Newsletter May 2016
Take the Afterschool for All Virtual Challenge!
On Tuesday, May 24, more than 250 afterschool advocates will bring their powerful stories to Capitol Hill. The Afterschool Alliance is calling on us to join them by taking the Afterschool for All Virtual Challenge. With last year's passage of a new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, now is a critical time to make sure that afterschool programs are adequately funded under the new law so that every student can truly succeed. Show the 10 million kids who rely on afterschool programs every day that you've got their back.

Even if you've only got a moment to spare, it's easy to pitch in: 
If you've got a second: Add your voice to a chorus of afterschool supporters on social media by joining the Challenge Thunderclap.

If you've got a minute:
Send an email to let your representatives in Congress know that you support afterschool-and you vote.

If you've got three minutes: Join the Thunderclap, email your representatives and forward this email to a friend who supports afterschool.

Have more time?
It's not too late to invite a local policy maker to visit your afterschool program! Site visits don't need to happen at the exact same time as the Challenge: get the ball rolling now for a visit to your summer learning program, or even when you head back to school.

The tools you'll need for site visits and MORE are all in the Virtual Challenge toolkit.
Learn More →

Sign up TODAY for the NEW Indiana Afterschool Advocacy Newsletter + Provider Engagement Launch
There are MANY opportunities in the coming months for you to tell your story of the Power of Afterschool in Indiana! For instance, Summer Learning Day is July 14, Lights On Afterschool is October 20. To help you be ready, the Indiana Afterschool Network is launching a NEW Advocacy Newsletter packed with all the resources you need to connect to policymakers and tell your success stories and challenges across the state. Sign up HERE and stay in the know! 

2016 Summer Opportunities Funding Resource Guide
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), in collaboration with the White House, Civic Nation, and U.S. Department of Education developed the 2016 Funding Resource Guide to help state and local leaders identify the most promising funding streams to support summer learning and to show how innovative states, districts, and communities have creatively blended public and private funding to develop programs, services and opportunities to meet the needs of young people during the critical summer months. Download your copy of the
2016 Funding Resource Guide

Indiana's SUMMER Food Service Program
FREE meals all summer // Ages 18 and under eat free
The Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP) was created to serve nutritious meals to children when National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available. To ensure all children receive proper nutrition throughout the year, SFSP reimburses organizations that prepare and serve meals to eligible children during the summer and school vacation periods.
Call 2-1-1, text "food" to 877-877, or visit to learn more. 

Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence
To recognize these dedicated individuals Serve Indiana invite you to nominate an outstanding volunteer, organization or business for the 2016 Serve Indiana's Awards for Excellence. This year's Awards for Excellence will be presented in eight categories: Exemplary Volunteer Program Corporate Service Youth Volunteer National Service Exemplary Service-Learning Faith-based Volunteer Volunteerism Lifetime Achievement Learn how to apply at
Nomination Deadline: Monday, July 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (ET)

IN THE NEWS: Program Supports Youth Projects, Daily Reporter - Greenfield, IN
The Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project has endorsed the launch of a campaign in Greenfield called Y-GIVE (Youth- Granting, Investing, Volunteering and Engaging). The campaign will grant up to $1,000 a year to each school corporation in Hancock County. One of this year's recipients is an after-school program for fifth graders at Greenfield Intermediate School. More info

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings 

TUESDAY, MAY 24 FROM 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM
Bauer Community Center 330 Fountain Street, Lafayette

See the full calendar for regular updates: 

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.

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program Request For Proposals (RFP) to be released by the Indiana Department of Education in August 2016 
Various RFP workshops will be held across the state this June. The workshops will discuss the upcoming RFP, Best Practices and provide training on how to align 21st CCLC programs with school day education. Click HERE to see the schedule.

