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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

The 15th Annual Lights On Afterschool is Thursday, Oct. 23!
Register today to show your support and share your plans!
Lights On Afterschool is our nation's annual celebration of the power of afterschool.   Cities and communities all across the nation will be hosting events and celebrations.  Invite your legislators and media!   Go to the Afterschool Alliance for materials, kits, and ideas.  Let everyone know the great things that are happening in your programs.

Deborah Lowe Vandell Research Shows Afterschool Boosts Grades: Quality, Intensity, and Duration are the Key Factors.
A million elementary students are on their own after school when they should be learning. New research shows the increasing importance of afterschool activities in boosting academic performance and work habits, especially for children from low-income families. In a series of reports, Deborah Lowe Vandell, Dean of the School of Education at the University of California Irvine, found that when afterschool participation was high, the achievement gap between low-income and high-income students was eliminated.

Indiana Department of Education Family Friendly Schools Program
This is a State recognition program for schools that excel in the involvement of families and communities in their children's education. Schools may voluntarily request an assessment from the Indiana Department of Education for the purpose of evaluating and improving family and community engagement in the school.  To be designated as a Family Friendly School, a principal must submit an application packet for IDOE assessment no later than September 15th of each year.  See the Family Friendly Schools Program Handbook for more information.

Happy Birthday, CHIP!
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a bipartisan health care plan for low-income children. Since the late 1990s, CHIP has been credited for the 50 percent reduction in the rate of children without health insurance. Federal funding for CHIP runs through Federal Fiscal Year 2015.  Join efforts underway continue CHIP in the new post-Affordable Care Act environment. Sign CHIP's Birthday Card, as a part of First Focus advocacy efforts with Congress to appropriate funding beyond 2015. 

Wallace Foundation Survey Reveals Higher Numbers in Summer Learning Programs
This new report highlights data on the impact and growing prominence and need for high quality summer programs.  Summer program participation has increased steadily, along with more than half of parents surveyed expressing interest in summer learning programs.  However access continues to be unequal for children in under-resourced areas:  

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Organizational Effectiveness Grants from Indiana Youth Institute
With funding provided by the Ball Brothers Foundation, IYI invites community and faith-based youth-serving nonprofit organizations to apply for assistance to improve their current effectiveness and their capacity to serve in the future. Grantees are limited to organizations within Delaware, Randolph, Henry, Jay, Madison, Grant, and Blackford counties.  
Two proposals will be selected for this grant cycle to receive up to 150 hours of coaching and technical assistance focused on strategic planning, fundraising, board development, evaluation, financial management, hman resources or other areas.  Grant includes
registration, hotel and travel expenses for two people to attend IYI's Because KIDS COUNT Conference in Indianapolis on December 2 & 3, 2014 and for one person to attend Principles and Techniques of Fundraising (or similar class) taught by The Fund Raising School at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in the spring of 2015.  This also includes an opportunity to apply for a sub-award of $10,000 to be used only for approved organizational effectiveness/capacity-building purposes.
Apply by September 11, 2014. 

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 

U.S. Soccer Foundation - Safe Places to Play Grant
This program provides grants to organizations to help them build or enhance a field space in their community. Funds may be used for synthetic turf, lighting, irrigation, and installation of sport court.  
DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: September 24, 2014, Application: October 1, 2014
AVAILABLE: Maximum of $200,000

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.

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

The PeyBack Foundation supports programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for at-risk children in Denver, Indiana, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Preference is given to programs that provide a direct benefit to disadvantaged youth through activities conducted outside the typical school day (i.e., afterschool and summer programming). Applications that showcase a collaborative effort with one or more partner organizations will be given priority. 
Deadline: February 1, 2015. Amount: up to $15,000

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.

Charlotte Martin Foundation
Deadline: September 30, 2014
The Charlotte Martin Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to enriching the lives of youth in the areas of athletics, culture, and education and also to preserving and protecting wildlife and habitat. Our two areas of focus - youth and wildlife - were established by our founder, Charlotte Yeoman Martin, during her lifetime, and continue today as a legacy to her generosity. Maximum 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.

