INDIANA STATEWIDE
Newsletter January 2015
AFTERSCHOOL NEWS AND POLICY INFORMATION
Indiana Afterschool Program Highlight of the Month
MICHIGAN CITY Robotics team gets a new home and a $10K grant from ArcellorMittal!  Herb Higgin, Safe Harbor program coordinator notes that the robotics program began with just five Michigan City students after the Safe Harbor after-school program received a grant from the state. Currently, 22 students participate in the team from across La Porte County and the nearby area. READ MORE.

Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning: April 13-14, 2015
Be part of the fourth annual Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning, our state's leading conference on afterschool and summer learning. Two days of exciting keynote speakers, networking events, exhibitors, and more than 50 innovative, engaging workshops on Out of School Learning.  JW Marriott Indianapolis, with special events at the Indianapolis Zoo.
See Summit website for more info on:
- Breakout Presenter RFP
- Registration (Early Bird Registration deadline is January 15)
- Sponsorship Opportunities
- Hotel Booking Information

Bookmark these pages to stay informed about your Indiana General Assembly
As the Indiana General Assembly prepares for a January 6 session, the Indiana Association of United Ways makes it easy for you to stay informed and participate in democracy.
- Calendar of Third House / Meet Your Legislator in easy-view or printable format (check back regularly)
- Visiting the Statehouse for the first time short webinar (6 minutes, based on UW Day at the Statehouse but applicable for others)
- Find Your Legislator

UPDATE: FY15 spending bill passed into law; includes increase in federal afterschool funding
After a week of wrangling and late night sessions in Congress, the Senate passed the hybrid continuing resolution/omnibus government-spending bill HR 83 the evening of Saturday, December 13th. The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 funds the government at $1.014 trillion in discretionary spending.  What does that mean for afterschool programs? READ MORE.

IAN Data Report featured on Alliance Blog "Guest blog: Informing policy makers and the OST field on the opportunity gap"
Afterschool and summer programs can add 1,080 hours of academic enrichment to a child's year, equivalent to the number of hours in 144 schools days. Yet, access is not equal. Low-income youth experience 6,000 fewer hours of enrichment and academic learning than their more affluent peers by the eighth grade (Hechinger Report, 2013). READ MORE.
AFTERSCHOOL FUNDING
Performance Partnership Pilots Overview Webinar
The Performance Partnership Pilots offer an opportunity for state, county, city and tribal governments to propose new ways to use their existing discretionary federal funding to better serve disconnected youth. Instead of having to comply with the current array of federal requirements about how you use each related funding stream, sites instead have the opportunity to propose their own, locally developed, evidence-informed plan. The federal government will then provide the winning sites flexibility from any federal rules and regulations necessary for the site to implement their plan. Join this introductory webinar designed to help you learn more about the P3 and to help decide whether or not to apply. Registration Registration HERE. More grant info HERE.

The Rathmann Challenge seeks ideas on how to assist educators in addressing issues that interfere with pre-K-12 students' abilities to be fully present in the classroom. Examples include: food, clothing, classroom supplies, shelter, personal care, dental, medical, mental health and legal support (e.g. immigration, juvenile and custodial issues). The Rathmann Challenge is an opportunity for innovative thinkers who know how to implement a successful program. The first $100,000 is awarded for your past outstanding work and includes an exclusive opportunity to apply for an additional $200,000 in support of your Even Bigger Idea. Choose to put them together, and you'll have $300,000 from Rathmann's Even Bigger Idea challenge to turn your vision into a reality.  Deadline: Closes after 200 applications or February 12, 2015. https://rathmann.brightidea.com/2015rathmannchallenge 
 
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
http://www.accessgolf.org/grants/alliance_grants.cfm  

Big Read is accepting applications to fund community-wide reading programs with grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. Deadline: 1/28/15 http://www.neabigread.org/guidelines.php 

