November/December 2018
Host an AmeriCorps Member this Summer!
The IAA has received a grant from Volunteer Iowa to support a large portion of the cost of hosting an AmeriCorps Member or team of Members in summer 2019.

What the Summer Ladders AmeriCorps Member Will Do:

The AmeriCorps Members will develop high quality lesson plans for the host program utilizing the Dimensions of Success (DOS) framework ( The AmeriCorps Member will also be responsible for implementing activities they have developed with high-need youth in your program. The Member is expected to serve a total of 300 hours over the summer.

Cost to Host a Summer Ladders AmeriCorps Member:

The cost share to host a Member (the amount the host site is responsible to pay for each Member) is $1,481 for the entire 2019 summer (300 hours of service). This calculates to a cost to the program of just $5 an hour!

Each Member will receive a living allowance of $3,333 over the summer. The remainder of the cost per Member is covered by the Volunteer Iowa grant.

The Iowa Children's Museum serves as the employer-of-record for each AmeriCorps Member. That means the host site is not responsible for FICA or Worker's Compensation. Each Member tracks their own time using a common time tracking system provided through the grant.

What We're Looking for in Host Sites:
  • Ability to supervise the AmeriCorps Member, including coaching and mentoring to meet program goals; discipline; and role modeling good collaboration, communication, and leadership.
  • Provision of strong staff orientation to the program, as well as on-going professional development throughout the service period.
  • Commitment to evaluation.
  • Commitment to ensuring a good Member experience.
To gauge interest in hosting an AmeriCorps Member or team of Members, the IAA asks interested programs to complete a short online survey at An answer of "No" on any question is not necessarily disqualifying. Please answer according to your best knowledge at this time.

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Michelle Rich at
Call for Presenters Now Open for Impact 2019
Each year, hundreds of afterschool professionals from across Iowa come together in Des Moines in April for two days of learning and networking at the Impact After School Conference. We rely on Iowa educators and organizations to provide a high quality conference. Please consider submitting a proposal for a workshop! One presenter receives a free conference registration worth up to $200.

We are looking for workshops on the following topics:
  • Support for Behaviors
  • Inclusion and Equity
  • STEM, especially math enrichment
  • Literacy
  • Evaluation/Data Tracking
  • Administration
  • Fundraising
  • Parent Engagement
  • Community Partnerships
  • School Alignment
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • College & Career Readiness
  • Advocacy
  • Leadership - Adult and Youth
We are open to other topics, as well. To submit a workshop proposal online, please visit
Showcase Youth at Impact
The Impact After School Conference wouldn't be the same great event without youth! We are looking for individual youth or groups of youth to perform at the conference over lunch on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Past performances have included presentations, poetry, breakdancing, and singing. We are open to any ideas to incorporate youth accomplishments and voice into programming. The Iowa Afterschool Alliance covers mileage to transport youth to the conference.
To submit your ideas for youth engagement, please follow this link: .
Nominate an Afterschool Champion or Star Today!
Each year the Iowa Afterchool Alliance celebrates contributions of individuals, organizations, and youth in the field of afterschool programming through the Afterschool Champions and 21CCLC Stars Awards. The following awards are now open for nominations:
  • Advocate of the Year
  • Afterschool Innovator
  • Collaboration Award
  • Principal of the Year
  • Friend of Afterschool Award (Policymaker)
  • Outstanding Afterschool Students
  • 21CCLC Literacy Improvement
  • 21CCLC STEM Achievement
  • 21CCLC Youth Community Contributions
  • 21CCLC Attendance
  • 21CCLC All Around
Self-nominations are allowed. For detailed descriptions of each award and to submit nominations, please follow this link:
STEM Scale-Up Applications Open January 21
The Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is soon to release the menu for next year's STEM Scale-Up programs. Applications open for these programs on Monday, January 21, 2019 and close March 4, 2019. These programs range from PreK-12 grade formal and informal learning programs illustrating early physics and engineering concepts to computer science to biology and natural science. Selected applicants will be notified of their award beginning in early April. 
To learn more about the Scale-Up programs, visit
Middle School Grants Due January 25
The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High local grant program to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide. Take a look to see which grant category is a good fit for you, and apply!
Three grant categories:
  • $100,000 over two years - 8 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or greater and annual program budgets of $250,000 or greater
  • $50,000 over two years - 8 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $250,000 or greater
  • $15,000 for one year - 10 awards will be made to programs to provide them with the ability to offer additional professional development opportunities to their staff; applicants must have annual budgets of $150,000 or greater
Read the  full application and eligibility requirements online here via the Afterschool Alliance   . Applications are due January 25, 2019.  
Grant funds may be used for technical assistance, capacity building, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion. Applicants will need to describe how programs support youth in the transition to the ninth grade. Competitive two-year grant applicants should be able to report on indicators of success such as on-time promotion; school attendance rates; improved behavior, grades and test scores; and/or the development of social and emotional skills.
Save the Date! Afterschool Snack at the Capitol
Save the afternoon of Tuesday, February 12 for the Afterschool Snack at the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines. Each year, the IAA hosts advocates and legislators for a "get-to-know-you" event spotlighting great afterschool programs across the state. Please join us and bring youth! IAA staff will be on hand to help you meet your legislator and tell them about all the good things you are doing back home!

