Newsletter September 2016
IDOE 21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative has released a 21st CCLC Request For Proposals (RFP)  Find out the latest on the RFP, including the RFP Workshop Presentation with info on Funding, Eligibility, Program Design & Implementation, and more here: 

21 Century Community Learning Centers GRANT RFP WEBINARS: (Application DUE: October 19):
  • 21st CCLC RFP Technical Assistance Webinar - Wednesday, September 21st - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • 21st CCLC RFP Technical Assistance Webinar on Program Evaluation - Thursday, September 22 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 
  • 21st CCLC RFP Technical Assistance Webinar on Fiscal Matters - Wednesday, September 21st - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Visit the Indiana Department of Education website for information to join each webinar.

Public Feedback Sought in the Indiana Department of Education State Plan for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015. It reauthorizes the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was previously reauthorized as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

The Indiana Department of Education is currently in the process of determining how the requirements of ESSA will translate into state education practice: which state practices will evolve as a result of ESSA, and which will remain the same.

Two ways to participate:
 SAVE THE DATE: April 10-11, 2017 - Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning  
We are excited to announce the dates for the 2017 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning at the Indiana Convention Center in Downtown Indianapolis. Stay tuned for more information this fall on registration for partners and participants!

Host a Lights On Afterschool Celebration!
On Thursday, Oct. 20, one million Americans will come together at 8,000 events to celebrate the 17th annual Lights On Afterschool. Lights On Afterschool (LOA) is the only nationwide celebration of afterschool programs and their role in the lives of children, families and communities. Join in to shine a light on the impact your program is making!

Everything you need for success is on the Afterschool Alliance's NEW LOA website- complete with new planning tools and weekly webinars to make planning an event easy. Register your event now and start exploring! When you register your event as an official Lights on Afterschool celebration, you'll receive an event starter kit, AND be eligible for cool prizes each week. 

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings 

Lafayette: Afterschool Tippecanoe, September 27 - Noon ET (Brown Bag), at the Child Care Resource Network; 817 Woodmere Drive, Lafayette IN

Bloomington Afterschool Network, October 14, 10:00 AM ET, location to be determined, Bloomington IN

Terre Haute, Greater THAN, October 17, 10:00 AM ET, 10:00 AM at Terre Haute Children's Museum, 727 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute IN

Evansville Afterschool Coalition, October 21 - 11:00 AM CT at YMCA of Southwestern Indiana 222 NW 6th Street, Evansville IN

NWI: Now We're Involved, October 21 - 11:00 AM CT, at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso, 3100 Ivy Tech Drive, Valparaiso IN

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) released by the Indiana Department of Education 
DUE: October 19th. More info available on the 21CCLC website:

AmeriCorps Grants + Technical Assistance Calls
The Serve Indiana Commission is providing upcoming training and technical assistance calls for organizations regarding the FY2017 Grant Competition for AmeriCorps State funding.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations for the purpose of supporting AmeriCorps members and addressing community needs. An AmeriCorps Member is an individual who is enrolled in an approved national service position and engages in community service. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service members receive an education award from the National Service Trust. CNCS awards AmeriCorps State Formula funds to Governor-appointed state service commissions. Serve Indiana is responsible for administering these funds and overseeing all of the AmeriCorps grants awarded to the state.

For more information and to access application materials, please visit

American Honda Foundation Grants The American Honda Foundation's funding priorities are STEM education, the environment, job training and literacy. Nonprofits, public school districts, private/public elementary and secondary schools are eligible to apply. Funding deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 each year. The maximum award is $75,000.

Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis, Inc. Founded in 1949, the Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis serves our community through two major avenues: hands-on service projects and charitable giving. Through the generosity of our members both past and present, our Foundation is able to give over $250,000 for scholarships, grants and programs, each year, that directly benefit the youth of central Indiana. Due to Kiwanis Office by November 1, 2016 More info HERE.

The Indy Eleven Foundation grants are available to Indiana organizations, schools and communities across Indiana. Organizations that provide soccer-related sports or recreational opportunities to the youth within their communities are eligible for these grants. The purpose of Indy Eleven Foundation is to make the game of soccer a possibility for youth across Indiana who may not have otherwise been given the chance due to lack of resources. Approved applicants will have the opportunity to receive a grant up to $10,000 to support their efforts.

