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Indiana Afterschool Network
Newsletter: October 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
317-822-8211

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AFTERSCHOOL NEWS AND POLICY INFORMATION

Government Shutdown Impact on Afterschool    
The federal government shut down on Tuesday after failing to pass a Continuing Resolution which would provide funding to continue operations. The Afterschool Alliance has posted an article on the impact of the government shutdown on education and afterschool. Click here to read the blog posting by Erik Peterson.

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:  http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loa.cfm

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!
We are also looking for an event-planning intern. Click here for the full job description.

The Indiana Afterschool Network and the 2013 21st Century Community Learning Centers Multistate Planning Team sends much gratitude to all of the sponsors, participants, presenters and exhibitors for helping to make the 2013 Conference a productive and exciting experience for all in September!
A big thank you to Indianapolis' WFYI Public Broadcasting and FOX 59 for covering the events. To watch the FOX 59 story, CLICK HERE. To hear the WFYI story, CLICK HERE.

Indiana Youth Services Association Needs You
We are inviting you to be an integral part of the 2014-2016 Youth Service Bureau (YSB) grant review process for Indiana Youth Services Association (IYSA).  The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) anticipates granting approximately $1,600,000 to youth service bureaus in the state that provide juvenile delinquency programming. Grant reviewers help ensure such funds are distributed to the highest-quality proposals. Complete the reviewer packet here: http://www.indysb.org/news/2013-08-30-iysa-s-invitation-to-be-a-proposal-reviewer

Indiana Launches Commission on the Status of Children
With the creation of the Commission on the Status of Children, Indiana joins the ranks of over 20 states taking a new approach to serving young people. Senate Bill 125 created a multi-branch, cross-sector commission to study issues facing the state's most vulnerable youth and improve the coordination of services. The commission will be chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta H. Rush; it includes Republican and Democratic legislators, and representatives from the justice system as well as from state agencies. This short story explains more about why the commission was created.

Changes to the 21st Century Scholars Program
Students, parents and school counselors have a new online resource at Scholars.IN.gov that helps eligible students enroll in Indiana's 21st Century Scholars program, succeed in school and complete college. The new website also features ScholarTrack-a new personalized online tool that guides Scholars through each of the steps to complete the new Scholar Success Program requirements. Available for high school freshmen (Class of 2017) this year, ScholarTrack accounts will be provided to all 21st Century Scholars by fall 2014. https://secure.in.gov/apps/Che/scholartrack/ 
 
 
AFTERSCHOOL FUNDING 

Walmart Foundation
The foundation focuses funding on four areas: 1) hunger relief & healthy eating; 2) environmental sustainability to reduce waste and promote energy efficiency in communities; 3) women's economic empowerment; and 4) workforce development for workers with low to moderate skills. Multiple national awards are made of up to $250,000 each .The Local Giving Program awards community grants of $250 to $5,000 through Walmart stores, Sam's Clubs and their related logistics facilities. Nonprofits must operate on the local level or be affiliates/chapters of larger organizations operating locally and within the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.
Deadline: Rolling (national), March 31 (state) and Dec. 1 (local)
http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants

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.
http://us2020.org/city-competition to learn more about the US2020 competition and prepare to apply.

The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI)
Grants for non-profit agencies, unincorporated neighborhood groups and homeowners. Funding will be awarded for projects and programs that invest in Indianapolis neighborhoods of color, foster homeownership, and promote diverse, inclusive communities. Up to $75,000. Applications are due on October 22, 2013. http://www.fhcci.org/grants/

American Honda Foundation
http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf
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

PeyBack Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for Programs Serving At-Risk Children
Grants of up to $15,000 are available to nonprofits working to provide leadership and growth opportunities to economically disadvantaged children and youth in the Denver metro area, or the states of Indiana, Tennessee, or Louisiana.
http://www.peytonmanning.com/peyback-foundation/grants   Deadline: February 1, 2014
 
MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Awards nominations now open until October 21! 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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MetLife2013

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, http://www.studentcam.org/rules.htm 
 

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 http://www.teachercreativity.org/

Finish Line Youth Foundation
http://www.finishline.com/store/youthfoundation/guidelines.jsp
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.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people in grades 5-12 who volunteer in their communities. State Honorees receive an award of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, for national recognition events. Out of the State Honorees, ten National Honorees are selected to receive an additional award of $5,000 as well as a $5,000 grant for a nonprofit organization of their choice. Application deadline is November 5, 2013, http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/soc

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
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=426900036

CVS Caremark Community Grants   
Deadline: October 31
Provides financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that are providing much-needed access to health care for underserved populations; wellness and prevention programs that are aimed at helping people achieve their best health, including programs in public schools; and health education and awareness programs that are helping people on their path to better health. Qualifying organizations are eligible for grants of up to $5,000. http://info.cvscaremark.com/community/ways-we-give/cvs-caremark-community-grants

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
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=425300028

Grants Supporting Collaborative, Girl-Serving STEM Initiatives
Through support from the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), Indiana Girls Collaborative Project (INGCP) is pleased to offer mini-grants in support of  girl-serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects in Indiana. The maximum mini-grant award is $1000. To learn more, click HERE. Deadline:  October 15, 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
http://www.officedepotfoundation.org/funding.asp

National Gardening Association: Youth Garden Grants
Awards grants to schools and community organizations throughout the U.S. with child-centered garden programs. Applicant schools and organizations must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Twenty programs will receive a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids online store, a tool package from Ames, plant starts from Bonnie Plants, and a seed donation from High Mowing Seeds. Deadline: December 6, 2013
http://grants.kidsgardening.org/2014-youth-garden-grant
 
The Kresge Foundation: Human Services Program
Deadline: Rolling Amount: Varies
http://kresge.org/programs/human-services/advancing-effectiveness-and-resilience-multiservice-organizations  Through the Human Services Program, the Foundation seeks to expand opportunities for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families by strengthening nonprofit organizations and generating new knowledge about efforts to ameliorate and create pathways out of poverty. The grant focus area "Advancing the effectiveness and resilience of multiservice organizations" provides grants to help human services organizations demonstrate the ways promising approaches can add capacity, enhance performance, and increase resilience.

Saucony Run for Good Program
Committed to improving the lives of children by helping to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Programs whose participants are 18 years of age or less, have 501(c)(3) status or are public schools and can demonstrate their program positively impacts the lives of participants through their increased participation in running are eligible. Deadline: December 13th, 2013 Amount varies.
http://www.sauconyrunforgood.com/how-to-apply
 
U.S. Tennis Association
Supports organizations serving at-risk youth as well as youth with disabilities with tennis and education programs promoting health, character development and academic achievement. Grant range:  Varies Deadline:  October 18 http://www.ustaserves.com/grants_scholarships/grants_overview_/?intloc=headernavsub

KaBoom!

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

Deadline: Rolling Amount: Varies www.kaboom.org   

 

2013 Student All Star Grants STUDENT INITIATED COMMUNITY PROJECTS are eligible for a $500 grant. Students 13 and under can apply for grants for a community service project/program if they find a sponsoring 501©3 non profit organization. Apps must be submitted no later than Oct 25.  Apps are available at www.colts.com/allstar  Questions? Contact Tyson Bontrager  297-2658 ext 702 or Tyson.bontrager@colts.nfl.net

 

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.
http://www.rgkfoundation.org/public/guidelines 

 

AND  for more grants- The Youth Today Newsletter Grants Newsletter
http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=8fd8a707b2bd8858530346479&id=85f4ed08db&e=fe6e4c8d06   And GrantStation Insider
http://www.grantstation.com/insider_cobrands/091913_insider.asp    

  

 

QUALITY

 

