for two people to attend IYI’s KIDS COUNT Conference in Indianapolis on Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2020.

TVSC believes there is a direct imprint on student success according to their social-emotional wellness. This opportunity to consult and work with professionals from the Indiana Youth Institute will fill equity gaps to organize and build a solid roadmap and implementation strategies for SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) in the district, positively impacting students’ college and career readiness and strengthening the Valley Community.