Indiana Statewide Newsletter
February 2, 2021
News & Policy
The Importance of Self-Care in 2021
Stress can reach every aspect of life, whether professional, personal, or social. Afterschool professionals might also feel the stresses of youth in their care, compounding their own stresses. Those who work with kids serve as caring, stable adults to their youth and are vital to their ongoing development. To ensure you provide youth with the best care possible and are responsive to their needs, it’s essential to place importance on your own well-being.

As Valentine's Day approaches, the Indiana Afterschool Network will be shining a spotlight on self-care. See below for some resources to help you take time to prioritize your needs this year.
Webinar | Engaging in Self-Gratitude: Acknowledging the Need for Self-Care

This Valentine's Day week, join us in this Indiana Afterschool Network offering as a part of the Afterschool Alliance’s We Love Afterschool! campaign, a celebration of the millions of reasons to love afterschool!

Self-Care is the highest form of gratitude to yourself. Youth service workers tend to experience burnout, compassion fatigue, and sometimes vicarious trauma. Self-Care activities help you find meaning, support your growth, and keep you grounded. Out-of-school care workers have had to endure significant program modifications during the pandemic, which is linked to a higher need for self-care.
This workshop will describe self-care in depth, give you tools to minimize high stress in the short and long term, and give self-care tips and techniques. The information obtained during this workshop will be helpful in navigating the current uncertain times.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Invest in Yourself and Your Development in 2021

Read this note on the importance of personal investment from National Afterschool Association President & CEO Gina Warner
The Afterschool Professional's Guide to Self-Care

This resource provides information on the basics of self-care as well as practical strategies for managing your mindset to cope with stress.
Announcing NAA's Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders 2021

In selecting NAA's Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders 2021, the National AfterSchool Association sought to highlight emerging leaders who are making contributions that influence programs and organizations, and have the potential for long-term and broad impact on the afterschool field—who are active in the broader afterschool community; demonstrate the NAA Core Competencies; and possess passion for the profession and for their work as an emerging leader, have a clear purpose in their efforts to support others, and show determination to grow as a leader in the field of afterschool.

Join us in congratulating these afterschool leaders, with special recognition for those from Indiana!
Gabriel Clark, Partner
Indianapolis, Indiana
Gabriel Ojeda, Education Coordinator
Indianapolis, Indiana
Prioritizing Afterschool in COVID-19 Indiana’s Vaccination Plan

IAN has been monitoring state vaccination planning and advocating for afterschool providers to be prioritized along with child care providers and educators.

One immediate action you can take as an organization is to complete this Indiana Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Survey to help the state gather data for planning future priority groups for the vaccine. 

The Department of Health is gathering information on critical infrastructure and essential employees in order to aid with future prioritization and logistical delivery of vaccine supplies as they become available. Please complete this survey as quickly as possible to help those planning efforts.

Each business or organization is requested to complete the survey only ONCE, using the link below. This survey is NOT for individuals.
Quality Corner
Webinar | Engaging in Self-Gratitude:
Acknowledging the Need for Self-Care
This Valentine's Day week, join us in this Indiana Afterschool Network offering as a part of the Afterschool Alliance’s We Love Afterschool! campaign, a celebration of the millions of reasons to love afterschool!

Self-Care is the highest form of gratitude to yourself. Youth service workers tend to experience burnout, compassion fatigue, and sometimes vicarious trauma. Self-Care activities help you find meaning, support your growth, and keep you grounded. Out-of-school care workers have had to endure significant program modifications during the pandemic, which is linked to a higher need for self-care. 
 
This workshop will describe self-care in depth, give you tools to minimize high stress in the short and long term, and give self-care tips and techniques. The information obtained during this workshop will be helpful in navigating the current uncertain times.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Events
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
Leap Into Science - Light & Shadows Virtual Training
The Indiana State Library, Indiana State Museum, and Terre Haute Children’s Museum are excited to announce a new round of Leap into Science trainings. Leap into Science is a nationwide program developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum that integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. The program empowers educators to offer workshops in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs to engage underserved audiences in accessible and familiar settings. Click below to register for the date and time you prefer:

February 5, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Repeated)
Interested in starting a STEM Ecosystem locally? Have a team focused on STEM already, but need to know how your formal and informal STEM stack up? This webinar series if for you. Use this opportunity to regain STEM momentum lost during the pandemic, analyze your local STEM offerings and support, all while seeing where you stack up against Indiana specific STEM program expectations! Your team will come away with a better understanding of your STEM areas of strength as well as areas to improve in 2021 to take your STEM programming to the next level!

February 11, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
The second half of this series will cover the how of telling your organization’s story to enhance fund development efforts and increase donations. Participants will discuss tools, tips, and tricks to incorporate a multi-media approach (on a tight budget) in your campaign that can help activate empathy with potential donors without being incredibly time-consuming. Participants will practice a few tricks and will leave with an open invitation to chat design and get tech assistance with the trainer. Free to join!
Register Today!
Mark your calendars! The date has been set for the 10th annual Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning, Indiana's premiere conference for out-of-school time providers. The Summit brings together youth programs, schools, and community partners to connect, explore new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day for Indiana’s youth. Register today!
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: February 12, 2021
The National Summer Learning Association is launching a new Summer Innovation Fellowship for leaders of color which will offer $25,000 towards implementing an in-person, virtual, or hybrid summer learning program; a personal NSLA Coach to work with them regularly in their planning; access to NSLA tools, resources, and convenings to support their work; and more!

Deadline: February 28, 2021
Innovate WithIN’s premiere event is its annual statewide pitch competition. This competition allows high schoolers from every region of the state a chance to pitch their entrepreneurial idea for a chance at $25,000 and the opportunity to collaborate with world-class innovators to help turn your business from a dream into a reality. Applications for the 2021 pitch competition are OPEN. Everyone between the ages of 14-18 in Indiana are welcome to apply! Details on the submission will be available after the application.

Deadline: August 1, 2021
The 21st Century Community Learning Center Program is a federally-funded program (Title IV, part B) awarded to local education agencies, as well as public and private organizations, to provide youth a safe environment during non-school hours. This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment and life skills opportunities during non-school hours for youth, particularly youth who attend high-proverty and low-performing schools. The program helps youth meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects; offers youth a broad array of enrichment activities that help their social, emotional, and behavioral development; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating youth.