Advancing Student Achievement, a program of the Actuarial Foundation
ASA grants support math programs that open students' minds to the practical power of math. The purpose of an ASA grant is to support math enhancement programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real world mathematics.
Deadline: Rolling Amount: up to $5,000

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.

P. Buckley Moss Foundation Grant
Deadline: September 30, 2014
For educators who need assistance to further their program goals, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education has grants available for up to $1,000 to be awarded in 2014 with the grant monies to be used in 2015 programs. 

Road Runners Club of America: Kids Run the Nation Fund
Deadline: October 1, 2014
The Kids Run the Nation Fund supports nonprofit organizations and schools in the U.S. that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Grants of $500 to $1,000 are provided to running clubs and other nonprofit organizations such as parent booster clubs, PTAs, etc. Elementary and middle schools that provide organized after-school running programs are also eligible to apply. Since the goal of the grant program is to have kids running at least once a week for multiple weeks, funded running programs should offer more than just one-time events. 

The Bright House Classroom Innovators Grants is an ongoing program to assist innovative educators with classroom needs. The program is available to educators who teach K-12 curriculum at public and private schools or at an afterschool nonprofit program that are within Bright House Networks service areas. Recipients are eligible to receive up to one grant per year of no less than $250 and no greater than $500, to assist in their efforts to move students toward a brighter future through innovative learning.

Request for Proposals - 2015-16 PY AmeriCorps*State Grant
All New, Re-compete, and Planning Grant applicants must submit a Concept Paper. The Concept Paper is meant as a first step in drafting your full application, and as a way to give a brief overview of the program you will be proposing for funding. Applicants must submit a Concept Paper in order to be eligible to compete for 2015-16 Program Year funding (except continuation applicants). Concept Paper Guidelines can be downloaded HERE. Deadline for Concept Paper submissions is 11:59 p.m., September 12, 2014.

The Kroger Company Foundation's philanthropic objective is to enhance the quality of life in communities with a concentration of Kroger customers and employees. The Foundation exists for the betterment of the people and communities where Kroger operates.
Deadline: Rolling 

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation - Early Childhood Education, Youth Civic Engagement, and Assistance for Disadvantaged Communities Grants
Deadline: Rolling
The Foundation invest in organizations that demonstrate a commitment to creating value in one or more of our key areas of work - early childhood education, journalism and the First Amendment, youth civic engagement, assistance for disadvantaged communities, and serving veterans. Amount Varies. 

The Farrell Family Foundation - Education, Education Tech, Health & Human Welfare, and Arts Grants
Deadline: Rolling
The Foundation focuses on education with an emphasis on technology, the arts and health and human welfare. Amount Varies.

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 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.  
MAKE IT HAPPEN:  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 Chelsie (Mann) Sharp




Bright House Networks is proud to present Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth, a national competition where students dream up the coolest inventions to make their own life, community or even the world, more awesome...and show how STEM-that's science, technology, engineering and math-can bring their idea to life! 6 national finalists will compete head-to-head on TV, in front of a studio audience in Orlando, Florida. And, THE BIG winner will have the change to work with a top product development firm-which means this student's dream or idea could potentially be realized and fulfilled! Kids ages 14-19 are asked to join in on the fun and see how their Bright Ideas can make a difference and change the world. Log on to for all the exciting details on how you can get on board and take a ride into the world of invention and innovation!

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.

Click2Science is an interactive, professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time programs serving children and youth.

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.

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.




Indiana's College Success Coalitions = Start One in Your Community
Learn More Indiana is accepting applications to start a coalition in your community.  The Indiana College Success Coalitions is a network of state and local organizations interested in increasing college access and success within the State of Indiana.

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.







