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Tami Silverman

Tami Silverman

Tami Silverman is President & CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. Working with the board of directors, she determines the overall direction of IYI and serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson, advocating for programs, innovations, and policies that benefit children and youth. Tami draws upon her 25 years of experience managing teams to set the stage for dedicated, curious and focused individuals to create positive impact and lasting change.

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The connection between improved mental health and youth mentoring

By: - January 29, 2024

A New Year has arrived, kids are back in school, and National Mentoring Month is coming to a close. While the benefits youth receive from being involved in a quality mentoring program have been well established, we continue to learn more about the connection between mentoring and improved mental health. National Mentoring Month is led […]

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Time for a real job: teen employment teaches responsibility and builds confidence

By: - May 11, 2023

Do you remember your first “real” job? The one beyond babysitting or mowing lawns, where you actually earned a paycheck. What did that job teach you about customer service? About finances? About personal responsibility and employer expectations? For many of us, our earliest jobs built confidence and skills, while also helping us develop the experience […]

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The 2023 legislative session is a chance to help youth

By: - December 19, 2022

While many of us are stringing lights and wrapping presents, there’s another season for which we should also be preparing – the 2023 Indiana Legislative session. What youth and child issues are likely to be discussed? What data exists that should inform legislative action on those concerns? How can we involve more young people in […]

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Native American Heritage Month, Indiana’s history, and a season of gratitude

By: - November 24, 2022

Over 30 years ago, President H.W. Bush and Congress designated November as National American Heritage Month, encouraging all Americans to learn about the contributions, past and current, of North America’s Indigenous peoples. As we celebrate the work and cultures of Native Americans, it is also a good time to help our children learn about our state’s history. […]

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Hoosier children still suffering from mental health pandemic

By: - September 1, 2022

Children in America are in a mental health crisis, struggling with anxiety and depression at unprecedented levels. And we are just starting to understand the effects the past two years have had on the mental health of our Hoosier children.  Indiana’s overall child well-being rank is 28th in the country, according to the recently released […]

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Encouraging Civic Engagement at All Ages

By: - July 21, 2022

Only days ago many of us put out patriotic decorations, went to a parade, and gathered to celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence. Along with enjoying the fireworks and barbecues, our children and youth are paying attention as we discuss freedom, its costs, and the state of our union. How do we teach our […]