Newsletter July 2015
Registration is now open for your Lights On Afterschool event!
Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide celebration of afterschool, and if you are a program provider, a parent, a community member or a program participant, you know that there is a lot to celebrate. Last year, more than a million people celebrated the unique programs that they love at Lights On Afterschool events across the country. This year, help afterschool programs get the attention they deserve by registering your Lights On Afterschool celebration! More info HERE.

KIDS COUNT National Data Book Released: Indiana ranked 32nd in the nation for child well-being
Every July, KIDS COUNT, a national and state-by-state effort to track the well-being of U.S. children coordinated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, releases its national KIDS COUNT Data Book, featuring a ranking and comparison of all 50 states in the nation. Download the full Indiana report from Indiana Youth Institute now. 

Indiana Coalition for Human Services- 2015 Annual Meeting
August 27, 2015 Indiana State Library
With an eye toward the Indiana Bicentennial, a panel with members of each of the legislative caucuses will offer their perspectives on the future of human services at the annual meeting for the Indiana Coalition for Human Services.
How will programs and services for children, adults, people with disabilities and seniors evolve in the next 2, 25 or 100 years?
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.
Organizational Effectiveness Grants
Grant TipWith funding provided by the Ball Brothers Foundation, Indiana Youth Institute invites community and faith-based youth-serving nonprofit organizations to apply for assistance to improve their current effectiveness and their capacity to serve in the future. Grantees are limited to organizations within Delaware, Randolph, Henry, Jay, Madison, Grant, and Blackford counties. Two grants will be awarded. Collaborative proposals from two or more agencies for a grant award will be accepted.
Deadline: August 17, 2015

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.

Nominate a program today for the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award For the second year in a row, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the Afterschool Alliance are thrilled to present the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award. We need your help to find the next Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award winner that will receive $10,000 for their program, be recognized in a joint Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Afterschool Alliance issue brief, and be featured in upcoming webinars and national conferences. 

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.

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.

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
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

SciGirl Educator Training
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Terre Haute Children's Museum
Professional development workshop focused on inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equality.  This workshop is based on the PBS series, SciGirls whose goal is to encourage girls to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

SciGirls Trainings integrate inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Educators attending SciGirls Trainings will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM; experience hands-on STEM activities; and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM.

There is no fee for the training. We will be providing lunch for a $10 fee. You are able to bring your own lunch if you would like.

Want to Code? Check into Eleven Fifty Academy.
Not sure what coding or programming is, but hearing a lot about it lately? That's because coding is the directions we give our computers in order to do what we want them to do and programming is how we go about it. For example a programmer can write code that tells its computer, hey, build me an app, build me a website, create a shopping cart or make me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, virtually of course!

Those who know how to code, hold a significant advantage over those who don't in the command and confidence of their computer, in addition the salaries of coders continue to rise for the already well-paid field, as the demand for skilled coders continues to outpace the amount available.

Interested? Visit, where you can sign up for immersive classes and change your life. There are also opportunities for corporations to sponsor students, courses or instructors and for Individuals to give.

Afterschool Alliance on the NRC's report on out-of-school STEM
Be sure to check out Anita Krishnamurthi's blog post about the National Research Council's recent report on out-of-school STEM, an area in high demand by youth and their parents. The Alliance's recent America After 3PM study revealed that 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs in the United States, up from 6.5 million a decade ago. Further, 69% of parents with children in afterschool programs say that some form of STEM activities are included in these programs. This demand for quality STEM led to this important study by the NRC to identify what makes a successful out-of-school STEM program.  Anita provides a clear summary of this research and provides a call to action from the results. More HERE.

Camptown is looking for 5-6 schools to hold its afterschool Wilderness Adventure Club.  There is no charge to the school or the students for this club, it is underwritten by a grant.  Camptown's Wilderness Adventure Club is a weekly after school club that focuses on outdoor recreation and nature education.  Each week Camptown staff will lead your students through a lesson using games and activities.  Lessons could include: teambuilding, Leave No Trace, Map & Compass, Leadership, Fishing, Animals Study, Creek Study or other outdoor and nature topics.  Each class is one hour in length.  Also four times per year your students will take a field trip to a local state park (this is usually on a Saturday or during a school break). Club will meet on a day mutually decided by the school and Camptown whenever school is in session.  This is usually about 24 meetings per academic year.  If you are interested in becoming a Wilderness Adventure Club site, please contact Don Schafer at

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding
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.

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. 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.

