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Indiana Afterschool Network


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

Thanks to all of our partners in the Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning!
The 2014 Summit Planning Team sends much gratitude to all of the sponsors, participants, presenters and exhibitors for making the 2014 Summit a productive and exciting experience for all!  A special thanks to U.S. Congressman Andre Carson and Congresswoman Susan Brooks for joining us and showing support for afterschool!  The Summit was hosted by Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Afterschool Network on March 17-18 with more than 600 participants.

-- Send us your feedback: Attendee Survey Monkey Link
-- Follow up site with presenter materials:
-- Presenters, send your presentations to:

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz Announces Recipients of
21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Grants
Fifty-three organizations serving 184 afterschool sites will receive 21st Century Community Learning Center grants designed to provide academic enrichment opportunities for students. Grant awards range from $50,000 to $300,000. The total award for this year is approximately $11.1 million. For a list of grantees and more information, click HERE.
From the Afterschool Alliance on 21st CCLC
Please contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators Donnelly and Coats today to invite them to co-sign a House or Senate letter supporting robust funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program in Fiscal Year 2015.  Thank you to Congressman Andre Carson for signing on!  A number of House members and Senators have joined together to demonstrate their districts' commitment to supporting afterschool programs.  Given the uncertainty in the current budget process, it is imperative that we continue to ensure that our representatives are aware of the priorities of their constituents. Please visit the Alliance's Action Alert page to send a brief message to your representative asking them to support afterschool program funding.

Recap of the 2014 Indiana General Assembly
Visit this link to see the key bills relating to youth that were supported by United Way of Central Indiana and that were passed during this year's legislative session.
AND this link for a Bill Tracking List aligned with Indiana Association of United Ways' Policy Priorities.
Be sure to thank your legislator for work that you appreciate!

Save the Date! Thank a Youth Worker Day is May 8th
As we thank youth workers, we increase the awareness of the field and of the good work all these youth workers do for the world! More info at


We have been receiving several requests to get the word out about different summer programs and job openings at your sites. We are excited to support your efforts. In response, we will compile your information and send it out to our Indiana distribution list the week of April 14th.


If you would like to be included in this listing, please follow these guidelines:

1. Deadline: Send all information to Sara at no later than Monday April 7th at NOON.   

2. Information should include one paragraph (up to 100 words) with your contact information and a brief description of your program and/or position opening.  Include participant age ranges. 

3. Information received will not be edited. Please send your information in text form, NOT a pdf.


Indiana Migrant Education Program Summer 2014 Grant
The purpose of this grant is to: support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migratory children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves; and to provide supplementary services that go beyond the full range of services that are available for migratory children from other appropriate local, state, and federal programs assuring that migrant services support, not supplant, said services for which the migrant students qualify. Amount varies. Due: Friday, April 18, 2014. 

Indiana Department of Education Summer Food Service Plans
The Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP) was created to serve nutritious meals to children when National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available. To ensure all children receive proper nutrition throughout the year, SFSP reimburses organizations that prepare and serve meals to eligible children during the summer and school vacation periods. Learn more:

The Dekko Foundation - Development Grants

DEADLINE: Open. Most grants range between $500 and $325,000. Grantmaking focuses on projects that support the healthy development of children up to age 18 in early and middle childhood, adolescent and community development. 

Farm To School Grant
The purpose of this U.S. Department of Agriculture grant program is to assist entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in schools. Programs should connect schools with local or regional farmers, food processors and manufacturers in order to serve local or regionally procured foods in school cafeterias. Planning Grants $20,000 - $45,000; Implementation and Support Service Grants $65,000 - $100,000; and Conference/Events $15,000 - $50,000
Deadline: Letter of Intent for Conference/Event Grants (mandatory): April 2, 2014. Proposals for Planning, Implementation, and Support Service Grants: April 30, 2014.

