Join us for supper on October 24

Jessie's Kids is hosting its 4th annual Chili Supper

October 24, 2017
5-8 pm
Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds 
Home Ec Building

  • $6 per person advance ticket/ $7 at the door
  • All you can eat chili, hotdogs, sides, desserts, and beverages.
  • Free ice cream for kids wearing Red Ribbon Week gear.
  • Raffle for great prizes! 
Thank you to our sponsors!
Food and beverages provided by Arni's, Great Harvest, Ice Cream Specialities, Terry and Cindy Jones, Texas Roadhouse, Triple XXX, and Wendy's.  Additional support provided by Centier Bank, Lynda Raymer, Red Seven, and Wal-Mart.

New Community Initiatives Strive to Increase Positive Outcomes for Youth

This summer, two initiatives led by Tippecanoe County’s Juvenile Court will emphasize the importance of interactions between authority figures and youth in our community. 

The first initiative is Community Policing, a concept based on building relationships to encourage active participation in community safety.  The initiative involves off-duty law enforcement officers from the Lafayette Police Department visiting neighborhoods throughout the city just to engage with youth and families.  Captain Kurt Wolf of the Lafayette Police Department states, “We are looking forward to just dropping by to talk to kids and families in non-crisis situations.  This will provide us an opportunity to build relationships.  Ultimately, we want kids to learn to run to us, not from us.  That step alone will improve outcomes for everyone.” 

Teaching the Teen Brain, the second initiative, resulted from a collaborative meeting between juvenile justice professionals, school officials, and other community members.  Dr. Brandie Oliver, Assistant Professor in School Counseling of Butler University, developed a training curriculum focused on adolescent brain development, the impact of trauma, and strategies to strengthen brain development.  The initiative is funded by United Way.  Lafayette School Corporation and Tippecanoe School Corporation educators will attend the first Teaching the Teen Brain training on August 7th learning interventions and methods of engaging youth based on the adolescent brain.  Additional sessions will be offered throughout the year. 

These initiatives derive from Tippecanoe County’s involvement with the overarching Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) funded through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Department of Correction.  JDAI is a statewide juvenile justice reform effort.  Tippecanoe County is one of three early JDAI pilot sites in Indiana.  Tippecanoe County’s involvement has resulted locally in a 56% reduction in secure detention admissions from 2010 through 2014 while continuing to maintain community safety as evidenced by a corresponding 20% decrease in juvenile arrests during that same time frame. Further financial support for these programs has been provided by Jessie's Kids Foundation.

Make a Difference - Become a Youth Worker!

Cary Home for Children is currently hiring Youth Development Workers to help shape the future of youth in Tippecanoe County.

Applicants must be 21 with a valid driver's license.  Go to to apply.

Make an Impact - Become a Mentor!

Check out this video from our partners at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lafayette. If you can commit a couple of hours a week to making a lasting change, please apply to become a mentor today! Download the application here

Shape the future of a child - become a mentor!

January is National Mentoring Month - the perfect time to sign up to become a mentor.

Over the past year, Tippecanoe County Youth Services (TCYS) has been working with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Lafayette to create the Greater Lafayette Mentoring Partnership (GLMP).  Through GLMP, we have been able to share resources in order to match all youth in the juvenile justice system who request a mentor.  We currently have 14 kids who are waiting to be matched.  If you have been looking for a way to make a lasting change in our community, this is a great opportunity.

Mentors matched with a youth in a TCYS program will initially meet at Cary Home until both parties feel comfortable meeting in the community.  Mentors are expected to meet with their mentees 1-3 hours a week and to commit to one year.

Please contact me with questions or apply today by returning this application to:

Karah Rawlings
Community Engagement Coordinator
Tippecanoe County Youth Services
1530 S. 18th St.
Lafayette, IN 47905

Dine at Texas Roadhouse and Support Jessie's Kids!

Just print this flyer and bring it with you to Texas Roadhouse on May 15.  
10% of your purchase will go to Jessie's Kids Foundation.  

Cary Homegrown

This spring, the youth in programs at Cary Home for Children have been invited to participate in an annual garden project.  
The Cary Homegrown project includes a fruit, vegetable, and herb kitchen garden.  This year we are expanding the project to teach the youth participants about starting plants from seed, composting, container gardening, and soil and water conservation.  Besides the kitchen garden, we are also planning to install several areas of native plantings on the property in partnership with Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation.   
Jessie's Kids is currently accepting cash and in-kind donations for Cary Homegrown.  Visit for a list of needed items.  We will be updating this website regularly to share our progress with the community, so check back often.