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Indiana Afterschool Network
Newsletter: August 2013


Indiana Afterschool Network

Our mission is to create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships to increase funding and resources, advance public policy, and promote quality out-of-school time programs.  Our vision is that all Indiana children and youth have access to high quality, affordable out-of-school programs that prepare them with skills to succeed in school, college, work, and life

445 N Pennsylvania St. Suite 945
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Lights On! The nation's rally for afterschool is coming! On October 17, 1 million Americans and thousands of communities nationwide will celebrate the 14th annual Lights On Afterschool to shine a light on the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. Register to host a Lights On Afterschool celebration! Find planning tips and event updates at:

The National Afterschool Association
believes that a diverse, professional, educated, and well-compensated workforce is the key to high quality afterschool programming. With the information gathered from this Benefits survey, NAA seeks to collect data that will position them to advocate for increases and improvements in the salary and benefits of professionals in the youth-serving field.

Survey ends on September 1st. NAA is giving away two $50 gift cards to Oriental Trading for survey participants.

Advocacy: 21st Century Community Learning Centers
As many of you know, there is urgency to advocate for sustaining 21st Century Community Learning Centers - the largest funding for afterschool and summer programs in the nation. It's often challenging following the national conversations and knowing when to advocate. So, we are here to give you the latest information and let you know that there is real urgency about the sustainability of 21st CCLC. Indiana receives $19M for 21st CLCC distributed to 250 programs serving 20,000 children and youth each year. This year, the need and requests for 21st CCLC funding far exceeded available funding and many long-time funded 21st CCLC programs were not funded, impacting thousands of K-12 youth statewide. Congress is currently debating renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which includes the 21st Century program.  You can make a difference!  Let your legislators know how important this funding is to children, youth and families in our state.  Click here to send emails to your legislators.  The Afterschool Alliance has provided language to help you make your case:   Invite legislators to you visit your program.  Celebrate Lights On Afterschool.   Contact Chelsie Mann-Sharp at the Indiana Afterschool Network for ideas and questions

Save the Date!
March 17-18, 2014
Indiana Summit On Out-of-School Learning
"I Am Indiana Afterschool"  
JW Marriott Downtown Indianapolis

More information coming soon!

Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction is offering a $500,000 grant opportunity for substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion. Grant range:  $500,000 (November 2013 - June 2016).  Deadline: September 23, 2013. For more information click here.

US2020 City Competition
A nationwide contest supporting outstanding, multi-sector efforts to increase STEM mentorship for underrepresented youth. The City Competition will distribute over $1 million in in-kind and direct support among 3-5 cities, including on-the-ground service corps members, access to a state-of-the-art online volunteer platform, consulting services from a leading firm, and participation in local and national communities of practice. Introduced by President Clinton in June, the month-long first-phase application period will open on September 18, with winning projects launching in Fall 2014. to learn more about the US2020 competition and prepare to apply.

American Honda Foundation
The America Honda Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. Deadline: November 1, 2013

2014 RISE Award
Google RISE Awards are designed to promote and support education initiatives to increase engagement in science and technology, especially computer science. Google grants awards of $15,000 - $50,000 USD to non-for-profit organizations around the world working to expand access to these fields for K-12/Pre-University students, specifically girls and underrepresented groups. Deadline: September 30!overview

Aetna Foundation's Regional Grants

The Aetna Foundation's Regional Grants fund community wellness initiatives that serve those who are most at risk for poor health - low income, underserved or minority populations. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help prevent obesity and many chronic conditions. Grants will target communities where healthy food can be difficult to buy, and where social and environmental factors may limit people's ability to be physically active. Funding limits: proposals seeking $25,000 - $40,000. Deadline: September 15, 2013

