Is The Youth Carnival Barring Parents?

A report shows Indianapolis-area children are welcomed to the Youth Carnival, presented by the Indiana Youth Group, for an exciting start to the summer. However, participants must be between the ages of 12 and 20, and parents are not permitted in.

On Twitter, the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA)  announced it was planning the  Indypride Youth Carnival. The IYG Activity Center is hosting an exciting event on Wednesday, June 7, from 1 to 6 pm.  The program is free, but registration is necessary, and attendance is capped at 200 young people to guarantee everyone’s safety.  

The Indianapolis Airport Authority has said it is only sponsoring the event but not hosting it. The selling of specialty license plates with the IYG logo provides additional income from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

All participants must be between the ages of 12 and 20 to enter the Youth Carnival.

Trinity Episcopal Church, located nearby, will provide programming and activities for the parents and caregivers of youngsters in attendance.

If parents would prefer not to bring their children to the event, they have the choice of touring the city instead.  The announcement reports games, shows, refreshments, and shopping.  However, there are no parents allowed. 

The report suggests that every parent should ask why that is. And if the Indiana Youth Group is on the up-and-up, as it claims to be, then parents should be invited and even urged to attend the many social activities listed on its website, which they claim are beneficial to at-risk youngsters.

IYG claims to provide resources for adults in the form of workshops and counseling sessions. Individual and family therapy sessions, as well as group meetings and internet resources, are also available.

One resource is Project Prism.

Project Prism was initiated in 2020 by Indiana Youth Group as a rapid relocating project focused primarily on helping LGBTQ+ youth. The organization claims its program helps LGBTQ+ youth find new homes away from unsupportive families

There was some confusion about whether the Indiana Youth Group intended to utilize the unsupervised Youth Carnival as a platform to promote Project Prism.