Smart from the Start Grant Program
With support from the National PTA, schools and communities across the nation have the opportunity to apply for a number of grants and other prizes to help them implement a health initiative at their school. Overall, the Smart from the Start program will award a total of $500,000 in grants, training and awards to eligible schools. The winning preschool will be awarded $20,000 and ten runners-up will each receive $2,500. Early childhood education centers and schools with a Pre-K program are eligible to apply.  Deadline: February 28, 2015 - Award Amount: $2,500 or $20,000 http://www.pta.org/smartstart 

$1 Million Available through the Champions for Healthy Kids Grants!
Over the past 12 years, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and the General Mills Foundation has awarded over $6 million in Champions for Healthy Kids grants to nonprofit organizations across the U.S. promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles targeted to kids and families.  This year, the General Mills Foundation has committed to offering $1 million in grants, awarding fifty, $20,000 grants.  Applications must involve the program expertise of an RDN or DTR member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Visit www.eatright.org/foundation/championgrants to access the grant application and learn more about previously funded programs. Applications are due Friday, January 23, 2015 at 5pm CST. Please email questions to KidsEatRight@eatright.org.

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. http://www.peytonmanning.com/  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.
http://www.dhrossfoundation.org/ 

The American Electric Power Foundation considers requests from organizations in communities served by AEP's regional utilities. The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education, protecting the environment, providing basic human services in the areas of hunger, housing, health and safety, and enriching the quality of life in communities through art, music and cultural heritage. Deadline: Rolling Amount: not less than $15,000. http://www.aep.com/community/aepfoundation/ 

American Association of University Women is seeking applications for Community Action Grants which support programs that promote education and equality for women and girls with grants up to $10,000. Deadline: 1/15/15 http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/community-action-grants/ 

InvenTeam Grants for STEM Projects- Lemelson-MIT is seeking applications for InvenTeams, groups comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. Participants rely on inquiry and apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to develop invention prototypes. (Deadline: February 27th, 2015). For more information and inspiration, please visit HERE.

American Family Insurance protects dreams by helping strengthen and support individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities. American Family Insurance also sponsors events and activities that build stronger ties with customers through memorable, beneficial experiences. Deadline: rolling Amount: $250-$10,000 Info HERE.

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
http://wishyouwellfoundation.org/apply/  

The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. Deadline: February 1, 2015 Amount: $2,000 or $5,000 Get more information HERE.

Finish Line Youth Foundation
http://www.finishline.com/store/youthfoundation/guidelines.jsp   
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
http://www.actuarialfoundation.org/programs/teachers/what_asa_grant.shtml  

The First Lady's Foundation exists for the purpose of encouraging and supporting Indiana youth and families. Deadline: Rolling (one application per 365-day period) Amount: $500 or $1,000
More information: http://www.indianafirstladyscharitablefoundation.org/apply-for-grant/

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting applications to award public schools or libraries with grants up to $500 for special educational activities. Deadline: 3/15/15 http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/minigrant-program/ 

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.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. More HERE.

Sports 4 Life Grant- The Women's Sports Foundation and espnW are offering a grant to create and expand developmental youth sports programs that serve African-American and Hispanic girls, ages 11 to 18 years old - high-risk and under served populations. Non-profit schools, organizations, and sports leagues are all eligible to apply. For more information, please visit HERE.

Reiman Foundation Grant
The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: Health Care, Education, The Arts & Children. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Deadline: Rolling Award Amount: Vary http://www.reimanfoundation.org/ 

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 http://www.letsplay.com/  

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. http://www.hearstfdn.org/  

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 http://www.thekrogerco.com/community/kroger-foundation  

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. http://www.mccormickfoundation.org/page.aspx?pid=634  

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
http://www1.pnc.com/pncfoundation/foundation_overview.html

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:
http://www.connectamillionminds.com/request-support 
 
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. https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/charitable/in_guidelines  

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. http://www.rgkfoundation.org/public/guidelines  
 
The World We Want Foundation  
Offers youth-led service learning grants.
Deadline: Rolling,  Amount varies. http://theworldwewantfoundation.org   

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 http://www.fordfoundation.org 

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
http://www.nokidhungry.org/solution/community-investments 
 
Lumber Liquidators offers in-kind donations for nonprofit organizations in need of new flooring for their facilities.
Complete the application: http://layitforward.lumberliquidators.com/contact-2/ 

KaBoom! offers "Let's Play Land Use" playground grants. Deadline: Rolling http://kaboom.org/ 

Public Welfare Foundation is accepting letters of intent from organizations and programs working to end the criminalization and over-incarceration of youth. Deadline: Rolling More info HERE.

