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Indiana Afterschool Network


Indiana Afterschool Network

Vision: Indiana is a place where all K-12 youth have access to high quality learning opportunities beyond the school day that prepare them for success in school, college, careers, and life.

We are a nonprofit organization that champions afterschool and summer learning by inspiring, empowering and connecting youth workers, partners and advocates at the state and local levels.

IAN uses a collaborative and collective impact approach to advance our priorities and initiatives and maximize efficiencies and effectiveness in the out-of-school time field. 

445 N Pennsylvania St. Suite 945
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Celebrate National Summer Learning Day and Register Your Event Today!
Celebrate National Summer Learning Day on Friday, June 20, 2014! The goal is to raise awareness about the importance of summer learning programs nationwide. Add your event or find one near you on the national map! You can also visit the Summer Learning Day website for great ideas and resources for your activities. Download items such as key messages on summer learning loss, event ideas, social media messages, and ideas for families.

2014 Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning
Did you miss our March Summit in Indianapolis?
Do you want to refresh yourself on the Keynote messages?
Thanks to the Indiana Department of Education, we have a portal to view all of these!
Click here to see the video highlights:
For workshop presentations:

Call for presenters- 21st Century Community Learning Center MULTI-STATE CONFERENCE
September 23-25, 2014  Galt House Hotel - Louisville, KY 
Seeking presenters on 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 9, 2014.

2014 Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence Nomination Request
The Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence are Indiana's most prestigious awards celebrating the accomplishments of dedicated volunteers and service members from across the state. Nominations are currently being accepted for individuals who have displayed exemplary service through volunteering in the categories of Corporate Service, Exemplary Service-Learning, Faith-Based Volunteer, Lifetime Achievement, National Service, Volunteer Program, Volunteerism, and Youth Volunteer. More information at:  All nominations be submitted by July 18, 2014.

Indiana Department of Education Summer 2014 Literacy Initiative Provides Free Access to Thousands of Digital Books
Through the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative, schools, youth programs, students and families across the state will have unlimited free access to more than 3,000 digital books from Capstone My-On Reader and additional publishing partners.  Online reading materials range from illustrated and picture books to chapter books, graphic novels, literary non-fiction, photo and informational texts spanning multiple eras and cultures will be available! Learn more here:

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. 

"Now is the Time" Project AWARE Local Educational Agency Grants
DEADLINE: June 16, 2014. Maximum of $50,000 per year for a period of up to 2 years. This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program seeks to assist local educational agencies to begin to support the training of school personnel and other adults who interact with youth in both school settings and communities to detect and respond to mental illness in children and youth, including how to encourage adolescents and their families experiencing these problems to seek treatment.

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.

Safeway Foundation
The Safeway Foundation supports nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with our four priority areas: Hunger Relief, Education, Health and Human Services, Assisting People with Disabilities. Amounts vary vastly by region, so please view the instructions on the grant application form and consider carefully before submitting your application. Grant amounts vary for organizations that are national in scope, but a first-time funded organization will typically receive a grant of $10,000. 

L'Oreal Paris Seeking Nominations for 2014 Women of Worth Awards
Deadline: June 25, 2014 Ten women will receive $10,000 each in recognition of their efforts to make a beautiful difference in the world through voluntarism. More HERE.

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.

Annie's Grants for Gardens are provided to K-12 school gardens nationwide that connect children directly to real food. Two types of grants are provided. "Getting Started: Funds for Your New Program" offers grants of $500 to start brand-new school garden programs. "Digging Deeper: Funds for Your Existing Program" offers grants of $1,500 to enhance current school garden programs. Online applications must be submitted by June 2, 2014.

Project Prevent Grant Program
 This program  provides funding to schools to  increase their capacity both to identify, assess, and serve students exposed to  pervasive violence, helping to ensure that affected students are offered mental  health services for trauma or anxiety; support conflict resolution programs;  and implement other school-based violence prevention strategies in order to  reduce the likelihood that these students will later commit violent acts.  Also, see violence prevention curriculum by The Leadership Program listed in resource section of this news.

