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2014 Indiana Summer Learning
Resources and Job Opportunities


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

3901 North Meridian Street, suite 9
Indianapolis, Indiana 46219
(317) 920-0181
The Indiana Afterschool Network compiled this newsletter in response to provider requests to get the word out about a variety of summer learning programs resources and job opportunities.  

See information below about Employment Opportunities for youth workers, Program Resources, and Summer Programs in Indiana as written and submitted to us by the providers.  (NOTE: Summer programs are separated by regions: Central and South.)

IAN does not endorse any specific programs.   If you would like more information about a program, please follow up directly with the summer program provider.


Summer Advantage USA
Summer Advantage USA is a full-day K-8 summer learning program, and we are pleased to announce open 2014 summer opportunities in Indianapolis. We are seeking outstanding leaders, teachers, college students, community members, school nurses, and office administrators who are committed to impacting student achievement.

Valley Mills Elementary - Position Term: June 16-July 18
Phalen Leadership Academy - Position Term: June 30-July 25
Indianapolis Public Schools- Position Term: June 23-July 25

Below are open for the 2014 season:
*    Program Manager
*    Assistant Program Manager
*    Operations Administrator
*    Academic Teachers
*    Dual Teachers
*    Enrichment Teachers
*    Teacher's Assistants
*    School Nurses

To learn more about these positions or apply, please visit our Careers page at and select Indiana region.

MuncieP3 exists to ensure that children are proficient readers by grade 3.  Our primary component is 'Emerging Scholars Academic Enrichment' Program.  It provides afterschool (and fieldtrips), and summer programming for children attending Longfellow Elementary School (grades K-3). Our mission: " provide extended-day and extended-year educational enrichment opportunities for young children, which lay the foundation for academic and life success."
Afterschool Teacher Position (1st - 3rd): 20 hours per week (Muncie Community Schools calendar/teacher's schedule).
              *    Bachelor's Degree in Elem. Educ., a related field, or significant related experience
              *    Work effectively with diverse cultures
              *    Criminal history check and TB test required.

To Apply: Cover letter and resume to Wilisha Scaife,

Starfish Initiative - Volunteers

Starfish Initiative ("Starfish") is an Indianapolis based college access program that "encourages, inspires and prepares, promising, economically disadvantaged students for college and career success". Through its acclaimed one-on-one mentoring model, Starfish supports 350 high school students and 175 college scholars pursue their dreams of higher educational attainment.  Starfish Initiative is seeking mentors for its class of 2018. 98% of Starfish Scholars completing the four year program enroll in college and, in the past five years, 78% of those that enrolled have either earned a college degree or are still in pursuit of it. Mentors make that much of difference!

Starfish Mentors are volunteers trained to be college coaches who prepare their Scholars to get their college degree and take charge of their life.  Alumni Scholars often refer to their Starfish Mentors as the people who stood beside them - the people who believed in them - the people who helped them achieve their vision of success - the people who helped changed their lives. Starfish Mentors make a two-year commitment to their Scholar.  In those two years, Mentors are expected to meet with their Scholar twice every month and communicate every week.  A high percentage of Mentors remain with their Scholar the second two years of high school and end up becoming family friends.

*    Make a long term investment with my Starfish Scholar by being patient and persistent in building a meaningful relationship.
*    Be the leader of the mentoring relationship by keeping the Scholar focused on his/her goals
*    Meet with my Scholar twice every month and communicate weekly.
*    Take advantage of Starfish events and programming to maximize my efforts as the Mentor.

The "New"  Indiana Out-of-School Time Community Resources Mapping Database!
Indiana Afterschool Network, in partnership with the Indiana Association of Child Care Resource and Referral, is building a searchable, online database of community resources for out-of-school time providers.  Program providers can use this database to find services that support their work.  Examples include curricula on different topics, strategic planning, evaluation, field trip locations, professional development, art, science, health/wellness, college/career readiness tools, and other resources.  

Click here to start searching today!

NOTE- If you provide services and supports that help out-of-school time providers, register your information in our database!

Afterschool providers helping afterschool providers. 
If you are an Indianapolis afterschool provider, north of 38th Street and within the 465 loop, and interested in building, expanding, or refreshing your computer lab used by students in your facility, please email  We do not charge for standard installations and during the last five years and almost sixty nonprofits that we've served, all have requested standard computer lab installations so that we could install them at no cost.  College students completing their IT degree will donate their labor as a part of their capstone course under the guidance of a college professor.  Net Literacy provides the computers, server, switch, and cabling.  Classes take place once per week, and typically from 6:00pm to 9:00pm during a weekday.  Nonprofits will be required to sign a hold harmless agreement.    As much as is possible, computer labs with XP operating systems will be given priority.  First come, first serve.  We have very limited capacity and complete one computer lab every four weeks and so our waiting list will fill up quickly.  
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:
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 Department of Education Summer Reading Initiative: Hoosier Family of Readers
During our busy days, finding time to read can be a challenge.  I hope that you are able to find the time to read with the young people in your life.  The Hoosier Family of Readers is an initiative to build a culture of readers in Indiana.  A reading family can be any combination of caring adults and children, reading together at home, a neighborhood library or out of school at places like the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA or scouts.

We encourage all of our reading families to read anything that interests them -including graphic novels, non-fiction books, magazines, and newspapers - whether online or in print. We suggest that they:
*    Read with someone
*    Read to someone
*    Share with someone what he/she has read
*    Listen to someone read
*    Help others read
*    Read independently

Our Hoosier Family of Readers welcomes the Indiana National Guard as our new reading partner in Books & Boots.  Active duty members of the National Guard are going to schools around Indiana to help students read and learn!  We are happy to welcome them to our Hoosier Family of Readers.