Strategies for Your Fundraising Plan
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Inn at DePauw Greencastle, IN 34135
Presenter: Nick Parkevich
Operating your organization without a fundraising plan is a risky proposition!  After all, who would serve the community if your organization went away tomorrow?  A sound fundraising plan engages your board, staff, volunteers and those you serve by putting in place strategies to fund your organization's vision and creates a more sustainable organizational culture. In short, life is just simply better for those working at organizations with fundraising plans! This hands-on session will provide participants with an outline for beginning the process of developing their own fundraising plan tailored to the specific needs of their organization.
$15.00 if paid in advance; $25 at the door
To Register 
Part 1 - Millennial Donors & Strategies for Engagement
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lafayette Country Club
Part of the AFP / Governance Lunch & Learn: The Millennial generation (age 20-30) is redefining how they connect, involve, and give to causes. Based on his book - Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement and years of research with the Millennial Impact Project, Derrick will help you understand the characteristics to this generation's participation with causes and what you can do to capture their attention, talent, and resources for your organization. He will also help you develop a Millennial fundraising and marketing call to action campaign. Derrick will highlight successful campaigns, components for success, and the approaches for the greatest response.
$20.00 (lunch included)
To Register 

Part 2 - Millennial Board Members & Strategies for Engagement
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Lafayette Country Club, Lafayette

Part of the Douglas W. Eberle Not-for-Profit Board Governance Series: In this intensive training, Derrick Feldmann will build upon his luncheon presentation (See AFP / Governance Lunch and Learn) and specifically address how Millennials can and do make great board members. From engaging Millennials through cause and giving, we can develop even deeper relationship through board service. Find out how engaging more Millennials in board service can broaden your circles of influence and add fresh perspective to your boards.
To Register  

SciGirl Educator Training
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Terre Haute Children's Museum
Join us for a professional development workshop focused on inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equality.  This workshop is based on the hit PBS series, SciGirls whose goal is to encourage girls to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

SciGirls Trainings integrate inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Educators attending SciGirls Trainings will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM; experience hands-on STEM activities; and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM.

There is no fee for the training. We will be providing lunch for a $10 fee. You are able to bring your own lunch if you would like.

Child Abuse Prevention: When Nets Work
August 12, 2015, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Merrillville, IN
When a child is abused, the impact is significant, affecting the well being of the entire community.  This seminar will consist of developing an integrated collaborative plan to support families and organizations in the prevention of child abuse. TO REGISTER:  CALL JILL BROWN AT (219) 757-1881 -OR E-MAIL: JILL.BROWN@GEMINUS.ORG SEATING IS LIMITED - REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED PLEASE RSVP BY:  AUGUST 7, 2015 TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT.

Aug. 13th The Cure for the Special Event Bug: Purposeful Fundraising
Ever feel like your organization is infected with the special events bug?  While there is a place for events in a diverse fundraising program, most organizations rely too heavily on events and fail to maximize the opportunities that events offer.
Often cited as a major reason for board member and development staff burn-out, events are one of the most abused, misused and addictive forms of fundraising.

Based on the article Avoiding the Highly Contagious Special Events Bug,  co-authored by Nick Parkevich for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), you will learn strategies for making the most of your events by establishing a process before your event and developing strategies for increasing board engagement in developing donor relationships after your event.
$20 / session
To Register 

8th Annual College Prep Conference & College Fair (#CPCBlueprint)
Center for Leadership Development
Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Students and the caring adults in their lives are invited to participate in a rich, interactive college readiness conference including workshop sessions on How to Study Effectively, College Testing Preparation, Applying for College, Financial Aid and Paying for College, NCAA and MUCH MORE! Students from all throughout Indiana are invited to attend. Registration is just $15 per person or $10 per person for groups of 10 or more.
Register online now HERE.

Indiana Youth Institute WEBINAR - August 26: Supporting Success: How to Reach Students Living in Poverty  with Liz Derrough
 "I can't help you if you won't help yourself." This mantra is recited when we have reached a point of frustration and acceptance that someone simply cannot or will not be helped. But what if that someone is a child? What if that child is depending on you for help? Students don't always respond positively to the support you offer, especially students who come from challenging backgrounds and home environments. Your genuine care for a student can easily turn to genuine frustration when you don't see the response you expect. Frustration can negatively impact your communication, making it even tougher to reach those students.

Learn to identify the various forms of poverty that your students might be experiencing and discover the impact that a child's socioeconomic status can have on his or her educational experience. Take advantage of this opportunity to share your concerns about supporting students and discover how to create more effective interactions with the youth you serve.

