IYI Youth Worker Cafe'
Indiana Youth Institute exists to improve the lives of all Indiana children. They provide critical data, capacity-building resources and innovative training for people and organizations that impact the healthy development of Indiana’s children and youth. They facilitate collaboration and promote problem-solving and collective advocacy on a statewide scale.
The Decatur County Cafe's are made possible by:
Decatur County United Fund,
Decatur County Community Foundation, and Indiana Youth Institute.
Decatur County United Fund Financial Literacy Program is 12 sessions held during the course study. In its third year, the program still provides valuable tools for individuals.
The program is based on Phillip DeVol's Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life. The group participants, called Investigators, work to examine the impact of poverty on themselves and their communities and to explore the world through the lens of economic class. The kitchen table-style discussion group offers a safe learning environment where adults can reflect on and examine their lives, investigate new information that is relevant to them, and assess their own resources as well as resources available in their community.
Decatur County United Fund will partner with Decatur County Community School Corporation again for the 2019 Camp Invention Program. See information below for the 2019 event. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the future of innovation and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The program is open to children entering grades K-6, regardless of school district. Campers explore technology while building confidence in their natural ability to dream and create. Camp Invention is focused on inspiring future innovators, building STEM skills and preparing children for the future by providing fun, hands-on activities that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship and curiosity.
In June of 2018, 62 students became robotic pet vets using tools, circuitry, biology and physiology to take apart and diagnose robotic puppy problems. They successfully designed their own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LED's and technology. The young inventors persevered through challenges by using collaboration, discovery and invention prototyping to solve real world issues.