AND  for more grants-
The Youth Today Newsletter Grants Newsletter
http://youthtoday.org/category/grants/ 
 
Fundsnet
 http://www.fundsnetservices.com/searchresult/3/Children-Youth-&-Family-Grants.html 
QUALITY
The Indiana Afterschool Network helps promote and strengthen program quality in out-of-school learning across Indiana.

3 EASY WAYS TO GET STARTED!

1.  Use Indiana's Top Ten Quality Standards for OST as a pathway to quality improvement.

2.  Assess your program sites and organization by using the Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment (IN-QPSA)

3.  Develop your staff using the NEW! Indiana Academy for Out-of-School Learning.  A high quality, online training specifically designed for Out-of-School Time Professionals

This NEW online PD system was created in partnership with the National Afterschool Association and Child Care Aware and offers the latest in training specifically designed for Indiana's before school, after school, school age child care and summer programs.

Full details on the Academy HERE.

Benefits to Your Program and Staff:
*    Professional Development anytime, anywhere!
*    36 Best Practice Learning Modules (2 hours each)
*    Aligned with IN Afterschool Standards and IN Youth Development Credential (IYD)
*    In-depth curriculum content, interactivity and rich visuals
*    Useful resources and real life scenarios
*    Pre- and Post-tests
*    Certificates and User accounts to track progress
*    Customer Service
*    Technical Assistance

Thanks to a generous grant from Lilly Endowment.
 
For more information:
Contact Bri Gaston-Bell
Bgaston-bell@indianaafterschool.org
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH (STEM) FUNDING AND RESOURCES
NOMINATE: Most Influential in STEM
Do you know someone whose service, research, and action in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) influence and impact large numbers of children and families? Nominate those individuals who are doing great things for National Afterschool Association's Most Influential in STEM.
http://naaweb.org/most-influential 

SAVE THE DATE!- FIT for the Future Conference- Saturday, April 11, 2015
10 am - 2 pm at the ISU College of Technology
The Females in Technology student organization invites you to the 8th annual FIT for the Future Conference. Students are welcome to attend with a class, an organization, or on their own.
Parents and teachers are welcome and encouraged to come - we will have activities for you, too! Registration opens February 1 and the registration deadline is April 3.
More details: http://technology.indstate.edu/fitforthefuture/docs/2015flyer.pdf 
   
Engineering- Go For It (eGFI) is a tool for teachers to use to boost their students' skills in math, science and engineering. The website gives ideas for enriching learning opportunities and allows individuals to sign up for their monthly newsletter.  http://teachers.egfi-k12.org/

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.
   
Technovation 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: http://www.technovationchallenge.org/home/ 

The Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge
The M3 Challenge is an applied mathematics competition for high school juniors and seniors. This internet based contest gives students an opportunity to work in teams of three to five to solve real-world problems while navigating time and resource constraints. Scholarships of up to $20,000 are awarded to top teams. The challenge weekend is February 28-March 1, 2015. To read more or register your team click HERE.

44th Annual Hoosier Association for Science Teachers, Inc. Conference
The Nature of Science
February 11-13, 2015
INDIANA CONVENTION CENTER
http://www.hasti.org/upcoming-conference-information  

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.
https://www.curiositymachine.org/challenges/?theme=Aerospace  

Free Afterschool STEM Resources from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology- http://www.birdsleuth.org/info-for/after-school-programs/