William T. Grant Foundation: Youth Service Improvement
Do you have an afterschool program or youth service organization in New York City that has seen some degree of success but lacks the funding to make necessary improvements? The William T. Grant Foundation is awarding $25,000 grants to small to medium sized direct service organizations in an effort to improve the quality of services being offered to youth between the ages of 8 and 25. Deadline: Sept. 11.  More HERE.
MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Awards nominations now open! In partnership with MetLife Foundation, the Afterschool Alliance is looking to award $10,000 to five exemplary afterschool programs serving middle school youth. In particular, we need your help to find innovative and lesser-known programs in four categories: keeping kids safe and supported, afterschool and the Common Core, students with disabilities and other special needs, and using data to improve programming

Make A Difference Day
Each year on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of Americans take part in Make A Difference Day, the nation's largest annual day of volunteering. By participating in Make A Difference Day your charity has a chance to receive a $10,000 grant from Newman's Own. For a chance to win a $10,000 grant from Newman's Own: Register your project  After completing your project on Oct. 26, fill out a simple form at describing what took place and the impact you witnessed.

Bright House Networks announces StudentCam,
C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. This year students in middle school and high school will compete to share in $100,000 in cash prizes, with 150 total student prizes awarded.  Bright House will select six regional winners to share in $12,000. This year's question is, " A Message to the U.S. Congress." What's the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014? For a complete list of competition rules, 
Unitarian Universalist Association: Fund for a Just Society

The Fund for a Just Society, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, provides grants that address issues of social and economic justice. The Fund supports organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society and mobilize with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination. The maximum grant amount is $15,000; however, most grants range between $6,000 and $8,000. Deadline: September 16, 2013

The Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program: designed to provide teachers, counselors, librarians, media specialists and administrators with professional development and renewal. 100 fellowships at $10,000 each. Deadline: November 1

Finish Line Youth Foundation
The Finish Line Youth Foundation provides funding to organizations that youth athletic programs and sports-based camps, especially those serving disadvantaged and special needs children. Deadline: Rolling  Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000.

Build a Bear Foundation
Build a Bear Workshop's Foundation has an RFP out for literacy programs (mostly for books) and child well-being programs. Amounts range from $1,000-$5,000. Deadline is October 31st

STEM Education Projects
Westinghouse Electric Company is accepting applications from schools in the United States working to provide creative hands-on projects related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through its N-Visioning a Brighter Future program, Westinghouse will award $1,000 grants to three schools for any project with a STEM-based focus. An additional $2,000 grant will be awarded to each school's science department for general needs. Deadline: November 15, 2013

Pollination Project
Seed grants of $1,000 for educators to implement projects promoting environmental stewardship, social justice, human rights, and animal protection. Deadline September 22, 2013

Office Depot Foundation
Supports nonprofit organizations, government agencies, libraries, and schools that bring systemic change to the communities they serve. The Foundation provides grants averaging $1,000 in three distinct categories. The focus of the "Giving Children Tools for Success" category is on activities that give young people tools to succeed in school and in life through education and inspiration. The "Building Capacity to Serve Communities" category targets programs that help nonprofit organizations to serve the needs of their communities efficiently. Deadline: October 31, 2013

WellPoint Foundation - Healthy Generations
The WellPoint Foundation invests in domestic initiatives that help improve the lives of people and the health of local communities. The Foundation promotes healthy behaviors, health-risk prevention, and healthy environments. Focus areas include childhood obesity prevention. Amount Varies. Deadline: September 13, 2013


Offers "Let's Play Land Use" playground grants.

Deadline: Rolling Amount: Varies   


The Blockbuster Foundation  Supports a wide range of causes, including programs that benefit children and youth.  Applications:  accepted monthly.     
Grant range:  not specified. More HERE. 

RGK Foundation
awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and medicine/health. Human service programs of particular interest to the foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The foundation supports a variety of community improvement programs including those that enhance nonprofit management and promote philanthropy and volunteerism. Youth development programs supported by the foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life.  Deadline: Rolling  Amount varies. 


AND  for more grants- The Youth Today Newsletter Grants Newsletter    





Do you struggle with communicating your impact? 

