Indiana Statewide Newsletter
May 19, 2020
News & Policy
Afterschool Provides Crucial Support for Communities During Coronavirus Pandemic
Afterschool programs serve more than 10.2 million young people across the country. They engage kids in hands-on projects, serve nourishing meals, and provide safe spaces for them to gather, play, and learn from peers and mentors.

What, then, can afterschool programs do now to keep children, families and staff safe and provide help in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic? How can programs support kids, wherever they are, when so many schools and programs are physically closed, meal access is challenging and group gatherings are prohibited?

These questions are front and center for afterschool providers and for the 50 State Afterschool Network. Click below to read the article from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, about how the 50 State Afterschool Network is working with school partners, nonprofits, and local and state agencies to promote the health and well-being of children — and to promote creative, effective solutions.
Capturing Indiana's OST Success Stories

One challenge that out-of-school time programs face is measuring the impact of their incredible work, especially during a health crisis. This survey has been designed to help. Click below to visit a form used to capture success stories from your program so that they can be quantified and used to help gain the support that all OST programs deserve.
Indiana's Back on Track PPE Marketplace launched a new resource for small businesses employing up to 150 associates that are in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the health and safety of their workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click below to read to learn if your small business or non-profit organization qualifies
Quality Corner
Summer Activities & Resources Coming Soon!
We see out-of-school time and summer programming providers across the state preparing for a summer filled with uncertainty and stepping up in innovative ways to support their communities. We have heard your concerns about how to maintain engagement throughout an atypical summer, and we understand your anxieties as you navigate these uncharted territories.

The Indiana Afterschool Network is partnering with afterschool networks across the country to develop a suite of activities and resources designed to support youth-serving summer programs in delivering programming - whether in-person, virtually, or sent in take-home packets.

What you can expect:
  • 150 activities and challenges segmented by age (6-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18)
  • Webinars to help you implement the activities in-person, virtually, or as send-home packets
  • Quick guides to help guide you in supporting youth through challenging times

Stay tuned for more information coming later this month and get ready to start using the activities this summer!
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
The Afterschool Roadshow: Moving the Needle
May 19, May 20, and May 21,
The Indiana Afterschool Network will be providing a series of virtual professional development opportunities to support your community of youth and youth workers. In partnership with 21st Century Community Learning Centers, IAN is hosting The Afterschool Roadshow: Moving the Needle Edition. This 90-minute virtual Roadshow will focus on topics that can have an impact on your student and staff as they return to programs. Click here to see the full schedule and get registered!

Getting to Know the New Summer Activity Guides
May 28, 2020 | 3:00 PM
Hot off the press! This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the new Summer Activity Guides. We will dive in to the structure and various elements of the activities for each age group so that participants feel comfortable facilitating every component of these lessons. We will also discuss the unit themes and all of the exciting content you can look forward to this summer! Register here.

Tools and Opportunities: Communicating Impact and Need for Indiana’s Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs
May 27, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
Afterschool & Summer Learning providers across the state have been innovating to keep youth engaged, active, and connected with remote support and virtual programming – they are uniquely positioned to help youth and their families through our current landscape. But additional resources and collaborations will be needed to help programs keep operating safely. Your stories of impact are critical to ensuring that happens.

What you share with partners and community influencers impacts change. You and your stories are essential, and we need to make them heard now more than ever. 

Join this one-hour webinar to learn about:

  • NEW Indiana communications tools for you to share with schools, business leaders, policymakers, and other key stakeholders
  • Stories from your colleagues about reaching out and making impact locally
  • Information on current federal legislation and advocacy opportunities from the Afterschool Alliance
  • See examples of communications tools that other programs have created for parents on safe re-opening 
Get started NOW: Share your success stories with us here. Register for the webinar here.
Funding Opportunities
IN-MaC Micro-Grant Program Opportunity
Deadline: May 31, 2020
The Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) has launched a new round of its Industry Micro-Grant Program, allocating $200,000 to foster the growth of youth and adult manufacturing initiatives around the state. The program aims to provide grant funding to education (K-16), industry and community-based organizations who implement creative ways to enhance youth industry experiences. More info here.

21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) RFP
Deadline: August 12, 2020
The 21st CCLC Program is a federally-funded program (Title IV, part B) awarded to public school districts, charter schools and organizations, in order to provide youth a safe environment during non-school hours. This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for youth, particularly youth who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. Any public or private organization is eligible to apply. Approximately $10.3 million will be available in this application period. Intent to Apply submissions are due March 12, 2020 via this link. Learn more here.