INDIANA ACADEMIC STANDARDS (2014) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTThe Indiana Department of Education is pleased to announce 10 regional professional development sessions titled "Instructional Shifts in College and Career Readiness: Strategies that Empower Teaching and Learning" to support educators across Indiana in the implementation of the Indiana Academic Standards for English/Language Arts (2014) and Mathematics (2014).  Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the standards and related resources.  Participants are recommended to attend the session in teams. Participants may register here:

WEBINAR: Strengthening Soft Skills Among Our Youth
Director of College and Career Readiness Initiatives for the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce Amy Marsh will share the results from her organization's 2014 Employer Survey. The survey reveals what employers say are the most important skills youth must possess in order to be qualified for available positions. Then, Director of Regional Development for the New Tech Network Alan Veach will share best practices of programs that help youth build soft skills. You will learn which soft skills to address with your youth and how to build soft skill lessons into your program and curriculum.
Date: August 27, 2014 Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m. (EDT)
Register at:

No Such Thing as a Bad Kid- A School-age Author Workshop
Dates: September 6 or September 20, 2014 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
This daylong event will feature youth care specialist and author, Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W. Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W. is a nationally prominent youth care specialist and author whose primary focus is on teaching positive, strength-based theories and techniques to professionals who guide at-risk children and youth.
Cost: $25 Lunch is included
September 6th Location: Champagne Jam, Warsaw, IN
September 20th Location: West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick, IN
Registration and information at

Voices of Literacy Pre-K Early Learning Event
Join the United Way of Central Indiana, Indiana Department of Education and myOn Reader to discuss literacy education for pre-school, including goals for Pre-K centers and the new research-based Pre-K Assessment tool.  Share best practices in Pre-K literacy education and learn about how myOn can help you meet your goals. September 17, 2014, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM at The Columbia Club Indianapolis, 121 Monument Circle.  RSVP with your lunch selection (Chicken, Salmon, Beef or Vegetarian) by Wednesday, September 10, 2014 to Tina Robertson at All participants receive a free 30 Day reading pilot with myON to use with their students and families. to learn more.

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, 


NEW Postsecondary Pathways: Connecting Education to Careers for Student Success
If you are a youth worker, educator or mentor looking to prepare your students for successful careers, you won't want to miss Postsecondary Pathways: Connecting Education to Careers for Student Success. Postsecondary Pathways will engage you in conversations with employers, corporations, and representatives from government agencies, giving you a firsthand, regional look at careers in Indiana and the skills your students need to be prepared for these industries.  Participate in a fast-paced, "speed-dating" networking activity as a great way to make business contacts, learn more about the careers available in the region, and share the information you learn with your students.

September 23- Lafayette (8:00-4:00 pm)
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.
Training and Reception Center
Featuring a tour of Subaru

October 2- Odon (8:00 am-4 pm)
Westgate Academy
Conferencing and Training Center
Featuring a tour of NSWC Crane Naval Base
*The tour of NSWC requires online registration.

$10 to participate. Professional Development Growth Points available at no extra cost.

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 Nonprofit Summit
SAVI/The Polis Center is partnering again with Serve Indiana (formerly OFBCI) and the Office of the Indiana Attorney General to host the statewide Indiana Nonprofit Summit (formerly Governor's Conference on Service and Nonprofit Capacity Building). The conference will be held Oct. 1-2 at the IUPUI Campus Center and will bring together leaders from across the state representing the nonprofit sector, volunteer coordinators, and innovative thinkers to share best practices and celebrate success stories, build professional and organizational skills, and develop collaborative partnerships and strategies to address some of the most pressing problems facing our communities.
2014 Midwest Healthy Homes and Childcare Conference
October 8 & 9 in Indianapolis
The purpose for the conference is to create healthy environments where children live, learn and grow. Participants include public health professionals, weatherization/housing agency staff, community organizers, school administrators, nurses and parents. Featuring sessions for childcare providers on how to create safe, healthy learning environments; how to make your home and school healthier; and environmental justice issues and how to get involved.   


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!