USGA/Alliance: Grants for the Good of the Game
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) believe that golf should be open to everyone and support a wide variety of programs that create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in the sport. They especially encourage inclusive programming-- opportunities that allow participants with disabilities and participants without disabilities to learn and play the game side by side. Maximum award: $20,000. Eligibility: tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section SOl(c) 3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or government entities such as public schools or municipalities. Deadline: Rolling

Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation
Supports a wide range of programs that serve vulnerable children including children who are ill, orphaned, disabled, injured, abused or malnourished as well as children with limited or no access to education. Grant range:  $1,000 - $15,000.  Deadline:  rolling.

Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation
Deadline: May 31, 2014.
The Foundation awards grants to support work that helps stop bullying, helps those hurt by bullies and/or helps increase tolerance in sports. Because lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are often targeted by bullies, the Foundation gives particular attention to this community. Increasing tolerance and promoting diversity in sports is also central to the Foundation's mission. Amount: Up to $10,000

Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States. The focus of the Foundation's grantmaking is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Amount: Up to $10,000 Deadline: Rolling

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.

The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
Celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives for students in grades 6-12 that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. Amount $2,500 - $5,000. Deadline is April 4, 2014. Further details on award categories, full application instructions, and profiles of past winners can be found at

The Home Depot Foundation offers grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that are utilizing volunteers to improve their community. These grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Priority is placed on volunteer projects that serve veterans and their families, and/or involve veterans volunteering to help other veterans. Applications for these grants will be accepted through Aug. 15.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Offers youth literacy grants to schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to implement new or expand existing literacy programs, purchase new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, or purchase books, materials or software. Award amount: $4,000 Deadline: May 22, 2014

Target Stores Grant Program for Early Childhood Reading
The Target Store Grant program provides grants to K-12 schools and other nonprofit organizations working to provide reading and arts programs for children and youth. Grants will be for $2,000 each. Deadline April 30, 2014.
The Indiana Girls Collaborative Project is offering grants of up to $1,000 in support of girl-serving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects in Indiana. At least two programs must partner together to receive project funding. Deadline: April 19, 2014

Innovative CTE Curriculum Grant
The Indiana Works Councils and the Center for Education and Career Innovation (CECI) announce the availability of $4.3 million in grant funding for Innovative Career and Technical Education Curriculum.  The grant funds are a match to private investments for the Innovative Career and Technical Education (CTE) Curriculum grant (as authorized under IC 20-19-6-7).
The purpose of this grant application is to foster and scale the most innovative and effective CTE curriculum models in the state.  These models may be either pedagogical or programmatic in nature. CECI is seeking grant proposals that leverage evidence-based practices in the development of innovative CTE Curriculum at the local level.  Deadlines to submit grant proposals for Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 are April 30, 2014 and January 2, 2015 respectively. Amount varies.

Youth Build Grant
The U.S. Department of Labor will award grants to organizations to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while performing meaningful work and service. Amount varies. Deadline: April 22, 2014

Joyce Foundation

The Education Program works to close the achievement gaps that separate low-income students and communities of color from their peers by improving the quality of teachers they encounter in school, enhancing early reading policies, and exploring such innovations as charter schools. Program priorities are: Teacher Quality,  Early Reading and Innovation Grants: A small portion of program funds is reserved for other outstanding opportunities to close the achievement gap, especially policy-oriented efforts to expand the supply of high-quality charter schools in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis. Requires Letter of Inquiry Deadlines: Rolling Upcoming Deadlines: February 24, 2014, July 11, 2014

Connect a Million Minds (Time Warner)
Connect A Million Minds supports include after-school STEM programs, mentorship programs that inspire the pursuit of STEM education and careers, STEM-related competitions, visitations to technology companies and labs, and apprenticeship programs.
No deadline. For more information, go to:
WellPoint Foundation
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 Healthy Active Lifestyles. Grants open to nonprofit organizations in the 25 states in which WellPoint, Inc. does business. SPARK is well aligned with the goals of this program! Award Amount: Varies Deadline: May 9, 2014
Wells Fargo offers grants to assist a variety of nonprofit organizations that provide human services, community development, educational, artistic, cultural, civic and environmental programs. Applications are accepted in Indiana on a rolling basis; organizations are encouraged to prepare a proposal using the guidelines and contact their local Wells Fargo location to submit an application. 

