2017 Because KIDS COUNT® Conference

Indianapolis, Indiana
Monday, November 27, 2017


Tuesday, November 28 - Wednesday, November 29
Indiana Convention Center
100 South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225
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Monday, November 27
The Westin Indianapolis
241 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
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Check out the Conference Book to see the full listing of sessions, speakers, schedules, sponsors & more!


For the past 16 years, the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) has hosted the largest gathering of youth workers and educators in the Midwest. The Because KIDS COUNT® Conference is a two-day, first-class conference experience packed with educational workshops, nationally recognized speakers, a resource trade show and amazing networking opportunities.



Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Youth advocate, former foster child, and author of the New York Times and International Bestselling memoir Three Little Words.
Kevin Carroll
Author, speaker, and agent for social change. Kevin Carroll is the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of three highly successful books, Rules of the Red Rubber BallWhat's Your Red Rubber Ball?! and The Red Rubber Ball at Work.


Great Resources from the Resource Center

  • Visit with nearly 100 exhibitors 
  • Network with peers 
  • Purchase books from your favorite conference speakers 
  • Attend book signings with the featured speakers
  • Take home practical resources


A valuable professional development experience
  • Offering more than 60 workshops
  • Addressing the five core competencies that outline best practices for individuals who work with youth, plus nonprofit management
  • Recruiting national speakers to cover the topics you want most: 
    • Working with kids 
    • Fundraising 
    • Parent engagement strategies 
    • Nonprofit management/organizational sustainability and much more!

Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute is an intensive professional development experience that provides nonprofit staff and board leaders with the tools needed to increase their effectiveness as they provide oversight for the resources and people in their organizations. On Monday, November 27, this one-day session allows full participation in the two-day Because KIDS COUNT® Conference activities.   

Presented by Michael Brandwein
Educator, Author, Trainer


Get Involved


The Because KIDS COUNT Conference is proud to have a variety of supporters providing an array of services and products to strengthen the work of the nonprofit professionals who attend.

We provide more than seven hours of dedicated time for conference goers to browse the Resource Center.


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