Newsletter May 2015
National Summer Learning Day is Friday, June 19th!  
This annual national advocacy day is led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer. Many kinds of high-quality learning opportunities during the summer can make a difference in stemming learning loss...and ultimately, closing the country's achievement gap.

Three things you can do to make summer a season of learning and fun:
  1. Put your event and/or program on the Summer Learning Day Map.
  2. Take the pledge to #KeepKidsLearning all summer long. Set a goal for your organization, issue a challenge to all of your employees, and encourage them to keep all of the kids in their lives learning this summer!  
  3. Use NSLA's resources, such as key messages and family tip sheets, to build awareness in your community, help families keep their kids learning, and promote your event to local media.
to get involved today!

TAKE ACTION: Support Summer Meals   
The Summer Food Service Program ensures kids don't go hungry in the summer. Contact your legislators and ask them to support the Summer Meals Act of 2015 (S.613/H.1728).
United Way Legislative Wrap-Up Webinar  
The 30-minute session and slides of this 2015 Indiana legislative wrap-up webinar with Indiana Coalition for Human Services is now archived on the following links:
Indiana Association of United Ways and Indiana Coalition for Human Services are planning regional meetings with human services providers. In these sessions, they will provide updates and Q&A about the Statehouse, including how the budget and certain policies affect human services;  discuss important issues on the horizon for human services, including philosophical debates about welfare reform, drug testing, best practice responses on the HIV crisis; and provide information about and opportunities to get involved. For the full statewide schedule and to register, Click HERE. One page summary HERE.

Indiana Youth Institute offers FREE proposal review
If you're applying for a grant, submit your proposal and an IYI consultant will offer you free feedback to strengthen your submission. More HERE.

DEADLINE: June 5, 2015
$700,000 to $1,100,000 over 40 months to include a 4 month planning period. YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are high school dropouts, adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, homeless youth, and other disadvantaged youth populations. The YouthBuild program simultaneously addresses several core issues important to low-income communities: affordable housing, education, employment, leadership development and energy efficiency.
NEA Art Works
DEADLINE: July 23, 2015 AVAILABLE: $10,000 to $100,000
This National Endowment for the Arts program seeks to support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

USGA/Alliance: Grants for the Good of the Game

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

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

The 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.

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  

Finish Line Youth Foundation   
The Finish Line Youth Foundation provides funding to organizations that youth athletic programs and sports-based camps, especially those serving disadvantaged and special needs children. Deadline: Rolling  Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000.

The Kinder Morgan Foundation believes that today's youth are tomorrow's leaders. Their goal is to help today's science, math and music students become the engineers, educators and musicians who will support diverse communities for many years to come. They fund programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people where Kinder Morgan operates. Amount: $1,000 and $5,000. Deadlines are the 10th of every other month beginning in January. More HERE.

Kids in the Game GO! Grant-
Jumpstart more movement at your elementary school with the GO! Grant. $1,000-$5,000 GO! Grants support more minutes on the move before, during, and after school through funds and gear for new classroom and playground programs. (Deadline: June 1st, 2015)

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. MORE HERE. 
Deadline: Rolling Amount: up to $5,000
Crayola Creative Leadership Grants 2015 Now Open Deadline: June 22. The 2015 program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team-building within elementary schools. Apply now for the opportunity to receive a grant for building your school's creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. MORE HERE.

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
Marsh Supermarkets believes that giving back to the community is essential for their growth. Their participation carries forward a long tradition and a steadfast commitment to help improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.  Under $1,000: Six weeks in advance of the event or date needed.$1,000 or more: Six months in advance- preferably by November of the year prior to your event for consideration during annual budget planning.

The new Career Ready initiative is running two contests: one for students and one for schools. Students can earn $529 in an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan by completing a Career Ready experience such as job shadowing or interning and explaining their experience in a creative way (video, song, photo, essay, etc.)  Schools can apply for $1,000 toward college and career readiness efforts such as career days, career-related field trips, curricula, partnerships with local businesses or interning.  Entries for both are due July 30.

Best Buy Foundation
will donate up to $2 million in community grants to local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices. Application window: June 2-June 29, 2015. Amount varies.

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
provides grants for innovative, creative projects and programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age. Amount varies.

Mazda Foundation
This foundation provides support in areas on education and literacy, environmental conservation, cross-cultural understanding, social welfare, and scientific research. Applications are accepted from May 1st till July 1st.

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.

