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Teaching Lawrence County Kids To Think Big
Updated April 27, 2016 10:17 AM | Filed under: Education
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(BEDFORD) - Experts say grit - the character trait that encompasses persistence, determination and resilience - is a stronger predictor of college success than a student's SAT score, IQ or high school GPA.

Another big part of a student's success is having what's known as a growth mindset. That includes the ability to embrace challenges, learn from criticism and find lessons in others' successes.

The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) and Hoosier Uplands are teaming up to host a free event for educators, youth workers, community leaders and other caring adults to learn more about how to help foster those character traits in young people.

The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 in the PAC Lobby of Bedford North Lawrence High School, 595 Stars Boulevard in Bedford. All attendees must sign in at the school office.

Tracy Butler, IYI's program director for college and career counseling, will speak to attendees about how to discover these important concepts and will share practical ideas for cultivating more grit and growth mindsets among the youth you serve.

As part of IYI's Youth Worker Café program, the forum and lunch are free, but reservations are required. RSVP at If you have trouble with the link, please contact IYI Statewide Outreach Manager Debbie Jones via email at

Youth Worker Cafés are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children. This event is funded in part by Old National Bank Foundation. For more information, contact IYI Southeast Indiana Outreach Manager Sarah Broady at

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