Indiana Youth
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.

American Graduate Day 2014
This national and local call-to-action telethon for communities to engage in stronger outcomes for students ran on Indianapolis WFYI TV 20 last weekend. The 30-minute program "Graduating Indiana 2014," featured IAN's president Debbie Zipes and IAN board member Reginald McGregor in a discussion with local experts that focuses on students' transitions from high school to post-secondary education or career.  Learn what it takes to become an American Graduate Champion and why students need them!

New! State of the Classroom
Superintendent Ritz discusses the State of the Classroom for Hoosier children, including the environments and external factors that impact student success.
AND - Read more about resources for mentoring, tutoring and more at: 

September is Attendance Awareness Month
In the United States, 7.5 million students miss 10 percent of the school year. That's 135 million days total. More than 40 organizations, including the Afterschool Alliance, are working in partnership to raise awareness about the connection between attendance and academic achievement by celebrating Attendance Awareness Month. Schools and organizations across the country are putting on events this month. A map of events, a toolkit for putting on your own event and suggestions for media outreach can be found on the Attendance Awareness Month website. 

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.
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.

KaBOOM! announces new round of grants for playground equipment
KaBOOM! and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group's Let's Play initiative announced a new grant opportunity for communities to build playgrounds in their neighborhoods. Winners of the Let's Play Community Construction Grant will receive $15,000 for playground equipment. Municipalities and child-serving nonprofit organizations without a playground or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children are eligible to apply. Deadline: October 9. More info HERE.

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.

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 

Lilly Endowment is currently accepting applications for its 2015 Teacher Creativity Fellowship. The Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program provides support for K-12 teachers, principals, guidance counselors and school librarians in Indiana to take time during the summer to pursue a personal interest, explore subjects that interest them, and re-energize before returning to the classroom in the fall. For 2015, the Endowment will offer up to 100 grants of $10,000 each. Amount: $10,000 Deadline: November 3, 2014

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

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
This program annually honors middle and high school students in the US who volunteer in their communities at home or abroad. National honorees receive $5,000 from the Prudential Foundation for a charitable organization of their choice. Students in grades 5-12 are eligible to apply for the 2015 awards if they have volunteered in the past year. Learn more HERE.

The Office Depot Foundation prefers to fund projects and programs in the following areas: Giving Children Tools for Success - Supporting activities that give young people tools to succeed in the school and in life through education and inspiration. Building Capacity to Serve Communities - Supporting programs that help non-profit organizations to serve the needs of their communities efficiently and effectively. Disaster Preparedness, Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding - Supporting efforts that help people and communities prepare for disasters and then rebuild and recover when disasters occur. Amount: $50-$3,000 (Average grant $1,000)  Deadline: through October 2014

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 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.

Take the Lights On Afterschool Webmaker Challenge!
Mozilla, the global nonprofit organization behind Firefox, has teamed up with the Afterschool Alliance to celebrate afterschool programs this October by creating the Lights On Afterschool Webmaker Challenge! The Webmaker Challenge is a simple activity that gives your event guests and program participants the chance to unleash their creativity-and learn some coding-by making their own digital afterschool posters. As an added bonus, six participating programs will be chosen at random to win $500! 

NGA: Youth Garden Grants
Deadline: December 5, 2014
National Gardening Association Youth Garden Grants support schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. In evaluating grant applications, priority will be given to programs that emphasize educational focus or curricular/program integration; nutrition or plant-to-food connections; environmental awareness/education; entrepreneurship; and social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning. Maximum award: a $500 gift card to the Gardening with Kids catalog, seeds and plants from Bonnie Plants, an Ames tool package, and educational materials from NGA.

National Science Foundation - Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Amount Varies. Deadline: November 14, 2014
This 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 Hearst Foundation
Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling
The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests - culture, education, health and social service - and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies.

Best Buy Ignites Teen Potential through Technology
Best Buy seeks nonprofit partners that create hands-on learning opportunities for underserved teens to engage them in learning, experimenting, and interacting with the latest technologies to build 21st century skills. The overall goal is to provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. Amount Varies. Deadline: November 1

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 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
Minority Teacher Scholarships
Black or Hispanic students who are pursuing a course of study that would enable them to teach in an accredited school in Indiana may be eligible for a Minority Teacher & Special Services Scholarship. Only first-time undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Applications must be complete by October 4th. For more details as well as an online application, visit here.

