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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

A Snapshot of the Data from Indiana Afterschool Network's NEW Out of School Time Program Database

Thanks to all of the providers who have added their information to our Program Database! Click HERE to see a summary of the Out of School Time landscape of Indiana! A big thanks to Al Walus of Michigan City for pulling this together!

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 for Child Care Resource and Referral (IACCRR).

Start searching today!

NOTE- 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:

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:

Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program
Available amount: $150,000 and up
Deadline: July 17. This U.S. Department of Education program supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade in high-need local educational agencies and schools. More info HERE.

The National Alliance for Grieving Children and the New York Life Foundation
will award 33 grants totaling $1.2 million for organizations to expand grief support services for underserved populations. Deadline: July 7, 2014 Amount: $15,000-$100,000

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.

The Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award
The abilities to read, write, understand and think critically are vital skills every young person needs to be successful in school, career and life. That's why the Afterschool Alliance is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and open the call for nominations for the first Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award. Nominations must be received by Aug. 15, 2014. Amount: $10,000 

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. 

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 Captain Planet Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations and schools for projects that provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth, serve as a catalyst to get environment-based education in schools, and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. Deadline: September 30 Amount: $500-$2,500    

The TJX Foundation
supports nonprofit organizations that provide services which promote and improve the quality of life for children, women and families in need. Deadline: July 7, 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 

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

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

Share Our Strength Grants
Share Our Strength offers grants to non-profit organizations, schools, and other eligible organizations involved in increasing access to nutrition and anti-hunger advocacy. Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling

AND  for more grants-
The Youth Today Newsletter Grants Newsletter
And GrantStation Insider    




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




Maker Party is Mozilla's annual campaign to invite thousands of people around the world to join in making the web and learning together. This year's events are happening from July 15 - September 15. There are free online training opportunities to help people host or facilitate events.  There will be 4 online trainings that will be available in June and July leading up to the July 15 launch of Maker Party 2014.


There are two types of partnership:


-- Event Partner (for organizations throwing at least one event):

-- Promotional Partner (for organizations willing to share information about Maker Party with your supporters and generally help promote)
Promotional Partner:

FREE, hands-on engineering activities for out-of-school time programs, created by Engineering is Elementary project. Hands-on activities for grades 3 - 8. These curricula are research based and kid tested. Best of ALL, they're FREE. Just download the educator guide of your choice. More info HERE.

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.




The Indiana Commission for Higher Education accepting applications for the Improving Teacher Quality Partnership Program
It is estimated the Commission will receive approximately $950,000 in federal funds for competitive grant funds that bring together Indiana colleges with high-need school districts to support the professional development of teachers in core academic subjects. Deadline: July 14. Applications are available at 

New state reports show more students going to, ready for college
Indiana's new College Readiness Reports show slight gains in the percentage of high school graduates going directly to college and arriving prepared for college-level coursework. Produced annually by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education, the reports aim to help local schools and communities understand how their students are performing in college while informing policies that increase college readiness and success. Link to key findings: 


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.

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.    





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:   

ProKids (training contractor for the Indiana First Steps Program) Conference on Family-Centered Care: Engaging and Empowering the Families We Serve-  July 15 
The conference keynote is Dr. Carol Trivette, Co-Director of the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute. Additional conference information is available at the ProKids website:  or by calling/emailing Katarina at 317 472-6109 or toll free at 877-434-6085;


Adults Protecting Children: A Unified Campaign to Combat Sex Abuse
H. Dean Evans Community and Education Center
Indianapolis, Indiana
July 15, 2014
8:30 am - 4:00 pm EDT

Indiana Private College Week 2014
July 21-25, 2014 Indiana's 31 private, non-profit colleges and universities are inviting students, parents, and all others interested to come experience our campuses through tours and informational sessions.  For a complete list of participating campuses, as well as information about the tour and event schedules at each, visit  PRIVATE COLLEGE WEEK at the Independent Colleges of Indiana website  Questions: Call 317.684.4291 or email

SAVE THE DATE: September 17th and 18th - Supporting Children Living With Grief and Trauma
Training topics include: Impact of trauma on brain development, How trauma effects children's behavior, Trauma and the grief process for young people, Helping children overcome trauma, Strategies to promote resilience, Principles of effective trauma treatment, Understanding the intervention process and Collaboration on behalf of children . Ivy Tech Fall Creek Campus, Indianapolis, Indiana. Information on Registration Will Be Coming Soon. Contact:  Karen A. Duncan, INSVAA Project Manager,

Symposium for Women in Nonprofit Leadership
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Join The Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network (INRN) for a full day of sharing, learning and growth as they examine the most critical aspects of the role of women in our nonprofit sector. Expert speakers will share timely knowledge and tools within three learning tracks: Personal and Professional Development, Leadership and Management Skills, and Women in Philanthropy.
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Columbus, IN
Registration opens the first week in August. 


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   




Child Care & Early Education Research Connections provides a continually updated, free, and easily searchable collection of research on child care and early education for researchers and policymakers. The Web site,  , provides access to more than 25,000 resources, including original scholarly research, government reports, factsheets and briefs, data sets, and instruments.

Have you heard about digital badges?
Part of better understanding what digital badges can mean for afterschool is understand what the afterschool field knows about digital badges and the perceptions of digital badges. That's why we want to hear from you. Take this short survey and help us better understand the afterschool field's awareness of digital badges and perceptions of this emerging innovation. 

The Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII)
is a signature program of the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance Foundation, staffed and operated by the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance. YPII works with a statewide network of more than 40 partner organizations with the common goal of engaging youth to "give and serve" within their communities.
For information and a wealth of resources, please visit:

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.

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.

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. 
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:
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. 

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.

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: Director of Academic Success- Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County
The Director of Academic Success is the first of three new management positions we are creating to better focus on our Three Priority Outcomes:  Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character & Citizenship.  As such this person will hold a key role on our management team and oversee programming at all four Units.  Specifically, the Director of Academic Success will provide program development and management of all academic programs, coordination and delivery of services (e.g., collect and track data, communicate with schools, etc.) in accordance with state and federally funded academic programs. Full description:  
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