Newsletter June 2015
JOB OPENING: Indiana Afterschool Network Director of Regional Engagement
The Director of Regional Engagement will provide leadership for IAN¹s affiliate networks and coalitions throughout Indiana to increase K-12 youth access to high quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities in each community. Full description HERE.

JOB OPENING: Indiana Afterschool Network Business Manager
The Business Manager will have the opportunity to provide direct input and guidance into developing, supporting and managing a sustainable nonprofit business model. Full description HERE.

JOB OPENING: Indiana Afterschool Network STEM AMERICORP/VISTA 

Apply by July 13; Start Date August 25 (1 year term).  The STEM VISTA will work with the Indiana Afterschool Network and Indiana Afterschool STEM Taskforce partners to strengthen and expand a coordinated system of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) training and resources for youth workers and their partners. The VISTA will research, compile, coordinate, promote and expand STEM trainings and resources in regions and statewide.  Includes stipend, health benefits and education credits. For more details click HERE. Questions: Bob Abrams, IAN STEM Coordinator, at

Participate in a free Harvard University - Indiana Afterschool Network Study for your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programming this summer! 
More details in STEM section below.  Contact: Bob Abrams, IAN STEM Coordinator, at

2016 Summit on Out of School Learning Keynote Survey
In the spring of 2016, the Afterschool Network will be hosting our FIFTH Annual Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning! We would like your quick feedback (2 minutes) on your professional development needs and what you would like to see offered at the Summit. Stay tuned for more details on the Summit in late 2015.

New Indiana Summer Learning Numbers
Check out the Afterschool Alliance new summer learning data and interactive Web dashboard for all 50 states.  Get data on summer learning program participation and more specific for Indiana too. More 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.
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.

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

The Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis provides annual grants in the amount of up to $2,500 for programs that serve children and youth in the City of Indianapolis that are designed to improve the quality  of life directly through activities promoting health , education, etc. and through programs that encourage leadership and service among youth. Due November 2.
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.

Sears Holdings
The goal of Sears Holdings is to be part of the community and contribute in ways that enrich the lives of people residing in those areas. By helping to create stronger communities, they enhance the quality of life for customers and associates. Amount varies. Deadline varies.

The Target Foundation
accepts applications for school field trips from August 1-September 30 each year. Each grant is valued up to $700. More HERE.

The MAXIMUS Foundation
provides grants to nonprofit organizations and charities that share their commitment in helping disadvantaged populations and underserved communities. Amount Varies. Apply by August 31. More HERE.

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.

Half Price Books
will consider book donation requests from nonprofit organizations and educators that focus on literacy, the environment, or education. 

AND  for more grants-

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding

STEMfinity STEM Grants Lisitings: Indiana

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
Job Posting: Indiana Afterschool Network has an afterschool STEM AMERICORP/VISTA position available for one year. 
Apply by July 13; Start Date August 25.  The STEM VISTA will work with the Indiana Afterschool Network and Indiana Afterschool STEM Taskforce partners to strengthen and expand a coordinated system of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) training and resources for youth workers and their partners. The VISTA will research, compile, coordinate, promote and expand STEM trainings and resources in regions and statewide.  Includes stipend, health benefits and education credits. For more details: 
Questions: Bob Abrams at

Participate in a free Harvard University - Indiana Afterschool Network Study for your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programming this summer!
Harvard University selected the Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) for 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

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding

STEMfinity STEM Grants Lisitings: Indiana

YouthSpark Summer Camps at the Microsoft Store, The Fashion Mall at Keystone teach kids how to create their own games and apps. Participants will learn game coding, game design, problem-solving, digital literacy, and communication skills. Events offer fun, interactive learning experiences and the chance to get creative with the latest in technology!

Camp curriculum is designed for 10-13 year olds. These four-day (Mon-Thurs) camps are two hours each day and the parent or guardian must be present during each camp session.

Registration for YouthSpark Summer Camps is available now. Learn more at or contact for more information!

The Relating Research to Practice project has just released a new resource. This Connected Collection synthesizes of-the-moment science education topics and comes with a bundle of research briefs that provide multiple examples and ongoing challenges for busy education professionals to consider as they seek to improve learning environments for youth.

STEM Summer Camps Could Aid K-12 Interest in STEM Careers (Education World) Integrating STEM into lessons and after-school projects has become popular. Now, more and more children can get exposed to technology and STEM careers in summer camps. A recent article from Grand Canyon University suggests that edtools and STEM studies in the summer can drastically improve the success a student has in the career fields of tomorrow... STEM, Summer Learning 

Change the Equation's new brief Does Not Compute: The High Cost of Low Technology Skills in the U.S.-and What We Can Do About It.
The new brief is original CTEq analysis of the latest Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which tests the key cognitive and workplace skills needed to participate in society. The United States ranked dead last on technology skills amongst nations that participated.

