Indiana Statewide Newsletter
February 18, 2020
News & Policy
The Afterschool Leadership Landscape
Supporting and Strengthening Racial Equity
Afterschool programs across the country serve children and youth from diverse backgrounds. While staff who work with young people tend to be representative of the populations they serve, a racial leadership gap persists. Elevating this topic so that the afterschool field can more effectively create a leadership pipeline for people of color is critical to ensuring that the afterschool workforce can best meet the needs of the young people it serves.

A new research report from the National Afterschool Association (NAA) identifies a racial leadership gap across the nonprofit sector, including afterschool, and provides recommendations for supporting emerging leaders of color. As the state affiliate, IAN is excited to promote this helpful brief alongside NAA.
Dedicated federal funding for 21st CCLC should be expanded — not eliminated

Federal funding for afterschool and summer learning programs is once again on the chopping block - the President's latest budget proposal called for all 21st CCLC funding to be eliminated. This could affect over 20,000 kids in Indiana and nearly 2 million nationwide.

Ridgway White - Mott Foundation President & CEO - recently wrote an op ed to explain why he thinks that is a mistake.
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Approaching the 2020 Census

In March, the U.S. Census Bureau will invite households across the country to participate in the 2020 Census, a head count of every living person in the U.S. Getting an accurate count is critical, as the results are used to determine - for example - much funding local communities receive for public services and how many seats each state gets in Congress. Learn more about this process below.

Quality Corner
The Afterschool Tech Toolkit
Addressing Equity Through Digital Learning
Many programs engage children, youth, families, and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds. In order to best serve their community, out-of-school time program staff need to develop the vocabulary and skills to engage with people from different cultures.

Strengthen your program's ability to address inclusion and equity by taking one of these awesome modules in The Indiana Academy on Out-of-School Learning - our professional development system designed specifically for out-of-school time pros!

Cultural Competence - Identity, Diversity, and Engagement
During this course, participants will explore how culture can impact and shape individuals, examine their own cultural identities and how these identities may impact their interactions with others, and levels of engagement with diverse groups.

How to Address Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Your Afterschool Program
By the end of this session, you'll be able to d efine equity, diversity, and inclusion in the context of out-of-school time, identify the 3 spheres on change necessary to meaningfully address these subjects, and strategize your efforts for addressing equity, diversity, and inclusion in your
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Events
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
Growing Up + Trauma: The Effects of Toxic Stress on Wellness and Learning
February 19, 2020 | Martin Luther King Community Center, Indianapolis, IN | 10:00 AM
Do you wonder why many children and adults struggle with challenging behaviors or poor decision-making? Perhaps you feel burned out by challenging behaviors, and are unsure of what to do next. This workshop will help you to understand why toxic stress and trauma affect youth development, learning, behaviors, and decision-making, and is the first step in learning how to respond to children and adults experiencing social-emotional distress. Rediscover your empathy and expand your capacity for helping your clients and program participants to grow, heal, and learn. Register now!

College Goal Sunday
February 23, 2020 | Multiple Locations Across Indiana
College Goal Sunday is a FREE statewide initiative that occurs annually to support Hoosiers in completing the FAFSA. The first College Goal Sunday event of the season will be held on February 23 at 37 support sites across Indiana. Locate the site nearest you here .

The State of the Child: Using the Latest Data to Strengthen Your Program
February 26, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM EST | Webinar
Join this State of the Child 2020 webinar to learn about the top challenges for kids in Indiana and what we can do to ensure all Hoosier kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the newly released 2020 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues. Through a robust and data-driven discussion, participants will be empowered and equipped with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making to continue making positive change for youth in Indiana. Register here .
Regional Learning Network Meetings
Marion County Out-of-School Time Network
February 18 @ Noon
Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY)
1375 West 16th Street
Indianapolis IN 46202

Gary Community Afterschool Network
February 19 @ 11:00 AM CST
City Life Center
225 W 5th Ave.
Gary, IN 46402

Evansville Afterschool Network
February 21 @ 10:30 AM CST
St. Vincent Medical Arts Building
3700 Bellemeade Ave
Evansville, IN 47714
Mark Your Calendars
2020 NAA Annual Convention
March 15 - 19, 2020 | Washington DC
Join the 2,300 members of the National Afterschool Association (NAA) community at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center 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. Learn more here .
2020 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning
April 14 - 15, 2020 | Indiana Convention Center
Adventure is more than just hiking a new trail – it’s breaking the chain of routine and opening yourself up to new ideas. Adventure is challenging what’s possible for yourself, your program, and your kids. In Spring of 2020, the Indiana Afterschool Network will help you push your boundaries outward and learn how we can work together to dream, explore, and discover. Learn more here .
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: February 28, 2020
There is a new opportunity to improve the quality of life for children in Indiana by making sure they are all counted in the Census! Thanks to a generous grant from Partners for America’s Children, MCCOY is offering $350 to 12 organizations around the state to host a Family Census Night, with food, fun, and help filling out the Census. More info here .

2020-2021 FAFSA
Deadline: April 15, 2020
The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now live and opened Tuesday, October 1. In order to secure state aid eligibility for the 2020-2021 academic year, students must submit the FAFSA by the state deadline of April 15, 2020. Seniors are encouraged to create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) prior to beginning the FAFSA. The FSA ID serves as a legal digital signature, and both the student and at least one parent must have one. The FSA ID can be created on the Federal Student Aid website.

Youth Service Zone Grants
Deadline: March 27, 2020
Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, YSA’s Youth Service Zone grants offer organizations and schools an opportunity to work collaboratively to increase the youth volunteer rates in their community. Each zone will receive a grant of $15,000 ($5,000 to each of the three collaborative leaders) to support program activities. Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 27th at 11:59 p.m. Learn More!