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One Month Left For D. Susan Wisely Youth Worker Of The Year Award Nominations
Updated July 14, 2017 6:48 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The deadline to nominate a deserving candidate for the 2017 D. Susan Wisely Youth Worker of the Year is quickly approaching.

The Indiana Youth Institute is accepting nominations for youth-serving professionals who have made an extraordinary impact on Hoosier kids and who want to have an even bigger impact on children in Indiana.

The D. Susan Wisely Youth Worker of the Year Award honors one exceptional youth worker each year by providing a $2,500 prize to be used toward professional development. The recipient also receives free registration and travel accommodations for two to IYI's 2017 Because KIDS COUNT Conference on November 28 and 29 in Indianapolis.

Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. However, both parties must submit all forms together. Nominees must have at least five years' experience working directly with Hoosier children, must demonstrate servant leadership and must explain what type of professional development they would seek with the award.

Applications are available online at and are due by August 14. The winner will be notified on October 2 and will be recognized at the 2017 Because KIDS COUNT Conference in November.

This award bears the name of D. Susan Wisely, the retired director of evaluation at Lilly Endowment Inc. who oversaw the development of numerous youth service-related programs aimed at improving the quality of life for Hoosier children.

Funding for the award comes from the D. Susan Wisely Leadership Legacy Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Those wishing to contribute to the fund may do so online at, by mail or in person at 614 North Alabama Street, Suite 119, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.

The Indiana Youth Institute promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being.

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