Overview

Indiana County, a three-time 100 Best winner, remains focused on improving health, life and academic outcomes for area youth and their families. To promote youth health, LifeSteps, an organization that serves individuals with disabilities or special needs, offers Child Check, which screens and monitors all areas of a child’s development from birth to age five. Project Fit America works to combat childhood obesity and help youth lead healthy lives by teaching them how to take responsibility for their own health. Indiana County’s Children’s Advisory Committee identifies needs of young people and their families, and provides opportunities for growth through partnerships with educational systems, human services, juvenile justice systems, faith-based organizations and community leaders.

Community Programs

  • Indiana County’s Children’s Advisory Committee identifies the needs of the community’s youth by enhancing communications and collaboration among educational systems, human services, juvenile justice systems, faith-based organizations and community members.
  • LifeSteps , an organization that serves individuals with disabilities or special needs, provides Child Check, a program that screens children’s development from birth to age five.
  • Project Fit America seeks to reverse lack of fitness in youth and teach children how to take personal responsibility for their health.
  • Safe Zone , a program created by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, improves visibility and support for LGBT students and employees.
  • The Salvation Army’s Ark of Learning® tutoring program matches adults from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with youth to assist in their school work.

Youth Voices

“For the last year, Keystone Club has been renovating a local playground. Working on the Barslope playground has given me the chance to work with others and provide a safe place for children to play, all of which will help me to be successful in my future.”

—Kaylee