Indiana Kids
Serve Indiana is pleased to announce Indiana Kids, a funding opportunity made possible through the Family and Social Services Agency's (FSSA) -Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding. The purpose of TANF is to 1) provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes 2) end the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage 3) prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies 4) encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families. Organizations pursuing Indiana Kids funding will focus on TANF priority 3 and/or 4. Organizations reaching sites in multiple counties are highly encouraged to apply.
DUE May 27. Amount varies.

D. Susan Wisely Award
For the second year, Indiana Youth Institute is pleased to offer the D. Susan Wisely "Youth Worker of the Year" award. The recipient will be honored at the 2016 Because KIDS COUNT® Conference. Nominees must be committed direct-service youth workers who have at least five years of distinctive achievement in service of Indiana youth.

Nominees must be committed to the following core values: 
- Demonstrates servant leadership Respects differences and diversity and believes in equal opportunities for all
- Demonstrates commitment to results and effective practice Mentors others and engenders trust
- Possesses integrity and is honest and responsible

Award Details: $2,500 Cash Prize, to be used for the recipient's professional development Free registration, hotel and travel for recipient and a guest to attend the 2016 Because KIDS COUNT Conference. Nominate yourself or someone you know! Nomination packets are due August 15, 2016. The award is provided courtesy of the D. Susan Wisely Leadership Legacy Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. More info HERE.  

DuPont Pioneer's giving program focuses on preK-12 education, food security and community betterment. Amount: $5000 Contact your local DuPont Pioneer Representative for more information. More info HERE.

Surdna Foundation
The Surdna Foundation believes that art and culture training programs can help young people achieve their educational and career goals, and catalyze change in their communities. The Thriving Cultures Program therefore supports programs that successfully connect teens to artistically rigorous and culturally relevant programs that equip them with practical and life-enhancing skills. The Surdna Foundation value programs that prepare young, emerging artists to be creative and innovative leaders in their communities. Amount varies. More info HERE.

Good Sports helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By working closely with teams, coaches, and community leaders across the United States, the organization is able to focus on the respective needs of each individual program and help offset the main factors causing the greatest challenges. Good Sports is accepts applications on a rolling deadline from organizations and schools for equipment, apparel, and footwear for a wide range of sports. 

Walmart Foundation: Community Grant Program
Through the annual program, grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to local nonprofit organization within the service area of individual Walmart stores. Grants will be awarded in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities. Due December 31st. 

Target Field Trip Grants
Deadline: August 1 - September 30, 2016 It's become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, Target launched Field Trip Grants in 2007. Since then, they've made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trips. Each grant is valued up to $700. More info HERE.


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
NSA Day of Cyber
There will be over one million open and unfilled cybersecurity jobs this year, and demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing twelve times faster than the job market overall. It is imperative that STEMbassadors have access to resources that enhance students post-secondary career readiness, skills knowledge, and awareness of the in-demand digital jobs of the 21st century. The NSA Day of Cyber is an interactive, web platform that will enable students to test drive and experience a day in the life of six NSA cyber professionals and introduce them to challenging real-life cyber scenarios, while engaging students to explore the growing number of careers in computer science and cybersecurity. Until December 31st, 2016, there will be NO cost to participate! Register and get started using the NSA Day of Cyber today. An Instructor Resource Guide is also available.    

Mozilla Web Literacy Map 
In 2013, the Mozilla Foundation and a community of volunteer educators, researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and others established the Web Literacy Map as a framework detailing the core skills needed to fully participate in the digital age. This new interactive map consists of the skills and competencies needed to be web literate, and links to activities and curriculum for teaching and learning web literacy skills.  

1st MakerSpace Summer Programs - discounts 
When registering for 1st MakerSpace 3D Design and Printing summer camp programs at  - put in the IAN25 code to receive a $25 discount.

Magnify Learning PBL workshops will be held June 20-23.
Columbus - Columbus Signature Academy New Tech High School
Plymouth - Riverside Intermediate School
Indianapolis, Chapel Hill 7th/8th Grade Center
These workshops are open to all educators, K-16. We encourage you to bring a group from your school or organization, including administrators, in order to lay the framework for a collaborative PBL system designed to meet your particular school culture and needs. Go to  for details and to register.