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 www.indianaafterschool.org 
2.  Enter your program and organization into the IN Afterschool Mapping Database www.indianaafterschool.org 
3.  Align with IN Afterschool Standards and/or Specialty Standards (For more info contact Chelsie Sharp @ csharp@indianaafterschool.org)
4.  Assess your program quality using the IN Quality Program Self- Assessment (For more info contact Chelsie Sharp @ csharp@indianaafterschool.org)  

  

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH (STEM) FUNDING AND RESOURCES

   

Grants Supporting Collaborative, Girl-Serving STEM Initiatives  Through support from the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), Indiana Girls Collaborative Project (INGCP) is pleased to offer mini-grants in support of  girl-serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects in Indiana. The maximum mini-grant award is $1000. To learn more HERE. Deadline:  October 15, 2013.
 
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY State conference is November 17th & 18th. 
Contact Renee Bailey srbailey@purdue.edu or Bev Ransdell bevransd@iupui.edu for more information. 

 

Indianapolis VEX Robotics Competition and STEM Community Fair  November 17, 2013, 9am-3pm, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
The Indianapolis VEX Robotics Competition (IndyVRC) is looking to build on the success of last January's inaugural robotics event by adding an interactive STEM Information Fair for students and guests.  The STEM Information Fair will be located in the atrium entrance of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, ensuring the 70+ robotics teams, their families, and other community spectators are sure to spend some time visiting the booths throughout the daylong event.  The Fair will be held from 9am-3pm, the peak event time.   


IMSTEA Super Mileage Challenge 
APRIL  - Lucas Oil Raceway Park, Indianapolis
http://www.imstea.org/ 
Contact Jim Thompson:  jthompson16@indy.rr.com
 
Purdue University Recruiting for Girls in STEM Research Project  
Tamecia Jones is a doctoral student in Engineering Education at Purdue University.  We are recruiting 7th grade girls interested in STEM for a 2 year project where we offer online educational resources and observe their informal activities.  Students will get a stipend for participating. The project is titled Informal Pathways to Engineering at Purdue University for middle school children.  Contact: inspireinformalresearch@gmail.com or 317.426.1091. And, direct families or students to the survey for registration:  www.tinyurl.com/Engineering4Kids 

 

The "Engineering and Technology Educators of Indiana"  Has a NEW website  GO visit and Look at the conference information.
The new page is:  http://www.IndianaETEI.com/ 

 

The STEM Education Data and Trends Tool  http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/sei/edTool/index.html  is a great resource to find data quickly and intuitively on questions pertaining to  STEM education at various system levels.  
 
National Science Board releases STEM education data and trends tool (NSF)  
A rich resource for anyone searching for answers to those and many other questions. The online statistical tool provides key information on the current state of [STEM] in the United States through an easy-to-use interface.  (Note: this tool is temporarily off line due to the government shutdown)

 

Indiana Department of Education Road Maps for STEM Integration: http://www.doe.in.gov/achievement/ccr/indiana-stem-education-science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics  
 
Change the Equation
http://changetheequation.org  This is a national initiative that is mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States.  Check out STEMtistics page for lots of STEM data and Vital Signs for Indiana specific report.  

 

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. http://www.conradawards.org/ 

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. http://successfulstemeducation.org/  

 

   

STEMConnector 

FREE STEMconnector daily newsletter aggregates and curates news stories in STEM Education for all professionals interested in staying up-to-date on the latest developments in STEM. These news stories will cover topics in Education (from K-20+), Diversity and Women in STEM, Corporations and the Career Pipeline, Competitions and Conferences, Scholarships and Grants, Government, Non-Profits, Trade and Professional Associations, States, Innovation, Foundations, Testing and Assessments, STEM Policy and much more. To sign up go to

http://www.stemconnector.org/stemdaily 


Learning Blade  

A system that combines STEM and Common Core together by helping to expose students to STEM Careers in academic lessons that are tied to the Common Core standards. A validated supplemental tool for increasing STEM career awareness and interest by BattelleEd.  www.learningblade.com  

 

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 http://ignite.wisdomtools.com  for upcoming events, free training materials, webinars, lesson plans, and more.