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.. 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 http://ignite.wisdomtools.com for upcoming events, free training materials, webinars, lesson plans, and more.
COLLEGE and CAREER READINESS RESOURCES
2015 ICI Campus Tour for Counselors:  Reserve your spot on the bus now!
Experience for yourself---and your students---the unique flavors of Indiana's private, nonprofit colleges and universities.  Sponsored by the Independent Colleges of Indiana and offered free of charge, this educational and fun program is designed specifically to meet the needs of counselors and other adults who assist students with the college selection and admissions process.  From June 15 to June 17, we're visiting seven northeast Indiana colleges/universities:  Anderson, Huntington, Indiana Tech,  Grace, Trine, Saint Francis, and Taylor. New in 2015:  A special addition to the program is a strand on "skills for postsecondary success," provided in partnership with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, including an industry tour and reception with Fort Wayne business leaders.  For a detailed schedule of the tour, as well as online registration, visit:  www.icindiana.org For questions or additional information:  317-684-4291.

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.  http://cgi.asainstitute.org/cgi-bin/csc/publicstats 

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.
CONFERENCES AND TRAININGS
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.

INDIANA

 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning: April 13-14, 2015
Be part of the fourth annual Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning, our state's leading conference on afterschool and summer learning. Two days of exciting keynote speakers, networking events, exhibitors, and more than 50 innovative, engaging workshops on Out of School Learning.  JW Marriott Indianapolis, with special events at the Indianapolis Zoo.
See Summit website for more info on:
- Breakout Presenter RFP
- Registration (Early Bird Registration deadline is January 15)
- Sponsorship Opportunities
- Hotel Booking Information

Indiana Youth Institute Spring Trainings
In March, spend a half day ($20) or a whole day ($40) with experts in the fields of youth development and nonprofit management.

March 3: Merrillville
March 4: South Bend
March 5: Fort Wayne
March 10: Evansville
March 11: Sellersburg
March 12: Indianapolis

Featuring:
Flipping the Resilience Switch- Presented by Christian Moore, Founder of WhyTry and #BKCC14 Thought Leader

Keeping Kids SAFE: Screening Mentor Applicants to Ensure Child Safety- Presented by Jen Lindwall, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota

The Fund Raising School at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy- Presented by Melissa Brown (Back by popular demand with an ALL NEW session for 2015!)

Graduation and Beyond! How to Help More Students Achieve College and Career Success- Presented by Kate Coffman, IYI Director of College & Career Counseling, and Tracy Butler, Tracy Butler Consulting LLC.
http://www.iyi.org/trainings.aspx

Postsecondary Pathways: Connecting Careers to Education for Student Success
Last fall, the new Postsecondary Pathways events in Odon and Lafayette gave educators and youth workers a firsthand look at employers in their communities. Next month, IYI is bringing the events to all new locations. Join us for one of these full day events for the latest information on postsecondary education and workforce development. Learn what types of jobs are in demand in your area, what skills students need to pursue these careers and where they can go to obtain the right credentials. If you work with middle or high school students, you don't want to miss these events! Choose from two options:

February 11: Batesville (featuring a tour of Hillenbrand)
February 18: Muncie (featuring a tour of Magna Powertrain, Inc.)

https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1659062  

SAVE THE DATE!- FIT for the Future Conference- Saturday, April 11, 2015
10 am - 2 pm at the ISU College of Technology
The Females in Technology student organization invites you to the 8th annual FIT for the Future Conference. Students are welcome to attend with a class, an organization, or on their own.
Parents and teachers are welcome and encouraged to come - we will have activities for you, too! Registration opens February 1 and the registration deadline is April 3.
More details: http://technology.indstate.edu/fitforthefuture/docs/2015flyer.pdf 

2015 Postsecondary Counseling Institute presented by Kroger
Keynote speaker Dr. Jane Bluestein, internationally known speaker, award-winning author and crisis-intervention counselor, will share knowledge she has gained from working with thousands of educators, counselors, parents and other youth-serving community members. June 23-24, 2015 NEW LOCATION: Westin Indianapolis Hotel. More HERE.