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. 
The World We Want Foundation 
Offers youth-led service learning grants.
Deadline: Rolling,  Amount varies.  

The National Education Association (NEA) Learning & Leadership Grants
The NEA Foundation provides grants to support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Amount Varies. Deadlines: February 1, June 1, October 15, 2014

The Midwest Youth Tennis & Education Foundation Inc.
The Midwest Youth Tennis & Education Foundation is dedicated to supporting youth tennis programs, activities, and individuals throughout the USTA/Midwest area and accepts applications for grants that fall within the scope of its mission. Amount varies. Deadlines: April 1, July 1, October 1 2014

Ford Foundation Educational Grants
The foundation's grantmaking focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. Types of grants the foundation makes: General/core support, Project, Planning, Competition, Matching, Recoverable, Individual, Endowment, Foundation-administered project, and Program-related investment. Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling

Share Our Strength Grants
Share Our Strength offers grants to non-profit organizations, schools, and other eligible organizations involved in increasing access to nutrition and anti-hunger advocacy. Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling
AND  for more grants- The Youth Today Newsletter Grants Newsletter
And GrantStation Insider    




Are you a program that needs improvement in areas of health and wellness?  Coming soon!  The new IN Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards.  


Make A Pledge To Quality!  The Indiana Afterschool Network is launching a statewide campaign to promote and strengthen quality in before and afterschool programs and summer camps across Indiana.

Get Started!
Making a Pledge To Quality is SIMPLE:
1.  Sign-up for the IN Afterschool e-News -
Connect with other OST programs across the state in order to share best practices, funding, employment opportunities and professional development.   

2.  Register in the IN Program Mapping Database -
Become a part of a larger community of dedicated youth professionals who serve in the out-of-school learning environment.  

3.  Align with the IN Afterschool Standards and/or Specialty Standards -
Demonstrate your commitment to statewide best practices in quality improvement to funders, parents and other stakeholders.  
4.  Assess using the "NEW!" Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment (IN-QPSA) -
Utilize data to inform your decisions and drive quality improvement action. Be a part of a statewide strengths-based quality self-assessment process that provides data reports to help with program site and systemic quality improvement.  
Click on the following link and fill out your area(s) of interest.
IN Out-of-School Pledge To Quality Interest Form    


For more information: 
Contact Bri Gaston-Bell, Data and Technical Assistance Manager




Ignite! Scholar - NEW Opportunity for Program Providers AND Undergraduate Students!  Indiana's Education Roundtable has awarded our coalition with funds to provide early field experience for new educators! In the pilot year, WisdomTools and IAN are partnering with Marian University and Indiana University-South Bend to recruit undergraduate STEM majors who are not yet enrolled in teacher education programs and pre-service teacher education students who are not yet in STEM fields to participate in STEM instructional activities for students during out-of-school time. Through the Ignite! Scholars Program, these undergraduate students, teamed with master teachers, will engage students in afterschool programs in Indiana Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Center's (South Bend School Corporation in the pilot year), and grantees of the Indianapolis Summer Youth Program Fund, using NASA Ignite and FIRST Robotics curricula.

What does this mean for YOU, as a program provider? If you are located in the Indianapolis or South Bend areas, we may be able to place pre-service educators (and their mentors) in your program to lead STEM activities at no cost to you!  If you would be willing to provide an opportunity for these new educators, please let us know by emailing

How about if YOU are an undergraduate STEM or education major in the South Bend or Indianapolis area? If you are located in the Indianapolis or South Bend areas, you may be able to apply for the Ignite! Scholar program. If you are interested and would like more information, please let us know by emailing


Indiana Afterschool Network STEM 101 Webinar Starting a STEM program is not  as difficult as you think... Watch this recorded webinar   to find out how you   can get started! Click here:       


ISU's College of Technology's 7th annual FIT for the Future conference on Saturday, April 19, 1:00-5:00 pm. This fun-filled afternoon of career exploration will offer hands-on workshops for high school and college students. Professional women in technology fields will share how they chose the paths they have followed in building their careers and how students can take advantage of opportunities in the world of technology and engineering. Please register by April 5. Learn more:

