Indiana Statewide Newsletter
December 3, 2019
News & Policy
The Indiana Afterschool Network Presents
We're bringing professional development to you
In partnership with 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the Indiana Afterschool Network will be hosting a series of trainings for afterschool program directors, site coordinators, and support staff called The Afterschool Roadshow.
The first roadshow series - Dive Into Quality - will focus on using IAN’s quality toolkit to address some of your program's biggest challenges. Administrators, site coordinators and support staff can all benefit from these interactive sessions that will cover best practices and strategies in self-assessment, using the online Indiana Academy for Out-of-School Learning for professional development and how our newest resource for the field, My Afterschool Locker, can support your organization. We hope you can join us and connect with other 21st Century Community Learning Centers and other fantastic afterschool programs in your region!
Join Us at a Location Near You:
  • Jan. 14 - Michigan City
  • Jan. 17 - Evansville
  • Jan. 20 - Lafayette
  • Jan. 23 - Gary
  • Jan. 29 - Terre Haute
  • Jan. 31 - Bloomington
  • Feb. 7 - Elkhart
Volunteering with Kids - 100 Ways to Help Children by Giving Back

Know someone that's looking to add fulfillment to their holiday season by giving back? Student Training & Education in Public Service (STEPS) has created an online resource with hundreds of ideas about how to serve the children of your community. Whether you’re looking to serve children in your neighborhood or get your own kids involved in volunteering, this guide has everything you need to get started.
Help Your Program Become "Fiscally Fit" at This Year's Calendar End

As 2019 comes to an end, many organizations will be looking to assess and plan for their 2020 budgets. has compiled a list of free financial and planning resources to make that task a little bit easier. From self-assessment and planning to operations and governance, this guide can provide the information that you need to do it right.

Program Spotlight
Outdoor Masters Conservation Club at Irvington Community Elementary
For this year's Lights On Afterschool event, IAN's own Stephanie Putt volunteered with Irvington Community Elementary School's (ICES) Outdoor Masters Conservation Club.

This curriculum-based afterschool program encourages discovery and education through outdoor adventures. Students learn about conservation practices, study local habitats, establish and maintain wildlife gardens, and discover ways to be environmentally sustainable - such as recycling, using basic survival skills, and working outdoors at the ICES campus. Club leadership also works with teachers and staff to connect this outdoor education to the classroom.

Here is what program Director &  Irvington Preparatory Academy  alum, Andrew Catt has to say about the great work of the club.

"The ICES Outdoor Masters Conservation Club is in the midst of our 3rd year with approximately 60 2nd-to-5th grade students, two parent volunteer leaders, four 5th grade student leaders and three high school student leaders from Irvington Preparatory Academy. We also have a club sponsorship of  Self Reliance Outfitters  a local outdoor gear retailer. Since our inception, through the work of our students, parents, staff, and community partners, we have achieved certification as a Schoolyard Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, as a Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch, and contributed to recognition by the City of Indianapolis’ Office of Sustainability of the ICES Campus as a Thriving School - Masters Level Certification.”

Follow  Irvington Community Schools  to learn more about this great program!
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
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.

Webinar | How to Develop & Align Your Afterschool Safety Plan
December 12, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Join the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) Technical Assistance team as they walk you through developing a program safety plan that meets local and national standards. A representative from the U.S. Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center will also discuss best practices for safety planning, and aligning your host organization’s current safety protocols to relevant regulations. More info 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
Bloomington Afterschool Network (BASN)
December 12, 2019 10:00am EST
Lincoln Street Boys and Girls Club
311 S Lincoln St, Bloomington, IN 47401
Contact BASN at

Marion County Out-of-School Time (OST)
December 17 @ 12 PM EST
WFYI Community Room
1630 N Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Gary CAN
January 22, 2019 11:00am CST
City Life Center
225 W 5th Ave. Gary, IN 46402
Contact Gary CAN at
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
2019 Learn More Indiana Student Contest & School Grant
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Each year, the Commission for Higher Education sponsors contest and grant opportunities for students and educators. One student in each grade across the state will be chosen from the entries to win $529 in an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan and schools can win $1,000 college-readiness grants by sharing their efforts to increase students’ financial preparation. More info here.

Aim High – New York Life Foundation Grant
Deadline: January 24, 2020
The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High local grant program to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide, in 3 categories of up to $100,000. Read the  full application and eligibility requirements ,  and join our  webinar  on December 5 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about this opportunity. The RFP homepage can be accessed  here.

Student Teaching Stipend Opportunities
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Two stipend opportunities for future teachers known as the Earline S. Rogers Teaching Stipend for Minorities and the Student Teaching Stipend for High-Need Fields are open through January. The Earline S. Rogers Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities is available to minority students (defined as Black and Hispanic individuals) who will participate in student teaching or a school administration internship as part of their degree requirements. The Student Teaching Stipend for High-Need Fields is available to students planning to teach in special education, math, or science at the middle or high school level. Eligible students can receive up to $4,000 per stipend, or $8,000 if awarded both. More info here.