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development and community impact. Learn more:

Apply for a Scholar Success Grant today
The Scholar Success Grants are designed to support local school communities in ensuring 21st Century Scholars complete the required Scholar Success Program activities for the graduating class of 2017 through integrated services and partnerships. Application deadline is September 30th. For more information, visit

Half Price Books
Need books for your classroom or program? Half Price Books will consider requests from nonprofit organizations and educators that focus on literacy, the environment, or education. 

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. 

Captain Planet Foundation
Deadlines: September 30, 2016 (for spring and summer projects)
and January 31, 2017 (for fall and winter projects) The Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S. based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Captain Planet Foundation also provides grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 for activities that are project-based, performed by youth and have a real environmental impact. 

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.

Disney Summer of Service grants will offer young change-makers (ages 5-18) $500 to gather their friends and turn creative ideas into projects that will positively impact their communities. Application Deadline: September 30, 2016. Learn more 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

The next Statewide STEM Coalition meeting, combining the STEM Action Coalition and the Afterschool STEM Task Forces, will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016, from 10:00AM until 3:00PM. The location will be the Lilly Corporate Center in Indianapolis.  Our keynote speaker will be Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann.

Major Funding Announced for State Robotics Initiative!
TPF4Y has received a nearly $300,000 donation from Guggenheim Life and Annuity Co. to help fund our groundbreaking robotics program for 400 elementary schools during Year 1. To learn more about this exciting partnership and watch the Inside Indiana Business video of the announcement, check out the article.

Saturday, October 1st, 2016
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Afterschool STEM Hub is a collaboration among out-of-school-time program leaders and stakeholders to provide coordinated messaging and communications that impact advocacy and policy and help ensure the important place of informal, afterschool and summer programs in the STEM learning ecosystem.  It is led by the Afterschool Alliance and generously supported by STEM Next, an initiative launched by the Noyce Foundation. NAA is a member of the Hub.  For more information on this initiative (including the list of participating organizations) please visit 

Next Generation Science Standards
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) offer a powerful new vision for American science education for the 21st century. NGSS has already been adopted by 17 states, as well as many more individual schools and districts. These resources will help you learn what's relevant for afterschool providers, and help you develop a strategy for engaging with the new standards. 

State Robotics Initiative Launched! TechPoint Foundation for Youth is thrilled to announce the launch of the State Robotics Initiative, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, REC Foundation, VEX Robotics, and Project Lead The Way. This first-of-a-kind, statewide initiative will provide robotics programming to any eligible Indiana elementary school. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, visit our website.

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.

Lessons on Scholar enrollment, ScholarTrack, Scholar Success Program and Senior Affirmations have been updated as part of DOE's Online Professional Development Lessons. To view the lessons visit The enrollment key for all lessons found under the School Counselor and Social Worker heading is 'counselor'. 

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!

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.

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.

SAVE THE DATE: April 10-11, 2017 - Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning 
We are excited to announce the dates for the 2017 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning at the Indiana Convention Center in Downtown Indianapolis. Stay tuned for more information this fall on registration for partners and participants!

Child and Youth Care Credentialing Exam
September 26, 2016 - Indianapolis, IN
Indiana has joined a national certification for child and youth care workers administered by the Child and Youth Care Certification Board.
There are three levels of certification, descriptions and additional information can be found at this site. 
You may sign up to take the qualifying exam HERE.

The exam will be offered:
Monday, September 26, 2016, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ET Location: IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN

The fees for taking the test and completing the portfolio will be covered if you complete the process this calendar year.

WEBINAR: Relationship Realities: What Young People say about Dating
September 28, 2016 1-2:30 PM (Eastern)
As adults, it's easy to assume we know everything about relationships between young people. In reality, the youth dating world is constantly changing and progressing. With one in three teens experiencing dating violence, it's important for adults to become familiar with every aspect of young relationships; the healthy, the unhealthy and the abusive. IYI's latest webinar will explore real life examples of relationships among young people, discuss how technology affects relationships, and divulge into popular terms and names.
Statewide Student Success Conference at ISU
Indiana State University will be hosting a two-day Statewide Student Success Conference on October 4-5.
October 4, 8:30-4:00pm: Supporting the Achievement of Low Income Students in College
October 5, 8:30-12:00: Higher EdCamp Indiana, Lunch and Keynote via video with Angela Duckworth, Grit and Student Success

The conference is free, but space is limited to 200 participants. If you are interested, register soon because they are filling up. 

