Indiana Youth
Indiana Afterschool Network
Newsletter: October 2014 


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

Indiana's 15th Annual Lights On Afterschool a HUGE Success!
This year there were 81 events in Indiana! In addition, Governor Mike Pence issued an official proclamation (pdf) making Oct. 23 #LightsOnAfterschool Day!

INDIANA LIGHTS ON HIGHLIGHT: Columbus Out-of-School Coalition Celebrates FIRST Lights On as a Community 
The event was held at the Kids Commons and featured hands-on STEM activities for students from Pre-K through 6th grade.  Nearly 300 people attended.  Students explored the museum for free and engaged in STEM activities including building a bridge, making a bionic hand, experimenting with electricity and making "slime".

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. Learn more and find events in Indiana: 

Launch of Data Report "The Power of Afterschool in Indiana"
Check out this 12-page report with the most current data on out-of-school time in Indiana. Funded through the Network Data Grant from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the C.S. Mott Foundation.  Download your copy HERE.

The report has been distributed to ALL Indiana state and national legislators, including YOURS! Contact your legislator to share the Power of Afterschool in your community! For advocacy tips,  visit the Afterschool Alliance. Let us know who you reached out to and what feedback you received! Email Sara Beanblossom with your story.

Thanks to the many local media outlets' coverage of the report launch, including this audio on WFYI Radio AND this story from the Lafayette Journal Courier.
Latest results from America After 3 PM: Families want more afterschool programs
Read more about the latest findings from the Afterschool Alliance.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Youth Research for Action will award, on a competitive basis, grants to youth-designed and -led action research projects across the U.S. The competition is open to teams of public high school students nationwide, along with youth in community-based organizations.  Deadline: November 26, 2014 Amount: up to $2,000 More HERE.

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.

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. 

Let's Play grants offer ten different grant opportunities for organizations in need of support for youth sports or recess equipment, afterschool programming and playgrounds/outdoor fitness equipment. Amount: varies Deadline: varies 

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.

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
Lumber Liquidators offers in-kind donations for nonprofit organizations in need of new flooring for their facilities.
Complete the application:

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




Tech Savvy at IUPUC
Nov 08, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus Columbus Center for Teaching and Learning, 4555 Central Ave. Columbus, IN
This one-day program introduces girls in sixth through ninth grades to many types of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and teaches "savvy skills" such as leadership and smart internet use. The registration fee is $5.00 for each child and $10.00 for each adult that attends Tech Savvy. 

2nd Annual City of Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship (IndyVRC) and STEM Community Fair sponsored by Roche Diagnostics on November 16 & 17, 2013 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
The IndyVRC engages 48 high schools and 40 middle schools competing in a sports-like game. Teams of students have been working alongside engineers and other industry professionals to design, build, and program a robot to compete against robots from other teams.  Teams can win awards for creating business plans, developing cohesive team "brands," and cooperating with other teams.
Sunday= IndyVRC STEM Community Fair. The stem fair will include interactive, hands-on, STEM based-activities that are fun for the whole family. Check them out in between matches.
Admission: Free Parking: Free at Virginia Parking Garage
More info HERE.

The Hour of Code is coming... worldwide!
Last year, 40,000 teachers led a grassroots effort called the Hour of Code - to introduce ten million students to one hour of computer science. Kids of all ages tried one hour of writing code and making apps in classrooms, and they loved it. This year, supported by over 100 organizations, we want you to help reach 100 million students, across every country in the world, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec 8 - 14). More at: 

is a technology entrepreneurship program and competition for young women. Through our intensive 3-month, 50-hour curriculum, teams of young women work together to imagine, design, and develop mobile apps, then pitch their "startup" businesses to judges. Learn more and pre-register for 2015 at:

Google CS First
is a program that focuses on increasing student access and exposure to computer science education. The goal of this program is to utilize afterschool and summer programs to build a computer science education foundation in K-12 schools. CS First is a free and gives students the opportunity to learn computer science concepts through coding. CS First is continuing to grow, if you are interested in setting up a club it takes roughly five to ten minutes! For more about the program click here.
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!

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.



2015 Indiana Summit on Out of School Time

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


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:   

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 


Ready by 21 National Meeting
March 31 - April 2 | New Orleans
The National Meeting brings together hundreds of leaders dedicated to improving the odds for children and youth through stronger partnership, practices and policies. Stuned for more information by email and on the Ready by 21 National Meeting website:  

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




After School Matters is looking for volunteers with experience in science, technology, art, writing, sports, or youth development to assist with the critical task of reviewing and scoring proposals for the Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 teen programs. These program proposals are submitted to ASM by potential instructors and include a synopsis of what they plan to teach, as well as accompanying activities and goals they have for the teens in their program.
This volunteer opportunity is completely web-based and can be performed anywhere a volunteer has internet access. Each volunteer will be assigned 5-6 proposals, and we estimate that the total time commitment to score those proposals will be approximately 6-7 hours total. The review process will begin on November 17, 2014 and will go until December 5, 2014.

Those interested in volunteering should contact
Courtney Calero, ASM Development and Volunteer Coordinator, and Janet Wakefield

My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge
The My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge is a call to action for cities, Tribal Nations, towns, and counties to build and execute robust plans to ensure that all young people-no matter who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born-can achieve their full potential. 

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

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.  

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