Best Buy Community Grants
Best Buy Foundation will donate up to $2 million in Community Grants to local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.
Deadline: June 27, 2014 Amount: Varies 

Mazda Foundation
The Mazda Foundation awards grants to programs promoting Education and literacy. Grants are awarded according to the nature and need of the program. The operating budget of the Mazda Foundation is approximately $400,000 each fiscal year.  The Foundation only accepts applications from May 1 through July 1 each fiscal year. Amount varies.
Deadline July 1, 2014 

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 
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:
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    




Do you want to enhance your youth program 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




TechPoint Foundation for Youth, in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, is recruiting four (4) outstanding VISTAs for one year positions starting in July. Our amazing VISTAs will work within a small, entrepreneurial team helping to facilitate a citywide movement connecting STEM professionals serving in a mentor capacity with carefully vetted, hands-on STEM programming that serves low-income students. We're seeking talented, aspiring leaders with strong management and communication skills to organize, support, grow, and evaluate these high impact mentorship opportunities that ignite in interest in STEM careers. We're proud to be part of a national partnership with US2020 , whose mission is to create 1 million high quality STEM mentor matches by the year 2020. VISTAs will be vital contributors to our local efforts and the national success of the US2020 movement. VISTAs serve full time with benefits, including a living allowance, a post-service education award, and significant professional development opportunities. To see all four positions, go to:  under "Quick Search" enter "AmeriCorps VISTA


Northern Indiana Programs: Limited slots in NASA training event 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. Training will be held on:
*       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.

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  

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.




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.

CollegeChoice 529 is celebrating 5/29 College Savings Month by giving away a $5,000 CollegeChoice Direct account. Anyone 18 and over can enter, whether they already have a 529 account or not. 

Indiana Youth Institute's Trip to College Alerts program provides students, parents and youth-serving professionals with the most up-to-date information about preparing for college. Subscribers to this FREE service receive three to four texts per month with reminders about deadlines for tests, applications and financial aid, tips to prepare for college and encouragement to stay on track with postsecondary goals. To sign up, text grad + the student's graduation year (ie: "grad2015") to 69979.

WEBINAR: Predictors of Postsecondary Success: Tools focused on Postsecondary Enrollment and Completion
Monday, June 2, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
This webinar builds upon the brief, Predictors of Postsecondary Success, which summarizes research that identifies student skills, behaviors, and other characteristics that predict future academic and workplace success, by exploring the development and use of the National College Access Network's Common Measures.  The research-based Common Measures were developed to help college access and success programs better understand and utilize relevant data to improve their desired outcomes.  The measures have been used in a range of communities across the country to help support collaborative efforts to ensure all students have access to and are successful in postsecondary endeavors. More HERE.

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.    





Project Learning Tree PreK - 8 workshop
May 30, 9am - 3pm  Karst Commons Park, Bloomington IN
Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Workshop is broad-based environmental education, designed to support, augment, and enrich a variety of teaching and learning opportunities. A source of hands-on, interdisciplinary instructional activities, PLT is available to teachers and other educators through participation in a six-hour workshop.  During the workshop participants are introduced to the PLT activity guide, experience a variety of activities, and learn how to use it in their own particular setting and integrate the activities into their existing curriculum. It is "classroom friendly" - and requires minimal preparation to be included in lesson plans.  
The fee is $20.  Please bring a lunch.  Learn more about Project Learning Tree

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
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 


2014 Project-Based Learning Institute- June 23-26, 2014
Chapel Hill 7th & 8th Grade Center, Indianapolis, IN  
The PBL Institute immerses educators in a PBL experience by challenging them to create a rigorous and relevant PBL unit to implement in the upcoming school year. In content-specific rooms, PBL practitioners will work to facilitate teacher growth and understanding of PBL planning and implementation. Over four days, participants will:
1. Plan their own PBL unit with the support of facilitators and colleagues who teach similar content 2. and/ or grade levels*
3. Discuss of how PBL can make educators more effective and how that could be reflected in teacher evaluation
4. Network with PBL practitioners
5. Hear from students and administrators about PBL experiences
6. Learn about the process of becoming PBL certified in the State of Indiana 


Family-Centered Care: Engaging & Empowering the Families We Serve- Indianapolis, July 15 Keynote speaker Carol Trivette will help participants understand why it is important to build the capacity of parents to promote the development of young children and the strategies that are useful to accomplish this outcome. Discussion and illustrations of evidence based practices that are used while working with families will serve to promote interest-based, positive interactions between parents and their young children. Other workshop topics include working with military families, grandparent relationships, fatherhood and more. 