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019; 2-4 p.m.
Where: Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines
What to expect: Legislators are invited to attend and show up anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. in the legislative dining room. IAA staff are on hand to help you tell legislators about what you do to support youth every day back home.

For more information about this event, please contact Britney Samuelson at
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Professional Development Opportunities
Apply Today for Free Professional Development
Apply to bring in the Iowa Afterschool Alliance to train your staff and/or partners on a number of topics ranging from STEM to sustainability planning. Pick from a  menu of topics for one training with options for online or in-person training.  Apply online by July 31, 2018.

Out of School Time Professional Development Center
The Out of School Time Professional Development Center provides Out of School Time training to OST professionals. The classes provide in-depth curriculum and certificates.  If you or your staff are interested in signing up for courses visit the  Out-of-School Time  website . Check out the entire course catalog here
Great Content on Y4Y!
You 4 Youth is a free  online professional development site that is designed to support 21CCLC program staff, but is a valuable tool for any afterschool professional looking to build their skills! Recently, Y4Y has rolled out a whole module on literacy. Click here to register.

Afterschool Alliance Webinars
The Afterschool Alliance offers webinars on a wide range of topics, from policy and the new Every Student Succeeds Act, to STEM and Social-Emotional Learning. Find out more on their webinars website.

Iowa Child Care Training Registry
Find professional development for school-age programming on the State of Iowa Child Care Training Registry on topics ranging from health and safety to developmentally appropriate programming. Find out more online

NAA Talk Tuesday PD Resources
Talk Tuesday provides afterschool professionals with the resources to host relevant discussions among peers, colleagues, staff, or community leaders. If you are looking to connect with afterschool professionals in your area or engage your staff with relevant topics, Talk Tuesday will provide the materials for you.

Find out more on their website here.  
Resources for STEM Programming
The Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) provides background information that is useful for the development of STEM programming. Find out more on their website
The Afterschool Tech Toolkit aims to empower afterschool professionals and educators with strategies and training so they can provide students with access to technology outside of classroom hours. It includes training modules on getting started, training staff, accessing technology and devices, and more. Take a look at the toolkit here.   
Annual Iowa School Age Care Alliance Conference
February 1 & 2, 2019; West Des Moines, IA
Leadership Day - February 1; Conference - February 2. Details and registration will be forthcoming. 
Beyond School Hours Conference
February 20-23, 2019; Atlanta, GA
Beyond School Hours workshops draw upon the experience and expertise of session leaders from through out the United States. The strands cover the topics that range from Trauma Informed Practice and Grade Level Reading to STEM, Family Engagement and more.
For more information, visit the conference website
National AfterSchool Association Convention
March 15-18, 2019; New York, NY
Join the NAA and 2,000 members of the afterschool community for four days of networking, learning, and inspiration: special events, workshops, daily keynotes, and an interactive Learning Expo all designed to meet the needs of the developing professionals and emerging and current leaders of afterschool. Come to NAA convention and leave saying, "I've found my people!" 
Find out more on the convention website.   
2019 Impact After School Conference
April 24-26, 2019; Des Moines, IA
The annual Impact After School Conference will be back for its seventh year in 2019. Join over 200 of your afterschool friends for this fun and engaging conference focused on high-quality enrichment programming. Stay tuned for details!