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New Perspectives - Dec, 1996 Issue #43 

Alexandria, Virginia
Geoffrey Merrill, Director of Marketing

Founded earlier this year, the goal of International Youth Institute’s (IYI), headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is to provide quality training resources for youth development professionals working with “at-risk” young people. Their mission statement says, “IYI’s mission is to empower youth development professionals by equipping them with the skills they need to help transform America’s ‘at-risk’ youth into self-reliant, responsible and productive members of society.” 

"Founded by seasoned experts in the behavioral health, juvenile justice and training fields, IYI recognizes the critical need to place increased emphasis on providing youth development professionals with pertinent and consistent training that promotes the welfare and education of our nation’s troubled youth.” 

IYI has developed a series of training modules which can be tailored to each organization’s specific needs. Some of the training offerings include Positive peer culture orientation; Crisis intervention techniques; Anger management; CPR and First Aid; Conflict mediation; Sex offenders training; Therapeutic intervention techniques; Trauma recovery; Victim awareness; and Suicide prevention. 

Their largest contract to date was announced on July 24, 1996 with Youth Services International, Inc., headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland. The $2.5 million contract provides for IYI to perform needs assessment as well as designing and implementing a comprehensive program in which more than 5, 000 YSI direct-care workers will be trained over the next three years. 

YSI hopes to raise the standards and quality of youth services in the country. For information, contact Geoffrey Merrill at the above phone number. 

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