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GUEST COMMENTARY: Mental illness a major challenge for youths

Terre Haute native Tommy John posted 288 victories as a Major League Baseball pitcher, but one opponent was too strong to overcome — his son's mental illness. Mental illness remains a prevalent challenge for Indiana youths.

April 18, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Help teens stay safe in dating relationships

GUEST COMMENTARY: Help teens stay safe in dating relationships

Prom season can create a lifetime of memories, but many teenagers suffer experiences that carry a lifetime of consequences.

April 06, 2013 5:00 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Advice for teens on summer job hunt

GUEST COMMENTARY: Advice for teens on summer job hunt

While the nation's job market slowly is warming up, the summer months might not be so hot for teen employment.

April 24, 2012 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Solid preschool programs provide early educational boost

The enchanted students in flowing, floor-length top coats mystically discover insights about their captivating talents and abilities, preparing them for future opportunities and challenges. The results seem magical.

August 21, 2011 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Individual attention key to boosting graduation rate

GUEST COMMENTARY: Individual attention key to boosting graduation rate

Indiana's rising high school graduation rate, which increased from 76 percent in 2006 to 85 percent in 2010, is tempered by the fact that some students are not making the grade.

June 18, 2011 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Vulnerable children need volunteers' help

GUEST COMMENTARY: Vulnerable children need volunteers' help

A serious problem is rising for vulnerable Hoosier children, but so is the opportunity to help.

April 25, 2011 5:38 pm

GUEST COMMENTARY: Screen movies before letting kids see them

Teenagers spend their summers at the movies, and Hollywood's marketing strategies are a big reason why.

August 01, 2010 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Teaching kids to read never takes a break

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, only 34 percent of all Hoosier third graders, and only 15 percent of Indiana's African-American and Hispanic third-graders, scored "proficient" on a nationwide reading exam.

June 12, 2010 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Beat the buzzer on the game clock for college

While the buzzer-beating jumper is a thrilling way to end a game, waiting until the last moment is a losing strategy in college preparation.

February 22, 2010 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Mentoring is key to success for many children

A chilling question in a school hallway turned Jane Shorter into a crusader.

January 04, 2010 12:00 am

Thank a youth worker

Driving along Broadway Avenue in Gary reveals abandoned buildings casting shadows over vacant, crumbling storefronts. A pay-day loan center casts the only bright lights.

November 20, 2009 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Bullying still urgent issue for children

While bullying might seem like old news to adults, the situation is far more urgent to kids. Seventy percent of students ages 12 to 15 describe bullying as a "big problem" at school. Along with fearing the bully, one national survey discovered that 61 percent of bullied students did not repo…

August 08, 2009 12:00 am

Young athletes need rest to reduce injuries

The National Center for Sports Safety says 3.5 million children under age 15 are injured annually in youth sports leagues. Half of these injuries are caused by "overuse," when kids practice or play too much and -- worse -- are told by adults to play through pain and injuries.

July 13, 2009 12:00 am

Indiana budget affects children's entire lives

June brings attention to the political aisle, the wedding aisle and the graduation aisle. Each affects Hoosier youths.

June 09, 2009 12:00 am

We want to straighten out federal auditors

Jobs for America's Graduates is a national program using federal job training dollars to serve low-income students at risk of dropping out of high school. Indiana is the 30th state in three decades to implement JAG, and in the previous two school years 90 percent of the participating student…

April 22, 2009 12:00 am

Dyslexia could be cause of trouble with learning

If you boarded an airplane and learned the pilot is dyslexic, would you be nervous? No need to be if you also learned he is a graduate of the Pinnacle School in Bloomington.

November 12, 2007 12:00 am

Funding source determines who controls child welfare

The controversy around property taxes includes a debate involving children, but finding a solution could be easier said than done.

August 30, 2007 12:00 am

How to address youth suicide in Indiana

While homicide makes the headlines, another killer lurks virtually undetected. Fortunately, one Indiana community has developed a solution for others to follow.

May 21, 2007 12:00 am

Youths want signs they are getting noticed

The sign alongside the major thoroughfare pointed to the past as well as to the future. "Whatever Happened to ... Polio? See the Exhibit, 2nd floor."

March 10, 2007 12:00 am

Colts' Coach Dungy draws up a play for Indiana dads

While leading the Colts on their thrilling drive to the Super Bowl, a memory about parking at the stadium inspires Coach Tony Dungy to encourage dads to get off the sidelines and into the game with their children.

February 06, 2007 12:00 am

Good dads are good for business

Fathers who are absent from their children leave more than a void in the lives of those kids. They also create a hole in our state's economy.

November 22, 2006 12:00 am

Employers, commit to family-friendly policies

As Indiana aspires for more jobs in the 21st century economy, the employment philosophy of a successful Hoosier shows the way for growing not just the economy, but also for growing Hoosier children and youths.

September 16, 2006 12:00 am

Programs offer something to celebrate on Mother's Day

They felt they had nowhere to turn, that the only people in their lives would be their newborn children. But a pair of teen moms will celebrate Mother's Day later this month because of the help they received from innovative community programs.

May 03, 2006 12:00 am

This is no time to relax on protecting children's welfare

At least two myths need to be dispelled related to child abuse and neglect, and the sooner we move from myth to reality, the sooner more children will receive the love, support and protection they need.

January 11, 2006 12:00 am

Report tells how Hoosier children are faring

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March 22, 2000 12:00 am
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