 

  
COLLEGE and CAREER READINESS RESOURCES

       

'College GO! Week' launches statewide to help students plan for success  
College GO! Week encourages students to complete practical college-planning activities based upon grade level, such as creating a high school Graduation Plan, exploring career interests, visiting college campuses and committing to doing well in school. Sponsored by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education as part of its Learn More Indiana program, College GO! Week provides resources and tools to help schools and communities support students in planning for education beyond high school. CollegeGOWeekIndiana.org.
$1,000 school grants: Three Indiana schools - one elementary, one middle and one high school - will have the chance to win a $1,000 grant to support their local college readiness efforts. To be entered to win, schools can write a submission letter explaining their current activities and how they would use the funds to further support their students in preparing for college. Find more information at CollegeGOWeekIndiana.org and enter to win by Oct.25.

I'm First
Aspiring first-gens, and those who advise them, are signing up to access a Dashboard where users can research and connect with colleges that care about first-generation college students and find valuable information and support to guide them on the road to and through college. Check out the new and improved imfirst.org.

Indiana University Pre-College Programs website
http://precollege.indiana.edu/

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: http://www.in.gov/learnmoreindiana/2411.htm  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.  http://www.collegeweeklive.com/    

                    

CONFERENCES AND TRAININGS


INDIANA

    

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 Forest Whitaker, Academy Award-winning actor and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation and dozens of practical workshops with skills, strategies and tools that you can use immediately. http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1193467

Women in Nonprofits Leadership Symposium
October 24th, in Kokomo. Three areas of focus, including Personal and Professional Development, Leadership and Management Skills, and Women in Philanthropy will frame our symposium.  $125.00. Some scholarships available.  For more information and to register, visit www.INRNWEST.blogspot.com  or call 765-413-6049

Student Camp Leadership Academy - Midwest
November 1-3, 2013 Camp Henry Horner, Ingleside, IL. A weekend retreat that brings together students, camp professionals, ACA staff and leadership to explore, learn, and understand what the camp professional of the future must be and the leadership opportunities within the ACA structure at the local and National levels to impact the development of youth and others. Cost $135, includes lodging & food for the weekend. The following Midwest ACA Field Offices/Affiliate will pay the SCLA fee for a limited number of students; Great Rivers, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, St. Louis & Wisconsin. For full details and to apply visit the website. The deadline to apply is October 25th. Click HERE.

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: http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/events/event/taking-fundraising-seriously

Project Learning Tree Prek-8 Workshop in Bloomington IN
2-part Workshop (must attend both sessions) 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on 11/5 and 11/12. Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a broad source of hands-on, interdisciplinary activities aimed at children in preschool through eighth grades. During this workshop, you'll be introduced to the PLT activity guide, try for yourself some of the lessons and activities introduced in the PLT modules, and learn how to modify PLT to best fit your own curriculum.  www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/5750.htm  Register by 10/30

IMPACT 2013 Nonprofit Conference
Thursday, November 7, 2013, Indianapolis. Ivy Tech Corporate College is hosting the first annual nonprofit leadership conference on November 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome. There is an early bird registration fee of $99 and ends Sept. 15. Visit the website for more info: http://www.ivytech.edu/impactconference/ 

CELL's 2013 Indiana's Future Conference
November 12-13, 2013 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West.  This year's theme: "Indiana's Future: Turning Challenges into Opportunities" will focus on providing innovative strategies to tackle the many challenges facing Indiana schools and increasing opportunity for student achievement. http://cell.uindy.edu/
    

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: http://www.inrn.org/   

  

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: http://www.iyi.org/   

    

NATIONAL 
    

   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.  http://www.nfocus.com/communities-for-change

National Summer Learning Association's national conference on summer learning, Summer Changes Everything™ will be held November 11-13, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.  http://www.summerlearning.org/   Attend mini-plenary "Power Sessions" on the latest topics in summer learning, such as Connected Learning and Early Literacy. Gain best practices from high-quality summer learning programs.  Leave with strategies on how to make the case for summer learning using data.