The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue for High-Achieving Students and Outstanding Science Teachers- June 22-28, 2014
By 2030, the global demand for energy will have increased by 50% based on the predicted human population increase. A secure energy future, both in the United States and abroad, needs solutions that come from a diverse energy portfolio. Unfortunately, we face a national crisis in the number and quality of students entering the STEM disciplines that will have a future impact on our nation's ability to lead the world in the energy sector. To address these issues, Purdue University has launched an Energy Academy to inspire high school students and teachers in energy sciences and engineering. Participation is provided free of charge to the 42 participating students and 42 teachers. Teachers also will receive a $400 stipend.

Midwest Science Afterschool Science Academy - April 9-11 in Kansas City
About MSASA: Join our 5th annual conference focused on positive youth development, informal STEM learning, and out-of-school-time leadership training. MASA5 is designed for frontline afterschool professionals facilitating STEM exploration with youth, program administrators wanting to elevate the levels of STEM education in their programs, and community leaders looking to coordinate resources and advance policies that result in more informal STEM learning opportunities for all youth  Website:  


Summer Advantage STEM Program Builds on the scientifically validated Summer Advantage program to provide K-8 students with a rigorous and stimulating STEM summer learning experience that will give them a true advantage in college and career. Partner with Summer Advantage to bring this hands-on and career-driven STEM program to your scholars.To learn how to partner with Summer Advantage please call Amber Deckard at (317) 727-9814 or  

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.




2014 Postsecondary Counseling Institute Presented by Kroger
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Friday, June 20, 2014
Marriott North Hotel, Indianapolis
The Postsecondary Counseling Institute is an intensive two-day workshop designed to give school counselors and mentoring organizations the skills and tools they need to help their students explore a wide range of education options after high school, from traditional four-year colleges to apprenticeship programs.

Balfour Scholars Program
Although the achievement gap is narrowing at the K-12 level, barriers to college enrollment still continue to exist for many traditionally underrepresented groups. Supported by a grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the Balfour Scholars Program (BSP) is a free program for high school juniors designed to help cultivate student academic and career development as well as minimize misperceptions about affordability, unfamiliarity with higher education, and difficulties with cultural adjustment that prevent students from successfully matriculating and graduating from college. More info HERE.

Campus Tours for Counselors:  Reserve your spot on the bus now!
Experience for yourself---and your students---the unique flavors of Indiana's private, nonprofit colleges and universities.  Join us for the ICI Campus Tour Program, sponsored by the Independent Colleges of Indiana and offered free of charge.  This educational and fun experience is designed specifically to meet the needs of counselors and other adults who assist students with the college selection and admissions process.  For a detailed schedule of the 2014 Summer Tour schedule, as well as online registration, visit (click on "About," then "ICI Campus Tour").  From June 16 to June 18, 2014, we're visiting six of our northern campuses: University of Notre Dame, Valparaiso University, Holy Cross College, Saint Mary's College, Bethel College, Goshen College, Manchester College, and Saint Joseph's College.    

Cash for College increases students' financial aid awareness and decreases college debt with practical information and free resources that help Hoosier families save for college, compare college costs, earn scholarships and file for financial aid. Learn more at

Learn More Indiana
Visit: for the latest college readiness resources.
Scholarship Programs for undocumented DREAMer students These full scholarships are currently available and the deadline for application this year is March 31.  All the information about the program can be found at the website for the program:


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.    





Summer Fun & Learning Expo - Columbus
Wednesday, April 2 from 5 - 7 PM
300 Washington Street ~ The Commons
Calling all kids!  Are you looking for some summer fun and adventure? Don't miss this opportunity to learn what Columbus organizations and programs have available for you! Over 15 organizations will be represented.
Questions? Please contact Kate Garrity
Sponsored by the Bartholomew County Out-of-School Coalition
Breaking the Cycle with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana
Monday, April 7th at 8 a.m. at the Hilton Indianapolis for the annual Breaking the Cycle Conference. Featured Motivational speaker: Gloria Loring. Visit for more information or call 317-775-6439 for more information on how to become a sponsor, exhibitor or participant.

