As a leader in youth issues in Central Indiana, MCCOY is heavily involved in conversations with leaders across industries to find and implement strategies to improve our community’s supports for young people and families. An essential part of our leadership involves participating in and often leading coalitions, committees, and various groups where decision-makers of the city gather to make decisions about the future of Greater Indianapolis and beyond.
Some of our work connecting with leaders in the community includes representation in the following groups:
MCCOY places specific efforts towards connecting leaders and taking action to remove barriers to youth success. This involves finding root causes of the challenges young people and our society as a whole faces and placing supports strategically to address those challenges early on in a young person’s life through the systems that support them and their families. Our involvement in prevention work has led us to place specific efforts in the following coalitions:
Marion County OST
Monthly convening of Out of School time leaders and practitioners serving youth in Marion County.
Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network
The Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network (RCRLN) convenes, educates, and mobilizes community leaders on racial and cultural relations issues to improve the quality of life in the Indianapolis area. The RCRLN is unique in that it is comprised of business, civic, and community leaders who volunteer their time and services to study and improve race and cultural relations in the city and its institutions. It is not a board of directors, an organization, or an action group. Instead, it is a process, a network and forum, and a convening agent and facilitator. It is among the longest sustainable community relations processes in the country.
The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) is a bipartisan effort with public, private, and community partnership for juvenile justice system improvement. The initiative focuses on the reallocation of public resources from mass incarceration towards investment in youth, families, and communities. Marion County joined JDAI in 2006, becoming the first JDAI site in Indiana. MCCOY currently helps co-chair the Gun Violence Prevention Workgroup of JDAI Marion County.
Much of MCCOY’s advocacy work would not be able to take place with out the support of important advocacy coalitions of which we are members.
These critical groups are comprised of organizations from all over the state and country who share a common goal to promote policy changes that improve the lives of children and families and support the youth worker community.
ICHS is a statewide nonprofit organization of more than 20 agencies and associations representing a broad spectrum of interests and populations. For nearly 40 years, ICHS has been a leading voice for those in need of a basic safety net and life enriching human services. ICHS’s work makes Indiana a better place for vulnerable Hoosiers.
Equity in Education Coalition
The Equity in Education Coalition is dedicated to removing barriers for youth in their growth and education journey.