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




Celebrate Science Indiana 2014 on Saturday, October 4th
Get ready for science, discovery and fun with participating museums this week leading up to the event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Learn more:

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring is a Presidential award established by the White House in 1995.
This award recognizes individuals and organizations from both public and private sectors who mentor persons from underrepresented populations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These populations include underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, persons with disabilities, persons from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and early career scientists and engineers. Like the PAEMST award, the award includes $10,000, a trip to Washington, D.C., and a recognition ceremony with the opportunity to engage with policymakers on STEM mentoring. Due: Friday, October 3, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. EDT. Guidelines for the 2015 Call for Nominations (NSF 14-567) are at the following URL: 
44th Annual Hoosier Association for Science Teachers, Inc. Conference
The Nature of Science
February 11-13, 2015

New online platform to connect scientists and engineers directly to students
Iridescent has recently released an online platform of STEM curriculum to help scientists and engineers to better connect with students and enable them to create together. The premise of the platform revolves around three key concepts: curiosity, courage and persistence toward a solution. Curiosity Machine provides students with access to content and mentoring that is critical in developing 21st century critical thinking skills. 

Free Afterschool STEM Resources
from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology-
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.





Professional Development Grants from IYI
IYI offers professional development grants of up to $750 to help youth-serving professionals pay for the registration cost and hotel or travel costs associated with a professional development opportunity. Submit an application by the tenth of the month to receive a decision by the first of the following month. More HERE.

Call for presenters: 

March National AfterSchool Association annual conference in Washington DC - Due October 17.



2015 Indiana Summit on Out of School Time

April 13-14
JW Marriott Downtown Indianapolis
More details coming soon!  


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.

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.    


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.  


IMAGINE Program:  "FOOD, FITNESS, AND WELLNESS MATTER:  Creating Healthy Communities for Hoosier Children."
Student participants are inspired, engaged, equipped and empowered to be community problem solvers. Teams of four or more students and one teacher sponsor may participate in the annual program. No Cost to participate. Students acquire and apply 21st century skills including: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication toward service learning projects.
Program components include:
Kick-off Conference                      October 29, 2014
Project Development Phase:               October 30-March, 2015
Recognition Celebration:                                Mid-March 2015

All events at The Orchard School,  615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis

Please go to: to register and learn more about our exciting speakers, workshop facilitators and community partners. Deadline to register is: October 3   


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 Fourth Annual Neuroscience of Education Symposium Saturday, November 8, 2014
Engage with international experts on the frontier of social and emotional learning. Marian University - Indianapolis 


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:   


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. 

Voices Federal Webinar October 13th: Afterschool and Out of School Time - The America After 3PM study finds that 15 million of America's children spend their afternoons -- more than a quarter of our children -- alone and unsupervised after school. On school days, the hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex. Teens who do not participate in afterschool programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes than teens who do participate. They are also three times more likely to use marijuana or other drugs, and they are more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and engage in sexual activity. Parents with children in afterschool programs are less stressed, have fewer unscheduled absences and are more productive at work. Register to learn about federal policy impacting afterschool. More HERE.

Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes
October 14-16, 2014 - Saint Louis, Missouri
The Forum for Youth Investment and FSG are teaming up to help communities effectively carry out collective impact strategies. Join this three-day institute to learn how to create the five conditions for successful collective impact approaches through clear, sequenced steps: from partnership creation, community engagement, goal-setting and problem analysis to intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Participants will learn how to take a Big Picture Approach to tackle a range of issues in their communities, focusing on how to apply the nuts and bolts of collective impact strategies back home. More HERE.

12th Annual Bridge Conference
Making Learning Personal
October 27 and 28th, 2014
The University of Washington, Husky Union Building

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    




Youth Development and Attainment Certification Program at Harrison College
Through innovative online course delivery, taught by Harvard educated child psychologist and anthropologist Andrew J. Schneider-Munoz, Ed.D.,  CYC-P, you will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge of positive youth development across different practice settings. The Youth Development and Attainment certification program meets both today's demand for flexible schedules and the core competencies needed for successful completion of the national certification examination. Visit to learn more about national certification requirements.

is an Indianapolis-based company that has created an application aimed to help students living with dyslexia read. DCODIA works with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and gives the user the ability to select a single word in a body of text and have it read aloud. If you or your student would like to try DCODIA, you can do so for free for a limited time. Signup at

Geared For Health
Indiana Sports Corp's Geared For Health program collects and distributes donated sports equipment to help underserved local young athletes have the equipment they need to jumpstart a more active lifestyle while encouraging a commitment to good health. To request sports equipment for kids from Geared For Health, not-for-profit, youth-serving organizations, sports leagues and sports clubs can contact Indiana Sports Corp at (317) 237-5000 or email us at

Collective Impact for Policy Makers
Anyone working on collective impact strategies for children and youth doesn't want to miss the new issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review - the journal that helped to launch the collective impact movement. A special supplement, Collective Insights on Collective Impact, offers nine articles from leading practitioners, funders, and thought leaders in the collective impact field, curated and funded by the Collective Impact Forum . These include two articles of particular interest to those working on youth issues, written by the Forum for Youth Investment: About how to align multiple collective impact initiatives in a community (p. 15), and about how government policies can be crafted to enhance rather than impede collective impact efforts (p. 22). 

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  

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