This week Indiana Black Expo released the 2012 State of Our Black Youth Report, a massive 236 page statistical analysis and narrative on the health and well-being of African-American youth in Indiana. Simultaneous press conferences were held in sixteen cities across the state: Anderson, East Chicago, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Hammond, Indianapolis, Jeffersonville, Kokomo, Lafayette, Marion, Michigan City, Muncie, South Bend and Terre Haute, where IBE leaders in those communities shared highlights of the State of Black Youth report with local community and political leaders in a Call to Action.
The 2012 report is a follow-up on two previous State of Black Youth Reports in 2005 and 2007. The 2012 report recommends strategies and promising practices for Indiana’s African-American communities to consider when addressing challenges and enhancing strengths identified by the data in the report.
IBE’s State of Black Youth Report does highlight some good news – a decrease in teen births and preterm births; an increase in Black HS graduates receiving Core 40 diplomas, an rise in the number of Black third graders passing Math and English ISTEP; growth in Black median household income, and a decrease in juvenile delinquency case filings and commitments to the Indiana Department of Correction.
But there’s also bad news. Increasing numbers of Black families headed by single mothers, an increase in Black youth living in poverty, an increase in Black infant deaths, an increase in the obesity rate for Black youth, an increase in maltreatment of Black youth and a substantial need for remediation for Black students attending Indiana’s public colleges and universities.
Click the Link below to Download and read the Full Indiana Black Expo 2012 State of Black Youth Report. Contact IBE at 317-925-2702 to learn how you can get involved and engaged in helping improve the quality of life for Black Youth in our state.