The Alliance to End Hunger will be holding its National Hunger Free Communities Summit in Indianapolis October 5-6 at the Omni Severin Hotel. This meeting is a two-day forum for Hunger Free Community networks from around the country to gather, learn, and share best practices with the broader anti-hunger community. The goals for the conference include sharing successful strategies for collective impact; learning about effective approaches from content experts; and identifying new tools, resources and partners for planning, implementing and evaluating community-based hunger relief efforts. As the local Hunger Free Community Network, Indy Hunger Network will be featured throughout the meeting, in addition to speakers from across the country. Please consider attending, and share this announcement with your friends and colleagues. 

Building Resilient YOUTH and YOUTH WORKERS: A Trauma-Informed Approach
Thursday, October 13, 2016
8:00 am - 4:15 pm
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
$40 Registration Fee ($60 after September 28)
More info HERE.

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Fund Raising School
Effective fundraising practices can be adapted to meet the unique realities of smaller nonprofits. Efficiently use your time and existing resources - including board members and other volunteers - to achieve your fundraising goals.
New Albany October 17, 2016-October 18, 2016
Indianapolis October 24, 2016-October 25, 2016
Gary April 27, 2017-April 28, 2017
More info HERE.

Indiana Sectors Summit
Wednesday, October 19 & Thursday, October 20, 2016
The purpose of the Summit is to grow and expand sector partnerships across Indiana, as well as continue to explore how we utilize sector partnerships as the vehicle to develop industry-driven career pathways in Indiana. The two-day event will launch the Indiana Sector Partnership Initiative and include panels and breakout sessions around the topics of sector partnerships, pathways and work-and-learn. The Summit will also include the annual Elevating Work & Learn event and Skill UP! Indiana Round 2 Awards Ceremony.
AYS' Lights On Luncheon: A Celebration of Afterschool
October 20 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Ivy Tech Campus, Indianapolis
The event is aligned with the Afterschool Alliance's national Lights On Afterschool initiative and will educate the community about the importance of out-of-school time programs, bring together key stakeholders and increase the capacity of the Ellen Clippinger Financial Assistance Fund to provide scholarships for more children to attend AYS programs. Dr. Robyn Silverman, a sought out expert in subjects such as child development and bullying and a frequently featured expert on national media including The Today Show and Good Morning America, will provide the keynote address. Tickets are $75, but youth work professionals may use the YOUTHWORK coupon code to receive a $25 discount on their ticket. Professional Growth Point verification will be provided. CEHs available through NASW Indiana for behavioral health professionals.

4th Annual Symposium for Women in Nonprofit Leadership
A full-day symposium designed for women interested in nonprofit leadership is scheduled for October 28 in Bloomington. Presented by the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network (INRN), and sponsored by Vectren, the day introduces 17 expert speakers, presenting 20 sessions exploring the topics of: Personal Development, Leadership and Management, Fundraising and Communications and Professionalism.

The keynote speakers are Deanna Brown and Susan Decker. Brown, founder and director of Cultural Connections, will speak on "Stories that Honk and Fly Around the World: Knowing Who We Are and Why We Are Here." Decker, director of the Masters in Leadership Development program at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, will present "Serving Others, Growing Ourselves."

Learn more about the 4th Annual Symposium for Women in Nonprofit Leadership.

2016 Student Advocates Conference
Thursday, December 1 - Friday, December 2, 2016
Indianapolis Marriott East
The 2nd Annual Student Advocates Conference serves as an opportunity for Indiana college advisors, mentors, student leaders and other advocates to discover innovative practices, share success stories, and learn about state policies and initiatives impacting college completion and student success. The 2016 Indiana Student Advocates Conference is generously sponsored by USA Funds. The Commission is now accepting presentation proposals for the 2016 Student Advocates Conference.
Click here to submit a proposal.
Conference Registration information coming soon.
For questions, contact

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

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:


Indiana Afterschool Network Sponsorship Makes Virtual Convention FREE to Afterschool Professionals in INDIANA!
National Afterschool Association's VIRTUAL CONVENTION 2016- November 6 - 20th, 2016

Experience the top-rated workshops from the NAA Annual Convention in a convenient, online format.

As the Indiana Affiliate of the National Afterschool Association, IAN is proud to partner in offering Hoosiers this quality Professional Development on YOUR time.

Virtual Convention is designed to be:
  • Convenient. Listen to sessions whenever and wherever-even on mobile devices!
  • Comprehensive. Get relevant, apply-today information and techniques for your program.
  • Concise. Recorded workshops easily fit in your schedule! Don't worry-you'll still get the interactivity that you've come to expect from our great workshops-we've just had to be even more creative!
  • Effortless. Log on, listen, think, reflect, and participate in the discussions and live events.
Interested in the Workshops you'll get to experience? Click HERE.