Do you want your program using best practices?

Are you in need of quality improvement strategies?

Are you searching for empowerment and leadership opportunities for your staff?

The IN Afterschool Network is launching a statewide campaign to increase quality in before and afterschool programs, school age childcare centers, mentoring programs, summer camps and other youth serving organizations across Indiana.

Afterschool Programs...Make "A Pledge To Quality"!
Pledge your commitment to utilizing best practices for improving quality afterschool programming for all Indiana children and youth.

4 Ways To Get Engaged!

1.  Sign-up for the IN Afterschool e-newsletter 
2.  Enter your program and organization into the IN Afterschool Mapping Database 
3.  Align with IN Afterschool Standards and/or Specialty Standards (For more info contact Chelsie Sharp @
4.  Assess your program quality using the IN Quality Program Self- Assessment (For more info contact Chelsie Sharp @  




Celebrate Science Indiana 2013 - The annual event is open to the public and includes fun, interactive science exhibits for children, youth and adults of all ages!  Indianapolis Motor Speedway (September 8, 10 am - 5 pm) and Ft Wayne at IPFW (September 7, 10 am - 4 pm).  For more information and ways to exhibit and get involved:

The STEM office at the US Naval Academy is hosting a teacher training event on Saturday, Sept 14 from 0800-1600. Advanced registration will be required. The day will involve activities revolving around sea perch construction and Project Based Learning into the classroom. Read more... 

is September 27th and 28th at the Sheraton in Indianapolis, Keystone Crossing
Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education website: 
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY State conference is November 17th & 18th. 
Contact Renee Bailey @ Purdue-Kokomo ( )  or Bev Ransdell @ IUPUI Beverly Ransdell ( for more information.

IMSTEA Super Mileage Challenge 
APRIL  - Lucas Oil Raceway Park, Indianapolis 
Contact Jim Thompson:
The "Engineering and Technology Educators of Indiana"  Has a NEW website 
GO visit and Look at the conference information.
The new page is: 


Spirit of Innovation Challenge- Deadline for qualification round: Oct. 24  The Conrad Foundation believes students ages 13-18 have the potential to create the next world-changing, commercially-viable product or service in the areas of: Aerospace and Aviation, Cybertechnology and Security, Energy and Environment, and Health and Nutrition. The Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an annual business and technical plan competition open to students around the world and a great way for students to create something to benefit humanity. Participation is free. Teams from afterschool programs, science clubs, homeschool organizations and charter schools are also encouraged to participate. Each team must have a teacher, parent or afterschool program coordinator serve as their coach. 

Successful STEM Education- A National Science Foundation Initiative 
This site provides information, events, and resources that highlight promising practices and tools in support of effective K-12 STEM education in schools and programs.   



NASA Ignite! Free Curriculum and Training in Indiana

You don't have to be a STEM expert to facilitate fun, hands-on activities to help kids learn about survival in space, how to train like an astronaut, rocketry, and much more. NASA Ignite provides free staff training and easy to implement curricula, games, and videos for afterschool, summer and in-school learning. Each activity gives you a lesson plan, list of supplies, and estimated preparation/implementation time. In-person trainings, weekly webinars, and customized support are free, through a NASA Summer of Innovation grant. Activities are geared toward youth in grades 4-9, but can be modified for any grade level. Contact the NASA Ignite! team to learn more and get started. Visit the Ignite! Dashboard  for upcoming events, free training materials, webinars, lesson plans, and more.




The Indiana College Access and Success Network Conference - September 20, Indianapolis
Join administrators, educators and community leaders from around the state as we work in collaboration to meet Indiana's goals for higher education. 

Indiana University Pre-College Programs website

Parents and students may now access a single resource regarding various activities available to them. The new site represents a campus initiative to provide a single resource for parents and students seeking enrichment or academic experiences.


Learn More Indiana
Visit:  for the latest college readiness resources.