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: http://www.inrn.org/   
 
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: http://www.iyi.org/   
     
NATIONAL
          
2015 National Mentoring Summit

January 28-30, 2015 - Washington DC
http://www.mentoring.org/2015_national_mentoring_summit  

At-Risk Youth National Forum- February 15-18
This year's theme is Success Within Reach: Strategies for At-Risk Youth. Location: Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC. Learn more www.dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2015-risk-youth-national-forum  

Beyond School Hours  Annual Conference
Feb 18-21, 2015, Orlando Florida
http://www.foundationsinc.org/beyond-school-hours-xviii   
 
National After School Association Annual Conference
March 8-11, 2015 - Washington DC
The Afterschool Alliance is once again teaming up with the National Afterschool Association and afterschool professionals from around the country, March 8-11 in Washington, D.C., to meet face to face with Members of Congress and urge them to support kids and families who rely on afterschool programs.
http://naaweb.org/convention 
 
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. Stay tuned for more information by email and on the Ready by 21 National Meeting website: http://www.readyby21.org/nationalmeeting   

BOOST (Best Out of School Time) Annual Conference
April 28-May 1, 2015, Palm Springs CA
http://www.boostconference.org/ 
AFTERSCHOOL RESOURCES
Nominate a mentor for the 2015 Inspire Awards
Recognize the mentor in your life by nominating them for an Inspire Award. Choose from six industry categories. Additionally, we will recognize one community mentor for their work mentoring youth. Nominations close on February 1, 2015.  http://www.collegementors.org/inspire 
       
A Guide for Engaging ELL Families. (August 2011). This guide offers practical tips on engaging families of English Language Learners. Recommendations include considering culturally significant holidays when planning events, inviting parents to volunteer at your program, and building partnerships with local community organizations. Colorin Colorado. http://www.colorincolorado.org/principals/family/  

Everyday Young Heroes is an opportunity to nominate youth ages 5-25 to be honored as a young person who improves their community through service to others. Youth are nominated, selected, and honored on a weekly basis.  http://www.ysa.org/eyh_nomination

"Think Before You Link" Promotes Student Cybersafety- This new online course for students from grade three through eights aims to focus on cybersafety, online bullying, and Internet ethics. It was produced by Discovery Education and Intel Security and is being offered free to schools around the country. To view more information, please click HERE.

The National Liberty Museum's Selma Speech & Essay Contest is open to US High School students ages 14-18 (as of the January 30 deadline) Martin Luther King, Jr. used his words to change history. How will you use yours? To participate, go to LibertyMuseumSelmaContest.org Grand prize: $5,000! Contest timeline: December 25, 2014 - January 30, 2015. . After viewing Paramount Pictures film SELMA, contestants will respond to the Contest topic with an original 500-700 word essay and videotaped speech reading of their essay. For rules: libertymuseumselmacontest.org/guidelines

Ready for Fall? Near-Term Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Students' Learning Opportunities and Outcomes
DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT (PDF)
This report presents the first set of student outcome findings from The Wallace Foundation's Summer Learning District Demonstration Project, a six-year effort looking at whether and how large-scale, voluntary summer learning programs led by public school districts can help improve educational outcomes for children in low-income, urban communities. The study examines the near-term impact on students of their participation in a summer learning program over one summer; it finds improved student performance on math assessments and no effect on assessments of reading. Supplemental materials to the report include a video in which the project and early results are described and a Wallace Knowledge in Brief summarizing the near-term findings.

USA Today/Office Depot Foundation: Dream UP!
The Office Depot Foundation Dream UP! Career Exploration Program enables middle school students to evaluate their career interests and future career goals. The Dream UP! Program includes: career exploration lessons in a student workbook format, an essay challenge (aligned to the Common Core), USA TODAY Newspapers for student research on industries and career trends, and the opportunity for five students to win a day with a mentor to experience their chosen career. Maximum award: winning students will each spend one day shadowing a mentor in the field of his or her chosen Dream career. Eligibility: U.S. residents who are full-time students of a public or private middle school in the 50 U.S. States and District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico). Deadline: February 5, 2015. http://officedepotfoundation.org/?page_id=190

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 www.cyccb.org to learn more about national certification requirements.

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.   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.  http://www.rose-prism.org/moodle   

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, www.researchconnections.org , 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 www.AskRose.org      
 
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 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/askrose/id560503334?mt=8  
    
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.

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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.  

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