Kent Weldon Conference for Higher Education 2014 Conference
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Indianapolis Marriott East
This annual conference for Indiana students, educators, business, community and government leaders presented by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education will take place on April 10, 2014. Don't miss the keynote address, "Measuring What We Value," with Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Gallup Education; Courtney Brown, Director of Organizational Performance and Evaluation at Lumina Foundation; and Gina DelSanto, Chief of Staff at Purdue University.   

The $mart Indiana Financial Literacy Summit
will bring together classroom and out of school financial education providers. Among the attendees expected at this professional development program are those with responsibilities for financial education programming or outreach from non-profits, K-12 education, higher education, financial institutions and government.  Participants will learn about policy, best practices, strategies, and instructional resources in the area of youth financial literacy in the State of Indiana. Friday, April 11, 2014 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at The Brickyard Crossing Golf and Conference Center, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4400 West 16th St., Indianapolis. Register by April 4 at
Agenda at

The 2014 Indiana Statewide Conference to End Sexual Assault
Save the Date: April 24th and 25th, 2014 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel  

ISU's College of Technology's 7th annual FIT for the Future Conference -
Saturday, April 19, 1:00-5:00 pm. This fun-filled afternoon of career exploration will offer hands-on workshops for high school and college students. Professional women in technology fields will share how they chose the paths they have followed in building their careers and how students can take advantage of opportunities in the world of technology and engineering. Please register by April 5. Learn more:

Greater Terre Haute Afterschool Network Camps and Activities Fair
Saturday, April 26, 2014 * 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Vigo County YMCA * 951 Dresser Drive
The Greater Terre Haute Afterschool Network (Greater THAN), is hosting a Camps and Activities Fair on Saturday, April 26, in conjunction with YMCA's Health Kids Day and the Weatherford 5K. This event is designed to promote all the afterschool activities and summer camp events in the local area. For more information on how to participate, see the THE EVENT FLYER.

Best Practices for Family Engagement
Educators, families and community members are invited to attend on June 9th from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Indianapolis Marriott North Hotel. The conference is presented by The Indiana Center for Family, School & Community Partnerships. For more information, call Jackie Garvey at 317-205-2595. Or visit:

2014 Postsecondary Counseling Institute Presented by Kroger
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Friday, June 20, 2014
Marriott North Hotel, Indianapolis
The Postsecondary Counseling Institute is an intensive two-day workshop designed to give school counselors and mentoring organizations the skills and tools they need to help their students explore a wide range of education options after high school, from traditional four-year colleges to apprenticeship programs.

6th Annual Project Based Learning Academy Workshops

The PBL Academy provides project based learning instruction, structure, and on-going support for K-16 educators. The goal of the PBL Academy is to help teachers improve student achievement through rigorous, authentic projects with community partners that address academic standards as well as the development of deeper learning.  The PBL Academy offers a comprehensive introduction to project based learning as well as workshops for experienced practitioners who want to hone their skills.  A detailed agenda will be available in January, 2014, along with a link to online registration
June 9-13, 2014 Columbus Signature Academy HS (2205 25th St, Columbus, 47201)
June 16-20, 2014  Jac-Cen-Del HS (4544 N US Hwy 421, Osgood, 47037)
Call Bob Abrams at 812.344.0405 or email

Primary Prevention Training: Where Intervention Starts with YOU Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent
Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)
When working with children we want  to be a positive impact on their lives. Unfortunately, there are times when our children are vulnerable to individuals who create inappropriate boundaries. Learn how to identify and respond to suspicious behaviors with confidence by knowing what factors separate a normal child/adult relationship from an abnormal one. Providing safe and nurturing environments starts with you. Featuring Sheila Day, LCSW and Barbie Mulvaney, RN, CPN, Child Protection Team, Peyton Manning Children's Hospital 


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:   


  2014 Community Schools National Forum April 9-11, 2014 - Cincinnati, Ohio /save_the_date__2014_national_forum_.aspx
Full conference agenda includes learning how Cincinnati - its community, leaders, schools, and partners - came together to craft a district-wide community school initiative, in light of long-standing barriers and challenges. The Community Learning Centers within the Cincinnati region are structured to address the comprehensive needs of the local school, partnering with community partners to provide those services which best fit the needs of that school's population. 