  • This FREE access is available to INDIANA out-of-school time professionals who are also current NAA Ambassador or Executive level members of the National Afterschool Association (NAA).
  • Not yet an NAA member? Ambassador level is FREE! Click here.
  • Current Executive members can click here to log-in to your membership and follow the link to register.
  • Not sure if your membership is current? Click here (use forgot login function if necessary)
  • To request your PROMO CODE and reserve your spot for Virtual Convention, email Sara Beanblossom at
  • NOTE: NAA will not be able to provide refunds for Indiana members who pay and later request the complimentary access code.

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. 

2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference- October 2-5 Dr. Eric Thomas headlines the event with the theme Powering the Students' Education Agenda. Location: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI. 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. 

Third annual Beyond the Bell Training of Trainers
November 9-10, 2016, Washington, D.C.
This two-day opportunity will prepare you to facilitate Beyond the Bell trainings to use in your community. The training will introduce you to the Toolkit, provide guidance on how to use it as a training resource, and arm you with a host of materials that you can use for your own personalized trainings. You will leave as a certified Beyond the Bell trainer.
Cost: Register by September 30, 2016 to take advantage of our early bird registration rate of $1,100 per person. Standard registration pricing is $1,500 after September 30, 2016.

2017 National Afterschool Association Convention - March 19-22, Dallas, TX
Registration is open for NAA's Annual Convention "Rising to the Challenge" Join us for the afterschool field's premier learning, networking and professional development event. 

Best of Out Of School Time Conference- Palm Springs, CA
The BOOST Collaborative is a unique purpose-driven company committed to creating opportunities for change in educational and social services agencies serving youth in the out-of-school time hours. Join the largest, most recognized and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.
April 18 - 24, 2017 

FREE Nature Based Afterschool Program
Camptown's Wilderness Adventure Club program is designed to equip youth with the life skills needed to thrive in today's culture and get them outdoors and enjoying nature. Through our afterschool club, your students will learn to work together as a team, deal with conflict, appreciate and respect the environment, and try new outdoor activities. There is no cost for the Camptown Wilderness Adventure Club to parents or the school. If you have any questions feel free to contact Camptown at 317-471-8277 or For more information about Camptown, please visit

IMAGINE: Students for Global and Local Action invites all Indiana middle schools to participate in its annual project-based service learning program. The call to action this year is:
Preserving and protecting our beautiful planet Earth...Finding solutions for ecological balance.
Schools may register one or two teams. Each team is comprised of four students and a teacher mentor.

Please note the following dates:
Registration Deadline: October 14th, 2016
Teacher Workshop: Design thinking instruction & program expectations review: October 18th, 5-8PM
Kick-off Conference: November 3, 2016, 7:50AM-2:45PM
Project Implementation Phase: November 4-April 20th, 2017
Recognition Celebration and Presentation: April 25, 2017
For more information and to register your school please go to: 
Please contact Deb Thornburgh with questions:

Launch the second season of NBA Math Hoops in Indiana
The NBA Math Hoops season is going to begin on October 11 this year. Please email Nick and Tiombe at , stating your interest in participating this year and including your site name and full contact info.
There will be an in-state training on 10/24 from 11am - 1pm at Indianapolis Central Library (40 E St Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46204)
For more information, email Nick and Tiombe

The National Afterschool Association (NAA) is launching a new service called the Afterschool Expert Hub This service will help afterschool programs connect quickly and reliably with vetted trainers and content experts for projects and training programs. 

NEW REPORT - Learning from Summer: Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Urban youth
The Wallace Foundation and RAND corporation released a groundbreaking, first ever study that finds high-quality summer learning programs benefiting high-attending students in math and reading. The study has five tips to help guide summer program leaders, program participation percentages and more to show benefits of summer programming for low-income students. More HERE.

NEW REPORT - America After 3pm: Afterschool in Communities of Concentrated Poverty
Afterschool programs have the ability to help address inequalities facing families living in communities of concentrated poverty. Learn more about the supports and activities that afterschool programs are providing to children and families in these high-need communities. More HERE.

Jump IN for Healthy Kids Resource: Healthy students are better students, and good nutrition is one of the keys to their health. Here's a great resource identifying three ways your school can help "feed" your students' learning potential. More HERE.

NCASE Resource Library
New, rich resource to stay informed and support your efforts to increase access and improve program quality. The NCASE Resource Library connects you with tools, profiles, and information on a range of key topics in Out-of-School Time.