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding

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.
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 Youth Institute's NEW College and Career Success Mentoring Toolkit
The FREE Toolkit offers a complete plan for your program, whether you already focus on postsecondary readiness or you're looking to include it. The Toolkit has an appendix that's full of sample forms, links to program resources and a program assessment tool! Download your copy today!

2016 Postsecondary Counseling Institute presented by Kroger
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Friday, June 17, 2016
Westin Indianapolis Hotel 50 South Capitol Ave, Indianapolis
The Postsecondary Counseling Institute is an intensive two-day conference designed to give school counselors, mentoring organizations and others who guide youth on their education options after high school the skills and tools they need to help their students explore a wide range of education options after high school, from traditional four-year colleges to apprenticeship programs.
All participants will receive a free digital copy of College Board's College Counseling SourceBook 7th Edition (a $60 value), provided on a USB drive, as well as tons of useful skills to help them better counsel their students. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.
More info HERE

Summer Honors is an Indiana State University program that enables high school students to explore an academic interest, experience campus life and earn University credit. The program will be held July 17 - 23, 2016. Students will have the opportunity to live in a residence hall and take one of twenty college-level seminars being offered that week. Applications and more details are available at  

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is a 14-member public body created in 1971 to define the missions of Indiana's colleges and universities, plan and coordinate the state's postsecondary education system, and ensure that Indiana's higher education system is aligned to meet the needs of students and the state. Full report HERE.

New 21st Century Scholar Resource Available! The purpose of the Community Partner Training Manual is to provide schools, youth serving organizations, colleges and volunteers with tools, guidance and information to best support 21st Century Scholars. Click here for additional Scholar resources available on our website.
With most public and private public not-fot-profit colleges and universities in Indiana incorporating online degree programs there are even more opportunities to pursue higher education. has researched and published many valuable resources that can help students and their families discover everything that is available. Here are some highlighted tools that students should review:  
Connecting Learning & Life
Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution for middle and high schools that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and improve student outcomes.

ISM College Planning promotes educated decision making for higher education choices to students, families and counselors. Strong choices before college are the best way to limit debt after college. For over 30 years, the goal of ISM has been to provide students and their parents with solutions to help put higher education within reach. To learn more about ISM College Planning please contact us via email, phone, or in person.

Indiana Department of Education Office of College and Career Readiness This site will provide you with helpful information regarding the new Indiana Academic Standards, as well as information about content subject areas, Career and Technical Education, STEM and eLearning. What does it mean to be college and career ready? In Indiana, this is defined as an individual who has the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in post-secondary education and economically viable career opportunities.

The Commission for Higher Education's Outreach Staff are looking to connect with community leaders, volunteers, community-based organizations, college partners and school leaders to trainings and support on enrolling students into the 21st Century Scholars Program, guiding Scholars in the Scholar Success Program requirements and utilizing Learn More Indiana's resources around college planning and career success. To learn more about training and partnership opportunities within your community, please contact your Regional Outreach Coordinator.   

* Visit Learn More Indiana's NEW website:   
* To track your LMI shipment order visit the "Educators" tab on the Learn More Indiana website or go to: 
* Counselors and Partners who are in need of Learn More Indiana resources can request materials by completing the following request form. Learn More Indiana Material Request Form. 

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.

Youth Philanthropy and Next-Gen Giving - May-October 2016
Join the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII) for a 4-part webinar series, Youth Philanthropy and Next-Gen Giving, designed to promote next-generation giving and youth engagement. Join the conversation and hear from local and national experts who share successes in service learning and project-based volunteerism, giving of time, talent, and treasure, youth leadership, and tips for engaging youth to participating in giving and serving within your communities.