FREE professional development eLearning Event - the We R Richmond Tech Expo 3
Dates: July 15 and 16 
Location: Richmond High School, Richmond IN
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (doors open at 8:00 am both days)
Sessions: Keynote by George Couros and over 30 workshops!
For more information and to register for the expo, click this link:   

Indiana Non-Public Education Conference (INPEC),
October 23-24, 2014, in Indianapolis  
A Whole New World of Learning!  You will have the opportunity to learn from over 9 learning strands, which include over 100 educational sessions and earn PGP's.  Technology will play a big part during #INPEC2014 - the Conference will be Wi-Fi enhanced for your learning experience, including a NEW Conference Mobile App which will give you the opportunity to browse exhibitors, educational sessions, presenters and other highlights before, during and after the Conference from your smart phone or mobile device.  There are over 100 Exhibitors eager to show you products and services that will assist you in your classroom.  Connect with us at  or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest!


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:   


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


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.     


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   




Creating Systems for data Sharing with Out-of-School Providers will be broadcast on Thursday, June 12 at 9 p.m. on WFYI1. This panel discussion, hosted by the Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, explores the background, benefits and challenges of sharing data to bridge the out-of-school and traditional school day together.  Includes local panelists: Debbie Zipes, Indiana Afterschool Network, and John Brandon, Marion County Commission on Youth; and national expert Priscilla Little, Wallace Foundation. More HERE.
Left Out, Bullied: It's More than Just Hurt Feelings, Thursday, June 12 at 10 p.m. on WFYI 1. 
Classrooms and other settings cannot be productive when harsh words and actions block learning. What is bullying, and how does it differ from conflict? What is ostracism, and what  are its effects on our lives? Watch as local experts - Dr. Brandie Oliver, Butler University; Dr. Kip Williams, Purdue University;  Dr. Lori Desautels, Marian University; and Dr. Brendan Maxcy, the Great Lakes Equity Center - delve into the issues. Their dialogue, guided by Dr. Patricia Rogan, IUPUI, identifies the problems, looks at the physiological  responses and long term effects, and offers strategies to help.

Phalen Leadership Academies (PLA)
is a public charter school located at 2323 N. Illinois Street in Indianapolis.  PLA accommodates working parents by providing a longer school day (8 hours vs. 6.5) and school year (200 days vs. 180); a rigorous educational program for children including morning academics and afternoon enrichment course including art, music and physical education; and a team of exceptional, caring educators. Only 3% of the children entering PLA were on track in reading at the beginning of the year, and now 97% of those scholars are on track academically. Their futures will be forever altered by enrolling in PLA. If you would like to apply to this free public school or if you would like teach at PLA, visit  or call 317/333-6980.

The Leadership Program o
ffers a wide range of professional development trainings, along with a violence prevention curriculum for middle and high school students that has been designated the highest rated leadership-themed universal adolescent violence prevention program in the country by SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs & Practices (NREPP).  It has also been featured on the Model Programs Guide of  and .  The VPP curriculum includes more than thirty lessons that strengthen students' self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and visioning.   The curriculum comes with a training module that will empower any educator to implement it effectively in classrooms or community centers.   Visit  to find more information about VPP, or contact Erika Petrelli at 

The Willard Summer Program (WSP) will be held at the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) on July 6-11 and on July 13-18.
  This camp is for deaf and hard of hearing children.  They will attend summer school in the morning and right after lunch will attend various 'fun activities' off campus.  They will sleep in the dorm during the week after being dropped off at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday and they are to be picked up on that Friday at 2:00 p.m.  Cost is $125.00 for one week; $200 for two weeks.  For more information please contact Linda Hines at ISD at or call at 317-202-1241.
BrickLab by PCS Edventures named one of "14 Products To Watch In 2014" by AfterSchool Today magazine
An engaging supplement for many subjects, the BrickLab by PCS Edventures is a fun and flexible tool for Afterschool enrichment. Curriculum explores famous structures, animals, principles of light and shadows, and much more!

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. 

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.

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.
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