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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

Creating Systems with Out-of-School Providers for Data Sharing
Check out WYFI's one-hour public television on coordinated data systems out-of-school time (OST) and education. Presenters: Priscilla Little, The Wallace Foundation; Debbie Zipes, Indiana Afterschool Network; John Brandon, Marion County Commission on Youth; Carol K. McElvain, J.D., American Institutes for Research. Watch the full program at: New Federal Bill Introduced to Expand Afterschool STEM Education Programs
On June 26th, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced legislation to strengthen and expand afterschool programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and help encourage students to pursue careers in STEM. The Supporting Afterschool STEM Act would provide resources to support afterschool STEM programing and strengthen state, local and community partnerships that research has demonstrated is critical in building STEM-relevant skills and interest among students. Let your legislators know you're on board. Read the full Press Release at: New Research: More Parents Enrolling Children in Summer Learning Programs
With increased awareness of the problem of summer learning loss, new research from the forthcoming Afterschool Alliance's America After 3pm report demonstrates expanding support for summer learning programs among parents.

Survey respondents reported:
*    Participation in summer learning programs is up to 33%.
*    Demand for summer learning programs is high; 51% of parents surveyed say they want their children to participate in a summer learning program.
*    Support for public funding of summer programs has increased; 86% of parent support public funding.
*    The cost of summer programs raises concerns about equity.  While 13% of families report their summer program was offered at no cost, the average weekly cost among those who paid for summer programs in 2013 was $250.  That puts summer learning opportunities out of reach for far too many children and families.
A succinct one page summary of the findings is available at

The Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program
plays an essential role in the Foundation's mission to create opportunities so people can live better. Deadline: September 13, 2014 Amount: $25,000-$250,000 

New $150,000 award opportunity: The Trust Challenge
The Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) and the MacArthur Foundation have announced their fifth Digital Media and Learning Competition-the Trust Challenge: Building Trust in Connected Learning Environments. The Trust Challenge will award a total of $1.2 million-in $10,000 to $150,000 year-long development grants-to institutions and organizations that look to answer questions around trust, privacy, safety and learning in an open online world. Applications will be accepted Sept. 3 to Nov. 3, 2014. Info HERE.

Aetna Foundation grants supporting community wellness available as $25,000 or $50,000 awards. There are two grant cycles, and organizations must only apply to one. The cycle 1 deadline is June 5th and the cycle 2 deadline is July 31st. For more information, click HERE.

Grants Available for Cities to Expand Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs
The YEF Institute invites cities to apply for grant awards of up to $50,000 to build the capacity of municipalities to raise awareness of and increase participation in the federal Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs through the Cities Combatting Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meals (CHAMPs) Initiative. National League of Cities will select cities through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process based on cities' commitment to launching or expanding local efforts to provide afterschool and summer meals utilizing the federal programs resulting in year-round feeding opportunities for children. More HERE.

CompareCards Financially Literate Youth (FLY)
program is funding up to $20,000 for the upcoming school year to go towards financial education. Public, private or charter schools in the United States are all eligible to apply. Deadline: September 26, 2014

USGA/Alliance: Grants for the Good of the Game

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

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

The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation awards grants to support work that helps stop bullying, helps those hurt by bullying, and/or helps increase equality and diversity in sports. Deadline: November 30, 2014 Amount: $10,000 or less. 

Signing for Change grants available from $1,000 to $10,000 for nonprofit organizations driving social change in their communities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information including selection criteria, click HERE.

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 

Academy of General Dentistry Foundation grants supporting access to healthcare for underserved populations available in amounts up to $5,000. Application deadline October 31st.

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 Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools.  Take the Dow 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! Visit to submit an entry. The deadline for all Summer Teacher Challenge submissions is July 30, 2014. The Fall Teacher Challenge will begin on August 4, 2014 and the deadline for all submissions is October 31, 2014. The top 50 entries will earn a $1,000 grant.

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

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 Boeing Company grants provide funding for partnerships that: strengthen STEM pathways for under-served students, improve educational environments for all students, and promote excellent instruction through evidence-based practices and strong school leadership. The deadline to apply for the grant is July 31, 2014. Amount varies. More information came be found HERE

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.  

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




2014-2015 FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Grant
FIRST Tech Challenge is a dynamic team Sport for the Mind™. Students master STEM skills in a robotics competition environment where they develop a strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. These robots compete in a specific set of game challenges that apply to real world problems. Students ages 14-18 learn valuable life skills, expand and grow as students in STEM, and qualify for over 13.5 million dollars in scholarships.  For your chance to compete in our 2014-2015 season, register here  ! If you have never participated in FTC before, you are eligible for the FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Team Grant to help cover the costs of starting a team! Please note that funding is limited and all grants are awarded through a need-based application process.

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools.  Take the Dow 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! Visit  to submit an entry. The deadline for all Summer Teacher Challenge submissions is July 30, 2014. The Fall Teacher Challenge will begin on August 4, 2014 and the deadline for all submissions is October 31, 2014. The top 50 entries will earn a $1,000 grant.

Interactive toolkit to guide STEM role models toward success
Techbridge has recently released a free, online interactive toolkit to help potential role models develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM. The Role Models Matter Toolkit currently provides 10 mini-lessons for role models to help plan, structure and implement their visit with students.