2015 Indiana Suicide Conference on August 27th
This conference explores issues of suicide prevention, support, advocacy, and legislative affairs. The cost is $25 including conference, lunch and educational units.
When:     August 27, 2015
Where:    Grace College Manahan Orthopedic Center
Address:  200 Seminary Drive. Winona Lake, IN 46590

Women Like Us Foundation symposium on Aug. 27 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Laurel Hall/Ruth Lilly Conference Center (5395 Emerson Way). Keynote speaker is Dr. Lisa Harris, Eskenazi Health's chief executive officer. To register, click here.

TURN Festival
September 12   9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Paramount School Farm & Brookside Park
TURN out for Circle City's celebration of urban sustainability - farm, food, health and environment. This day long event focuses on sustainable and healthier lifestyle practices with over 50 hands-on demonstrations, exhibits, children's activities, music and food. Dr. Drew Ramsey, author of The Happiness Diet, starts Saturday's activities with a presentation on how diet affects both physical and mental well-being. Headlining the main stage are the bands Bonesetters and Bigfoot Yancey. 

C.A.L.M. Cultivating Awareness thru Learning and Movement- September 18-20
An intro program for school teachers, yoga instructors and yoga practitioners
Indianapolis - The Yoga Studio and Holliday Park
Indy Yoga Movement in coordination with The Yoga Studio is offering a 15-hour teacher training program* on how to bring the benefits of yoga and the ancient teachings to any teacher-student situation. It is the perfect way to study the basic scope of yoga and also provides credit to a future teacher training program at The Yoga Studio.
*15 CEU's (continuing education units) available for Registered 200hr teachers with the Yoga Alliance
Indy Yoga Movement and The Yoga Studio will guide you through a 15 hour program to teach you how to bring yoga and the ancient teachings to your school or after school program specifically targeting the needs of youth by:Teaching postures and breath work, Learning yoga philosophy, Cultivating mindfulness, Preparing a sample yoga class.!calm/cjid
Symposium for women in nonprofit leadership on Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Points Sheraton (West Lafayette). Break-out sessions include: communications and professionalism, fundraising, leadership and management and personal development. To register, click here.
2015 Because KIDS COUNT Conference
December 1-2, 2015 at the Indiana Convention Center
The Because KIDS COUNT Conference is a two-day, first-class conference experience packed with educational workshops, nationally recognized speakers, a resource tradeshow and amazing networking opportunities.

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:

2016 National Afterschool Association Convention March 20-23: Call for presenters
The call for proposals is open July 22-October 16, 2015
Learn More: 

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.

Survey on computer science in afterschool This survey will help the Afterschool Alliance better understand the afterschool field's familiarity with computing and computer science education. We are looking for a range of practitioners to respond to this survey-from those with no familiarity, all the way to those who would consider themselves experts! It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Win prizes! Complete the survey before August 7 to be in the running for a brand-new iPad Air. If completed before the final deadline of August 14, you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Using McKinney-Vento Funds to Support Afterschool and Summer for Homeless Students 
The National Center for Homeless Education is sponsoring a series of webinars for the months of July, August and September. Of interest to networks who are looking at blending and braiding federal funds to create more comprehensive programs for homeless children and youth. Registration for  National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) webinars for the months of July, August, and September is open and available at  

The essential elements of citywide afterschool networks 
The Wallace Foundation has published a must-read report for all policy makers and afterschool advocates. The new report, Growing Together, Learning Together updates a popular 2008 Report on citywide approaches to afterschool and summer learning. The update highlights four essential components of building a successful citywide system of afterschool support: strong leadership, coordination that fits the local context, effective use of data, and a comprehensive and inclusive approach to quality. More HERE.

Camptown is looking for 5-6 schools to hold its afterschool Wilderness Adventure Club. 
There is no charge to the school or the students for this club, it is underwritten by a grant.  Camptown's Wilderness Adventure Club is a weekly after school club that focuses on outdoor recreation and nature education.  Each week Camptown staff will lead your students through a lesson using games and activities.  Lessons could include: teambuilding, Leave No Trace, Map & Compass, Leadership, Fishing, Animals Study, Creek Study or other outdoor and nature topics.  Each class is one hour in length.  Also four times per year your students will take a field trip to a local state park (this is usually on a Saturday or during a school break). Club will meet on a day mutually decided by the school and Camptown whenever school is in session.  This is usually about 24 meetings per academic year.  If you are interested in becoming a Wilderness Adventure Club site, please contact Don Schafer at

Indiana INTERNnet is an internship-matching program linking employers, students, high schools, colleges and universities by providing high-tech and high-touch support.
Its primary tool is a web-based searching, matching and reporting system focused on creating or expanding high quality internships within Indiana. Indiana INTERNnet assists in retaining Hoosiers by providing employers faster access to a pool of qualified talent.

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.)?

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

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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!