Indiana Statewide Newsletter
June 2, 2020
News & Policy
The Summer Activity Guide
Planning for Summer Just Got Easier
The Summer Activity Guide is a suite of fun and engaging activities and challenges designed specifically for this atypical summer.

We see youth development and summer learning providers across the country preparing for a summer filled with uncertainty and stepping up in innovative ways to support youth, families, and 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.

To support your hard work, we have been developing a suite of fun and engaging activities and challenges designed specifically to accommodate COVID-19 summer.

Click below to learn more about the guide and to access the materials that have already been released!
Afterschool Alliance
Program Survey

During this pandemic, it's important for funders, policy makers, education leaders, and the overall public to understand the current situation, as well as the projections and concerns for the future. To help make that possible, the Afterschool Alliance will be conducting surveys throughout the summer, and possibly into the fall, to monitor the situation and help provide solutions. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time and your responses will be anonymous. To thank you for your time, 50 respondents to the survey will be randomly selected to win one of two prizes: a $25 cash prize OR a STEMfinity gift card that can be used to purchase a STEMfinity STEM kit.
Communicating Impact & Need for IN OST Programs

OST providers are continuing to create positive outcomes for youth, but additional resources and collaborations will be needed to help programs keep operating safely. Your stories of impact are critical to ensuring that happens. Click below to watch a webinar on new communications tools that will help you share your success stories with local leaders and policymakers in order to better advocate for afterschool everywhere

Quality Corner
New Best Practice Webinars
We are excited to announce a new workshop series intended to enhance the capacity, knowledge, and competencies of Hoosier youth workers and their organizations. Seats are limited and are available to Indiana youth workers - be sure to register today!
What Does “Care” Even Mean?
Tending To Our Staff and Ourselves In These Unprecedented Times
Monday, June 15 | 1:00 PM EST
In the “time of pandemic,” it can be easy to lose sight of the idea of “care”… for our staff and for ourselves. Come to this workshop to refresh your idea of what it means to tend to ourselves and our staff, to reimagine how our needs around “care” change in stressful times, and to rejuvenate yourself. Give yourself this gift! Registration is required and capacity is limited.
Social Emotional Learning Training with kid-grit (Part I)
For Educators Working with K-12 Youth
Tuesday, June 30 | 1:00 PM EST
Did you know schools that implement social emotional learning (SEL) show that students increase and develop stronger learning skills, have less visits to the principal’s office, and have higher attendance? They feel safe - emotionally and physically - and therefore become more available to learning. SEL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. 

Topics covered:
  • Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning
  • Body Awareness and Social Emotional Learning
  • Connection, Empathy and Social Emotional Learning
  • Digital and Social Media Consciousness
  • Social Emotional Learning
Knowledge Is Power (Part II)
Tuesday, July 7 | 1:00 PM EST
School leaders and administrators are scrambling to find dynamic content on COVID-19 that isn't fear-based. In Part II of the kid-grit SEL series, continue learning our holistic approach to social emotional learning. They will show you how to use their FREE educator guide - Knowledge is Power - for both online and in-person programming. kid-grit has created 5-10 hour activity guide on mindfulness, body awareness, community and connection, and digital & social media awareness. Feel free to engage staff with these same discussions and activities! This is a great opportunity to help staff feel connected and cared for.

Topics covered:
  • Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning
  • Body Awareness and Social Emotional Learning
  • Connection, Empathy and Social Emotional Learning
  • Digital and Social Media Consciousness
  • Social Emotional Learning
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
Fostering Family Engagement
June 3, 2020 | 3:00 PM EST
This summer, more than ever, families will play an integral role in make sure that youth have enriching and productive summer. Join us for a webinar June 3, as we explore strategies for engaging with parents and families. Learning Heroes will share the results from a recent survey of parents’ engagement in remote learning and their concerns for this summer. Springboard Collaborative will discuss how they have been able to empower parents in supporting their children’s learning. And DREAM will share how they stay connected with their parents. Register here.

Operations Guidelines for Summer Camps, Programs, and Child Care
June 4, 2020 | 2:30 PM EST
With the onset of COVID-19, organizations will need to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of their campers and staff this summer. Join the NSLA as they review the latest national guidance and resources available, including guides for camps on implementation of CDC guidance, guidance for CCDF programs & policymakers, and childcare and COVID-19 resources. Register here.

Introduction to Apple’s Learning from Home Products
June 5, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST
Apple has a suite of free videos, apps, and books to facilitate remote learning. You are invited to a webinar to learn about Apple's Learning From Home, resources your programs can use to create engaging learning experiences from anywhere this summer. Note: Apple hardware (e.g. iPad, iPhone) is required to access these resources. Register here.
Funding Opportunities
Booz Allen Foundation: Innovation Fund
Deadline: June 5, 2020
The Booz Allen Foundation has established a $1 million Innovation Fund to help nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, innovators at colleges and universities, and startups and small businesses throughout the U.S. harness the power of data, technology, and diverse intellectual capital to improve COVID-19 relief efforts. The Foundation is specifically targeting solutions and projects that will build lasting community resilience through protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers or providing for the safe return to work. Learn more 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.  Note: Don't forget to take advantage of the Grantee Readiness resources if this is your first time applying! Learn more here.