Camptown First Aid Training 
You can gain the skills and confidence to act in an emergency.  Every year millions of people learn how to help their families, co-workers and neighbors with courses in First Aid, CPR, and AED.  Whether you choose the basic Heart Saver program which includes First Aid, CPR, & AED for Adult, Child, & Infant or you need the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Workers Camptown can meet your training needs.  Camptown offers deeply discounted First Aid & CPR training for schools, churches, camps and other, not for profit organizations.  For more information, please contact us at

Indiana Youth Institute WEBINAR: You Make a Difference: How to Be Your Best and Give Your Best for Kids - Wednesday, May 25 1 pm - 2:30 pm
A safe and supportive culture creates a thriving environment for youth workers and students alike. Learn to impact student behavior by first reflecting on your own emotional health and self-care. Then share your newfound purpose and drive with those around you. By generating a healthy work-life balance and establishing a culture of kindness and respect amongst your school or organizational staff, you will discover how being your best results in giving your best to the youth you serve. Register HERE.

Human Trafficking 101 - Indiana and the Nation Webinar 
May 27, 2016 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Please join us for "Human Trafficking 101-Indiana and the Nation." This webinar is being held on May 27, 2016 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Eastern Time. For more information, see the attachment or click on the registration link below. To register for this event visit

Indiana Summit for Economic Development via Early Learning Coalitions on June 7
The Indiana Summit for Economic Development via Early Learning Coalitions: The Early Advantage for our Communities and Economy - Win Early will take place in Muncie on June 7. This free event allows community leaders and stakeholders to come together to understand the business case for investment in early childhood and ways to develop and sustain an early learning coalition in your community. Learn more about the summit, share with your networks and register to attend.

Indiana Youth Institute Cafe Luncheon: Success Strategies for Engaging Families- FREE
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Tabernacle Presbyterian Church 418 E. 34th St. Indianapolis
Thursday, June 9, 2016 11:30 am - 1:00 pm United Way of Central Indiana 3901 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis
According to the KIDS COUNT® in Indiana 2016 Data Book, when parents are actively engaged in their children's lives, children are likely to have better academic performance, attendance, graduation rates, attitudes, behaviors and overall well-being. This free lunch presentation will discuss the core beliefs that drive successful family engagement efforts for all types of youth serving organizations and programs. During this workshop, participants will: explore their own beliefs about families to better understand how their personal core values about families affect their relationships with families; learn the four core beliefs and eight conditions that should exist in order to have effective strategies and policies necessary for effective family engagement; and discover ways to engage, equip and empower families to partner with their programs.
SPEAKERS: Wilisha Scaife, Program Director, MuncieP3 Academic Enrichment Program - Ball State University & Jackie Garvey, President - JRG Consulting, LLC.
Facilitated Growth Workshop Series with Michelle Cummings- June 9, 2016
Camp Tecumseh, Brookston, IN
This workshop will be full of fun and learning, focusing on Icebreakers, Problem Solving activities, Facilitation Tips and Effective Debriefing. Awesome Icebreakers & Energizers- Come prepared to play and learn a ton of interactive activities in this action packed workshop. Processing the Experience- Learn simple and effective ways to process experiences so they relate to real life and future learning. Conflict Resolution/Bullying Prevention- Walk out of this workshop with a variety of tools and techniques for dealing with conflict, bullying and discipline issues. Best Problem Solving & Communication Activities- Michelle's Personal Favorites!Registration $100, includes lunch onsite. More info HERE.

2016 Indiana School Health Network Conference- June 14 and 15
This year we will Pump Up the Volume, bringing you dynamic speakers, engaging and timely breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and exhibitors with valuable information and resources. Join hundreds of school and health advocates as we become One Voice for Indiana School Health in Indianapolis on June 14 and 15 at the Marriott North located at 3645 River Crossing Parkway.

