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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

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

Nominations Open for the National AfterSchool Association
30 Under 30 List    
The NAA is asking each state affiliate to nominate 3 candidates for the national 30 under 30 list. If you know someone (or ARE someone) under 30 years of age that you consider to be an emerging leader in the afterschool field, please contact Indiana YouthPRO at: or (317) 259-9491(317) 259-9491.

Each state will have at least one individual selected for the list and will be featured in the summer issue of Afterschool Today. This is a great opportunity to nationally recognize that fantastic camp counselor, energetic afterschool staff member or enthusiastic college readiness mentor! The deadline for nominations is May 2nd, so send in your recommendations today!

Call for presenters-  21st CCLC MULTI-STATE CONFERENCE
September 23-25, 2014  Galt House Hotel - Louisville, KY
Showcases best practices and innovations in after-school and summer programming. Join more than 700 educators, after-school and summer learning professionals, from Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana, to inspire, connect and learn from each other.  The conference will feature, keynote speakers, more than 75 workshops, special events and a networking reception at Churchill Downs' famous Kentucky Derby Museum.

Presented in part by the Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana State Departments of Education. SEE ATTACHED
Please return to no later than JUNE 1, 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. 

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 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

National Mentoring Programs and the Multi-State Mentoring Initiative
In response to the President's My Brother's Keeper initiative, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2014 National Mentoring Programs and the Multi-State Mentoring Initiative. The National Mentoring Program is geared towards organizations with a national scope that engage in mentoring initiatives for at-risk, high-risk, and/or undeserved youth 17 years of age or younger.  The Multi-State Mentoring Initiative will support organizations as they both improve the access to and impact of mentoring services they provide and/or expand their existing mentoring activities for at-risk and underserved youth populations. The deadline for both applications is May 27, 2014. Amount varies.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant
All Indiana school corporations are invited to submit an application for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant. Funds are available to school corporations on a competitive basis for programs that will facilitate the enrollment, attendance and success of homeless children and youth in school. Funds may be used to develop or maintain programs that meet the unique needs of homeless children and youth in collaboration with at least one community agency.Deadline: June 20, 2014 Amount: Varies 

ING Run For Something Better® School Awards Program
Deadline: May 15, 2014 Amount: Varies
Grants to fund the creation of school-based running programs.
The Entertainment Software Foundation - Youth Program Grants
Deadline: May 28, 2014 Amount: Varies
The Foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in our communities. The Foundation supports geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit American boys and girls of all races and religions.
Captain Planet Foundation: EcoTech Grants
Deadline: May 31, 2014 Amount: Varies
The Captain Planet Foundation is dedicated to giving the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live and is offering EcoTech Grants to schools and nonprofit organizations for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields that promote innovation, biomimicry/nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities.
Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation: Grants for Youth with Disabilities
Deadline: June 1, 2014 Amount: Varies
The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Grants program is dedicated to helping young Americans with disabilities maximize their potential and fully participate in society. The foundation supports organizations and projects within its mission that have broad scope and impact and demonstrate potential for replication at other sites. A major program emphasis is inclusion: enabling young people with disabilities to have full access to educational, vocational, and recreational opportunities, and to participate alongside their non-disabled peers.
The PNC Foundation
supports a variety of nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education and/or economic development. Amount: Varies

National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning
Deadline: July 10, 2014 Amount: Varies
The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops, and (6) Science Learning+ Proposals.

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
Science Learning+ will provide up to $14.4 million to support research into how learning happens outside the classroom, exploring the most effective practices and building the evidence base in this area. The aims are: (1) to learn more about, evaluate, and maximize the impact of informal learning experiences, and (2) to improve understanding of how informal environments may help to widen access to STEM for youth from all backgrounds.  Science Learning+ is an international partnership established by NSF (National Science Foundation), the UK-based Wellcome Trust and the UK ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Noyce Foundation. ). If you have questions after reading the new solicitation, please contact Dennis Schatz ( or Richard Duschl (, the Science Learning+ Program Directors.

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


Northern Indiana Programs: Limited slots in NASA training events now available!
Are you a youth-serving program in the South Bend/Northern Indiana area? We have a limited number of spaces in our South Bend NASA trainings available to the public! This is an EXCELLENT opportunity to get to know the activities available from NASA Education. Trainings will be held on:
*       Saturday, 31 May. 9am to 4pm EST
*       Saturday, 21 June. 9am to 4pm EST
Each training will cost $25 and will include all workshop materials and lunch. Registration information can be found in the above links.