Wilderness Adventure Clubs Open
Camptown's Wilderness Adventure Club is designed for 3rd-5th grade students and has a nature education and character development focus. Each club of approximately 12-15 students meets one time per week after-school during the school year. During these meetings students will engage in active hands-on activities that teach a specific skill or lesson. Then, four times during the year we take a field trip to one of our local state parks to put into practice our new skills and get to know and enjoy the great outdoors. The best part is that this program is entirely underwritten by a grant from the Department of Child Services and Camptown. There is no cost to the school or the students. If you are a school interested in more information on the Wilderness Adventure Club, please contact Don Schafer at

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Read for Success Program, an evidence-based summer learning intervention that helps students improve reading proficiency and combat summer learning loss among early grade school students. Tested for two years among 33,000 students, RIF's model helped reverse the trend of summer learning loss for more than half of the students in the study. In addition, 57% of students who participated in the study saw gains in reading proficiency. With a focus on putting new, high-quality STEAM-focused books into the hands of kids as well as their classrooms, and providing high-quality professional development and literacy resources for educators, the Read for Success model is a proven intervention to address reading loss over the summer months. 

The Children of Indiana Nature Park, A Celebration of the Hoosier Bicentennial
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 has developed a web platform that enables libraries, schools, and youth-serving organizations to provide participating K-12 students with Nature-IN Deeds to the Children of Indiana Nature Park.  Every K-12 student in Indiana is eligible to participate in the Indiana Bicentennial by claiming their Nature-IN Deed! To learn more and get involved, visit and contact with any questions.

Character Day 2016
Let it Ripple is hosting Character Day, their annual global day devoted to developing who we are and who we want to be in the world. Character Day 2016 is set for September 22, 2016. Sign up your school, classroom, organization, company, congregation, or family to participate. It's completely free! Whether you're an educator, parent, student, or student of life, the growing Character Day Resource hub includes thousands of resources including lesson plans, discussion guides for different ages, research, suggested films, books, and apps, and so much more. Create an event that works for you and be a part of building character for youth.

McCoy's Youth Activity Directory This new edition of the directory is a listing of over 600 programs and activities for youth of all ages in the Indianapolis metro area. It's available as a printed booklet, a PDF and a free mobile app. 
Election Resources from the Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance recently posted two new tools to help make afterschool a part of the conversation during the election season. Election season presents an important opportunity to put afterschool on the radar of policy makers and the public in a visible and meaningful way. Make afterschool a part of the public debate! 

The Campaign for Afterschool Toolkit: This is a comprehensive guide for afterschool advocacy during an election year, including how to mobilize support, sample talking points and outreach materials, social media support, the do's and don'ts for non-profit organizations.

The Candidate Resource Guide on Afterschool: This may be given to any candidate for office as a primer on all the information they need about afterschool. It includes a new fact sheets/messaging on building safe communities, advancing academic achievement, promoting STEM learning and career readiness, encouraging health and wellness, and closing opportunity gaps. 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 

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.

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:    

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.


ArtMix, Inc., Indianapolis, Vice President of Development
Reporting to and in partnership with the President, this position will be responsible for planning and implementing fund raising efforts, particularly as they relate to individual donors, corporate funders/sponsors, and special events. Position is one of four full-time administrative positions. Full job posting HERE.

1st Maker Space Education Assistant Internship
Join the 1st Maker Space team to assist with the development and facilitation of out-of-school time enrichment STEAM through making programs and events in our school and community maker spaces. Full job posting HERE.

1st Maker Space Maker Lab Assistant Job Description
Be a part of the 1st Maker Space Education team to create maker mindsets in youth K-12! Assist with the development and facilitation of our Maker Labs at our Arsenal Tech and Shortridge High School makerspaces in which youth participate in hands-on, inquiry-based low-tech and high-tech making experiences! Full job posting HERE.

Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana- Program Associate
The Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana is seeking a part-time Program Associate (20 hours/week, flexible schedule), reporting to the YPII Program Director. The primary focus of the position involves training activities, communications, and providing program support to YPII's organizational partnerships. Full job posting HERE.

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.

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.

works to provide children and youth with opportunities to learn and grow. The foundation's goal is to help today's science, math, and music students become the engineers, educators, and musicians who will support their communities for many years to come.

Fuel Up to Play 60 
The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Funds can be used to conduct in-school promotions focused on creating a healthier school and to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays. Funds can also be used for professional development, nutrition education materials, and physical education equipment & materials.

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. 

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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2017 Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning
April 10-11, 2017
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