2016 Postsecondary Counseling Institute presented by Kroger  
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Friday, June 17, 2016  
Westin Indianapolis Hotel 50 South Capitol Ave, Indianapolis  
The Postsecondary Counseling Institute is an intensive two-day conference designed to give school counselors, mentoring organizations and others who guide youth on their education options after high school the skills and tools they need to help their students explore a wide range of education options after high school, from traditional four-year colleges to apprenticeship programs. 
All participants will receive a free digital copy of College Board's College Counseling SourceBook 7th Edition (a $60 value), provided on a USB drive, as well as tons of useful skills to help them better counsel their students. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.
More info HERE

The Leadership Program Summer Trainings
July 13th and 14th at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
Many of you know The Leadership Program from their dynamic trainings, but did you know they also have a nationally-recognized, evidence-based leadership curriculum that has been proven to reduce incidents of violence, bullying, and aggression in schools? The Middle and High School student curricula have been recognized by SAMSHA, OJJDP, Crimes.Gov, and others as an effective way to use leadership development as a tool for violence prevention. School districts across the country are getting their staff trained in this curriculum in order to implement it in their schools and programs-why don't you? For more information on how to register, visit: 

Strengthening Our Connections: The 15th Annual Indiana Systems of Care Conference June 14, 2016
Indianapolis Marriott East This annual conference includes audiences of providers, families and young adults. This year's conference includes breakouts and keynotes focused upon children's mental health, and also renewal and self-care. The Conference Planning Committee includes several current and past Journey Fellows so you know it will be good! Only $50 registration fee if registered by June 1. CEUs available. More info HERE.

Free Domestic Violence 101 and Safe Dates Training for Middle and High School Students
Safe Dates is the only evidence-based curriculum that prevents dating abuse: a factor often linked to alcohol and other drug use. Highly engaging and interactive, Safe Dates helps teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive dating relationships. Designated as a Model Program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. If you or those you know are interested, please contact Amanda Wyneken at Families First Indiana.

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:


Beyond School Hours Conference Call for Presenters
Application deadline: June 30, 2016 Conference: February 22-25, 2017 Atlanta, GA This is your chance to provide vital professional development for educators and leaders working with students of all ages, across the learning day, all across America. For complete strand listings and application details, visit:

Getting ready for summer programming? Jump into summer staff training with Better Kid Care!
Better Kid Care's online modules provide a great orientation for summer youth programs. Start with our suggested summer training package below, or create your own customized orientation with our 200+ other titles.

Summer Training Package PYD Foundations:
- Child and Youth Growth and Development
- PYD Foundations: Interactions with Children and Youth
- Tools of the Trade for School-Age Practitioners: Positive Guidance Building Relationships with Children and Youth Who Challenge Us
- Click2Science: Preparing Yourself to Facilitate STEM
- Click2Science: Selecting STEM Activities

All On Demand modules are free. $5.00 fee for certificate of completion. 

Registration Open for the 13th Global Youth Justice Training
June 14-16, 2016 Cape Cod, MA
The Global Youth Justice 13th Training Institute is designed for individuals and teams of adults from communities interested in Expanding, Enhancing, Network and Learning about volunteer-driven Youth Justice and Juvenile Justice diversion programs referred to as Teen Court, Youth Court, Student Court, Peer Court and Peer Jury. This 3-Day International Training Institute will include 20+ adult Peer to Peer Training Sessions by participants who volunteer to present in addition to other training topics, and a half day grant writing and funding resources session. For complete details visit our website. 

2016 National Family and Community Engagement Conference- June 20-22 This year's conference is designed to support all those committed to high impact, evidence-based family and community engagement strategies regardless of role. Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA. Learn more HERE.

2016 Positive Youth Development Institute & Summer Training Academy- June 27-29 Join us in 2016 as we explore national trends, regionally-based strategies, and a multitude of examples of effective social and emotional learning applications. Location: University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME. Learn more HERE.  

National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning: Dare to Disrupt!- October 24-26 Discover game-changing strategies, partnerships and people as we dare to disrupt the role of afterschool and summer in an emerging new learning frontier. Location: Westin Seattle, Seattle, WA. Learn more HERE. 