If you are a member of a community group wanting to help with this reading initiative, please contact and let us know about your group and  how you would like to support the Hoosier Family of Readers.

American Camp Association
At camp, when children make new friends, explore the world around them, and learn that "I can" is much more powerful than "I can't", magic happens. In an environment created just for them, children learn real life skills, develop self-esteem, and gain a sense of independence and community. Whether children are playing, exploring nature, conquering new heights, or becoming part of a camp family, they are creating memories that will last a lifetime. for expert advice, planning calendar, searchable database of camps and much more.

The American Camp Association (formerly known as the American Camping Association) is a community of camp professionals who, for 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. Because of our diverse 9,000 plus membership and our exceptional programs, children and adults have the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living - lessons that can be learned nowhere else.  Resources and tools include Professional Development Center, Job Center, Research, Public policy and advocacy, bookstore, national and regional conferences, local professional development events, networking, message boards, and more. ACA also accredits resident and day camps through 300+ industry standards.

American Camp Association, Indiana Field Office
PO Box 653, N Webster, IN 46555
ORANGE COUCH creative arts curriculum
ORANGE COUCH is a playful way to support students expressing their ideas, thoughts, and feelings through art.
ORANGE COUCH helps students discover their potential in the world as life-long learners.

Every ORANGE COUCH student gets their own personal art kit containing the supplies necessary to successfully reach their artmaking goals.
ORANGE COUCH emergent curriculum model:
- Access to 10 online video lessons
- Access to 3 facilitator training videos
Professional Development available for all ORANGE COUCH teachers, facilitaČtors, and students!

Michael Bontempo
855.360.3670 ext. 4

(separated by Central and South)

Launching SOON-  the Indiana Afterschool Network Youth Program Database

This online searchable database enables families and community members to find information about youth programs in their communities. The database is managed through a partnership between Indiana Afterschool Network and Indiana Association of Child Care Resource and Referral.

Out-of-School Time programs serve K-12 youth before school, after school, summers, and school breaks. Programs can take place in schools, school-age child care centers, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, universities, camps, and other locations.

It's not too late to add your program!
If you run an afterschool or summer program for K-12 youth, you can also add your information in our searchable out-of-school time program directory: 


Indy Star 2014 Summer Camp Guide

MCCOY 2014 Youth Activity Directory Now Available!
MCCOY produces the annual Youth Activity Directory (YAD), a comprehensive list of youth services and programs.

The YAD highlights activities that support academic achievement, healthy development and positive outcomes for youth, including:
- Programs that engage and empower youth
- Volunteer opportunities
- Educational enrichment
- Summer camps
- Fun family activities
- And much more

A pdf of the YAD is available to download online here Printed books will be available on Tuesday, April 15th. To reserve copies of the 2014 for yourself or your organization, fill-out the YAD Request form and email completed form to

Climate Camp
Learn the reality of our climate predicament, along with sustainability solutions, civic action opportunities and promising career paths. Enjoy locally grown food, nature hikes, a bike ride, and a dance party. Peace Learning Center, Youth Power Indiana and Heart (Promoting Humane Education) are partnering with Indy Urban Acres and Ivy Tech Community College of Central Indiana Hospitality Administration Department to stage the first ever Climate Camp, July 21-25, at the Peace Learning Center at Eagle Creek Park (6040 Delong Rd). This day camp for 7th-to-12th graders will run 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; $30, lunch included (scholarships available); contact

NJTL of Indianapolis is offering six weeks of low-cost tennis instruction for children ages 5-18 this summer.  All ability levels are welcome.  Classes meet two days a week, beginning Wednesday, June 11, and running through Tuesday, July 22.  Classes are followed by end-of-summer tournaments on the 23rd and 24th.  In addition to tennis, youth benefit from healthy living and life skills instruction.  Children also have the opportunity to participate in a reading challenge and in the Arthur Ashe Essay Contest.  Classes are offered at ten Indianapolis area park and school locations.  Loaner racquets and tennis balls are provided.  Check the NJTL Web site for details or call 317-429-9965 with any questions.  Online registration opens April 1.

Freetown Village Inc.
June 9 - July 25, 2014 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Ages/Grades: 5 - 14 / (K - 8th for 2014-15 school year)
Cost: $75.00/week + registration
Requirements of Campers: Must bring own sack lunch.

Activities Included: Academic enrichment (language arts/social studies/math), theater (with Asante Children's Theater), art & crafts, team building, manners & etiquette, gardening & nutrition, weekly field trips.

Description: Seven weekly sessions of learning and fun! Our camp fosters discovery, appreciation of the arts, and personal growth. Highlighting African American history and culture, campers will develop a stronger sense of purpose, while learning about themselves and their community. Each week ends with a performance showcase of the activities.  Camp is held at St. Alban's Church (4601 N. Emerson)

Marriam A. Umar, Program Director
Freetown Village, Inc.
PO Box 1041
Indianapolis, IN 46206

IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI Summer Workshops 2014
Each summer, the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI offers high school students a unique selection of week-long workshops - fun, interactive learning experiences designed as an introduction to the exciting field of informatics and computing. High school students will engage in immersive, hands-on practice in interactive media development, as well as obtaining an understanding of informatics in the health and life sciences, from a diverse and experienced group of faculty of the Department of Human-Centered Computing and BioHealth Informatics, while using state-of-the-art computing facilities and media equipment. Participating in these workshops will provide the perfect introductory experience and skill set to hit the ground when starting an Informatics or Media Arts and Science bachelor's degree program in the School. Full listing at:


Monroe County Community School Corporation has put together another publication to promote our collective offerings for families. The 2014 Our Schools Summer Camp and Activity Guide is now available online. The link to the guide is