The Impact of STEM in Out-of-School Time    
The Afterschool Alliance's latest paper, "Examining the impact of afterschool STEM programs," includes recent research findings about the importance of out-of-school time experiences for STEM learning.  The paper also summarizes evaluation data from a selection of strong afterschool and summer STEM programs and describes the types of substantive impacts these programs are having on participating youth. More HERE.

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.




Webinar Recording: Predictors of Postsecondary Success: Understanding the Value of Workforce Data in Driving Student Success
As part of the American Youth Policy Forum's series building on the brief, Predictors of Postsecondary Success, which summarizes research that identifies student skills, behaviors, and other characteristics that predict future academic and workplace success, this webinar provided an overview of workforce data and its utility. Presenters discussed the opportunities and trends related to workforce data as well as the challenges and opportunities of building connections to education data. 

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.    





Free Webinar on Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
On Wednesday, July 30, (1-2:30 pm) the Indiana Youth Institute will present a free webinar, Commit to Kids: A New Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Resource for Indiana. Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent is enormously proud to endorse the Commit to Kids program. Youth-serving organizations, including mentoring organizations, are committed to providing safe and nurturing environments. However, they are vulnerable to attracting employees or volunteers who may have inappropriate boundaries with children. Commit to Kids provides a framework for developing clear and consistent policies designed to improve the safety of all the children in your care. You'll learn how to make a plan for training staff and implementing evidenced-based policies that protect kids. Get the tools to implement the Commit to Kids program in your setting. Free for Indiana youth-serving individuals. Register here: 

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:   


Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes
St. Louis, Mo., September 16-18, 2014  - A Three-Day Big Picture Approach Institute. Explore the five key steps in collaborative work and how these steps put partnerships on a clear path to improving lives. These steps make up the Big Picture Approach that helps leaders create a community-specific diagnosis and action plan, forge better connections to existing work in their community, and maintain a holistic and aspirational approach to this work. This is a "hands-on lab" during which participants will apply the five steps and Big Picture Approach tools to their community goals. 

The National Association of College Admission Counselors
national conference is in Indianapolis this year on Sept 18-20.  It is a great way to learn about issues and connect with partners from high schools and colleges around the country.  visit to learn more.
The National College Access Network Conference is Sept 18-20 in Phoenix. 
Please visit  to learn more about that event.  It is a great way to connect with foundations and community organizations working on college access and success across the nation. 

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   




Young conservationists can enter the My Indy Prize contest to win a Sony camcorder and tickets to the Indianapolis Zoo.
The Indianapolis Zoo has partnered with the Indianapolis Star to launch a video contest for teens focusing on the area of animal conservation and the Indianapolis Prize.  Please feel free to share the attached PDF with your students, fellow educators and community partners. More info: 

Camp PBS LearningMedia Collection
The FREE collection is suited for parents, camp counselors, and other summer educators looking for fun, educational activities to include in their daily schedule.   More HERE.

OPPORTUNITY: Technical Assistance for Indiana Mentoring Programs
Mentoring programs may now apply for no-cost, specialized, local technical assistance through the National Mentoring Resource Center and the Indiana Youth Institute. The free consultation will be provided by IYI consultants with special expertise in leading mentoring programs that meet the Indiana Quality Mentoring Standards. IYI consultants will provide on-site assistance at your program site. Examples of potential technical assistance include: development or revision of training materials; guidance and consultation on mentor recruitment plans and strategies; analysis of mentor screening processes; and analysis of match support processes and consultation on strategies for improvement. 

Apply on the National Mentoring Resource Center site -your request will be forwarded to the Indiana Youth Institute. We will follow up with you to assign a consultant and plan the activities specifically for your organization. This opportunity is for a limited time (July-September 2014) so please make your request as soon as possible. This funding opportunity is made possible by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership.

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 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.

Multiple Job Opportunities: IndianaFIRST

Executive Director of IndianaFIRST
This position is the Executive Director of IndianaFIRST, accountable for managing its operations and personnel. The Executive Director reports to the IndianaFIRST Board of Directors and its Chairman.

The FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA program places VISTA members in strategic in locations to support FIRST programs. IndianaFIRST is looking for several VISTA members to serve for at least 12 months in Indianapolis with a focus on targeting underserved/underrepresented areas where the FIRST VISTA members work to both grow and sustain FIRST Programs with the goal of reducing poverty by inspiring kids through FIRST programs that expose them to STEM, opening doors and opportunities they may otherwise never realize.

IndianaFIRST Fundraising Committee Chairman
The purpose of the Fundraising Committee Chairman is to lead the Fundraising Committee through the process of planning, implementing and executing on the specific Fundraising Committee initiatives during a defined time period.

IndianaFIRST Executive Committee Secretary
The purpose of the Secretary position is responsible for organizing the board for meetings, distributing meeting minutes, and ensuring all documents are chronicled and saved for future use.

More at:

IACCRR Director of Quality Improvement- Indianapolis, IN
Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral is now hiring a Director of Quality Improvement. Please share the attached document with those who might be interested.
More information can also be found 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