Event at Motor Speedway stresses STEM education, careers (Purdue)  Purdue University will kick off a program in May that harnesses the excitement of auto racing to teach and promote STEM-related careers. The M-STEM3 500, May 12 and 13 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will launch the M-STEM3 program. Students will have an opportunity during the event to meet industry-related employers during a career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. The M-STEM3 500 is an outgrowth of the Motorsports-STEM program, announced in 2013, a partnership among Purdue, engineering company Dallara, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and two Indianapolis-area school systems. Click HERE for more info.

Conner Prairie Offers Project Lead the Way Gateway Academy for Girls 
June 16-20 Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:30pm
Girls Only - Ages 8-12
Conner Prairie is proud to announce our first girls only Project Lead the Way Gateway Academy camp June 16-20. Led by Project Lead the Way instructors Christine Floyd and Matt Putman, the PLTW Gateway Academy summer camp is a fun, hands-on and active approach to exploring science and engineering designed to ignite imaginations, inspire creativity and develop self-confidence. From designing machines to building gliders to discovering alternative sources of energy, this indoor/outdoor camp is a perfect way for girls to tinker, think and play (without all of those pesky boys getting in the way!)  Cost is $225 for non-members, $199 for Conner Prairie members. To learn more or to register click here 

The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue for High-Achieving Students and Outstanding Science Teachers-
June 22-28, 2014 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. 

Marian University is looking for STEM educators or scientists to work with a team of college students to help them implement science in summer programs. 
Their role would be to supervise instruction, model implementation as needed, and support student teachers in their execution of the science activity.  Stipends available.  They will support college students who are elementary or secondary education majors who have had field teaching experiences.  Students will need support with teaching skills or recognizing the "key" science concepts that need to be emphasized as the activity is carried out.  Contact Judy Bardonner

The Center for Science of Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow
have come together to support STEM education in our schools. Take the Dow Teacher Challenge!
We would like to introduce the STEM THE GAP Teacher Challenge. Teachers of all fields are invited to submit their ideas for increasing STEM education in the classroom. The top 25 entries will earn a $1,000 grant to be used in the classroom! How do I participate?
Visit to submit an entry. The deadline for all submissions is May 16, 2014.

Women in Science Interactive Tool
was produced by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's Institute for Statistics and allows users to explore and visualize gender gaps in the STEM pipeline leading to a research career, from the decision to get a doctorate degree to the fields of research women pursue and the sectors in which they work -!lang=en   


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.




Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana Career Council will host regional forums in May seeking input into the strategic planning process for the State of Indiana's education, job skills training and career development system. Business owners, education officials and community members are invited to attend one of the regional forums to provide feedback. Forums will be held May 9 in Fort Wayne, May 12 in Bloomington and May 13 in Indianapolis. RSVPs are required.

Go Ivy Day - Dates/Locations Vary
Need help getting started at Ivy Tech Community College? Join us for Go Ivy Day.
At these events, you can meet with admissions, learn about your enrollment steps, get your questions answered and more.  Each site will hold a raffle to win a free class! Join us for Go Ivy Day at an Ivy Tech location near you:
Mooresville - May 3
Avon - May 20
Carmel - May 22
Shelbyville - May 22
Indy West - May 29
Learn more about these events at under the Central Indiana dropdown

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.

 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.

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.    





Call for Session Abstracts - The Indiana Governor's Conference on Service and Nonprofit Capacity Building aims to build capacity of nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations to be more effective at planning, decision-making, program management, fundraising, and governance. The 2014 conference will be held on October 1-2 at the IUPUI Campus Center. The theme of our conference is service and nonprofit capacity building. We explore this theme through the following six topics of interest to nonprofit organizations.We invite you to submit your presentation proposals for the skill-building workshops on Day 2 of the conference. The Call for Session Abstracts is attached, but we will only accept proposals submitted online:  Deadline for submissions: MAY 30, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST Questions? Contact Laura Danielson at

May 23rd, 2014: FREE Cultural Competence Workshop
Building culturally competent individuals, communities and organizations. Facilitator: Laura Smith-Wynn, Executive Director of Indiana Parenting Institute.  Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN   RSVP: Belinda Kelly:(219)

PATH Nonprofit Training Series in Valparaiso
PATH Growing Your Nonprofit Series: Bring your board/staff team to join us for a series of four workshops this summer, beginning May 22. We're gathering many of the top nonprofit trainers and consultants in the state to teach, inspire, and guide you in re-imagining how your organization can improve its impact and sustainability. Topics include raising the performance level of your nonprofit, marketing, creating development plans, and getting your boards to fundraise. Sponsored by A Positive Approach to Teen Health and United Way of Porter County.
Dates: May 22nd, June 12th, July 10th, August 14th (see details below)
Time: 10:00 am -3:00 pm central time. (Lunch is included, courtesy of United Way of Porter County.)
Cost: $100 for all four sessions
Location: Way of Porter County (951 Eastport Centre Drive, Valparaiso).