College Week Live A new FREE website can help students gain information and develop aspirations through online "campus visits," online chats with current college students and other info on postsecondary options. This online college fair connects students and parents to admissions representatives from more than 450 colleges.    





2013 Because Kids Count Conference Tuesday & Wednesday, December 3 & 4
Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN $125 for individuals serving Indiana youth; $275 for non-youth serving or out-of-state individuals. Featuring Golden Globe and Critics Choice award-winning entertainer Queen Latifah and dozens of practical workshops with skills, strategies and tools that you can use immediately.

2013 IBLC Legislative Symposium
Friday, Sept. 6 Indiana University Northwest in Gary. The annual IBLC Legislative Symposium focuses discussions on some of the most pressing issues of the day. Public policy is formulated through dialogue and sharing. This year's topics will include children's issues, economic development, education, public health, and a youth forum that will focus on leadership, college preparedness and internships. Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to Latishea Varnesdeel at or by calling her directly at 317.232.9991.

69th Indiana Association of Children and Family Services Annual Conference 2013
September 10 - 11 2013
Indianapolis Marriott East 7202 E. 21st ST
This year's conference will feature an array of knowledgeable speakers recognized both statewide and nationally for their expertise in youth and family services.

Indiana Latino Institute Luncheon
Join the Indiana Latino Institute, Inc. during the Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate it's Impact on the Latino Community.
Friday September 20th, 2013 11:30-1:30 PM
JW Marriott. Keynote Speaker, Governor Mike Pence
To purchase tickets or for more information:

5th Annual Minority Health Conference - "What you Don't Know Can Kill".
Monday, September 23, 2013 Indiana Government Center, Indianapolis
This conference is free and open to the public.
This year there is also a Youth Track available (high school students).

Project WET and Aquatic Project WILD Workshop - For formal and non-formal educators, grades K-12th
Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab Marian University, Indianapolis. Project WET and Project WILD are award winning conservation education curriculum programs. Lessons are interdisciplinary and hands-on, teaching a wide variety of environmental concepts in a fun, interactive way. Educators can use the lessons as stand-alone units or as supplemental materials to existing programs. During the workshop participants will experience several of the activities and teaching methods in the guides as well as receive guidance on integrating the materials into their programs.
To register, contact the Division of Fish & Wildlife at (317) 234-8440

2013 Improving Kids' Environment Midwest Conference October 2-3, 2013, Indianapolis
This year's tracks include Healthy Homes, Healthy School, Healthy Communities and Healthy Childcare 


24th Annual Conference on Youth- Thursday, October 3, 2013
7:15 am-4:30 pm
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne
The Annual Conference on Youth provides practical tools, current research, best practices, and relevant information to those who work with and on behalf of children, youth and families. For a registration form and more information
about the conference, go to:

2013 Governor's Conference on Service and Nonprofit Capacity Building
Nonprofit professionals can now register for the two-day Governor's Conference on Service and Nonprofit Capacity Building scheduled for October 3-4, 2013, at the Westin Indianapolis.

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy's annual symposium- November 6th
Featuring the Mayo Clinic's James Hodge as Keynote. Fundraising and nonprofit professionals and executives, along with national innovators and thought leaders, philanthropists and scholars are invited to take advantage of this symposium as an opportunity to pause and reflect on whether or not fundraising's core values remain valid and valuable in a shifting landscape. To register, find hotel discount information, and view the list of speakers and panelists, go to:

Save the Date! CELL's Annual Indiana Education Transformation Conference
will be held November 12-13, 2013 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. 

The Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network offers trainings across Indiana on a wide range of nonprofit management topics. The upcoming calendar of workshops and more info here:   


Indiana Youth Institute Trainings and Cafés NEAR YOU
Topics including Technology Safety, Reaching Uninsured Families and others will be provided at various locations in including: Merrillville, South Bend, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Evansville and New Albany.  More info here:   



National College Access Network's annual conference
"Turn Up the Volume: Ensuring College Success for All," will be held September 16-18, 2013, in Nashville, TN. Stacey Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, will keynote this year's event, which includes a wide range of practical workshops and networking opportunities to help you help more students with postsecondary readiness, access and success. More info, including a registration login password, email:

Rev Up: October 8-11, 2013 Chicago      Rev Up is Chicago Freedom School's four-day training institute for youth organizers and youth workers who are interested in exploring how to incorporate social change approaches into their work. Rev Up will feature workshops led by Chicago's cutting edge youth development professionals. You don't want to miss this opportunity for re-energizing, skill building, and networking. For complete training information, or to register visit: 


Communities for Change 2013 - Oct. 23-25 - Omaha, NE
nFocus Solutions' leadership symposium, is a premier annual conference for nonprofit, school, city government, educational institution and community decision-makers who are focused on making a positive impact on complex youth development and education issues.

National Summer Learning Association's national conference on summer learning, Summer Changes Everything™ will be held November 11-13, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.    




Indiana Museum Access Pass Program
Provides discounted admissions to families enrolled in qualifying state assistance programs. Includes: Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indiana Historical Society, and the Terre Haute Children's Museum. The ACCESS PASS allows families with TANF, Hoosier Healthwise, and/or HoosierWorks/Food Stampsto gain admission for just one dollar per family member per visit.  To find out more, contact Anthony Bridgeman at

Better Together: Building Local Systems to Improve Afterschool A Conference Report
Published by the Wallace Foundation details what mayors, program providers, system leaders, researchers and others had to say on matters ranging from how to measure afterschool performance to how to boost program quality. More HERE.

PBS LearningMedia  PBS LearningMedia, formerly known as PBS Teachers, provides educators with access to over 30,000 digital resources, including exciting and interactive STEM curriculum and activities. Resources are organized by subject, grade level (from pre-K to post-high school), and resource/media type.
A free and comprehensive resource that is a collection of open college courses that spans videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors at Harvard, Princeton and MIT.

The Homework Hotline started in 1991 as a toll-free telephone service. Several online features have been added in recent years, and the iPhone app gives students easier access to Rose-Hulman students that are available as hotline tutors from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday during the school year. Supported by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Homework Hotline provides toll-free math and science tutoring services by calling 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673) or through the website      


Resource available Students Stumped by Studies - Thanks to an innovative Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student, there's now The AskRose app, which links Indiana middle and high-school students with free homework math and science assistance. The app is available at the iTunes App Store  


Y4Y's Aligning with the School Day Module  As summertime approaches, many programs are planning, hiring, and preparing for their summer programs. High quality summer programming that incorporates academics is a critical strategy, in the prevention of summer learning loss and gaps in achievement for children. Make program preparations easier by examining some of the resources, tools, and training materials in Y4Y's aligning with the School Day Module.


GenerationOn Educators, parents, families and community organizations will find the resources needed to ignite the power and potential of young people to become leaders and problem-solvers, successful students and active community members.


2-1-1 is now State-Wide in Indiana!   All 92 counties with all 6,483,802 Hoosiers now have access to the free 24/7/365 service that helps people find the help they need to obtain safe, affordable housing, food and utilities, mental and physical health care, employment, volunteer opportunities and many other things that can lead to happier, healthier, safer individuals and families in our communities. DIAL 2-1-1 TODAY IF YOU NEED HELP OR IF YOU WANT TO GIVE HELP.


Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success This new resource is now available that makes the case for quality afterschool and summer learning programs. Edited by Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., Expanding Minds and Opportunities is a powerful compendium of studies, reports and commentaries by more than 100 thought leaders including community leaders, elected officials, educators, researchers, advocates and other prominent authors.     

New Nonprofit Jobs Board
The Not-for-Profit News has launched a new jobs database, in partnership with ExactHire, which gives nonprofit employers and workers new tools to promote and manage your job searches.  

Charitable Advisors also now has newsletters for northern and southern IN