My Macy's District Grants support nonprofit organizations and initiatives that are important to individual local communities where Macy's stores are located and that fall within the Macy's focus areas-arts and culture, education, the environment, HIV/AIDS and women's issues. Amount varies. MORE HERE. 

Tyson Foods
invests in community projects that make a difference in the Tyson Foods communities where employees live and work. Tyson Foods focuses on hunger relief, health and nutrition, education, community development, and environment and sustainable agriculture. Amount Varies

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF)
awards grants to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities. Organizations operating in the U.S. and international locations are eligible to apply. To date, an average of 400 requests are received annually; approximately 10 percent are awarded grants. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis. More HERE

Lockheed Martin: Grants for Education

Lockheed Martin provides grants for K-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. This includes Lockheed Martin's K-12 STEM Education Initiative, Engineers in the Classroom, as well as STEM-focused curricular and extracurricular programs that provide employee engagement opportunities in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that deliver standards-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to students in K-16. Amount: Varies Deadline: Rolling. More 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

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.
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.

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

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.

The Indiana Division of State Parks and Reservoirs is pleased to offer field trip grants to Indiana educators and their students. Field trips can engage students in learning about Indiana's fish, forest, wildlife, or natural habitats and their conservation, or about Indiana's history and cultural resources as they relate to Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs.

AND  for more grants-

The BOOST Collaborative  Funding Opportunities Listing
Find a long list of grants and deadlines including several open deadline opportunities:

The Youth Today Newsletter Grants Newsletter 
Fundsnet, Inc. offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process. 

The Indiana Afterschool Network helps promote and strengthen program quality in out-of-school learning across Indiana.


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.

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
Would you like to participate in a free Harvard Study for your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programming this summer?
Researchers from Harvard University have selected the Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) to participate in a summer STEM research study using their Dimensions of Success (DoS) STEM observation tool.  DoS pinpoints twelve indicators of STEM program quality in out-of-school time.  It was developed by Harvard with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Two of our trained and DoS certified evaluators will observe an hour or so of your STEM program.  After recording their observations, they will provide you with a written report highlighting what your program leaders are doing well and how they might be even more successful.  You will have an opportunity for a follow up consultation call too.  By participating in this study, you be helping the IAN provide important research data to Harvard and receive valuable feedback on your STEM programming.  Interested?  Contact Bob Abrams, IAN STEM Coordinator at

Bright House Networks Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth
This competition encourages youth ages 14-19 to dream up the coolest inventions and/or ideas using the concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Visit the Bright Ideas website to learn more and watch the video about the contestants from last year's competition, including the Indianapolis Division winner, Vikas Maturi, from Carmel High School.

Magnify Learning is offering three PBL professional development opportunities this June:
PBL Academy: June 8-11, Columbus Signature Academy HS, Columbus

PBL Northern Workshop: June 15-18 Riverside Intermediate, Plymouth
PBL Institute: June 22-15 Chapel Hill 7th & 8th Grade Center, Indianapolis

Why should you bring a group of at least 5 educators (including at least one administrator) from your school or district to one of these workshops?
*    Collaboration with your group will enrich the workshop learning experience and provide you and your teammates with on-going support in your classrooms when you are implementing what you learned.
*    Developing projects that integrate multiple subject areas will better enable your students to develop real-world problem solving skills.
*    School administrators who understand and support project based learning are essential for the growth and sustainability of PBL in your school.
*    Your registration fees will be reduced 10%!
The Rise of the Maker Movement for Kids (MAKE)
If you are a Maker Faire veteran, you have seen the growing droves of kids engaging in the excitement and promise of the Maker Movement. Watching a child solder that first LED followed by the amazed "ah ha!" look that inevitably appears when it lights up is infectious.

STEM Uncovered: Telling Our Afterschool Stories video competition.
Afterschool and summer learning programs are invited to create a short (3 minute) video highlighting how they support innovative activities and help their students in identifying with STEM careers.
Deadlines: June 15 - school-year afterschool program deadline
August 1 - summer program deadline
Prizes: 6 winning videos (3 videos from each category) will receive recognition at national STEM Summit and $1,000. Visit for more information about the competition and video guidelines.

Indiana Department of Education STEM School Certification Program
For details on the process to earn the IDOE designation of a STEM School, follow THIS LINK Note that, to be certified as an IDOE STEM school, a school must offer an afterschool program in STEM.
Science Matters in Indiana website
Visit this National Science Teachers Association website - a useful site to share best practices lesions and materials.