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:   


Calls for presenters:
Beyond School Hours (due June 30) -

Off to a Great Start (due May 5)-


XperienceSTEM (X-STEM) Conference: Denver, CO July 29-Aug 1: This conference-the first annual-will explore the many incarnations and benefits of experiential methods in STEM education, showcase programs, and catalyze a community of experiential STEM advocates. Learn more and register before July 31 to receive a discounted fee. 

September 23-25, 2014  Galt House Hotel - Louisville, KY
Showcases best practices and innovations in after-school and summer programming. Join more than 700 educators, after-school and summer learning professionals, from Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana, to inspire, connect and learn from each other. The conference will feature, keynote speakers, more than 75 workshops, special events and a networking reception at Churchill Downs' famous Kentucky Derby Museum.
Presented in part by the Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana State Departments of Education.   


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   




The Indiana Youth Institute's partnership with WorkSmart, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), offers a HR and Employee Benefit program that handles the office work so you can get back to youth work. Some of the program benefits include:
-Access to stable, competitive rates for insurance and retirement plans
-Payroll administration
-HR compliance and support
If you work for an Indiana-based organization with at least five full-time employees, WorkSmart might be right for you! Contact Lisa Morphew at, 800-343-7060 or visit the IYI website 

NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies Self-Assessment Checklist
This checklist is a tool for members of NAA who are administrators, trainers, and practitioners. This self-assessment checklist is based on the NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies for Youth and Development Professionals. If you're a group or club leader, youth worker, or other youth development practitioner, this checklist is designed with you in mind! It will empower you to assess your knowledge and skills, and will help you to develop professionally by honestly assessing your level of knowledge and skills and identifying specific areas of need for your future professional development. Program administrators could adapt this checklist for hiring and evaluating staff, and use as a guide for formal and informal professional development. 

Indy CEOs launch childhood obesity program
A group of high-powered central Indiana CEOs and other execs is taking an intense interest in helping find ways to reduce childhood obesity. The program, Jump IN for Healthy Kids, kicks off with a budget of $1.5 million, headed by Indianapolis attorney Ron Gifford. But some calisthenics aren't going to get the job job. IBJ's J.K. Wall notes who's involved, how they need to engineer a cultural shift, and how trim kids save us money. 

The INPDN website is now live at  

Unfortunately the site's appearance can be affected by your internet settings... if you see the INPDN logo at the top of the page, you are seeing the true version of the site. Please review the content and send your feedback to This is considered "phase one" for the website, so your feedback is essential for moving things forward. Thanks in advance!

Youth Speaks Launches "RAISE UP," A Public Media Spoken Word & Hip Hop Contest and Radio Special In Partnership with The Kennedy Center.
Part of the public media initiative, American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, the youth contest encourages students to discuss their education and future. This nationwide contest is designed to use the power of spoken word and hip hop, as well as the reach of public media to foster a discussion among a diverse group of young people about their education and future aspirations. The contest will run from April 1 through June 30, 2014.  The Raise Up Project is part of American Graduate:  Let's Make It Happen, a public media effort to help communities address the high school dropout crisis.   For more information, please visit:

The Microsoft Store at Fashion Mall Keystone offers innovative technology and services.
Whether you're looking to enhance your skills, build awareness for your organization, or simply have a meeting, the Microsoft Theater is open to all kinds of groups, providing private group training sessions and workshops. The best part about the Theater: it's FREE to use! Microsoft is a proud member of the community and welcomes opportunities to host events for friends and neighbors. AND - Apply for the Partner of the Month program and receive a donation worth at least $500 in products for your organization- SEE ATTACHED.

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

USDA Nutrition Assistance Program
The USDA has created a new, interactive toolkit for the Summer Food Service Program. Check out the toolkit online at:  to learn how to support and benefit from this program.

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.

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.
JOB OPPORTUNITY - Chief Executive Officer, AYS, Inc. - Well-established and nationally recognized leader in youth and early childhood development. Founded in 1980, AYS, Inc was one of Indianapolis' first after-school programs located within a school building. AYS serves over 1,900 children through the school year and 330 through the summer at dozens of sites across central Indiana. $5 mil annual budget and 150 staff. Experienced senior staff and board team. Following the recent retirement of the founding CEO, the Board seeks an outgoing, community-oriented candidate with strong leadership, interpersonal, organization, and business skills. Experienced Interim CEO currently in place. Experience with multi-site management, community partnerships, and fund development. Prefer established relationships with area school systems, business, and philanthropy. Requires ten or more years of applicable leadership and management experience. Minimum of bachelor's degree, masters preferred. Competitive salary and benefits. Please respond by May 9, 2014. See full Position Announcement at:  More about AYS, Inc. at:

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