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.

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.
Indiana Private College Week - July 20-24
Private College Week is a chance for you and your family to check out what Indiana Private Colleges have to offer.  From Monday, July 20, through Friday, July 24, Indiana's 31 non-profit independent colleges and universities are inviting students and parents to come experience their campuses through tours and informational sessions.
Click here to view schedules for all 31 colleges and universities.

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.
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 

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.

Communities In Schools of Indiana will host "Last Drop Out" author and CIS Founder Bill Milliken at a free networking event July 7th at 4pm at MSD of Decatur Township's Blue and Gold Academy (5650 Mann Rd).  This is a great opportunity to network with fellow youth/education organizations and other community leaders.  RSVP 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:


WEBINAR: Moving from Awareness to Action in Bullying Prevention
June 24, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT (9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. PDT)
Webinar co-hosted by the Afterschool Alliance and the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Training Module and Community Action Toolkit will be showcased, along with an overview of the vision behind this train-the-trainer resource for community members of all different backgrounds.

WEBINAR - Digging into Research: Making and Tinkering in Afterschool
June 25, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT)
Will examine the current research on making and tinkering for K-12 learners. Many of us have questions about the learning outcomes and goals for making and tinkering in afterschool and how educators can best facilitate these experiences.

The CryptoClub Project of the University of Illinois at Chicago is offering a second 3-day summer training workshop for middle-grade teachers and afterschool leaders
July 13-15, 2015.
Cryptography, the science of secret messages, is an intriguing STEM topic and an important application of mathematics. CryptoClub is a 16-20 hour afterschool curriculum designed to teach cryptography and mathematics to students in grades 6-8.  It uses games, treasure hunts, and other informal activities to engage students in learning cryptography and applying middle-school mathematics.  The CryptoClub curriculum has been developed and tested with support from the National Science Foundation.
Additional information and an application may be found on their website. 

Registration priority is given to applicants who have their administrator's approval to conduct a CryptoClub program in 2015-2016.

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
How Libraries Are Creating Community Connections by Serving Summer Meals 
Libraries are community hubs: trusted, safe spaces that provide an engaging, welcoming environment for community members of all ages. Library summer reading and enrichment programs keep kids engaged and combat summer learning loss. Read more:
Archived Webinar: Using Data to Build, Grow and Sustain Your Afterschool System 
How can afterschool systems best leverage data to build, grow and sustain their efforts? American Youth Policy Forum and Afterschool Alliance heard from afterschool system leaders about how they are using program data to support the growth and development of their systems.More HERE.

A Family Engagement Initiative Pilot in School-Based Afterschool Programs 
With the purpose of increasing the amount and intentionality of family engagement in 21st CCLC programs, MDE commissioned the Weikart Center to design, implement and evaluate a family engagement pilot with selected programs. The report examines questions such as: Did the initiative concept produce the intended staff practices and youth experiences? Could the initiative be implemented feasibly? Was the experience received with high customer satisfaction from stakeholders (e.g., families, afterschool program staff and managers, school personnel, etc.)?

Got Water? Most Kids, Teens Don't Drink Enough
Most American children and teenagers aren't drinking enough fluids, and that's leaving them mildly dehydrated, according to a new study. In fact, one-quarter of a broad cross-section of children ages 6 to 19 apparently don't drink any water as part of their fluid intake... Healthy Behaviors, Water, Hydration

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 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

Job Posting: Afterschool STEM Expansion VISTA - Indiana
STEM is everywhere and shapes our every day lives. Giving youth access to high quality STEM experiences inspires wonder and curiosity about the world around them and fosters an ability to problem-solve, discover and explore. STEM skills are vital for sustaining the innovation capacity of our state and nation, and foundational for successful employment, as more than 80% of future jobs will require STEM skills. Indiana STEM employers estimate that more than 10,000 job openings are unfilled due to a lack of qualified workers (Skills2Compete, 2010). Fewer than half of Indiana's high school graduates are ready for first-year college math and science (Indiana Commission for Higher Education, 2010). Out-of-school time (OST) programs - academic and enrichment programs that take place beyond school hours - offer a key opportunity to significantly increase youth access to STEM skills and learning. Afterschool and summer programs can add up to 1,080 hours of additional learning to a young person's year, equivalent to the number of hours in 144 school days. Although we have significantly expanded STEM in OST over the past three years, STEM OST programs exist in fewer than half of Indiana's 92 counties and fewer than 50% of OST programs report offering STEM activities. OST programs cite funding, curriculum, professional development, and partnerships as their primary barriers for STEM implementation. The STEM VISTA will work with the Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) and Indiana Afterschool STEM Taskforce partners to strengthen and expand a coordinated system of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) training and resources for youth workers and their partners. The VISTA will research, compile, coordinate, promote and expand STEM trainings and resources in regions and statewide.
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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!