Indiana Kids, formerly Mitch’s Kids, came out of the Mitch Daniels administration in 2005. It has since been named Indiana Kids. Indiana Kids has four main goals:
1) Increase youth career and college readiness
2) Promote civic responsibility through engaging students in service activities
3) Increase student academic achievement
4) Increase parents job skills, parenting skills, and life skills leading to overall self-sufficiency
Indiana Kids funding supports grades k-12 (age 17 and under) through the support of the Family and Social Services Agency’s (FSSA) -Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding. The purpose of TANF is to 1) provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes 2) end the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage 3) prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies 4) encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families. Indiana kids specifically addresses TANF goals 3 and 4.
Current List of Indiana Kids Programs
Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs: The Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs will provide education, youth development, and career exploration services to TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) eligible children while giving support to TANF eligible families. Two thousand TANF eligible youth, Grades 1 through 8, will be identified for participation in a variety of programs presented by Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the State of Indiana.
Trustees of Indiana University: The Trustees of Indiana University - Office of Community Engagement (OCE) will provide youth grades 6-12 through seven (7) sites throughout Indiana and via a virtual online site 84 workshops, 96,000 mentoring sessions, 20,000 hours of tutoring in math, science, English and social studies, and online educational resources.
Healthcare and Education Training, Inc.: The Health Care Education and Training, Inc. (HCET) will serve youth grades K-12 through 19 sites throughout Indiana. With a goal to reduce the risk for out-of-wedlock pregnancies through positive youth development, civic engagement, teen pregnancy prevention interventions, and parent/guardian engagement trainings.
Serve Indiana’s Role
Serve Indiana provides funding, structure, and oversight of the Indiana Kids program.
For any other questions or concerns, please contact Naejla Walton at Nwalton@serveindiana.gov or 317-234-4485.