Connect & collaborate with STEM programs through The Connectory!
With the launch of The Connectory, it's easier than ever for kids to connect with STEM programs and opportunities, and for STEM practitioners to collaborate, develop partnerships, and share resources. This free online collaboration tool gives STEM program providers a chance to find partners based on interests as well as a platform to showcase STEM opportunities to families. Families, in turn, have a free, go-to resource to connect the children in their lives to STEM learning opportunities in their community. 

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 for upcoming events, free training materials, webinars, lesson plans, and more.
Career Ready (formerly KnowHow2GOIndiana) takes place each April through July, with real-world advice and practical experiences to help students prepare for their future careers. The official kick-off week is the last week of April (April 20-24, 2015), but career information is never out of season.
Career Ready is an initiative of Learn More Indiana, led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.  

21st Century Scholars Scholar Success Program (SSP) Requirements
Beginning with the class of 2017, Scholars are required to complete the Scholar Success Program requirements each year in order to maintain eligibility. These grade level specific activities are designed to help Scholars learn about planning, preparing and paying for college so they are ready to succeed on a college campus. Scholars can log in to ScholarTrack to track their progress at For questions, call us at 1-888­-528­-4719 or email  More on 21st Century Scholars at 

2015 I'm First! Scholarship application is now open!
The I'm First! Scholarship is a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year, renewable for four years of college) awarded to up to 10 graduating high school seniors who will be the first in there family to go to college and are planning to attend a CSO College Partner institution.  
Undocumented students are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply!  Apply here by Friday, May 22.

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.


Webinar: How to Successfully Set and Achieve your Goals May 27, 2015 1-2:30 PM (EDT)
Setting and working toward a goal seems simple; we are taught about the value of the exercise from a young age. Despite our best efforts, we sometimes fall short of achieving our goals. Focus on your own professional development in this webinar-whether you know what you want to achieve or need help developing goals for your life and career. Brooke Randolph, LMHC, will share the process for setting and working toward personal or professional goals that can ensure your success. Brooke will provide take-away worksheets to help you work on your goals, and she'll share the one simple rule that is said to guarantee that you will meet 80 percent of the goals you set. In just 90 minutes, attendees will leave with the guidance, ideas, resources and research needed to set and achieve their goals. Register at

Webinar: "Recruiting, Placing and Keeping Volunteers: Matching Volunteer Skills with Service Needs" June 17, 2015
The value of a volunteer cannot be overstated. Volunteers can help nonprofit agencies expand their missions, increase their capacity and deepen their impact. But quality is just as important as quantity when securing volunteers, which makes effective screening, interviewing and placement strategies vitally important. An organization must not only know how to recruit the right volunteers but also how to place them in positions that match their strengths and passions in order to create a mutually beneficial partnership. This webinar will examine effective strategies to secure volunteers by developing targeted recruitment plans and will teach attendees how to successfully place volunteers into meaningful roles, keep them engaged and increase overall retention. Presented by: Alan Witchey, Volunteer Center Director, United Way of Central Indiana. Register at: 

Coalition Building 101
EWIN (Education Workforce Innovation Network) has many exciting opportunities ahead for both educators and workforce development leaders across the state. As a component of its statewide Technical Assistance efforts, EWIN will offer three regional coalition building trainings. Coalition Building 101 is a half-day experience facilitated by John Burnett and Jack Hess of the Institute for Coalition Building and designed to teach the lessons and practices of community collaboration and building collective capacity. Its objective is to create a common language and a set of shared practices among leadership teams and key stakeholders. Workshops are June 17 at University of Indianapolis; and June 25 in Bloomington. Click on individual workshops in Upcoming Events to see details or to register.

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.

FREE professional development eLearning Event - the We R Richmond eLearning Expo 4.   July 14 and 15, 2015 Location: Richmond High School, Richmond IN
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (doors open at 8:00 am both days)
Sessions: Keynotes by Tom Murray, Ken Grover, Yancy Unger and over 30 workshops!
Special Guest: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.
For more information and to register for the expo, click this link:

American Heart Association First Aid & CPR  Camptown can provide your staff with American Heart Association First Aid, CPR, & AED training for as low as $25 per person. We offer the basic Heart Saver program which includes First Aid, CPR, & AED for Adult, Child, & infant or the Basic Life Support (Professional) First Aid, CPR, & AED for Adult, Child, & Infant. Our instructor is an RN with 30 years of experience in hospital, and school settings and holds instructor certification through the American Heart Association and has held the Instructor Trainer certification through the American Heart Association. Trainings are held at the Camptown facility, however arrangements can be made to offer at your facility (additional charges may apply). Our schedule filled quickly last year so reserve your date today!
 Please contact us at for more information or to schedule your training.