Every Day Language
What is Every Day Language?
Every Day Language offers a second language program before or after school for elementary aged students.
Which languages are offered?
Spanish. Lesson plans in development for French, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, German, and Arabic.
What do I need to know? Our mission is to create confident and proficient 2nd language speakers by offering a language immersion program focused on verbal fluency and understanding through fun, interactive, multi-disciplinary, project based activities.
Why learn a second language? The benefits of learning a second language at a younger age are many!
- Promotes higher order, abstract, and creative thinking
- Enhances cognitive abilities
-Promotes cultural awareness and understanding 

Seal The Deal Indy: 2016 June 11 - 12, 2016 2 - 7:30pm + Championship Round July 16, 2016
Seal the Deal is a youth flag football camp and tournament that utilizes sports-related activities as teaching agents to help students "make big plays on and off the field."
The 2-day Youth Football Camps focus on agility, football fundamentals, competition, character building, and fun.
Location: Pike High School, 5401 W 71st St., Indianapolis, In 46268-21006

Join the "Community Schools" movement and Sign-Up for the launch of the FREE mobile app that will help increase engagement and interactions with community partners, families, and schools.
The fall launch of FACEspi will help school and community coordinators by using real time data, innovation, and connectivity to support the whole-child approach to student achievement.
Sign-Up at:

Jump IN for Healthy Kids now offers a searchable resource hub full of tips and strategies for organizations striving to create healthier environments for youth. Look for ideas on incorporating physical activity and healthy eating into afterschool programs.  For more tips and strategies tailored to your organization, take the Jump IN Pledge to inspire children and their families to live healthy lives.    

EARN INDIANA- Resource for finding your next afterschool hire!
EARN (Employment Aid Readiness Network) Indiana, launched in Summer 2013, revamped the existing state work-study program. Students with financial need have access to resume-building, experiential, paid internships, while employers receive state matching funds in exchange for hiring these students. EARN Indiana has partnered with Indiana INTERNnet to better match students and employers to maximize each student's academic success and career achievement and to assist employers in finding the perfect fit for their team. EARN Indiana gives students professional experience and networking opportunities, readying them for a career after graduation.

The Children of Indiana Nature Park, A Celebration of the Hoosier Bicentennial,  Coming Summer 2016!
Did you know that kids need nature? They do! Research shows that children who spend time outside are more creative and are better problem solvers. They're healthier, more physically fit, more confident, better test takers, and less stressed!  The Nature Conservancy is inviting schools, libraries and youth-serving organizations to help connect youth to nature by hosting events and activities that focus on nature in Indiana.  The Conservancy is developing a web platform (available June 18, 2016) that will enable libraries, schools, and youth-serving organizations to provide participating K-12 students with honorary deeds to the Children of Indiana Nature Park.  Every K-12 student in Indiana will be eligible to participate in the Indiana Bicentennial by claiming their honorary deed! More information about the project will be provided in upcoming newsletters, as the June 2016 park opening draws nearer.   In the meantime, contact Melissa Moran at or visit for more information about the project.

Unprecedented Access to Thousands of Digital Books
Through the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative, students and their families across the state will have unlimited access to reading material on myON, giving families an opportunity to share rich literacy experiences together regardless of their socioeconomic status or whether or not there is a proficient reader in the home. More info at:    
220 Youth Leadership offers personalized leadership coaching for students in middle school all the way through their senior year in college. Our 1-on-1, group, and online programming helps students define personal success for themselves and teaches our unique goal-setting process to give them the confidence achieve their most challenging goals. Through 220 programs, students set tangible near-term goals around leadership development, academic achievement, and improving communication skills. 220 Youth Leadership is determined to raise each students expectations for themselves so that they can achieve their near-term goals and more importantly, their greatest aspirations in life.

