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Below, you will find articles, videos and radio interviews on IPI, and on the impact we’ve had in the community…or for our input on major issues and concerns happening in the community.

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Newspaper, Newsletter, and Blog Articles









Goal of truancy program is improved quality of life, Post-Tribune, 12/7/14

NIPSCO donation helps prepare Tomorrow’s Leaders today, NWI Times, 11/20/14

IBEW Local 697 Electrical Professionals scholarship helps a Lake County family thrive,, 10/30/14

First Lady Karen Pence Awards Grant to Indiana Parenting Institute, NWI Times, 10/24/14

Governor’s wife tours Parenting Institute facility in Gary, Post-Tribune, 10/22/14

Gov. Pence’s wife awards $15,500 in grants, Associated Press, 10/15/14

Legacy Foundation Awards More Than $760,000 in Grants to Lake County Nonprofits in 2013-14,, 10/1/14

Institute seminar brings message to teens, parents, Post-Tribune, 9/23/14

GUEST COMMENTARY: Easy transition for successful school year, NWI Times, 8/24/14

Truant students can mean fines and jail time for parents, Gary Crusader, 8/23/14

Indiana Black Expo Education Conference, Indianapolis Star, 8/17/14

Gary Lighthouse Partners with Indiana Parenting Institute, Lighthouse Academies, 8/15/14

Northshore Marks National Health Center Week with Fun Fair, ValpoLife, 8/14/14

Parents avoid jail by completing Project Rebuild program, Post Tribune, 8/13/14

Graduation Event for Project Rebuild Families, Indiana 105.5FM, 8/12/14

Resolving conflicts, mapping solutions for sustainable development at Gary symposium, Indiana Economic Digest, 7/23/14

Event to Focus on Family, Economy, Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick, 6/16/14

Project Rebuild Celebrated 3rd Graduation, NWI Times, 6/11/14

Graduation Celebrates Truancy Intervention Program, Indiana 105.5FM, 6/7/14

Governor appoints 9 from Region to State Boards, NWI Times, 6/7/14

Indiana Parenting Institute forms grandparents partnership, The Gary Crusader, 5/9/14

Parent-organized prom open to all Gary high school juniors and seniors, Post-Tribune, 5/5/14

Fair is all about putting family first, Post-Tribune, 5/2/14

Panel focuses on ‘school-to-prison pipeline’, NWI Times, 3/25/14

Parenting workshop puts focus on communication, Post-Tribune, 2/28/14

Reaction to Gary mayor’s State of the City address, Post-Tribune, 2/19/14

The City of Gary is a 2014 DollarWise Innovation Grant recipient, The US Conference of Mayors, 1/22/14












Videos and Television Programming

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The Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention meeting – Lake County
August 29, 2016 – Jena Bellezza of Indiana Parenting Institute speaks on The Family’s Role in Successfully Addressing Social Deficits before the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention, as she highlights the struggles and needs of the families of addicts, especially their children, and what needs to be done and made available to prevent addiction from becoming a generational coping mechanism within families.

CounterPoint with Garrard McClendon – 116 – Parenting
July 8, 2016 – Should couples take classes before becoming parents? We take classes for everything else: driving a car, guitar lessons, cooking classes, television production…the list is endless. The most important creation in a family is a brand new human being, and it comes with no instruction manual. Is parenting an art or a science? Are you born with the skills of a good parent or can you learn them? We’re talking with Laura Smith-Wynn and Jena Bellezza of the Indiana Parenting Institute.

Governor Pence’s Summit on the Family & the Economy
June 17, 2014 – Laura Wynn of Indiana Parenting Institute speaks on Achieving the American Dream: Family Economic Success & Stability (please fast forward to 51:10 for Ms. Wynn’s presentation).

Indiana First Lady Visits Gary
April 24, 2013 – First Lady Karen Pence takes time out of her busy schedule to meet with Indiana Parenting Institute’s parents to give them words of encouragement as they work towards their and their families success.


Radio Interviews

Regionally Speaking, Thursday, February 23, 2017
A conversation with Elizabeth Burden about an Indiana Parenting Institute-sponsored discussion Friday morning in Merrillville on the issue of substance abuse’s impact on families. The two-hour event begins at 10:00 a.m. at the IBEW Local 697 hall on Mississippi Street.

Regionally Speaking, Monday, January 9, 2017
Jena Bellezza of the Indiana Parenting Institute joins us in the studio to talk about the IPI’s designation by the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention as a “Treatment Best Practice.” IPI is the only organization in Lake County. She also talks about successful programs including a 10-week-long truancy reduction program.

Regionally Speaking, Thursday, May 26, 2016
James Wallace, the director of I.U. Northwest’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs, is speaking at an Indiana Parenting Institute workshop on the Gary campus on Friday. We asked him to talk about what he’ll tell the workshop participants.

PAMI2016 “Chat & Chew” Interview – Women Unleashed!
April 25, 2016 — On today’s Regionally Speaking on WLPR, 89.1FM, we’ll find out more about the Indiana Parenting Institute’s climax event for Parenting Awareness Month in Indiana — a “Chat and Chew” featuring Gary native, family physician, and TV talk show host Dr. Rachael Ross.

Parenting Awareness Month Feature: Parenting Engagement Can Be a Struggle
April 2015 — The Lakeshore has teamed with the Indiana Parenting Institute to bring you tips and features on parenting – brought to you by The Lakeshore’s own Sharon Jackson. Take a listen!

Making Better Parents
March 11, 2014 — There is an organization right here in Northwest Indiana that is improving the lives of kids by bringing up parents. The Lakeshore’s Sharon Jackson reports.


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