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:


NIOST Summer Seminars 2015
July 17-22. NIOST offers professional development for those in OST, education, and related fields. Location: Hotel 140, Boston, MA.
6th Annual Positive Youth Development Institute
July 20-22. Enable adults who work with young people to expand their understanding of the methods, theory, and research that support effective youth engagement. Location: University of New England, Biddeford, ME.

2015 21st CCLC Summer Institute
JULY 27, 2015 - JULY 29, 2015
Registration is now open for the 2015 21st Century Community Learning Center's (CCLC) Summer Institute on July 27-29 in Dallas, Texas. This year's theme is "Back in the Saddle Again: Supporting 21st CCLC Programs - Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond," focusing on how to develop after school activities to align with nationwide initiatives and goals.
For more information, and to register,

Save the Date: Summer Changes Everything™
This year's national conference on summer learning will be held on October 12-14 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland.

Hoosier Family of Readers: Getting READY for this Summer! 
HFR would like for providers to go back into our database, to make sure the information is current and accurate.   The link is HERE.  Even if you don't need to change the contact information, please check the box that indicates 'this is an update."   This summer, Hoosier Family of Readers will once again partner with myON Books (free access started May 15), and we are going to be launching a brand new WONDERful Indiana Destinations website, where Hoosier families will be able to take literal - or virtual - trips to 12 fabulous locations across the state!  Questions? Contact Leslie Fatum

Indiana Lifeline Law

While spring breaks are all over for this school year, it's never too late to remind the young people in our lives (high school and college) about safety precautions. Please share MCCOY's Lifeline Law PSA with the young people in your lives. Make the Call - Save a Life. For more information, visit:

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS)  launched a new Destination Indiana website, which will bring hundreds of the state's stories to life in images and text. Visit Destination Indiana for the latest in IHS's series of Indiana Bicentennial projects.  More HERE.
Major League Baseball....Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR)
Your afterschool program is invited to participate in the official skills competition of Major League Baseball....Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR).
PHR is free to all participants and hosts, and hosting at your school is as easy as:
* Register your Local Competition(s) online at 
* Receive your Local Administrative Kit(s) containing an instructional administrative handbook, award certificates, strike zone banner, etc.
* Implement the event into afterschool programming
* Award winners and provide them with advancement information
Each program is welcomed to host its very own MLB PHR event so please visit today and register your afterschool program to host. We look forward to your participation.

The 2015 Lights On Afterschool poster contest is open for submissions!
Calling all afterschool artists! Your artwork could be displayed at more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events around the world! We're looking for the best artist to showcase their creativity on this years' Lights On Afterschool poster! Last year we received thousands of youth artwork submissions from afterschool programs across the nation. Once again for 2015 we're encouraging all of your program participants to submit artwork that celebrates afterschool programs and conveys the importance of keeping the lights on afterschool! More HERE.

New resources: Explore afterschool quality
Recently, the National AfterSchool Association published a series of focus briefs describing the state of afterschool quality. High quality afterschool programs can help close the achievement gap and show significant promise for improving long-term outcomes such as high school graduation and post-secondary enrollment rates, as well as college and career readiness.  Parents want to know their children are learning and safe afterschool-NAA's new resources offer the tools for afterschool programs to meet the high expectations of parents and community members. More HERE.

CATCH Kids Club
 after school program provides staff with research tested and award winning program tool kits and multi-training options to implement moderate to vigorous physical activities program and nutrition fun lessons.

EARN Indiana: Reimbursement for Your Interns

Indiana INTERNnet's partnership with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education provides employers with an opportunity to receive up to 50% of their interns' wages from the state if they hire Employment Aid Readiness Network (EARN) Indiana-eligible students. Access to learn more about EARN Indiana and how it may save your organization money. Summer internships are now being reviewed.

Crawford the Cat is a fun and engaging character that stars in educational health and social skills videos for preschool, kindergarten and early elementary students. Through the use of online games, printable coloring pages, virtual books, and entertaining videos, Crawford imparts simple lessons on personal grooming, manners, exercise and nutrition.

The Office of Child Care's Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN)
Website featuring a wide range of resources to help communities build integrated child care systems that enable parents to work and promote the health and development of children.

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.

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.   

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
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Quick Links
2015 Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning
April 13-14, 2015
Check out follow up news from the FOURTH Annual Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning! This two-day event is the ONLY one designed specifically for out-of-school!
Indiana Afterschool Mapping Database
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