Indiana Statewide Newsletter
November 19, 2019
News & Policy
The Science of Learning and Development in Afterschool Settings
In the past decade, we have seen a significant value placed on efforts to support the whole child in school and in out-of-school time settings. Recently, there have been remarkable efforts in research to explore settings that bolster whole-child efforts, including the Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) Alliance.

SoLD has recently published a brief regarding the science of learning in afterschool settings, which includes actionable takeaways for afterschool professionals, as well as suggested practical changes that you can make to strengthen your afterschool program's ability to support whole-child development.
John Boner Neighborhood Centers Wins Youth Service America Award Grant

As the nation celebrated the 20th annual Lights On Afterschool this October, Youth Service America (YSA) and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation awarded grants to sixty local afterschool programs across 32 states, including the John Boner Neighborhood Centers of Indianapolis. The grants support expanded opportunities for afterschool students to lead community service projects.
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Quality Corner
Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment
What do you know about the IN-QPSA? While many Indiana afterschool programs have been engaging with this process for years, some are still new this self-assessment.

Programs seeking to measure and track their progress using the Indiana Afterschool Standards can use this FREE online Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment. Programs can create reports, compare results over time, and aggregate results from multiple program sites. The tool includes downloadable surveys for staff, community partners, families, and youth, with automated reporting to help programs track trends over time. The IN-QPSA lives in the myIAN website (along with the My Afterschool Locker and the IN Academy).
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
Webinar | Growing Lifelong Philanthropists
December 3, 2019 | 1 pm - 2:30 pm ET | Free
Featuring the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the O’Neill Foundation, this webinar shares ways to engage youth—from birth to young adulthood—along their philanthropic journey. Join to explore approaches for involving youth in grant-writing, opportunities for engagement through college and beyond, and insight into the benefits of youth giving. Register here.

National Science Teaching Association – Virtual STEM Conference
December 7, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST | Virtual
Research has shown how important out-of-school STEM experiences can be in developing an interest in science, especially at the elementary school level. Join the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) for their Virtual STEM Conference to learn about the value of connecting in-school and out-of-school STEM activities, to hear from educators who have implemented successful programs, and to explore ways you can connect your learning environment to settings outside your building. Learn more here.

2019 Student Advocates Conference
December 16, 2019 - December 17, 2019 | Indianapolis Marriott North, Indianapolis, IN
The Student Advocates Conferences serves as a premier opportunity for Indiana college advisors, mentors, student leaders, and other advocates to discover innovative practices, share success stories, and learn about state policies and initiatives impacting college completion and student success. This year’s two-day conference will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott North located at 3645 River Crossing Pkwy, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Learn more here.
Upcoming Regional Learning Network Meetings
Marion County Out-of-School Time (OST)
November 19 @ 12 PM EST
Indianapolis Housing Agency – 16 Park
1621 N. Park Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Evansville Afterschool Committee
December 20 @ 10:30am CST
St Vincent Medical Arts Building
3700 Bellemeade Ave.
Evansville, IN 47714
Mark Your Calendars
IYI Kids Count Conference
December 2 - 4, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN
The Indiana Youth Institute's (IYI) Kids Count Conference is the Midwest’s largest gathering of youth-serving professionals. Gain practical resources from national experts, learn best practices from programs like yours, and make connections that last all year long. Explore timely issues for youth in the areas of health, holistic learning, family engagement, equity and inclusion, and more. Learn more here.
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
Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2019
This scholarship provides 200 high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in education the opportunity to earn a renewable scholarship of up to $7,500 each year for up to four academic years. Students must apply through ScholarTrack, so they will need to create a full student account before they can access the application. Learn more here.

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries
Deadline: December 2, 2019
Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP) is a special initiative of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. The goal of this initiative is to support projects that strengthen the ability of small and/or rural libraries and archives to serve their communities and to build grantee capacity through participation in a community of practice. IMLS invites applications that focus on transforming school library practice, community memory, or digital inclusion. Learn more here.

2020 Summer Learning Awards
Deadline: December 4, 2019
Candidates for the Summer Learning Awards are exceptional summer programs, models, and systems that keep children and youth learning, safe, and healthy during the critical summer months. They show strong outcomes in helping students cement the skills they have learned during the academic school year through creative curricula, unique programming, and effective family engagement strategies. Winners receive $10,000 and recognition from the National Summer Learning Association (NLSA). More info here.