Indiana Teaching Artist Institute
Presented by Arts for Learning
November 8th, 2014
Phalen Leadership Academy, 2323 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis
This one-day institute welcomes artists of all art forms and experience levels to join in a community learning opportunity focused on the field of teaching artistry. 


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:   


Weikert Center for Youth Program Quality Training of Trainers
September 1-October 6, 2014 - virtual training, project work and in-person training in Louisville September 29-October 1
The workshops in the Youth Work Methods series are aligned with the Youth PQA (Program Quality Assesssment).  After gathering data from a Youth Program Quality Assessment and creating a plan for improvement through participation in a Planning with Data training, program managers can choose to offer trainings to program staff that are aligned to the Improvement Plan.  These interactive and hands-on courses provide participants with practical skills that are geared to improve the quality of interactions with youth.  Course content includes Introduction to the Active-Participatory Approach, active learning, ask-listen-encourage, building community, cooperative learning, homework help, planning and reflection, re-framing conflict, structure with clear limits, and youth voice. Contact Joe Bertoletti,, for more information and a course brochure.

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. 

Beyond the Bell Train the Trainer
October 9-10, 2014 - Chicago
Call to all local trainers, technical assistance specialists, intermediary organizations, state networks and state education agencies that want to learn more about how to support the use of Beyond the Bell afterschool best practices in their state. AIR is hosting a Beyond the Bell Train the Trainer in Chicago in the early fall of 2014. This 2-day training will introduce the toolkit, provide guidance on how to use it as a training resource and provide materials (e.g., PowerPoint decks, agendas, handouts) that can be used for personalized trainings. After completing the training participants will be certified Beyond the Bell trainers. 

Become the Change: Closing Gaps in Opportunity and Achievement
November 13-14, 2014 - Baltimore, Maryland
The Education Trust's annual national conference, The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels - pre-kindergarten through college. 

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    


2015 National Mentoring Summit
January 28-30, 2015 - Washington DC 

Beyond School Hours  Annual Conference
Feb 18-21, 2015, Orlando Florida  
National After School Association Annual Conference
March 8-11, 2015 - Washington DC 

BOOST (Best Out of School Time) Annual Conference
April 28-May 1, 2015, Palm Springs CA    




PRISM is a free website that provides collections of online resources for Indiana educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The primary collection of digital teaching materials is indexed according to the Indiana Academic Standards and Common Core Standards for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and secondary education courses.  We have also added the new College and Career Ready Standards to our database, along with most K-12 content areas (outside of Science, Technology and Math).    Since our launch in 2003, our web-based collection of digital resources has grown to over 4,200 highly interactive materials.  We feature non-text teaching resources (such as simulations, scientific visualizations, virtual labs, collaborative skills builders, process modelers, serious gaming, and access to live data) that mirror the digital tools available in the modern workplace. We also freely offer the Moodle Learning Management System. Teachers (and afterschool providers) can create an online classroom environment where they can store their course's digital material for their students to access as well as administer assignments and quizzes.      Teachers (and afterschool providers) can share materials across this platform.  

Camptown is looking for schools and after school programs interested in having an after school Wilderness Adventure Club at your school.  These clubs are designed for 4-5-6th grade students and meet once a week during the school year.  There will also be a weekend day field trip to a local state park four times during the school year.  During our club meeting time students will learn how to work together as a team, learn about leave no trace outdoor ethics, camping skills, and learn about animals, water eco systems, and trees all in a fun interactive way.  There is no charge to the school or student for these programs.  We do however have a limited number of spots.  For more information and to see if your school or after school group qualifies, please contact Don Schafer at  

New MetLife Foundation issue brief: Afterschool Programs Using Data to Better Serve Students
Afterschool programs across the country are using information they've collected-which ranges from data on student self-confidence to program and school day attendance to student curiosity-to improve their understanding of how well they are implementing their activities and if they are making progress on the goals and outcomes they hope to achieve. More HERE.

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.

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.

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