Hoosier Family of Readers, a literacy initiative of Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and the Indiana Department of Education, encourages all members of the Indiana Afterschool Network to sign up with First Book. First Book is a non-profit social enterprise that distributes tens of millions of new books and educational resources every year to schools and programs serving children in need nationwide. Their mission is to elevate the quality of education by ensuring that educators and organizations like yours get the resources they need to help kids read, learn and succeed. Register with First Book (it's free!) to peruse their site and discover how you can immediately access books for the students you serve:

Accessible High-speed Internet- Connect2Compete (C2C) is a national not for profit initiative through Brighthouse, aimed at bringing students and families nationwide online by providing $9.95/month high-speed Internet, low-cost computers and free digital literacy training. Visit  for more information or to sign up. INTERNET ESSENTIALS, is a Comcast program designed to expand broadband adoption among low-income American households with at least one child eligible to receive free or reduced price school lunches. To learn more or to apply, please call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855­-846­-8376) or visit  

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.

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 jobs database, in partnership with ExactHire, which gives nonprofit employers and workers tools to promote and manage your job searches.  

Charitable Advisors also now has newsletters for northern and southern IN


Thomas P. and Sondra D. Sheehan Charitable Foundation
Tom and Soni Sheehan focus on improving the lives of children facing debilitating medical challenges. They provide financial support for medical treatments, prostheses, and mobility devices that children living with physical deformities and medical issues need to overcome obstacles. More info HERE.

The NEA Foundation is inviting applications for its Learning and Leadership Grants program. The program provides support to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education through grants to individuals to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences such as summer institutes or action research; or to groups for collegial study (including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for new faculty or staff). To be eligible, applicants must be a public school educator in grades Pre-K-12; a public school education support professional; or faculty and staff members at a public institution of higher education. Preference will be given to members of the National Education Association. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All $5,000 group grant applicants must include partner information. Deadlines for applications are due February 1, June 1, and October 15.
The Safeway Foundation supports nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities. All organizations funded by The Safeway Foundation must serve the community where we operate stores. Amount: Varies. Deadline: Quarterly.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA.) The fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. The mission of BTF is to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world. BTF funds programs, fields, coaches training and uniforms, equipment and other selected program expenses. In addition, BTF provides educational support to grant recipients and applicants, to help organizations become self-sufficient and effective. Rolling deadline. More HERE.

Grant Opportunities: Voices for Healthy Kids 
Both opportunities have rolling deadlines and the amount varies. More info HERE.  
Strategic Campaign Funds: (Open RFA grant opportunity) aim to fund strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on fighting childhood obesity through state, local, and tribal public policy campaigns. The duration of these grants will vary but will generally be 1 year or less. Awards can be made up to $90,000. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign goaled to change public policy in one state, local, or tribal geographic location and must align with one of the six Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. Budgets must include one Campaign Coordinator position and a legal contingency of no less than 5% of the operating budget as well as matching funds on behalf of the applicant.  
Rapid Response grant opportunities: aim to fund short-term, reactive projects expected to be pushing policies for passage in the next three to six months and must align with one of the six Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. These grants provide strategic and supplemental funding for ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact in the fight against childhood obesity. Rapid Response awards range from $15,000 to $100,000 and project duration is anywhere between two weeks to six months. Funding is for non-lobbying activities only, must include a legal contingency of no less that 5%, and cannot be used for staff salaries.

Delta Dental Foundation provides financial support through its Brighter Futures Community Grants program to various community organizations and programs which promote/provide oral health care for children. This year, the DDF will be providing $150,000 to support programs which specifically focus on children's oral health. More HERE.

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 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.

Beyond traditional banking products and services, Key supports communities through the important work of KeyBank Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1969 and funded by KeyCorp. The Foundation's mission is to support organizations and programs that prepare individuals for thriving futures and is advanced through the two funding priorities of thriving students and a thriving workforce. 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.

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. 

The Children's Obesity Fund
offers grants to nonprofit organizations that share its mission for improving children's health. Preference is given to organizations with programs that fight childhood obesity. Amount varies.

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 Listings: 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.   
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