Indiana Statewide Newsletter
March 17, 2020
News & Policy
Self Care Amid Social Distancing
Don't Forget to Claim Your Calm
It's easy to get cabin fever when you've been cooped up. So what can you do to stay sane while keeping yourself and others safe during the virus outbreak? Here are a couple of healthy suggestions:
Exercise - there is a lot of free home exercise content on YoutTube (try Yoga with Adriene or Fitness Blender). If you're not ill, go for a long walk while maintaining your distance from others.

Meditate - learn how to focus your attention and create calm by meditating. Calm and Headspace are two great options to get started.

Limit your time online - it's easy to get sucked into every news update that comes across your screen. Remember to take a break!

Video chat with loved ones - most smartphones contain some type of video chat tool; use this to see the faces you love most.
Think about what you're grateful for - with plenty to worry about, there is also plenty to be grateful for. Jot down some ideas in a journal, or get creative with your own gratitude solutions.

Embrace a hobby - whether your passion is knitting, reading, or learning a new instrument, take some time to sink yourself into it.

Learn something new - there are lots of online classes on sites like  edX  or  Skillshare , whether you want to learn coding or needlepoint.

Take care of your behavioral health - be mindful of your behavior and your emotions; here's a great resource to get you started.
How is the COVID-19 Virus Affecting Your Afterschool Program?

We know that unless you are working in the field, it is difficult to fully comprehend the challenges presented to out-of-school time programs and staff during this difficult period. The Indiana Afterschool Network wants to know, so that we can help elevate these issues with our legislators.

Please complete this short survey in order to help add transparency to your organization's top issues during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Gary, IN Creates New Afterschool Coalition

Over the past school year, a growing coalition of community members has been meeting to explore efforts to improve “whole child” development when the school day ends.

The Gary Community Afterschool Network is looking to build community partnerships and provide support for existing afterschool providers and summer programs.

Click below to read more about the work they are doing in their community.
The Afterschool Roadshow Rides Again

Out-of-school time staff need professional development and we've been working to provide it. This health crisis has distanced us, but we're committed to serving you.

In partnership with the IDOE, we have planned a series of training sessions for afterschool providers called The Afterschool Roadshow: Moving the Needle.

This series will focus on topics that will have the most impact on your student and program outcomes. The topics vary and have been chosen by programs in each region.
Quality Corner
Sign up for the Indiana Academy on Out-of-School Learning
Access New Modules
Looking for more opportunities for online learning? The IN Academy is an online Professional Development system specifically designed for out-of-school time youth professionals. Keep learning and working in your virtual world if you aren't working in your programs due to restrictions. The IN Academy is the perfect tool to have right now. Check out the course featured above, plus hundreds more, and continue building your skills for returning to the front lines of work.

Don't forget! These modules are expertly designed for tablets, laptops, & cell phones, so get comfortable and get busy!
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
Webinar | More than Their Scores: Tackling Test Anxiety with Our Youth (3/18/20)
March 18, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM EST
The purpose of the presentation is provide practical and relevant tips to educators working with academically anxious youth including: a.) applicable takeaways/strategies b.) preventative behavioral evidence-based emotional regulation coping skills that are grounded in mindfulness and c.) practical ways to help academically anxious youth shift from a fixed to a growth mindset when performing under pressure. Register here.

Webinar | Serving Students School Meals During COVID-19
March 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM EST
Join SNA, USDA and FRAC to hear the latest updates on guidelines for serving students school meals when schools are closed or dismissed. School nutrition operators will also provide practical ideas for how they are working to provide meals to students working with their communities, state agencies, and other partners. Register here.

Webinar | Conditions for Learning: Preventing & Responding to Stress Levels
March 25, 2020 | 12:00 PM EST
Students, at times, have low to high levels of stress in their lives at any given time. Some students are able to manage their stress in prosocial ways as a result of having resources, skills, and strategies to do so. And yet others, require additional support and responsiveness. This session will highlight key strategies for educators and youth serving professionals to respond to the stress levels of students through a focus on prevention and intervention. Register here.
Mark Your Calendars
2020 Virtual Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning
April, 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
Youth Service Zone Grants
Deadline: March 27, 2020
Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, YSA’s Youth Service Zone grants offer organizations and schools an opportunity to work collaboratively to increase the youth volunteer rates in their community. Each zone will receive a grant of $15,000 ($5,000 to each of the three collaborative leaders) to support program activities. Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 27th at 11:59 p.m. Learn More!

2020-2021 FAFSA
Deadline: April 15, 2020
The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now live and opened Tuesday, October 1. In order to secure state aid eligibility for the 2020-2021 academic year, students must submit the FAFSA by the state deadline of April 15, 2020. Seniors are encouraged to create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) prior to beginning the FAFSA. The FSA ID serves as a legal digital signature, and both the student and at least one parent must have one. The FSA ID can be created on the Federal Student Aid website.

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.