Protecting communities from the illegal drug methamphetamine, or meth, and helping youth manage the challenges in their lives will be the topics of upcoming Youth Worker Cafe seminars offered by the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) in collaboration with community partner agencies.
- Meth seminar for youth workers in Adams and Wells counties, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday in the large conference room of Family Centered Services, 1515 N. Sutton Circle Drive in Bluffton.
The seminar will feature Indiana State Police Master Trooper Tim Myers discussing aspects of meth use, including the physical and mental changes in a user, a youth institute news release said. People attending also will learn more about the dangers of meth labs and possible warning signs that should be reported to police.
Since 2000, 21 Indiana children have been injured and three have been killed while around meth labs, the news release said. Indiana State Police reported 156 children were found in illegal meth lab environments statewide in 2016.
- Youth life seminar for youth workers, counselors, educators and others in DeKalb County, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 9 in the large conference room at the Community Foundation of DeKalb County, 700 S. Main St. in Auburn.
People attending will learn more about the challenges facing youth in DeKalb County and potential solutions, the news release said. The discussion will include information from IYI's 2017 Kids Count in Indiana Data Book and research on best practices for addressing key issues.
Both seminars and the lunch included are free, but reservations are required by going to www.iyi.org/calendar. If you have trouble with that online link, contact IYI Statewide Outreach Manager Debbie Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.