Midwest Afterschool Science Academy 5.0 April 9-11, 2014 - Kansas City, Missouri
This event is a hands-on, in-depth, experiential-based learning opportunity that is focused on youth development, leadership training, project-based learning, and the incorporation of afterschool time with the academic school day to create a seamless learning environment for youth.

NPEA Annual Conference
Beyond the Classroom: Expanding Conversations in Educational Access 
Minneapolis, MN - April 24-25, 2014
The 6th annual National Partnership for Educational Access conference will look beyond the classroom, engaging attendees in thoughtful and open dialogue about the many ways students are impacted as they strive for success in education, and how organizations, school communities, and families can be more engaged and supportive. In addition to focusing on student services, we will also reflect on our role as practitioners, discussing ways we can develop stronger, more sustainable programs and practices. Through this holistic approach, we are poised to make a deeper impact on the educational pathways of underrepresented students. 


BOOST CONFERENCE April 29- May 2, 2014 Palm Springs, California. Join the nation's largest, most recognized and comprehensive conference for after school and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion and boost your direction for quality programming.       


Summer Changes Everything™ National Conference
San Antonio, Texas, November 17 - 19, 2014
The conference theme, "Accelerating Achievement," encourages presenters and participants to examine how summer is an accelerator for education priorities such as 3rd grade reading proficiency, college and career readiness, school transitions, English language acquisition, STEM education, and more.
$100 off Early Bird Rate ends April 30   




America's Promise Alliance
Last month America's Promise launched, an online community for those seeking to learn about, connect into and activate on behalf of the GradNation movement.

American Heart Association First Aid & CPR
Camptown can help your organization prepare for your First Aid & CPR needs.  Whether you need the basic Heart Saver program which includes First Aid, CPR, & AED for Adult, Child, & Infant or you need the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Workers we can prepare a program for your group.  For group rates and to arrange a trainer to come to your location contact us at
Earth Charter Indiana
Want climate change instruction served up with humor and positivity? Jim Poyser, executive director of Earth Charter Indiana, provides presentations that are lively, and also point toward sustainability solutions and civic action. Email him at

A program designed to expand broadband adoption among low-income American households with at least one child receiving free or reduced price school lunches.  Once in the program, participants receive fast, affordable Internet service for $9.95/mo + tax, the option to purchase a computer for just $150 and access to free digital literacy training.  To learn more or to apply, please call 1-855-846-8376 or visit  .  To become a partner, please visit

Indiana Investment Watch
is an investor education program run through the Indiana Secretary of State Securities Division.   In taking a proactive approach to combating fraud, Indiana Investment Watch was created to improve financial literacy and help Hoosiers become smarter investors.  Throughout the Indiana Investment Watch website, you will find valuable information on investing and managing your money, as well as interactive learning tools and downloadable brochures.  We also travel the state hosting and participating in workshops and events related to financial literacy and investor education.  If your organization is interested in scheduling an event, please contact Kelly Griese, the Investor Education Coordinator, at 317-233-3985 or  The Indiana Secretary of State's office provides these services free of charge.  Our program is not funded by tax dollars, but rather comes from the fines imposed on violators of securities laws.

Indiana INTERNnet
is an internship-matching program linking employers, students, high schools, colleges and universities by providing high-tech and high-touch support. Its primary tool is a web-based searching, matching and reporting system focused on creating or expanding high quality internships within Indiana. Indiana INTERNnet assists in retaining Hoosiers by providing employers faster access to a pool of qualified talent. Register today at

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.

Financing Expanded Learning Time in School
The Wallace Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) have teamed up to provide a resource dedicated to examining afterschool programs and how they can be financed. Financing Expanding Learning Time in Schools: A Look at Five District Expanded-Time Schools offers brief case studies of five different models for funding an expanded school day in district schools. To download the full report,  click here.

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).

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  


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.
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