Indiana Statewide Newsletter
December 8, 2020
News & Policy
New Household Survey Finds Unmet Demand for
Afterschool in Indiana

Many more Indiana parents want afterschool programs for their children than are able to access them, according to America After 3PM, a household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance.

Parents have expressed strong support for afterschool programs by overwhelming margins. But unmet demand has increased over the past six years, with low-income families in particular citing cost as a barrier to enrolling their children. As a result, for every child in an afterschool program in Indiana today, 3 more are waiting to get in.

America After 3PM is based on survey responses from 30,000 American households. Click below to read more about the results.
IAN Professional Development Survey

2020 has been a challenging year full of change and uncertainty, and the Indiana Afterschool Network wants to provide the best and most relevant support for you in 2021. Feedback from all levels of your organization will help guide the development of tools, resources and engaging training opportunities.

The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. And, if you complete the survey by December 18, you will be entered to win a $100 gift card!
Explore IAN's New Resources Page

Have you ever imagined having all the tools and tips you need to create positive outcomes for Indiana youth in the palm of your hand? Well, now you can!

We are thrilled to announce our all-new Resource Page, a comprehensive hub that will help you contribute to building inspiring futures for Hoosier kids…even in the most challenging times. Virtually access our top tools and resources in one convenient spot.
Quality Corner
Last Chance to Register for Today's Webinar
Today's world brings a host of exhausting challenges that necessitate extra attention to the health and well-being of our field's professionals. Join this webinar to hear recommendations on preventing burnout and compassion fatigue, along with strategies and practices to ensure that those who work in service of others are also taking care of themselves. 
This event is presented by NAA and MHA Houston in partnership with the Indiana Afterschool Network.
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
December 8, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST
Join the Afterschool Alliance for a virtual briefing on new nationwide data on demand for afterschool programs and parent views on afterschool opportunities. The report "America After 3PM: Demand Grows, Opportunity Shrinks," includes responses from more than 30,000 U.S. families and builds on household surveys conducted in 2004, 2009 and 2014. It offers a pre-pandemic snapshot of how children and youth spend their afternoons and includes a separate survey of parents conducted this fall.

Dec 14, 2020 | 06:00 PM
The goal of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Youth Empowerment Program is to engage young people as change makers within their communities through high-quality, outcome-based positive youth development programs and services for middle and high school students. They strive to engage young people through community-based education, mentoring, and employment readiness to help them develop skills and strengthen ties to the community.

December 16, 2020 | 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM EST
In America, we are often told that wealth and financial success are achievable through education, hard work, and personal responsibility. But for Black Americans, racist lending, housing and hiring practices embedded in laws, systems and structures have made the wealth gap nearly impossible to close. Learn more from our panel of financial experts, community leaders and educators about the significant wealth disparities between Black and white families and how we can take bold action toward preventing that gap from expanding – and the steps necessary to work toward closing it – so that every person in our community can find the financial security and success to achieve their full potential.
Save the Date!
Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning 2021
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! Interested in presenting at the Summit? Check out our RFP.
Indiana STEM Education Conference
The goal of the Indiana STEM Education Conference is to support K-12 STEM learning opportunities by sharing effective practices on teaching and learning. This year's theme is “STEM Education meets a Global Challenge.” Since many teachers and schools are working hard to provide STEM instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be conference sessions that will focus on providing instruction virtually and in social-distancing situations. Register here!
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: January 15, 2021
All youth-serving organizations can apply, however, the selection committee is prioritizing organizations with primarily Black leadership or that serve primarily Black youth. Requests for funding should not exceed $15,000. Those interested may submit a video in addition to their written application (the instructions are at the end of the application).