Engaging 21st Century Minds: Using Technology, Nature, Cognition & Collaboration for Deeper Learning   November 15-17 - Boston, Massachusetts
http://www.learningandthebrain.com  Cognitive science is finding that active, self-directed activities engage the brain in deeper, faster learning than sitting passively in class. At the same time, new teaching methods using online and outdoor learning, project-based and global collaborations, along with 21st Century and Common Core requirements provide opportunities for more active, in-depth learning. Discover how cognitive science, nature and technology are changing teaching and classrooms, increasing student engagement and providing deeper learning experiences.

National Mentoring Summit  
January 30-31, 2014 - Arlington VA. The Summit brings together more than 700 youth mentoring organizations, as well as government, civic, research and corporate leaders and will feature effective and innovative practices, discuss new research, focus on professional development, and create a shared agenda to drive systemic change that integrates mentoring as a strategy to support young people. More HERE.

February 12-15, 2014 - Atlanta Georgia 
http://www.foundationsinc.org/beyond-school-hours-xvii
 Conference provides vital professional development opportunities for educators, funders and leaders working with students of all ages, across the learning day, all across America.

National AfterSchool Association's 26th Annual Convention
February 28 - March 3, 2014 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. Session proposals due October 25th. naaweb.org   

   

AFTERSCHOOL RESOURCES 

       

PBL Certification
In an effort by the Indiana Collaborative for Project-Based Learning (ICPBL), Indiana educators can now apply for enrollment into a PBL Certification program. This is a voluntary process developed by experienced teachers, school leaders, and other education stakeholders to validate educators who have met challenging professional expectations in PBL instruction as evidenced through the certification assessment. pblinstitute.com/certification

Summer Starts in September:  A Comprehensive Planning Guide for Summer Learning Programs.
This 200-page guide is full of research-based strategies, program examples and tools that summer program leaders, staff and trainers can use to develop an intentional, high-impact program. The guide is brought to life by 80 summer learning quality indicators, developed and tested through years of partnership with summer learning programs, researchers and trainers. Together, these indicators make up the Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs (CASP).  https://summerlearning.site-ym.com/store/view_product.asp?id=1972728

Working with educators on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee? Helping older students achieve and sustain grade-level reading?
The Statewide Afterschool Networks is proud to offer an FREE resource prepared by the Connecticut After School Network. Literacy Strategies After School,  http://www.ctafterschoolnetwork.org/resources/index.html  is a 400-page compilation of 50 different strategies and lesson suggestions for increasing literacy with students in grades 1-6. Developed specifically for use outside of the traditional classroom, these strategies are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and include extensive samples and resource lists.

Kids Included Together (KIT)
KIT helps organizations engage children with and without disabilities. Offering a blended learning model that includes live & online training and phone support center. This education transforms programs to be inclusive to all children, regardless of ability. To learn more, www.KITonline.org  

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 anthonyb@childrensmuseum.org.

PBS LearningMedia
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org  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.

Free afterschool social-emotional learning resources from WINGS for Kids, http://www.wingsforkids.org/wings/what-we-do/download-our-free-diy-sel-kits

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 www.AskRose.org      

  

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 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/askrose/id560503334?mt=8  

  

Y4Y's Aligning with the School Day Module
http://y4y.ed.gov/  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.
  

  

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. www.expandinglearning.org/expandingminds     


New Nonprofit Jobs Board 

 http://charitableadvisors.myexacthire.com/searchlistings.php
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 http://www.charitableadvisors.com/subscribe.html